35 Best Outdoor Activities in NYC Story

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35 Best Outdoor Activities in NYC Story

Some of the best outdoor activities in NYC include strolling around parks, sunbathing on Coney...

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Walk through the New York Botanical Garden

One of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in NYC is the New York Botanical Garden...

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Look around the South Street Seaport

A fun place to check out in NYC is the South Street Seaport, located between...

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Hang out at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre riverside park located near the entrance to the...

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Admire the flowers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Another of the best outdoor NYC activities is going to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Wandering...

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Appreciate the views from Hudson River Park

Opened in 1998, Hudson River Park is one of multiple riverside parks in NYC. As...

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Unwind at the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

The New York Chinese Scholar's Garden is another of the stunning garden attractions in NYC...

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Ride the Staten Island Ferry

One of the best ways to see Manhattan skyline is by taking the Staten Island...

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Get great views of Manhattan from Gantry Plaza State Park

A slightly lesser-known park in NYC that's well worth visiting is Gantry Plaza State in...

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Visit Washington Square Park

One of the well-known public parks in Manhattan is Washington Square Park. Located in Greenwich...

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Stroll around Van Cortlandt Park

Another beautiful park in NYC is Van Cortlandt Park, located in the Bronx. At 1,146...

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Venture to Jacob Riis Park

Located about an hour and a half from Manhattan on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens...

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Follow the Hudson River Greenway

If you like to go on bike rides, one of the fun outdoor activities in...

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Spend a day at Coney Island Beach

If you're looking for an all-day outdoor activity, going to Coney Island Beach on a...

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Have a fun day out at Luna Park in Coney Island

Another fun attraction in Coney Island is Luna Park. The amusement park features a variety...

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View art installation at the Socrates Sculpture Park

One of the best outdoor activities in New York City for art lovers is going...

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Bike in Central Park

New York's Central Park is one of the most well-known public parks in the United...

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Go on a Central Park walking tour

Another great way to explore Central Park is on a walking tour. You'll be accompanied...

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Enjoy outdoor concerts and movies at Hudson Yards

During warmer months, you can catch outdoor movies, concerts, and even exercise classes at Hudson...

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Experience Times Square

Another world-famous landmark found in New York City is Times Square. The bustling entertainment venue...

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Attend an outdoor workout class

If you like to work out, you'll find many great places to go for a...

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Skate at the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink

Ice skating at Rockefeller Center with the famous Christmas tree in the background is a...

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Try a range of activities at Bryant Park

Bryant Park is a charming 9.6-acre park that sits next to the New York Public...

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Spot bald eagles at Inwood Hill Park

Inwood Hill Park sits on the far end of Manhattan and features scenic trails and...

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Take the Roosevelt Island tram

Located in the East River, Roosevelt Island is a small island that's part of the...

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Let your dog play at the 72nd Street Dog Run

It's not just the humans of New York that enjoy outdoor activities! If traveling with...

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Sail to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

The Statue of Liberty is a world-famous landmark located in NYC. If you want to...

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Check out Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Another must-visit outdoor spot in Queens is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The 897-acre park has previously...

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Catch a New York Yankees game

Going to a New York Yankees baseball game is an outdoor activity that's popular with...

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Find unique items at the Brooklyn Flea Market

Shopping for unique and interesting items at the Brooklyn Flea Market is one of the...

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Read at the New York Public Library Outdoor Reading Room

Officially called the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Outdoor Reading Room, going...

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Watch a New York Jets or New York Giants game

Another fun outdoor sporting event to attend is an NFL game. New York has two...

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Sip cocktails at 230 Fifth rooftop bar

While a lot of these fun outdoor things to do in NYC are daytime activities...

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Escape to Governors Island

Another island that's still within the borough of Manhattan is Governors Island. The 172-acre island...

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Wander along the High Line

Walking along the raised park, the High Line, is one of the most relaxing things...

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Bird watch at Prospect Park

Prospect Park in Brooklyn features wetlands, forests, and trails. It's also a great place to...

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