Best Places to Run In/Near NYC


They don’t call it the Big Apple for no reason, and it can be very overwhelming finding the right running path in the immense metropolis. The locals enjoy the luxury of having the time to find all of the sweet spots, but if you are one of the nearly 50 million people that visit New York City every year, you don’t have the same luxury. Here is a break down of some of the best running spots in NYC that you should check out next time you are in the city.

Central Park was probably already on your list of sites to see, and the park has a number of great running paths, particularly the Central Park Reservoir. This path runs around a reservoir for 1.5 miles, which makes it easy to track your distance and pace.

If you are looking for great views of the city whilst on a run, head over to Astoria Park in Queens. Covering about 60 acres in Queens, this park has a variety of paths that are very runner-friendly.

Undoubtedly one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge is also an inspiring place to run. Linking Brooklyn to Manhattan, this route has incredible views of the city, including the East River.

Desiring a more secluded run in the city? Head on over to Inwood Hill Park. This park in Upper Manhattan has miles of running trails surrounded by lush trees and shrubbery, making it a great place to run if you need to get away for a bit.

The fourth longest boardwalk in the world, the F.D.R. Boardwalk in Staten Island runs for 2.5 miles, and is a great running route. This route has great views of the beach and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and it is also an ideal spot for people watching, if that’s a past-time as well.