Everyone loves the outdoors. If you’re visiting New York City, your itinerary is probably full of numerous places to visit and things to do. While it’s fun and exciting to see all the iconic attractions NYC offers, sometimes slowing down and enjoying the outdoors can be a real breather.
From enjoying the summer sun or the crisp and clear air during the fall to cruising the waters of the Hudson River, there are plenty of outdoor activities you can engage in. Here are five ways that visitors can enjoy New York City outdoors.
Rent a Bike and Explore the City
Unless you want to walk, nothing beats the experience of exploring NYC on a bike. With more bike rental shops than ever, a growing network of bike lanes and numerous things to see, touring NYC on a bike offers you an opportunity to see more as you enjoy the outdoors.
You can easily rent a bicycle to explore the outdoors by taking bike routes that include Central Park, the Ocean Parkway Greenway, Shore Parkway Greenway, Hudson River Greenway, the Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn and others.
Visit The New York Botanical Garden
With 250 acres of green spaces, more than a dozen gardens, an untouched wooded area and special organized shows, The New York Botanical Garden is among the best outdoor attractions for visitors. Whether you want to get away from the bustle of the city, have some fun with your touring friends or learn about native plants, a day at the gardens will be well deserved.
Most tourists have such a busy schedule that they miss out on the small pleasures of enjoying the moment. Nature and the outdoors offer one of the best ways to relax, both mentally and physically, so spend some time in NYC’s green spaces.
Take a Boat Cruise
With so many cruise companies offering exciting boat rides, you can find an interesting adventure throughout the year. For your next outdoor activity, try out Spirit Cruises and enjoy a steamy Latin Moonlight cruise that includes salsa lessons or explore uncharted waters with a cruise on Manhattan By Sail’s Clipper City, a floating landmark in NYC.
Cruises have all sorts of fun activities, from nighttime jazz cruises to beer lovers and daytime cruises as you soak up in the sun and enjoy tales of New York’s history. There’s always something engaging when cruising with groups of people. Carry your camera too!
Tour Waldorf Astoria’s Rooftop Garden
Get an opportunity to climb on top of a Four-Star hotel in NYC. The Waldorf Astoria New York hotel offers just that, with its now larger rooftop garden and amazing beehive sanctuary on the 20th-floor. If you’re looking for an outdoor activity, exploring the hotel’s deck is an exciting adventure.
Book a tour and partake in one of the exclusive beekeeping seminars with the pros and learn how the chef uses the honey in the Astoria’s kitchen. End your day with a Waldorf Buzz honey beer, exclusively made using nectar from the beehives you just toured by Empire Brewing.
Enjoy Rooftop Yoga with SpotYoga’s Classes
We all want to keep fit even when traveling but busy touring schedules leave little time to work out. How about engaging in outdoor group workouts? SpotYoga Studio, located across the city at five Haute venues, is the perfect spot to enjoy rooftop yoga while enjoying the city’s views.
The idea behind the spot is to give New Yorkers and visitors a means to enjoy the incredible, hidden spaces in the city while practicing urban yoga in a fun way. Staying fit while traveling is important. Find more outdoor NYC activities and enjoy!