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5 spots by the Hudson River that are perfect for social distancing–and have truly calming views

Updated: May 7, 2020

A walk along the edge of Riverbank State Park reveals views to the south, west and north
Views of the George Washington Bridge from Riverbank State Park

Uptown venues big and small–from The Apollo Theater to Studio Museum 127–are shutting down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

So what's a stir-crazy person to do this weekend?

Here are five spots along the Hudson River where you can practice social distancing while enjoying views that are sure to soothe frayed nerves.

W 125th to W 135th Streets along the Hudson River

Grab a snack at the Fairway Market across the street, then pick your bench and watch the boats slowly go by.

Entrance at Riverside Drive and 145th St

A walk along the edge of this 28-acred state park built high above the banks of the Hudson reveals sweeping views to the south, west and north–viewfinders included. Here's a helpful map.

The Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park
The Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park

Under the George Washington Bridge in Fort Washington Park

Never been to the storybook lighthouse under the George Washington Bridge and not sure how to get there? Watch this helpful video, featuring instructions from 158th and 181st Streets.

Inside Fort Tryon Park, 192nd Street and Fort Washington Avenue to Riverside Drive near 200th Street

Fort Tryon Park has many spots with views of the Hudson River–and the Palisades, a National Natural Landmark, beyond it–but maybe the most celebrated is the bench-lined Linden Terrace. Download this handy map to help you find it quickly.

West 218th St and Indian Rd

Opened to the public in 2014, this peaceful spot has views of the ever-changing marsh and the Henry Hudson Bridge behind it. The wildlife can be plentiful, including the marsh's famous seal.

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