Lower Manhattan Park Announces Summer Event Schedule: Check It Out

WEST VILLAGE, NY – Hudson River Park announced its lineup of spring and summer activities on Friday, including many in and around the West Village.

Events will include the Blues BBQ Festival, sunset salsa lessons, tidal bridge tours, fitness classes, and more.

The 260 events from May to November will be free.

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“Whether your favorite part of summer is having fun with STEM while learning about our local habitat; strap on your dancing shoes and do some new moves; or sweat it out during a free outdoor workout, the magical setting from the Hudson River Park waterfront is where you will find it all,” said Noreen Doyle, President and CEO of Hudson River Park Trust, in a press release.

Hudson River Park stretches four miles along the west side of Manhattan from Battery Park City in Tribeca to West 59th Street.

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Most of the events this summer will take place at Pier 40, which is located in the West Village near West Houston Street.

Here are some of the biggest activities surrounding learning the Hudson River to watch out for in the park in Lower Manhattan.


Meet the fish

June 2 | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Pier 40 Wetlab at W Houston St.

Join us for the annual opening of Wetlab, the park’s seasonal research aquarium, free and open to the public. Check out some of the first Wetlab marine residents of the season collected by the Park’s River Project as part of its ongoing survey of fish ecology. Uniquely, the Wetlab is representative of the species that currently inhabit the Hudson River and as water conditions change, new species rotate through the tanks while others are released back into the river.

Wetlab Research

Tuesdays and Thursdays, from June 7 to October 25* | 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Pier 40 Wetlab at W Houston St.

Sundays, July 10 – September 25 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Pier 40 Wetlab at W Houston St.

Come face to face with the wildlife of the Hudson River at the Wetlab and view a fascinating seasonal display of local fish and invertebrates collected from the Hudson River. No two Wetlab trips are the same, as the animals are regularly released into the river throughout the season to ensure their behaviors are least impacted.

*No program on September 4 and October 13

Park Tours: Pier 26 Tide Deck

Sundays, July 10 – September 25* | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Pier 26 at N Moore St.

Wednesdays July 6, July 20, August 3, August 17, August 31, September 14 and September 28 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Pier 26 at N Moore St.

Join the Park’s River Project for a tour of the Tide Deck at Pier 26. The pier features a series of ecological communities representative of Manhattan’s natural coastline, from a wooded forest to a rocky marshland and the Hudson River itself. The Tide Deck is located at the western end of the pier and the rocky marsh marsh is designed to rise and fall with the daily tidal cycle of the river.

*No program on September 4

Check out hudsonriverpark.org for a list of all park tours offered this season.

Big city fishing

Sundays, July 10 – August 28 | 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Pier 26 at N Moore St

Wednesdays July 6 – September 24 | 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. | Pier 26 at N Moore St

Line up with the Park’s River Project and go catch-and-release fishing at the water’s edge. All necessary equipment and instruction is provided for beginners and anglers to take part in this relaxing and educational program.

ask a scientist

July 26, August 16 and September 20 | 7:00 p.m. | Pier 40 Wetlab at W Houston St.

Laugh and learn from local STEM experts during Ask a Scientist. Join us to explore fascinating science topics with guest experts sharing humorous yet informative discussions followed by a live Q&A.

STEM on the small island

Thursdays from September 8 to 29 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Pier 55 at W 13 St.

Visit the River Project at Hudson River Park at the Art Cart on Little Island for a series of creative workshops and STEM demonstrations inspired by our local waterways.

SUBMERGE Marine Science Festival

October 14 – 15 | Pier 84 at W 44 St.

Celebrate all things marine science during two fun-filled days of SUBMERGE and experience New York’s coastal waters. SUBMERGE brings marine science to life with hands-on activities led by local STEM experts, awesome experiments, kid-approved entertainment and more! Supported by Friends of the Hudson River Park.

You can check out the full list of activities, which includes those for the family, music, dancing, and more, on the park’s website.

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