Outdoor Parks and Recreation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Whether you're looking for an ideal picnic spot with friends or if you'd like to go outside and read a book alone, there are several places to do it in Williamsburg. Each of these parks have something different to offer.

Edited by Alison Lowenstein 

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McCarren Park

Benches around a tree in McCarren Park

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The largest park in Williamsburg, McCarren boasts a running track, baseball and softball fields, two dog parks, a Greenmarket on Saturdays, and plenty of places to sit in the grass. In the summer months, the McCarren Park swimming pool is open and popular with the locals, the facility has two pools and a gym. Best part--it's free!

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East River Park

If it's water you're after, look no further than the East River Park located on Kent Avenue between N. 8th and 9th Streets. This seven acre park boasts incredible views of Manhattan and the River. In the summer, free concerts are thrown here. In the warmer months it's a great place to chill out with a picnic or work on your tan.

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Grand Ferry Park

Grand Ferry Park
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Over on Grand Street just past Kent Avenue you'll find a small road that leads down to the water. If crowds drive you crazy, this little area down by the water, with a few benches is a great place to have a coffee and enjoy the breeze and the view.

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McGolrick Park

McGolrick Park
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Though McGolrick Park isn't near the water and is much smaller than McCarren, it's a beautiful place to sit adn relax in Greenpoint. There are beautiful oak trees and benches that line the borders of the park and a playground for the kiddies.

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Northside Piers

View from the Piers
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Though technically these piers belong to the condos above them, they are open to the public and well worth the visit. On Kent and N. 4th, jutting out several hundred feet into the water, this relatively new pier gives great views of all the bridges on the East River and a breathtaking view of Manhattan.

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