Fun Things to Do in New York City

Fun Things to Do in New York City
The hidden treasures of New York City intermingle with its fashionable shops, restaurants and theaters. Your desire to get outside in the Big Apple subsides as you find area parks, climbing walls and waterways. New York City's five boroughs allow access to waterways like the Long Island Sound and sizable green spaces like Central Park. Your New York City vacation can reflect your lust for outdoor living with stops at the following attractions.

Manhattan Kayak Company

Manhattan Kayak Company offers classes and tours for kayakers of all experience levels. This company runs classes ranging from Paddle Basics to the advanced Rescue Basics classes during the spring and summer. The two-hour Short Tours offered by Manhattan Kayak Company focus on cardiovascular health and refining paddling skills. Experienced kayakers participate in the company's Advanced Tours to Coney Island and around Manhattan. Manhattan Kayak Company offers three-hour group lessons and tours along with one-on-one instruction, depending on customer needs.

Manhattan Kayak Company
63 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011
(212) 924-1788

Central Park

Travelers enjoy swimming, birdwatching and learning about natural history when heading to Central Park. The Lasker Pool & Rink offers swimming in warm weather and ice skating during winter to attract visitors to Central Park year-round. The Hallett Nature Sanctuary features tours by the Central Park Conservancy past wooded areas housing blue jays, rabbits and woodchucks. The Nature Observatory inside Belvedere Castle offers binocular rentals, reference materials and natural history exhibits related to Central Park.

Central Park
25 West 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024
(212) 310-6600

City Climbers Club

The City Climbers Club maintains an indoor climbing wall at the 59th Street Field House in New York City. The club offers day passes covering carabiners, harnesses and shoes for visitors familiar with climbing techniques. The Beginners Lesson at City Climbers Club focuses on the fundamentals of climbing, including hand grips, harness safety, and spotting or belaying other climbers. The Technique Lesson teaches climbers to ascend the indoor wall using multiple route grades. The City Climbers Club provides lessons on weekday nights and late Saturday mornings without reservations.

City Climbers Club
533 W. 59th St.
New York, NY 10019
(212) 974-2250

Bike and Roll New York City

Bike and Roll New York City operates tour locations throughout the city, including Pier 84, Central Park and Battery Park. The Brooklyn Bride and Hudson River Bike Tour spans 13 miles of Manhattan bike paths, taking riders past major attractions like Battery Park. Bike and Roll New York City takes its patrons through downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn on the Downtown in Two Boroughs Bike Tour. Bike and Roll New York City offers Trek bicycles, child seats and wagons to ensure the best tours possible for families.

Bike and Roll New York City
557 12th Ave. # 84
New York, NY 10036
(212) 260-0400

Article Written By Nicholas Katers

Nicholas Katers has been a freelance writer since 2006. He teaches American history at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. His past works include articles for "CCN Magazine," "The History Teacher" and "The Internationalist" magazine. Katers holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American history from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively.

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