Bouldering enthusiasts on Rat Rock in Central Park.
New York – Been There

Enjoying the Great Outdoors in the Big Apple

Photo by Richard B. Levine

New York – Been There Enjoying the Great Outdoors in the Big Apple

New York City is an urban playground to be sure, full of great museums, bars and restaurants, but all those attractive indoor spaces can make you forget there is plenty to enjoy outdoors.

Kieran Meeke
Kieran Meeke Travel Writer

In the winter, companies such as OvRride provide chartered buses for day trips to ski resorts in upstate New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania. In New York itself, there are miles of bike trails throughout Central Park and elsewhere in the city and even mountain biking in Highbridge Park in Manhattan. Don't miss Riverbank State Park, either, built over a sewage treatment facility on the Hudson River and now a major neighborhood facility with theater, Olympic-size swimming pool and covered park for ice-skating (winter) and roller-skating.

During summer, free yoga classes are held on the lawn of Bryant Park (site of a popular ice rink in winter) under the shade of 80-year-old London plane trees. You can rent a kayak for free and paddle in the Hudson River for half an hour, or join hiking or horseback riding day-trips that take you into the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills. Not that you need to leave the city to go mountaineering: try bouldering on Rat Rock in Central Park.

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A new day dawns over a snow-covered Queens, catching the light of the Manhattan skyline just across the East River. New York winters are notorious, snow is often abundant and temperatures can drop below minus -12C. Photo by Asterio Tecson / Getty

Asterio Tecson

Asterio Tecson

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A new day dawns over a snow-covered Queens, catching the light of the Manhattan skyline just across the East River. New York winters are notorious, snow is often abundant and temperatures can drop below minus -12C.

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