Although New York is so dense, it has a surprising amount to offer outdoor venue wise, depending on the size of your guest list. I’ll warn you now that those with less than 200 guests will have a lot more options. However, even if you’re over 200, you’ve still got a few beautiful and scenic outdoor locations to choose from.
Queens Country Farm Museum
Capacity: 85 to 1000 Guests, depending on the site you choose (4 available)
Description: The Farm Museum is a wonderful and unique site for a wedding. You can choose from elegant grand-scale affairs to picnics, hoedowns, and BBQs. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, an orchard, herb garden and vineyard. The tranquil agrarian environment provide the opportunity to leave the hectic daily pace behind for an enjoyable visit to a farm without leaving the City.
Additional Notes: You may bring in the caterer or rental company of your choice; Tractor drawn hayrides can be added to any rental
Website: Queens County Farm Museum
Address: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway | Floral Park, NY | 11004-1129
Capacity: Up to 250 (depending on the location within the park you choose)
Description: Prospect Park has been the scene for beautiful weddings in Brooklyn for over 100 years. The Boathouse and Picnic House both offer elegant settings, modern amenities, and stunning views of the Park. And these beautiful facilities are also perfect for religious ceremonies, anniversaries, family reunions, kids’ parties, or any special occasion. At Prospect Park you have the option of The Picnic House (which won The Knot Best of Weddings, 2010 & 2011), The Boathouse, or have your ceremony right in the park.
Additional Notes: Free parking is available with security staff; Optional rental of Electric Independence Boat with Boathouse Rental ( seasonal availability); Moveable Feast Catering is the only caterer that can be used
Website: Prospect Park
Phone: (646) 393-9031
Address: 95 Prospect Park West | Brooklyn, NY | 11215
Capacity: Up to 150 guests
Description: Barolo Restaurant and Garden brings to you the flavors and the food of the beautiful wine region of Barolo in northern Italy. Walking down West Broadway, the main Avenue of New York’s fashionable Soho district, among the fine boutiques and art galleries, you will notice the beautiful front of Ristorante Barolo.
Etablished in 1990, Barolo has crafted a reputation of excellence among a fashionable and discerning clientele, both locally and internationally. Ristorante Barolo is well known for some of the most exquisite and authentic Northern Italian cuisine, complemented by a prize winning wine
list of over 1,200 selections.
Website: Barolo Ristorante
Phone: Lourdes Bejasa at (212) 226-2055
Address: 398 West Broadway | New York, NY | 10012
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Capacity: Up to 50 guests (more allowed at the Palm House)
Description: Tucked away in one of the largest cities of the world, Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a beautiful oasis of trees, flowers, and pastoral scenes—and the perfect place for your marriage ceremony. There are many delightful settings to choose from, including the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, with its magical mirror like waterscapes, cloud-pruned maples, and waterfalls; the Cranford Rose Garden, where tens of thousands of fragrant roses bloom in summertime; and the Osborne Garden, with its classical architecture, cascading fountain, and stately procession of crabapple trees and azaleas. Celebrate your wedding at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and create an exquisite event that will be forever treasured by all those who attend.
Additional Notes: Ceremonies must begin by 9 a.m. and be completed by 10 a.m.; for reception and full wedding packages and receptions check out the Palm House within the Botanical Gardens
Website: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Address: 398 West Broadway | New York, NY | 10012
Capacity: Up to 300
Description: Central Park is a romantic and picturesque location to hold a wedding ceremony. They’ve also recently partnered with I Do New York to make planning all aspects of your special day in Central Park a simple and enjoyable experience. They offer all-inclusive Central Park Wedding Ceremony packages and take care of everything from your permit to your flowers.
Some places we recommend for weddings include the Conservatory Garden, Ladies Pavilion, the Pond, Cherry Hill, Cop Cot, Belvedere Plaza, Wagner Cove and Summit Rock. The best way to narrow down your choices is by the number of guests that will be attending as each location has a specific guest limit.
Additional Notes: Chairs, tents, tables, rugs, runners, throwing of rice, birdseed, flowers and confetti, or anything else that will affect the soil is not allowed in Central Park. There are exceptions to the use of chairs for those who cannot stand for long periods of time. Alcohol, candles, or amplified sound are not allowed. Acoustic music is permitted.
Website: Central Park Weddings
Email: Contact Online
Address: Manhattan | New York | United States
Alice Austin House
Capacity: Up to 175
Description: The panoramic view, stretching from the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan to the Verrazano Bridge, is the ideal backdrop for a wedding. The Austen House lets you plan and design your event to fit your needs.
Additional Notes: Any caterer is permitted
Website: Alice Austen House
Address: Alice Austen House Museum | 2 Hylan Boulevard | Staten Island, NY | 10305
United Nations Delegate Dining Room
Capacity: Up to 800
Description: Bordered by the colorful flags of the UN’s 191 member states and floor-to-ceiling windows with 180-degree views, the Delegates Dining Room provides an impressive backdrop for your wedding. This landmark venue, with spectacular views overlooking the East River and New York City’s majestic skyline, will enchant your guests.
Website: UN Delegates Dining Room
Email: Lee Hayden at
Phone: (212) 963-7029
Address: United Nations | 46th Street and 1st Avenue | New York, NY | 10017