Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas in New York City

Top Scenic Walking Areas in New York City, NY

Scenic Walking Areas in New York City

  • Traveler favorites
    Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
  • Traveler ranking
    Highest rated attractions on Tripadvisor, based on traveler reviews.
Types of Attractions
Sights & Landmarks
Sights & Landmarks
Traveler rating
Neighborhoods
Good for
17 places sorted by traveler favorites
Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.

What travelers are saying

  • Mike1232013
    Montreal, Canada64 contributions
    This is the largest park in NYC, its clean and it has many walking and bike paths.
    On a hot day you can find there thousands of people enjoying the shade.
    Nice day spending there .
    Written May 27, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Mike1232013
    Montreal, Canada64 contributions
    Very relaxing stroll on High Line, an old train railway.
    We recommend to start for The Edge and go towards the Chelsea market and Little Island park.
    On the way you can enjoy Art Deco and Modern condominiums.
    Written May 27, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Mike1232013
    Montreal, Canada64 contributions
    Overall a good experience.
    Here are the pros and cons:
    - Pros - famous place, impressive visual advertisement, a few sweets stores if you go with kids
    -Cons- very crowded (if you did not have Covid yet this is the place to go), smelly, noisy and dirty
    For a short visit its recommended to get it on your bucket list.
    Written May 27, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • The Sushi Guy 🍣
    Long Island, NY13,088 contributions
    Sixth Avenue is the place to take a stroll on a Sunday morning. The coffee shops, the bakeries, the shopping, and Bryant Park! We even saw the Seinfeld food truck! So many sights to see!
    Written April 25, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Erik L
    Seattle54 contributions
    This is a nice place to walk, in a neighborhood you probably wouldn't visit otherwise. Inset placards in the lovely brick paving highlight the history of the bridge. Expansive views include the Manhattan skyline in the distance, and towers of the George Washington Bridge. Adjacent, there is a large lovely wooded park on the Manhattan side. There is also a park on the Bronx side, but it is dark and grubby, and probably best avoided after dark.
    Written June 1, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland16,943 contributions
    It’s not as good as Fifth Avenue but its also ok depending on this area of the Avenue you are on. Lots of shops and eateries.
    Written February 3, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • James
    Bedfordshire, UK154 contributions
    After doing some research online I found this little spot as I walk looking to propose to my girlfriend.

    The spot is the perfect location for a proposal as it is out the way yet it is very beautiful.

    When proposing I arranged for a photographer to take some discreet photos, she was hiding on the path around the corner and took some amazing photos!
    If you are looking at popping the question this is the perfect place!
    Written July 6, 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland16,943 contributions
    General Worth Square is a small park and memorial that sits close to Madison Square Park. It is relatively simple and not a lot to look at.
    Written February 6, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Lynn C
    Cleveland, OH54,302 contributions
    Small Square off 72nd Sq Subway (1, 2 and 3) lines. Nice spot to relax, eat lunch, breakfast, dimner or snack on a bench or wait for your subway or bus to arrive.
    Written May 25, 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • USCKaboom
    New York City, NY5,109 contributions
    Not everyone knows but you can make your way from 51st to 57th through the buildings in midtown. It's a nice way to avoid some of the crazy tourist midtown traffic
    Written October 5, 2017
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • StephenCross
    Dublin, Ireland16,943 contributions
    Not sure what all the fuss is about. Plenty of horse drawn carriages and usual New York stuff but nothing special about this plaza.
    Written October 29, 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • The Sushi Guy 🍣
    Long Island, NY13,088 contributions
    This Avenue is not glamorous like the other Avenues. There are junkies, panhandlers, and homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk. Especially by the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
    Written April 25, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • keithc101197
    305 contributions
    Timed entry and elevator ride were seamless. Disappointed with the digital photo included with our champagne admission tickets. We bought four but only got one picture and it was before we got into the elevator, not up at the Edge itself. It was one and done which with any group of people is near impossible to get everyone smiling and looking simultaneously.

    Up top the views were spectacular and the glass floor was pretty incredible. Very crowded mid-afternoon on the weekend, people teeming everywhere. There was an honors system line to take an unobstructed picture of your own, some cut the line, others took a practical photo shoot, would have liked a few less people up there with the timed entry.

    Went to the Peak bar after and continued to enjoy the views. Not much on the bar menu of substance to eat.

    Would recommend for tourists or to entertain family or friends from out of town. As a New Yorker once to experience it.
    Written May 26, 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,603 contributions
    The Shorakkopoch Rock marks the spot where the Dutch may have bought the Island of Manhattan from the Lennape Indians. No one is too sure where the transaction took place but this is where the village was located and there was a three hundred year old Tulip Tree that died in the 1930's that mark the spot where Peter Minuit and his men offered $24.00 worth of household goods to settle the island making it one of the best transactions in the history of real estate.

    The Rock sits in a bend of Inwood Hill Park and is one of the nicest most underrated parks in Manhattan with views of the giant "C" for Columbia and the relaxing Muscota Marsh where wild life reins free. It has the last of the virgin forests on Manhattan and a view of the old Indian Caves.

    Don't miss this important part of history plus a nice walk around the park.
    Written July 6, 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about New York City




These are the best places for groups seeking scenic walking areas in New York City:See more scenic walking areas for groups in New York City on Tripadvisor


These are the most romantic places for scenic walking areas in New York City:See more romantic scenic walking areas in New York City on Tripadvisor