When you have visited NYC, you know that you are not alone. This city can be very crowded and it can be difficult to just walk down the street, let alone try that special run. No wonder many city trippers head to Central Park. And that’s for a good reason: With its nonstop circle loop, picturesque reservoir and many fellow runners to follow, this green lung is a popular choice for running. But did you know about the other amazing places to run in the city? Here are five of New York’s finest running routes to get your sprint (or jog or walk) on while in town. So wake up early and start your city trip with fresh energy. Use your active time to make some gorgeous #Instarun
1. Hudson River Greenway
Where? The path runs from the Bronx all the way down to Battery Park and is accessible from nearly anywhere.
Why? The Hudson River Greenway, which runs along the West Side Highway, is arguably one of the most scenic routes in the city and one of the most popular places to run. The route provides stunning views of the water and neighboring New Jersey. The straightforward route (just follow along the water) is perfect for city newbies or visitors. Tip: Above 72nd Street it tends to be more tranquil.
2. Prospect Park
Where? Take the F or G train to 15 St – Prospect Park.
Why? The best place to jog in Brooklyn is without doubt Prospect Park. It’s sort of a mini Central Park. Numerous paths and roads allow you to run continuous stretches of almost 4 miles in one of the quietest and cleanest areas in the city. Break away from the Manhattan hustle and bustle and hit the sometimes sloping path, and take a quick Instagram break at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch (known as New York’s Arc de Triomphe). Check out Prospect Park running map
3. Brooklyn Bridge
Where: Take the F train to High Street – Brooklyn Bridge Station
Beginning from Atlantic Avenue and through Pier 6 then follow path through to go up and over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Why? Incorporating one New York’s iconic bridges is an integral part of the running experience in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge is a ‘must do’, and does a nice job of accommodating pedestrians. This starting point is in Brooklyn so you run towards Manhattan with the most spectacular views. This route provides Instaperfect views from start to finish. So take your phone with you and do not miss the photo-ops present at every step of your route crossing the Brooklyn bridge. Coming down into Manhattan, take a right through pedestrian plaza and north on to open air and watch the calming water. If you go early, you will see locals of Chinatown practicing Tai Chi at the riverfront.
4. Fit Tours NYC
Where: book your run online
Why? Ditch the hotel treadmill and head out to explore New York’s iconic neighborhoods with a guide who can describe the sights and coach you through a run. With Fit Tours NYC, you get to jog along various city routes. Tour routes are designed with safety in mind and avoid automobile traffic as much as possible. Or why not combine brisk walking with restorative yoga practice in the most beautiful setting in all of NYC. Book yourself the Sunrise Yoga Walk. Tours start at $ 39,-
5. Highbridge Parks
Where? The High Bridge connects the neighborhoods of Washington Heights in Manhattan and Highbridge in the Bronx, and is accessible from both boroughs. Starting from the 170th St. Subway Station makes this route easily accessible by taking the 4 train.
Why? Run across the High Bridge—New York City’s oldest standing bridge—which re–opened in 2015 after closing for decades for rehabilitation. The bridge connects Manhattan to the Bronx at the Harlem River. Run through the quiet, lush greenery of Highbridge Park on the Manhattan side, a beautiful display of fall colors during the fall. Admire the waterfront view of the park while discovering remnants of the Old Croton Aqueduct
, New York City’s first water supply system, which was built around 1840.