Aerial Central park view from Rockefeller plaza

Summer may be on its latter half, but travelers around the country still have plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine and local culture at an outdoor park. Here, are our favorite parks at IC destinations.

Channel Islands National Park
Ventura, CA

This first destination isn’t your average grassy-lawn park, but rather a series of islands off the coast of Southern California, just a short boat trip from our Hotel Milo in Santa Barbara.  Spend the days kayaking, wildlife watching and fishing, and take a night to go camping under the stars on these small, rocky outcroppings.

Lummus Park
Miami Beach, FL

Dotted with palm trees, Lummus Park is all that separates Ocean Drive and the beach. Go biking, rollerblading or running along the paved boardwalk at sunset, grab a coconut on-the-go, and enjoy some people-watching. IC travelers can enjoy a short walk to this famed destination from both our Blue Moon and Winter Haven hotels.

The Fens
Boston, MA

Beantown is home to the oldest park in the United States—Boston Common, but we also love the Fens, a sprawling collection of community gardens, local sports facilities and ponds. What makes this park come alive is its connection to local neighborhoods like the Back Bay and Fenway. Students from the nearby Berklee College of Music students play jazz on the grass, and rowdy Red Sox fans pass by on their way to a ballgame.

The National Mall
Washington, DC

The famous stretch of lawn running from the Lincoln Memorial all the way to the Capitol Building building is home to memorials, monuments, museums and the White House. Take a full day to explore it all, stopping at the any of Smithsonian museums—The National Museum of African American History and Culture opens September 24 for quintessential DC day. Guests of our Capitol Hill Hotel and St. Gregory Hotel can enjoy easy access to this marvelous attraction.

Central Park
New York, NY

No list of parks in the US can ignore New York’s massive swath of nature in the middle of Manhattan. Often named as one the best urban parks in the world, it’s got dozens of concerts, Shakespearean performances, a zoo, a castle, tens of miles of trails and sweeping skyline views. Guests at Duane Street Hotel in Tribeca, and Nu Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn have easy access to this landmark.