New York City consistently ranks highly among the most adventurous and expensive cities in the United States. Regardless of the high cost of living, there are plenty of outdoor opportunities that residents and visitors can explore. They include free tours, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities. Discussed below are 10 of the best outdoor activities to do in New York City.
- Kayak the Hudson River
The most appropriate time of the year for kayaking out on the Hudson River should be October. As a 315-mile (507 km) river, the Hudson River flows from north to south through eastern New York and originates in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. The river also flows southward through the Hudson Valley before draining into the Atlantic Ocean at the famed New York Harbor, which lies between Jersey City and New York City.
- Sight-Seeing at the Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a park on the Brooklyn side of NYC’s East River with a perimeter of 85-acre (34 ha). Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (a landscape architecture firm), the park reclaimed 1.3-mile (2.1 km) of the post-industrial waterfront from Atlantic Avenue in the south. Besides sight-seeing, other outdoor activities one can indulge in the park include playing basketball and swimming in the pop-up pool built using recycled shipping containers.
- Listen to Live Music at the Harlem Meer Performance Festival
The Harlem Meer Performance Festival is a yearly music event in NYC that runs through September. The festival usually takes place on an outdoor stage at Harlem Meer in Central Park. Harlem Meer Performance Festival features artists playing jazz, Latin, gospel and world music.
- Tour the Central Park
Central Park is a renowned urban park located in Manhattan, New York City. The park open to the public and features the Central Park Conservancy for free guided tours. With the guided tours, you get to hike around the North Woods. You’ll also see pools, rustic bridges, and waterfalls near the Harlem entrance.
- Visit the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central
Rather than catching a train, you can visit Grand Central Terminal for outdoor fun. The 102-year-old train station gives both visitors and locals a feel of Old New York. The Whispering Gallery that lies under the Guastavino-tiled arches is among the most alluring secrets of Grand Central Terminal. When two people whisper to each other while standing at diagonal arches, their voices ring just like an old telephone game.
- Attend a Cultural Event at the New York Public Library
The Schwarzman Building on 42nd Street and 5th Avenue is one of the NYC’s architectural artifacts. The building features the New York Public Library that hosts exhibits of nearly 53 million items. You can visit its branches in Staten Island, the Bronx and Manhattan to see the historical collections.
- Sun Bask at Public Beaches
Thousands of people usually head to NYC’s public beaches during the summer to get in some beach time. The beaches include Brighton Beach, which is nearer to Coney Island and features plenty of Russian restaurants. Rockaways beach is ideal for surfers while Fort Tilden beach attracts hipsters.
- Visit the Chelsea Galleries for an Art Expose
Most of the art galleries in Chelsea lie between W. 14th and W. 29th Street around 10th and 11th Avenues. They display museum-quality exhibits and are usually free to visit during opening hours, and many put on. They include Milk Gallery, Pace, Gagosian, and David Zwirner.
- Ride the Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry offers the most convenient way to travel between Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. You’ll only spend $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends to enjoy its pleasure.
The Staten Island Ferry operates as a passenger ferry controlled by the New York City Department of Transportation. You can catch it 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
- Visit the New York Earth Room & the Broken Kilometer
The New York Earth Room and the Broken Kilometer are the most impressive art installations by Dia Foundation in NYC. Artist Walter De Maria created them back in the 1970s. The New York Earth Room displays 280,000 pounds of soil in an immaculate Soho loft while the Broken Kilometer features 500 brass rods lined up on the floor of a Soho loft.
The ten outdoor opportunities discussed above guarantee you the best experiences in NYC. You just need to plan your day and choose those that seem ideal to you. You’ll get to spend less and enjoy more when indulging in these activities.