I’ve lived in New York City for ten years, and I’ve had a baby for more than a year, but the other day I stumbled upon an amazing hidden playground that I had NO IDEA existed.

When you walk into Battery Park City, you see rows of tall apartment buildings. But if you walk behind the buildings on River Terrace, there’s a cluster of big trees. They don’t look like much, but if you head into them…

…you’ll reach a clearing with a sandbox, splashy fountains, and giant slide! It feels like you’re in the middle of a forest, and the 14-foot-tall slide feels surprisingly steep. Alex challenged me to slide down while holding my arms up (as if it were a roller coaster), and it was totally exhilarating. Toby adores it, too, of course, and I’d highly recommend Teardrop Park as a lovely little secret garden.

P.S. The world’s coolest playgrounds.

(Photos by Smith & Ratliff)