Forest Park is an incredibly-varied park with more than 500 acres of thick woods, hilly terrain, ball fields, tennis courts, and a golf course. It is a well-known park that draws New Yorkers to its vast acreage to hike, ride horseback, mountain bike, golf or play ball.

The park is generally separated along an east-west corridor, with the majority of woodland natural settings and hiking trails in the eastern portion; and golf course, ball fields and the concert band shell in the west. The western side of the park also features the Daniel Muller Carousel, a 110-year-old vintage carousel.
The eastern side of the park features a number of Park Ranger events that are a perfect introduction to the park’s geology, forestry, and animal life. The park features three nature trails that range in length from .5 to 1.75 miles. Adventurous and experienced mountain bikers use the nature trails for off-road biking. The regular bike paths are beautiful, but the off-path trails marked with yellow, blue, and red markings will take you through winding paths and steep, rocky hills. Be sure to wear pants and a long- sleeved shirt to prevent scratches from bushes and brambles.
Since the park is so heavily wooded, it’s a great place to immerse yourself in the serenity of nature whether you walk, run, or relax with a picnic. The park is quiet, and is beautiful in in every season. Pack up breakfast and a thermos of coffee for an early hike around the pond, bridle trails, and hiking trails for an amazing (low-cost!) fun family activity. After breakfast, you can take the children to the vintage carousel. Alternately, you can register for one the Park Ranger-led hikes, or meet up with some of the many hiking groups that meet each Saturday morning for a few-hour hike. Horses can be hired from nearby private stables to ride the more than seven miles of bridle trails.
Weekend bikers, joggers, and roller-bladers use the open roads, so nature lovers should stick to the trails if they want to enjoy trees, greenery, and fresh air. The paved area is also home to numerous summer carnivals and puppet shows. The western area of Forest Park is truly an athlete’s playground offering baseball fields; tennis, bocce, handball courts; and an 18-hole public golf course, modeled after Scottish courses. The Seuffert Bandshell hosts free concerts throughout the summer, and the Victory Field Sports Complex features a running track, handball courts, and a baseball field.

Each year, Forest Park hosts annual events such as the Halloween Walk, the Victorian Christmas, Nature Trails Day, and orienteering programs for area residents and tourists.