Take a trip down the New York Water Trail to see the city from a different perspective. The trail connects 160 square miles of waterways within the city, according to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Options for travel include kayaks, canoes and paddle boats as well as chartered tour boats and motorboats.
The city offers public education programs through its 15 Urban Park Ranger Nature Centers, run by its parks department. Family camping in July and August and wildlife management education are two of the Urban Park Ranger programs. The city is also home to almost 20 state and national parks.
Since 1993, the city has built more than 100 miles of landscaped bicycle and walking paths throughout its five boroughs. In addition, commercial bike tours are available for sightseeing. For the more adventurous, two of the city's parks have mountain bike trails.
Take a Walk
Jogging and walking tours explore Wall Street, Harlem and other spots around the city. Specialized tours include historical sites and cuisine.
Hire a helicopter guide and see the skyline from above. Tours vary depending on the company providing them.
Article Written By Linda Doell
Based near Philadelphia, Linda Doell has been an award-winning reporter and editor in the newspaper industry for more than 19 years. Her work has appeared in "The Times Herald" (Norristown, Pa.), "The Reporter" (Lansdale, Pa.) and "The Morning Call" (Allentown, Pa.). She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State University and certificates in computer-assisted reporting and Microsoft Office.