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Things To Do Outside In New York City - Updated 2020

things to do outside in New York City
Venkateshwar
Venkateshwar
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From historical sites to art museums and lush gardens, New York City’s attractions attract both domestic and foreign visitors alike. If you’re not captivated by the city’s monuments and soaring skyscrapers, the thriving arts, fashion, food, and nightlife scenes will blow you away. In the morning, you can browse Fifth Avenue’s designer racks and in the afternoon, view the astonishing beauty of the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Art lovers can enjoy the striking works on display at the Met and the Guggenheim before feasting on the ethnic fare in Little Italy or Chinatown. If you want more, buy tickets to watch an award-winning Broadway show or visit one of the low-key rooftop bars and jazz clubs enlightening the Meatpacking District after dark. If you are planning to visit New York City, here are some of the best attractions.

1. NYC Private Graffiti Workshop (from USD 664.0)

This 75- to 90-minute private graffiti workshop led by a professional graffiti artist provides learning about the political and social messages in the art form of graffiti. All necessary materials and instructions are included in the program. The NYC graffiti workshop gives an opportunity to explore and fine tune the inner artist in you. In this private session, the guide details the nitty-gritty of the art and provides plenty of time to answer questions from participants. Round-trip transportation from meeting point near Times Square is provided.

NYC Private Graffiti Workshop

Duration: 2 hours

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2. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island guided tour (from USD 49.0)

The Statue of Liberty is not merely a monument. She is a friend and a living emblem of freedom to millions around the world. The exhibits are a tribute to the people who created her, to the ideals she represents, and the hopes she inspires. The Statue of Liberty exhibit, which was opened in July 1986, is located on the second floor in the pedestal of the Statue. The exhibits trace the history and imagery of the Statue of Liberty through museum objects, prints, photographs, videos, and oral histories. The full-scale replicas of the Statue’s face and foot are also on display in addition to descriptive text and historical artifacts. Ellis Island is known as the gateway to New York for millions of immigrants, who passed through the inspection station during 1892 and 1954. Ellis Island is home to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and the American Family Immigration History Center.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Monument Tour NYC

Duration: 3 to 5 hours

10 reviews

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3. Central Park 5K fun run (from USD 44.0)

This guided and casual 5K run follows along rolling hills and winding paths crossing many of Central Park’s most iconic locations with a brief stop at designated places to know about the history of New York’s most loved attraction. Sights include The Mall and Literary Walk, Bethesda Fountain, the Imagine Mosaic, and many others. No hotel treadmill can match this exercise in New York City.

Central Park 5K Fun Running Tour

Duration: 1 hour

3 reviews

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4. Hudson River - Sightseeing running tour (from USD 50.0)

This is a group running tour led by a licensed NYC sightseeing guide crisscrossing through historic points of interest. This five-mile run begins from Chelsea and ends on the Upper West Side. The course follows asphalt running paths. The tour runs for approximately one-and-a-half hours. Some of the prominent spots covered in the run are Castle Clinton, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Battery Park City, Brookfield Place, and World Trade Center.

Hudson River - Sightseeing Running Tour

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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5. Circle Line: Beast speedboat ride (from USD 30.0)

The Beast NYC is New York’s only jet-powered thrill-ride speedboat attraction operated by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. Powered by twin Hamilton jets, The Beast has 1400 BHP-horsepower with two ZF 3000 marine gears, permitting the boat to speed through the water at up to a heart-pounding 40 knots (about 45 mph). There are chances of getting wet and as the jet travel at high speed, it bounces around. As such, pregnant ladies and persons with heart problems or back injuries should avoid it. Kids must sit in their seat without assistance.

New York City Harbor "Beast" Speedboat Ride Circle Line Tour

Duration: 30 minutes

200 reviews

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6. New York: 2-hour superhero walking tour (from USD 37.0)

This two-hour walking tour of Manhattan offers the opportunity to experience New York City through the lives of the superheroes and discover where the superheroes and comic books were invented. A guide narrates the stories of how New York continues to influence the current genre. The tour covers the headquarters of Marvel Enterprises and the former offices of Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) and Bob Kane (creator of Batman). The hidden bars and places where comic book artists have been drawing superhero cartoons on the walls since the ‘60s are on the tour circuit. The sites of the Daily Planet (“Superman: The Movie”) and Daily Bugle (“Spider-Man”), as well as filming sites of 'Gotham’ and Netflix’s 'Daredevil’, are visited. The Green Goblin’s Gothic mansion (“Spider-Man”), and the United Nations Headquarters, where Batman and Robin saved the Security Council from The Joker, Riddler, Penguin, and Catwoman (“Batman: The Movie”) is also on the circuit. The tour provides learning about how New York inspired Superman’s Metropolis and how Batman was saved from cancellation.

Superheroes in New York Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hours

5 reviews

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7. Horseback riding in Central Park (from USD 154.0)

horseback riding in central park

Horseback riding is a unique, adventurous way to view the multi-faceted beauty of the stunning Central Park. The One Hour Ride follows the Bridle Path up to the Jackie Onassis Reservoir and back, allowing you to see the historical monuments, beautiful nature, and famous sights that define Central Park. In a one-hour ride, you will gain expertise on both the grandeur of Central Park and horseback riding. There are various operators offering rides and lessons in Central Park. In Central Park, horseback riding is allowed throughout the year during regular park hours.

Horseback Riding in Central Park

Duration: 60 minutes

2 reviews

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8. Hang gliding and orchard adventure from New York City (from USD 320.0)

hang gliding and orchard adventure from new york city

This 10-hour group experience includes a picturesque ride across the Hudson River in a luxury bus and a hang gliding paradise. The coffee/ tea and donuts break is followed by a 90-minute ride across the scenic Hudson to embark on 30 minutes hang gliding thrill with the condors thousands of feet above the earth’s surface. Next, is a tantalizing tour at one of Hudson Valley’s apple orchards followed by a feast of “wild” hard cider with a food combination of delicious recipes of epic proportions before your trip back to NYC. The food includes ribs, lamb, shrimp, sausage and peppers, and vegetarian delights.

Hang Gliding and Orchard Adventure from New York City

Duration: 10 hours

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9. Yoga in the vineyard from Manhattan (from USD 93.0)

yoga in the vineyard from manhattan

On this excursion, the participants taste fine wines as well as engage in a one-hour group yoga session in a beautiful setting such as Pennsylvania’s Crossing Vineyards and Winery, which is located on a 200-year-old estate. After arrival at the winery, a one-hour Vinyasa yoga session is set up with a certified yoga instructor. After an hour of yoga session, a yummy lunch consisting of fruit/sandwich combination is served. After that, the participants are offered eight different types of wines to taste. Any additional tastings/glasses/bottles are chargeable. Participants are offered a commemorative wine glass to take home. After the wine tasting, the group can relax and explore the grounds. After that, the group departs the winery at 3 p.m. to return to NYC.

Yoga in the Vineyard from Manhattan

Duration: 10 hours

1 review

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10. Speed Boat Tour of Manhattan (from USD 37.0)

speed boat tour of manhattan

This thrilling 25-minute speedboat ride along the Hudson River offers an opportunity to circle the base of the Statue of Liberty and click photos of top monuments. While enjoying high-speed thrills, participants can explore the Hudson River. The participants board the rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB), a sturdy ship known for its maneuverability and speed, at Pier 25 in Manhattan. After the adrenaline-fueled tour, the ship returns to the pier.

Speed Boat Tour of Manhattan

Duration: 30 minutes

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Dream destination

New York City, one of the world’s major commercial, financial, and cultural centers, is a dream destination for youths around the globe. It is a must-see destination in the USA. A visit to the USA cannot be considered as complete without a visit to New York City.

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Journalist and a freelance writer based in India, traveling for K.Venkateshwar.Rao means exploring the world in search of arts and culture, interesting people, great food, and hidden gems. He has...Read more

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