Things to Do in New York City: Outdoor Adventures

No matter when you choose to visit New York City, it is always worth it to spend some time in our version of The Great Outdoors.

More than a Concrete Jungle

Contrary to popular belief, this city is so much more than a concrete jungle. From lush, elevated walkways and adrenaline-inducing rides at amusement parks to waterfront entertainment and seafaring fun, we have got it all—and then some. You would be surprised to find out, that alongside our towering skyscrapers, crowded streets and endless traffic jams is also a town where you can catch a breeze on a relaxing ferry, jump into a beachfront volleyball challenge, perfect that golf swing for your next big game, or find out what rock-climbing is all about. Please, step outside and see what we've got!

Central Park

Central Park remains one of the city's most vital and active landscapes, while still conveying the nineteenth-century transcendentalist ideals of its visionary creators, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.

The High Line

The 1.45-mile-long elevated park and public promenade offers a spectacular view of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline, fixed and movable seating and perennial-filled gardens designed by Piet Oudolf. Section 2, btw W. 20th & W.

Circle Line Downtown

Part of Circle Line Downtown, the Zephyr Statue of Liberty express is a luxury yacht with plush seating, three outdoor deck areas and a state-of-the art audio system. Ferry past the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.

New York Water Taxi

Luxury seating is available on this commuter taxi, which cruises the Hudson and East rivers daily, making stops that include 42nd Street in Midtown, Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, the South Street Seaport and DUMBO in Brooklyn. All-Day Access Pass: from $37 adults, from $31 children 3-12. Under 2 free per ride.

Chelsea Piers

This multisport, 30-acre waterfront facility features two indoor ice-skating rinks, an indoor swimming pool, a golf driving range, gymnasium, weight-training room, track, batting cages, the largest rock climbing wall in the Northeast and a full-service spa for men and women. Hours/prices vary.

Citi Bike

Up to 12,000 bikes are available for rent for 30-minute intervals from 750 docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Jersey City. $3 for one ride (up to 30 minutes), $12 for a day pass (24 hours of unlimited 30-minute rides) and $24 for a three-day pass (72 hours of unlimited 30-minute rides).

New York Yankees

The Bronx Bombers take on the competition in the 2019 home-game season.  March 28, 30-31: Baltimore Orioles April 1-3: Detroit Tigers April 12-14: Chicago White Sox April 16-17: Boston Red Sox

New York Botanical Garden

Miles of impressively lush gardens and walking trails, educational programs, free tours and a hands-on children’s adventure garden offer an escape from the city. Hours: Tu-Su 10 am-6 pm. January-February: Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm

Prospect Park

Some might say Prospect Park is to Brooklyn what Central Park is to Manhattan. And, the comparison is pretty spot-on. BK’s largest park—coming in at 585 acres—was even designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same landscape architecture team behind Central Park.

South Street Seaport

This historic spot in Lower Manhattan offers a festive, riverside marketplace with more than 20 retailers, including clothing boutiques, galleries, service establishments, gift shops and the Seaport Museum shops.