Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City and features a number of different ecosystems including a beach and coastline, salt marshes, shady forests and vast meadows where visitors can enjoy the great outdoors and large range of experiences available at the park.

Orchard Beach is the pride of Pelham Bay Park and the only public beach in the Bronx where 1.4 million visitors enjoy the beach each summer. Its 1.1-mile shoreline was created in 1936 by filling in a bay that once lay between Hunter Island and Rodman’s Neck. Orchard Beach is open in the off-season, when strolling, biking or dog walking are very popular.

Pelham Park has three playgrounds adjacent to basketball and handball courts that contain sprinklers and have all-accessible play equipment. The park’s Playground for all Children is fully accessible equipment for children with special needs. It features colorful play equipment and handrails that can be reached by children using crutches or wheelchairs as well as Braille signs, textured pavement and accessible swings. The park also has a “Sensory Garden” that allows children of various abilities to interact with nature through special plantings that have color, texture and scent for exploration. A shallow pond in the playground provides a wetland environment that children can discover.

In addition to horseback bridle trails, baseball and bocce fields, and handball courts, Pelham Park has five miles of protected bike paths. Starting on Crimi Road, bikers can travel across the Pelham Bridge along either side of City Island Road to the City Island Bridge, or turn towards Orchard Beach. Another route, takes bikers by the stables, along Shore Road, past the golf courses and up to the Pelham town line.

You can launch your kayak or canoe at the Pelham Bay Park Lagoon and is a great place to explore the many small islands at the mouth of Long Island Sound. Fishing is available throughout Pelham Bay Park’s 13 miles of coastline including the waters of the Hutchinson River, Long Island Sound and Eastchester Bay where you’ll find favorite fishing spots for both veteran and novice anglers.

Golf is available in Pelham Bay Park on two courses — the Pelham Course and the Split Rock Golf Course, both of which have 18 holes. The Turtle Cove Golf Center is a premiere golf practice range, with grass tees, golf simulators, miniature golf, PGA instruction programs, and batting cages.

There is abundant wildlife at Pelham Park. Visitors can see migrant songbirds, including Wood Thrush and Red-eyed Vireo; as well as owls and hawks, and wild turkey in remote areas of the park. Coyote, deer, and white-tailed deer also make their home here.

Visitors are encouraged to log on to the Friends of Pelham Park website to find out the latest times and activities of nature tours, concerts, and programs that are educational, unique, and life-affirming. Some of the park tours include:

Bach in the Garden

– The ensemble Basis presents an evening serenade of Johann Sebastian Bach’s dazzling chamber music in Bartow-Pell Mansion’s beautiful formal garden. Enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets accompanied by Bach works for flute, violin and bassoon. Registration requested.

Urban Park Rangers: Hawk Watch

– The old Pelham Bay landfill remains closed to the public, making it a great place to watch migrating birds of prey. Join a small group of fellow birders as we go in search of these avian hunters. Registration required.

Urban Park Rangers: Historic New York Hike

– Once mansions dotted the shore of Pelham Bay, but now only Bartow-Pell remains. Learn about the neighboring grand country estates on this walking tour through the woods. The Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in New York City’s long history.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum Tour

– is the only remaining mansion of about 20 residences that dotted this area before it became Pelham Bay Park. Many upper-class families, attracted to the country setting and the breezes of Long Island Sound, built estates here. Bartow-Pell Mansion is designed in the Greek revival style. A series of programs, house tours and garden strolls are offered by the Museum.

Nature Center Tours

– The Orchard Beach Nature Center is located along the promenade at Section 2. The Pelham Bay Nature Center is in Pelham South and can be reached by entering the Park at Bruckner Boulevard and Wilkinson Avenue. The Urban Park Rangers schedule a variety of activities, including seal and owl watches, nature photography, trail hikes and much more. See our Events page for details.