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Playing volleyball in Central Park | © Flickr/Shinya Suzuki
Playing volleyball in Central Park | © Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Where You Can Play Sports In Manhattan, New York City

Picture of Michael LoRé
Sports Editor
Updated: 22 February 2017
New York City is full of endless places to enjoy outdoor activities and sports. Culture Trip takes a look at some of the best places to play sports in the borough of Manhattan.

Central Park

Free and open 365 days a year, Central Park is the ultimate oasis of greenery and nature in New York City. From running and biking to soccer, baseball, cricket, frisbee and more, Central Park has it all. The possibilities here are endless.

batte man…. a central park

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Rucker Park

Synonymous with its basketball court that has been graced by locals and legends alike, Rucker Park, located north of 155th Street in Harlem, also has one baseball field, four handballs courts and a playground. The park has been the subject of two films: Above the Rim (1994) and On Hallowed Ground: Streetball Champions of Rucker Park (2000).

Its not just a court, its HISTORY 🏀 #ballislife #outdoors A photo posted by Raymond Jomarcel P. Villarete (@rjpvillarete) on

Hudson River Park

This “ultimate sports and recreation destination in Manhattan” offers sports and activities for children and adults. Beach volleyball, golf at Chelsea Piers, soccer, tennis and even trapeze grace this longest waterfront park in the United States that attracts 17 million visits yearly.

Asphalt Green

With locations in the Upper East Side and Battery Park City, this nonprofit organization is “dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness.” Asphalt Green offers a wide array of aquatics (including swimming, diving and water polo), sports (including soccer, baseball and flag football) and fitness (including spin, pilates, yoga and martial arts).


Randall’s Island Park

Offering miles of waterfront pathways, more than 60 athletic fields, Icahn Stadium, and tennis and golf facilities, Randall’s Island Park has just about everything someone looking to be active could want.

After the rainstorm comes a beautiful #rainbow! #stormyweather #hellgatebridge #randallsisland #scenicview #nycviews #sunset #thunderstorms #rain A photo posted by Randall’s Island Park Alliance (@randallsisland) on