About NYC: Best Places to Relax

Looking for a weekend break in New York City? Or something to do that will take your mind off a tough day of work? These are some of the best 'quick getaways' right here in the City.

Best Park

Central Park

Bordered by W 110th Street to the North
Bordered by Central Park West (8th Avenue) to the West
Bordered by Central Park South (W 59th Street) to the South
Bordered by 5th Avenue to the East

Central Park is the place to getaway from it all within the City. Not only does the spacious grounds offer ample room to just sit on a bench or blanket and read a book, there are any number of attractions within the park that offer an escape. The Wildlife Center, skating rink, carousel and row boats are just the start. Check the schedule to see when the New York Philharmonic will be performing on the Great Lawn, or when there will be a play at the Public Theater. And don't forget the bike trails and jogging paths to burn a little energy.

Best Monument

Statue of Liberty

Liberty Island
New York, NY 10004

What's better than taking a short boat ride over to a small island to take a break from it all? And even though Lady Liberty's crown and torch are off limits, there is still plenty to see and learn while visiting, including looking out from the 10th story of Fort Wood.

Best Trip Back in Time, European Style

The Cloisters

Fort Tyron Park
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
New York, NY 10040

This is truly a treasure of the City's, located along the Hudson River. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is dedicated to medieval Europe. The architecture, art and gardens invite you to escape for a few hours. This offers a totally relaxing experience to enjoy by yourself or with a few friends.

Best Place to Get Lost in a Crowd

South Street Seaport

Fulton & South Streets, Pier 17
New York, NY 10038

When you want to get a break from it all, going into a mall with 100+ shops doesn't immediately come to your mind. But trust us on this one. The Seaport is more than a mall. It brings together a maritime museum, great food, unique New York City views and of course, shopping, all together along the waterfront. And there is always something entertaining going on, whether it's a traveling exhibit like 'Bodies...The Exhibition' or a film festival.

Best Scavenger Hunt

Governor's Island

In addition to being a beautiful place for a picnic, bike ride or to get close to the Statue of Liberty without taking a ferry, Governor's Island offers you the chance to act like a kid again and take part in a Scavenger Hunt. This is a great way to spend a few hours outdoors and learning a little more about an historic part of New York. Things you should be looking for can be found at the Governors Island Ferry Waiting Room, or on the Island's website.

Best Place to Swim with the Animals

New York Aquarium

Surf Avenue & West 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11224

At the aquarium there are over 8,000 animals to watch and learn about. This is the only aquarium in New York City, and is filled with unique creatures from all over the world, including octopus and sea lions. You're sure to fall in love with all the wonderful animals you lay eyes on when you visit.

Best Place to Talk with the Animals

Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx Park
Bronx, NY 10460

And you have thousands of animals to choose from. The grounds are filled with unique creatures from all over the globe, including the Malayan tapir and the African wild dog. This is the place to go when you want to feel close to nature.

Best Park Where You Would Least Expect It

Riverbank State Park

145th Street and Riverside Drive
New York NY 10031

And where would you least expect a park? On top of city buildings, of course. This state of the art, 28 acre state park along the Hudson is home to numerous recreational facilities, including basketball courts, pool and running track. There are also arts experiences to be had at the cultural theater and the amphitheater.

Best Historic Bike Ride

Riverside Park

62nd to 158th Street along the Hudson River
New York NY

Want to get some fresh air and see a little history? Ride your bike on over to Riverside Park. Here you can visit Grants Tomb, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument among other sites. And of course, you don't need a bike to see all of this. Taking a leisurely walk would work just as well.

Best Sporting Facilities

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex

23rd Street and the Hudson River
New York NY 10011

Golf lessons. Ice hockey. Batting cages. Climbing wall. Bowling. Can you think of anything else? It's probably here. Work up a sweat or hone your athletic skills at the Chelsea Piers.

Don't forget your own apartment. Your own apartment may be the best place to getaway from it all in NYC. And once you've seen what you want, there are plenty of great places to grab a tasty beverage or sit down and eat. Check out what we think are some of the best places to eat and best places to grab a drink in New York City.