At over 2800 acres of land, the Greenbelt dwarfs New Yorkas famous Central Park. With trails, summer day camps to send kids to, and hiking, the Greenbelt offers a lot of what the smaller parks in the more urban areas cannot. It is free, of course, and there are a ton of great programs.
Hours: Daily except for major holidays
For kids who grew up on Staten Island, the wilderness at the island's core is the home of Cropsey, their very own Blair Witch. The urban legend concerns a man who was killed by a Boy Scout prank gone awry and comes back years later to seek revenge on innocent children. In the 1980s, when a little girl went missing near Staten Island's Greenbelt, the accused was a homeless man living in the Greenbelt among the ruins of the Willowbrook State School, the former institution for mentally... More »