Summer in New York City is a truly magical time. While there’s plenty to do here throughout all four seasons, the summertime means that the city opens up its variety of outdoor spaces. This means the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors in nature with the backdrop of one of the world’s most iconic skylines in the distance. Pier 25 is one of our favorite spots to enjoy summer days in the city. This is the longest pier in Hudson River Park and boasts a variety of entertaining features that the entire family can enjoy. Some of the reasons why our NYC personal injury lawyers love Pier 25 so much include:
Miniature Golf Course
Pier 25 is home to the only 18-hole mini-golf course in Manhattan. This massive, 13,000 square-foot course is professional grade and overflowing with a variety of fun features, including waterfalls, streams, a pond, sand traps, footbridges, and a cave. This makes for an extremely fun environment for letting your competitive juices flow. Take on the course with your family or friends and see who leaves with bragging rights.
Pier 25 boasts three regulation-size beach volleyball courts, all within view of the Statue of Liberty. This gives you the chance to enjoy some competitive games with one of the most idyllic backdrops in the world. If you’d rather spectate, there are also plenty of lounge chairs to relax and watch the games. These courts also have lighting, which means the games can continue even after sunset. Join a game with your friends or, if you’re particularly competitive, sign up for a league.
If you’re a fan of maritime history, you’ll be in heaven at Hudson River Park. There are five different historic vessels located here, which are open to the public for tours and various exhibitions. Two of these vessels are at Pier 25, including:
- Lilac – This historic steamship was built in 1933 for the US Lighthouse Service. It’s currently docked on the north side of pier 25. This 173-foot vessel used to carry supplies to lighthouses and maintained buoys from 1933-1975. If you want to take a tour or visit the viewing exhibits, it’s open to the public from 4-7 pm on Thursdays and 2-7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
- Grand Banks – This 142-foot sailboat is a museum-quality traditional boat building. It’s also the largest wooden vessel in New York City. You can even enjoy a great meal and some delicious cocktails on board here, including oysters and seasonal plates.
Play Area For Kids
This massive 25,000 square-foot gated play space is one of the best new playgrounds in New York City. Designed for kids aged 2-12, your little ones can lose themselves for hours in this entertaining space. Features at the Pier 25 Play Area include:
- Eight seasonal water features
- Two full swing sets, one for big kids and one for little kids
- Climbing wall and boulders
TriBeCa Skate Park
The TriBeCa Skate Park at Pier 25 is free and open for skateboarders and rollerbladers of all ages. It’s 8,840 square feet and designed in a street style, built by California skate parks. If you used to skate or blade in your youth, this is a great place to teach your kids some new moves and tricks of the trade.