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The Best Places for Sunbathing in NYC - Hot Spots & Secret Retreats

The Best Places for Sunbathing in NYC - Hot Spots & Secret Retreats

Nothing Says Summer Like Sunbathing in NYC

In a city as bustling as ours, it's nice to relax every once in awhile. New Yorkers love their summer free time, filling parks, pools, and rooftops to soak in the warm weather. That's what makes sunbathing in NYC so amazing. People do it just about anywhere, from bus stops to park benches. Of course, some places are better than others, and this list is sure to help you choose a spot, whether you want to see and be seen, or escape the beaten path for a little peace and quiet.


Central Park's Sheep Meadow

Enter at Central Park West and 66th Street to access the city's most popular spot for lazing in the sun, a 15-acre grassy oasis, surrounded by iconic skyscrapers. Even though you share the space with thousands of gorgeous, barely-dressed sunbathers from around the world, it's also a designated Quiet Zone, so you should have no problem taking it easy.


Teardrop Park

Warren Street in Battery Park City

(between River Terrace & North End Ave.)

Shhh! This one's a secret. Waterfront spots in nearby Rockefeller Park fill up fast, and few people know about this secluded reprieve, full of sun, shade, and public fountain fun.


Coney Island Beach

Catch the Q train from Union Square and take it to the end of the line for an authentic slice of summer in Brooklyn. Sandy beaches, amusement park rides, street performers, and legal drinking on the Boardwalk - sunbathing is only the start of what's sure to be a day to remember.


The High Line

Washington Street at Gansevoort

A repurposed elevated railway, this unique park is a sun-lover's dream, lined with intermittent lawns and reclining wooden benches.