INSIDE: Introducing the best Battery Park playground, Rockefeller Park Playground. It’s opposite Poet’s House in NYC. Updated 2019.
Wander along the Hudson River Greenway around the tip of Battery Park and you’ll stumble across the fenced Norman A. Rockefeller Park Playground.
If you are wondering does Battery Park have a playground, the answer is YES.
Get ready to stop for an hour at least so the kids can play.
This New York playground has a storybook feel, but best of all, a water spouting hippo!
- 1 The Best Battery Park Playground
- 2 Introducing Rockefeller Park Playground
- 3 Play equipment at Rockefeller Park Battery Park City playground
- 4 Accessible Playground in New York City
- 5 Toddler playground in NYC
- 6 Pedal Merry Go Round at the Playground Battery Park
- 7 Water Park Features at Rockefeller Playground in New York City
- 8 Picnic Areas at Rockefeller Park NY
- 9 The Parkhouse at Battery Park NYC
- 10 MORE Photos of Rockefeller Park Playground Battery Park
- 11 The Inside Scoop – Battery Park Playground
- 12 How to get to Battery Park playground in Manhattan
- 13 Map of Norman A Rockefeller Playground at Battery Park
- 14 Facilities at this Battery Park Playground in New York
- 15 Toadstool Rating- Battery Park Playground NYC Parks
- 16 Looking for MORE Super Fun Things to Do in NEW YORK CITY with Kids & Local Playgrounds in NYC?
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The Best Battery Park Playground
The Rockefeller Park Playground is one of the best playgrounds in New York City.
Introducing Rockefeller Park Playground
At Nelson A Rockefeller Park playground, you’ll find a giant suspension bridge, perfect for imaginative games of Three Billygoats Gruff
Play equipment at Rockefeller Park Battery Park City playground
Centre of this playground, there’s a medium sized fort featuring a platform and play area made of bright red web straps, timber walkways, and chain nets to climb.
The giant sized concrete fort has fireman poles, and super high viewing platforms on the play structure.
Accessible Playground in New York City
There’s a raised sand table for play which is designed to be accessible for wheelchairs.
Toddler playground in NYC
There’s a toddler playground fort with yellow slide.
One of the slides lands straight into the toddlers sandbox!
BYO sandbox toys.
You’ll find a wide slide for toddler friends to play on together, and infant swings too.
The toddler playground at Rockefeller Park has ladybug rockers, and is separated from the bigger play space by fences.
Pedal Merry Go Round at the Playground Battery Park
Down the other end of this New York playground, there’s a pedal powered merry go round carousel.
My boys LOVED the pedal-powered merry-go-round most of all.
This was a TEAM EFFORT, with the kids cycling, and a few parents helping to push too!
It’s what I love most about visiting playgrounds when we travel – the chance for the kids to play with local kids who have cultures, languages or looks that may be different to their own.
They simply play, without prejudice. Kids are kids.
A playground is also a spot for parents to have a (possibly rare) opportunity to engage with other adults and children from other places too.
I truly believe a playground can do wonders in this world to help kids of all ages and genders develop empathy, tolerance, understanding and a love of culture.
Water Park Features at Rockefeller Playground in New York City
When the weather warms up, pack your wet gear and prepare to get wet.
The Rockefeller Park water play area has three friendly dog faces lined up along one wall. Water spouts from their mouths into a water trough below.
BYO water play toys and kids will spend hours pouring, measuring and splashing.
From our observations, it’s likely your kids may end up IN the trough, instead of playing alongside it so bring towels and a few changes of clothes!
An elephant and a hippo spray streams of water onto anyone who dares venture between them.
Smaller children might prefer the dodo bird sprinkler near the swings.
Picnic Areas at Rockefeller Park NY
Bring your snacks and drinks.
There’s undercover areas for picnics and morning snack breaks
The Parkhouse at Battery Park NYC
The Parkhouse at Rockefeller Park loans out sports equipment for basketball, ping-pong, or billiards as well board games, pre-school toys, books and much more, including the odd art and craft activity.
Permanent ping pong and billiards tables are available, as well as basketball and handball courts and swings.
The Parkhouse is open 11:30am to 6:30pm each day May through October.
MORE Photos of Rockefeller Park Playground Battery Park
The Inside Scoop – Battery Park Playground
Correct at time of publication. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in US dollars.
Address: Rockefeller Park playground is located at the South end of Rockefeller Park at River Terrace (Park Terrace West near Murray Street) New York.
Website: Click here
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm
Entry Fees: Free
How to get to Battery Park playground in Manhattan
Battery Park City playground is served by most subway lines.
- Catch the 1 train to Chambers Street station and walk 10 minutes towards the Greenway.
- Or catch the 2 or 3 train to Park Place station and walk 10 minutes.
Map of Norman A Rockefeller Playground at Battery Park
Facilities at this Battery Park Playground in New York
Toilets: Public Restrooms are located at the northwest corner of the Solaire Building, across the street from the Parkhouse.
Disability access: Yes
Ground cover: Rubber tiles, concrete walls, sand.
Picnic tables: Shaded tables and lots of bench seating. Also shaded grass areas between the Hudson River and Rockefeller playground for BYO picnics.
Electric BBQs: No
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes (to ride along the Hudson River Greenway)
This City Parks was last reviewed in 2019.
Toadstool Rating- Battery Park Playground NYC Parks
Definitely one of the best playgrounds in NYC for toddlers AND big kids together.
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