Seven Outdoor Activities To Do with Your Kids in NYC This Summer
Good weather calls for family time outdoors, and what better way than to take your family around New York City? Here’s a few fun ideas we’ve put together that are either free or at a low price to keep your bank from breaking.
1. Shakespeare in the Park
“To be, or not to be” outdoors? Thanks to The Public Theatre, you can enjoy a free Shakespeare play in Central Park. Register beforehand to claim your tickets. Grab a seat and listen to the poetic sounds of iambic pentameter echo through the park. This year’s play is Much Ado About Nothing.
2. Kayak the Hudson River
Yes, kayaking! And did we mention it’s free? The Downtown Boathouse by Pier 26 is pleased to offer free kayaking throughout the summer on weekends as well as some Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. You must sign a waiver and know how to swim, but that shouldn’t be a problem right? Just don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
3. Movie Nights at Bryant Park
Starting June 10, Bryant Park will be hosting outdoor movie nights every Monday until August 12. Lawns open at 5pm, and the movie starts at sundown. Be sure to get there early, because space fills up fast!
4. Take the scenic walk along the Highline
The Highline Park boasts some spectacular above-ground views of Manhattan from the west side of the island. What used to be train tracks are now replaced by pavement with lush flowers, east-coast native plants, and plenty of seating to enjoy the view up 11th Avenue. You can also see the Hudson River clearly as you walk down south towards the Whitney Museum of American Art. Bonus: If you’re feeling hungry after walking, there’s Chelsea Market right on 14th Street. Do not miss!
5. Bike in Central Park
Had too much to eat? Burn it off by renting a bike and circle around Central Park. The main road loops around the perimeter of the park, allowing you to pass by great museums including The Met, The Guggenheim, Natural History Museum, and more. Ride up north for nice views of the skyscrapers situated at the south end of the park. Craving a quick snack? Head to Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side for a quick sweet break and order their chocolate chip walnut cookie. Yum!
6. Do a self-led movie tour
So many classic movies were shot in New York City, including Home Alone and Night at the Museum. Why not tour this city through these iconic film spots?
7. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset
Cap off your day by walking the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge, which oversees Lower Manhattan in the most epic way. Walking it during the day can get hot and sweaty, but if you wait until dusk, you’ll be able to enjoy the view much more with the breeze flowing in. Conclude the walk by grabbing some ice cream from Brooklyn Bridge Park. Take your kids to ride the ornate Jane’s Carousel (open until 7pm).