8. Randall’s Island

Randall's Island hidden beach in NYC

Randall’s Island is an overlooked coastline that is great for Manhattan views. There is also a wealth of other activities available nearby. Thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s efforts, the park has been completely transformed into a new community center since renovations began in 2005. With a tennis court, a sports stadium, a golf course, and a wetlands area spanning nine acres, the park now offers more than ever before.

As an official NYC government park, the city runs numerous community programs on the island, too, so be sure to check out the events postings before your visit, so you don’t miss an outdoor yoga class or an urban farm workshop, to name a few. The wide open space is also a perfect place for a dog walk, family barbecue, or even a bike ride on the paved paths.