We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Recommend Weekday Visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pelham Bay Park

Pelham Bay Park
Middletown Road and Bruckner Blvd., Bronx, NY 10465
719-885-1258
Improve this listing
Ranked #11 of 25 Attractions in Bronx
Type: Parks, Scenic Drives, Outdoors
Activities: Golfing
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This city park has a variety of habitats including forests, meadows, mixed scrub, salt marsh and a stretch of saltwater coastline, which makes this an excellent place for hiking, birdwatching and viewing wildlife.
Nutley, New Jersey
Top Contributor
325 reviews 325 reviews
168 attraction reviews
Reviews in 157 cities Reviews in 157 cities
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
“Recommend Weekday Visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We like the bike path here. It is a beautiful ride with some spectacular views. There are many "things to do". You can walk, run, bike,hike, picnic, swim and sunbathe. The beach has life guards in the summer. We paid to park in the lot by the beach because the other free lots were full. It was a sunny Sunday in June so it was crowded. We have been here on weekdays and it is not crowded. I think the fall, winter and spring are really nicer times to visit. If you are a tourist and want to see more than Manhattan, the Bronx and this park are very much worth a visit. Nearby is the fabulous Bronx Zoo and the NY Botanical Gardens. You can travel here by public transportation. For lunch or dinner, I'd recommend eating at nearby City Island or on Arthur Avenue.

Visited June 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

36 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    15
    11
    7
    2
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“In a Pinch”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

It's a toss-up.

I'm nearer Orchard Beach than the nicer Long Island beaches, so I've been here more than a few times. I certainly wouldn't call it clean, but it's okay for a beach fix. If you're just looking to stick your feet in the water and sit on the sand, it's fine for a weekday. Being only a half mile long, Summer weekends are wall-to-wall people.

There is no street parking, so there's an unavoidable parking fee. You can do public transit during the Summer, but the shuttle bus is ghastly. There are restrooms (somewhat icky), and during the Summer season, there is a food and drink stand.

Like Coney Island and other city beaches, you get street storm drain runoff washing up on the beach here, and you're going to find wrappers, twigs, leaves, and general junk washing up on the shore and in the water. If there's been a recent rain storm, I wouldn't go.

With a wide boardwalk, I think of it as a dirtier Coney Island without the carnival rides and amusements.

Visited May 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronx, New York
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
47 attraction reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Something for Everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Pelham Bay Park is the biggest park in NYC. The park has something for everyone. It is also accessed easily by public transportation, car, bike, etc. As with some other reviews, the park can become messy in the hotter days due to the pigs who visit the park and leave the garbage around. If you want to avoid the filth. Go to the further end of the park.

Visited April 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bronx, New York
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Pelham Bay Park”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This park is located in northeast Bronx, Total acreage is listed as approximately 2,500 acres. Park includes outdoor running track, tennis courts, and softball field. There are also large lawn areas available for picnicking and barbecqueing in the summer. Parking is available off Middletown Road.

Visited September 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Ummm barbeque..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Good..
We had a great day havin bbq
Playing, nice place to rest...
The kids loved good place to go and do exercise to walk your dog and things like those

Visited September 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Pelham Bay Park also viewed

 

Been to Pelham Bay Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Pelham Bay Park, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.