INSIDE: The Hudson River Greenway Walk is the best thing to do on the Manhattan Waterfront. Updated 2019
An unexpected highlight of our trip to New York City was the day we strolled along the Hudson River Greenway walking and bike path.
Starting from Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York, and making it all the way to Pier 51, the kids playing at all the New York City playgrounds along the way.
We didn’t make it all the way to the end of the trail as the sun was setting (it stops at the Little Red Lighthouse underneath George Washington Bridge), but we’ll be back.
- 1 Meet NYC Locals on the Hudson River Greenway Bike Path & Walkway
- 2 Hudson River Bike Path
- 3 Hudson River Walkway route
- 4 NYC Greenway Map
- 5 The Inside Scoop – Hudson Greenway Bike Trail & Walk
- 6 How to get to the Hudson River Greenway Trail
- 7 Hudson River Park playgrounds
- 8 Hudson River Greenway Map
- 9 Where to eat on the Greenway in Manhattan
- 10 Toadstool Rating- Manhattan Greenway
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Meet NYC Locals on the Hudson River Greenway Bike Path & Walkway
The views of New York City all along the Hudson River Greenway are spectacular, but the best bit is that this walk lands you smack bang amongst New York LOCALS and New York FAMILIES.
And that’s real travel.
Hudson River Bike Path
If you have them with you, take your bikes or scooters for a ride along this path.
If you don’t, you can hire bikes and bike trailers locally, or buy a day pass and ride a City Bike.
Hudson River Walkway route
The Manhattan waterfront greenway is a 12.9 mile pathway away from traffic.
It’s made of concrete and asphalt, and runs along the Hudson River waterfront with the Manhattan CBD on the other side.
It’s definitely one of the MOST picturesque city walks you can take, and it’s NEW YORK CITY.
There’s nowhere better to take your time and enjoy a stroll in this fast-paced town.
NYC Greenway Map
Grab a Manhattan map of the whole route here.
This Hudson River waterfront walkway map is the best walking map of Manhattan.
Walking along this greenway in New York is a godsend when you have kids in tow, and need a break from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.
If you leave the NYC Greenway where we did, head to the High Line.
It’s another iconic NYC destination, and only minutes away.
The Inside Scoop – Hudson Greenway Bike Trail & Walk
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Address: Hudson River Greenway starts at Battery Park and runs along to the Little Red Lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge.
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset. Some areas of the pathway are lit at night.
Entry Fees: Free
How to get to the Hudson River Greenway Trail
Our tip is to start at Battery Park right at the tip of Manhattan island. Catch the subway from Times Square to Bowling green subway station. Then walk about 5 minutes.
If you aren’t coming back this way, start your day by turning left and walk about 800 metres to the Imagination Playground at South Street Seaport.
After a play, walk back towards Battery Park and take the kids to the SeaGlass carousel, and maybe take a trip on the Staten Island ferry to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty and see Governors Island.
(Governors Island has two fabulous playground for kids if you have time – the Yard tinker playground on Hammock Grove, and the Hills playground where the slides on Slide Hill are 57 feet long!)
Hudson River Park playgrounds
Then begin your Manhattan Greenway adventure, working your way along the Greenway bike path and walking path past these Hudson River playground areas:
- Hudson River Park Pier 25 playground and the Tribeca skate park
- Hudson River Park Pier 51 Playground, one of the top 25 playgrounds in New York City
- Climb the Scramble nets at Rockefeller Park Playground
- Check out the much loved Real World bronze sculptures by Tom Otterness
Hudson River Greenway Map
Where to eat on the Greenway in Manhattan
Food and drink options nearby: LOTS of cafes and restaurants along the way. Pick your favourite.
Toilets: Public restrooms dotted along the way.
Disability access: Yes
Enclosed: Riverside is fenced.
Ground cover: Concrete pathways
Picnic tables: Look out for grassy picnic areas and picnic tables along the way. BYO snacks and water bottle.
Electric BBQs: No
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes. All the wheeled things.
Dogs: On leash.
The Hudson River Greenway bike path was last reviewed in 2019.
Toadstool Rating- Manhattan Greenway
Walking is one of our favourite things to do when we visit a city as we quickly get a locals perspective. This Manhattan Greenway walk is one of the best.
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