It's a little bit of a head-scratcher. New York City ranks 29th overall among the top cities for recreation, thanks to a first-place finish in one category and despite a placement of dead-last in another, according to a recent study.

WalletHub's list of 2018's Best & Worst Cities for Recreation includes 100 major metropolitan areas of the United States. The cities were measured across four major categories (Facilities, Costs, Parks and Weather) and scored in a cross-section of 45 different metrics within those four areas.

New York was #1 in Quality of Parks, thanks in large in part to the 843 urban acres of legendary Central Park and even larger parks in Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx.

Its last-place finish in Costs included the price of such activities as bowling, golf, food, and adult beverages.

Surprisingly, New York was #4 (behind only Chicago, Norfolk and Omaha) in Most Tennis Courts Per Capita. In all our trips to the Big Apple, we can't remember ever seeing anyone playing tennis.

Among other New York State markets, Buffalo was 54th overall, including a last-place rank in Weather. The top four cities overall for recreation were Orlando, Las Vegas, San Diego and Cincinnati.

What's your favorite public park in Central New York?


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