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. 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!
These grassy grounds span 843 acres from 59th to 110th streets, between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. You can pay your respects to Beatles frontman John Lennon at Strawberry Fields, people-watch at Bethesda Terrace, enjoy a respite at the Conservatory Garden, have a picnic on Sheep Meadow or enjoy the delightful Central Park Zoo.
This elevated freight rail line-turned-public park snakes from Manhattan’s W. 34th St. south to Gansevoort St. in the Meatpacking District. The park covers little more than a mile: Along the way, take in views of the West Side and the Hudson River, art installations, join tours and view hundreds of species of grasses, shrubs and trees.
Part of New York Water Taxi, visitors can take in Manhattan’s cityscape aboard the Zephyr Statue of Liberty express, a luxury yacht with plush seating and three outdoor deck areas. Ferry past the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Empire State Building and One World Trade Center. Snacks and a full bar available onboard.
Enjoy luxury seating and two full cash bars on this commuter taxi, which cruises the Hudson and East Rivers daily. Cruise by legendary Downtown landmarks and pause at the feet of the Statue of Liberty, take pictures and enjoy the Manhattan and New Jersey Skylines.
This 28-acre waterfront sports complex in Manhattan rests between W. 17th and W. 23rd streets along the Hudson River on Piers 59, 60 and 61 and in the headhouse that connects them. Visitors can perfect their golf swing, join in on a sand volleyball game, go bowling, take a pilates class, try their hand at rock-climbing and so much more.
Operated by NYC Bicycle Share, people can essentially “check out” a bike at a docking station, go for a ride, and then “check in” the bike at another station. With cobalt blue cites at hundreds of locations around the city—available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year—traveling the city couldn't be healthier—and easier!
Fans can cheer on the Bronx Bombers at this world-famous stadium. With the tour program Hands On History at the New York Yankees Museum, visitors can touch game bats, World Series rings and more. Each tour begins about 90 minutes before gates open. For dining, the Yankees forgo the standard baseball fare for NYY Steak and more.
The New York Botanical Garden is a 20-minute ride from Grand Central Terminal, via Metro-North. Inspired by London’s Royal Botanic Gardens, the U.S. counterpart was chartered by New York State in 1891, covers about 250 acres and is comprised of 50 gardens. One standout feature is the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory—a Victorian-era greenhouse.
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—at 585 acres—was even designed by the same landscape architecture team. Like Central Park, Prospect Park is full of attractions like Lefferts Historic House, the Zoo, greenmarket and a few playgrounds.
In its heyday—dating back as far as the early 1600s—this historic Lower Manhattan ‘hood was a bustling port and trading post. Today, restored early 19th-century buildings and ships serve as reminders of the area’s former use, with plenty of 21st-century updates, like shops, restaurants, the South Street Seaport Museum and the TKTS booth.