There’s something inspiring about New York City in the spring. The crisp air, plentiful sunshine, and warm weather arouse feelings of adventure in locals and tourists alike. To help everyone out, we’ve narrowed down four amazing New York adventures. Taking advantage of our recommendations will ensure your adventure is one to remember.
1. Biking around Manhattan
While subways and cabs are typically the first methods of transportation that come to mind while in New York City, bicycling on the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is a great way to see the island—and get some exercise while you’re exploring. This 32-mile-long path that was originally built in 1898 for carriage racing, encircles the entire island. We recommend the Hudson River Greenway, a continuous 11-mile route between Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan and the historic Little Red Lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge. The trail passes through Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, Riverside Park, and Fort Washington Park.
Another option is the East River Greenway with views of the East River, Queens, Brooklyn, and the iconic bridges that connect these boroughs to Manhattan. The paved pathway traces the waterfront on one side and parallels the FDR East River Drive (a highway-like stretch of road) on the other side. The trail is currently open in two disconnected segments with about a mile-long gap in the middle. The southern section of the greenway begins at the Governor’s Island Ferry terminal (near Battery Park) and runs north along the East River for about 4.4 miles to East 37th Street. A highlight of this section is Stuyvesant Cove Park, a former brownfield that now offers a great place to take in the scenery with native plantings, wildlife habitat, and picnic benches.
2. Kayaking or jet-skiing in New York Harbor
New York Harbor is one of the most famous harbors in the world. Its historical importance in the founding of the city and our country can’t be underestimated. So to travel through the harbor in a kayak or on a jet ski is an adventure that words can’t describe. The two largest parts of the harbor are the Upper and Lower harbors. The Upper is next to Manhattan and the Lower is just past the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Moving through both of these locations gives you terrific views of the City and the area that opens into the Atlantic Ocean. You can relax and take in fresh air while you admire the City in an incredibly unique way. Some say it’s one of the most special things to do in New York—something that’s truly unforgettable.
3. Outdoor scavenger hunt
An outdoor scavenger hunt is a perfect adventure for a group. Because NYC is so big, your possibilities are endless. Common scavenger hunts in NYC that people love include Central Park, Times Square or all of Manhattan. A scavenger hunt in these locations is a way to experience them differently than the majority of tourists. If you hire a scavenger hunt company, you can learn some really special NYC secrets. And you can have your hunt customized to meet your needs and interests. If you’re interested in NYC night adventures, a scavenger hunt can be planned and organized. There truly are no limits to things you can do, see, and experience.
4. Urban hiking
Hiking isn’t reserved for the mountains and countryside anymore. Urban hiking is a new and popular adventure that people are falling in love with. Everyone agrees that the best place in the world for urban hiking is New York City. Your hiking route can be as short or as long as you want. You can stay in Manhattan or travel into other boroughs. New York is so big that your options are unlimited. If you need help planning your route, we’ll be more than happy to work with you and come up with a route that perfectly fits into your travel schedule.
Starting your adventure
We’re ready for an adventure when you are. Contact us today and we’ll take care of all the details so you can enjoy your adventure without having to worry about a thing. The four adventures presented in this post are ones that our clients love. Choose any of them, and you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable blast.