Your Destination Guide to New York City

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If you thought being active in the Apple just meant hopping from the A train to the C train before the doors slid shut, think again. These days the city is more than a melting pot of ethnicities—sports and pastimes from all over the world have found their niche and call New York home. From kayaking to lawn bowling, sledding to wall climbing, this is the time to leave that subway tunnel behind and come up for air.

New York City | Recreation

  • Biking
  • One of the first images evoked of New York is the bumble bee yellow taxi cabs who not only defy all unwritten traffic laws (such as don't go over 45mph when there's a stop light 10 feet away,...
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  • Boating
  • If New York's streets begin to make you feel a little claustrophobic, then perhaps it's time to experience this great city in a different way.
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Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Despite its illustrious location on the Atlantic Ocean, New York City is not particularly known for its recreational boating.
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Free Outdoor Summer Fitness Classes
  • Free Outdoor Summer Fitness Classes
  • Since the main mode of transportation for most New Yorkers is their feet, it's no surprise that folks here are in good shape. But, New York is also home to plenty of free exercise activities, from conventional cardio to fencing.
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Golfing at Chelsea Piers
  • Golfing at Chelsea Piers
  • Think that golf is a warm weather sport? Not at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan's only year-round outdoor driving range. The 200-yard range contains four levels of heated and weather-protected hitting stalls.
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Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
  • Let's face it. You're eventually going to wear yourself out walking all over New York's streets, up and down subway stairwells, and in and out of towering buildings. That's when it's time to let someone else take over the reins, literally.
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Horseback Riding
  • Horseback Riding
  • The time when New York City was nothing but horses diligently pulling coaches, milk wagons, carts, and even the first taxi cabs is long gone, but city horsemanship is far from dead.
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Ice Skating
  • Ice Skating
  • What better way to enjoy the magic of winter than by gliding around a frozen pond with the majestic buildings of Manhattan around you? Two popular skating oases in New York offer this unique opportunity to escape to a winter wonderland without ever leaving the city.
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Lawn Bowling in Central Park
  • Picnicking
  • If you're looking to take a break from the busy city, a summer, spring, or fall picnic in a park is a great solution. New York's many parks offer a wide variety of options for picnics, as well as plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the day.
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Row Boating in Central Park
  • Row Boating in Central Park
  • Perhaps the most notable place to paddle around on the water in New York City is in the heart of Central Park on the Lake. Loeb Boathouse, which is also a restaurant and bar, rents rowboats from mid-April through October, allowing you to paddle around the Lake to enjoy nature and people-watch.
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  • Running
  • Sometimes the mere prospect of going for a run can make your calves cramp up and the Ben & Jerry's ice cream stashed in the freezer magically open and spoon itself into your mouth.
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  • Sunbathing
  • The last of the grey winter sludge has melted from Manhattan's streets, the flowers are blooming, and perhaps most importantly, the sun is shining and warming the air.
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Watson Adventure Scavenger Hunts
  • Watson Adventure Scavenger Hunts
  • Watson Adventure Scavenger Hunts are designed to reveal nooks in the vast and constantly engaging city that visitors – and even locals – may not discover on their own. Challenge your mind, while working off a few calories, in a competition spanning across the city.
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  • Yoga
  • When running gets redundant, and the gym becomes drab, it may be time to rekindle the dimming flame of your exercise routine. In some cities, everyone's a runner. In others, water sports like surfing and kayaking are a primary source of calorie burners, muscle toners, and serotonin inducers.
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