You wouldn’t think that New York lends itself to outdoor activities, but like all great cities, she’s full of surprises. There are many options for those wanting to escape the beat of city life and indulge that inner adventurous side. Here are our top 5 outdoor activities to get your heart rate up this summer!
1. Bouldering in Central Park
Not one for the adrenaline junkie, but a great option for those looking to switch up their exercise routine. Bouldering is an off-shoot of regular rock climbing, and a bit less dangerous than swinging from a precipice on the Grand Canyon! Popular climbing spots include Worthless boulder, near 110th Street, and Rat rock, near Wollman Rink.
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2. Mountain Biking – Wolfe’s Pond Park
Wolfes’s Pond Park is the largest park on Staton Island, and the verdant woods are perfect for cyclists tired of being hemmed in by busy traffic. This 6km trail is suitable for both beginner and intermediate levels, with some tougher terrain for the more advanced rider.
3. Canoeing – The Bronx River
Bet you didn’t think an inner-city river would be a good place to dunk your paddle! Thanks to the Bronx River Alliance, this urban flow has been cleaned up and bestowed with the honour of National Water Trail. Today you can spot wildlife that would seem more at home outside of the city reaches including herons, turtles and numerous varieties of fish.
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4. Walking the High Line – Manhattan
This old freight line was saved by the public and converted into a public park. Elevated above the New York streets, it runs between Gansevoort Street to 34th St on Manhattan’s West Side. Visitors can stretch their legs whilst enjoying the 500 different species of plants and trees that make themselves at home along the 1.45 miles of greenway.
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5. Nature walking – Inwood Hill Park
Set aside from the reaches of modern development, this green space is a breath of fresh air. Within its 196-acres, you can enjoy walks amongst cliffs, verdant forestry and dramatic valleys, supplying that much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s also a good place to spot the famous American Bald Eagle – so keep your eyes peeled!
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