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There are almost 2,000 parks in New York City.

TWO THOUSAND.

And poking around the city’s archaic website to find specific information on each is just about as tedious as you can imagine.

That’s where Explore NYC Parks comes in. It’s a new site and iPhone app that approaches the discovery process with a map (that detects your current location). Zoom into your neighborhood to see which parks are closest to you. Or select certain amenity filters to see where the nearest tennis court, playground or, say, Halloween dog parade are.

When you click on a particular park of interest, a window will pop up and tell you all its included features. You’ll also be able to click over to its official Parks Department page (because, after all, that’s the most official source) and in some cases its Yelp profile (because, after all, you want the real advice of a human).

But the coolest feature is the “Take Me on an Adventure” tab at the top right. It randomizes special excursions you might want to consider. From mini golf on the Hudson to a hidden waterfall in Midtown, you may have just found your next Saturday plans.

See the hidden gems we discovered on the site. 

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