There are many fantastic things to experience in New York City, from seeing a Broadway show to touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Unfortunately, many of the more famous attractions are either closed or have limited capacity due to COVID-19; however, there are still many exciting outdoor adventures to try in NYC that can provide you with a safe, unforgettable experience.

The High Line

The High Line is a public park that was once a railway line. Located in Manhatten, the park contains many gorgeous gardens and works of art and regularly hosts performances. It is entirely free and– depending on the time of day– uncrowded. It is an excellent location to consider if you’ve already toured Central Park and are looking for something unique and historically significant.

Kayaking the Hudson

The Hudson River Park provides an incredible opportunity to go kayaking on the Hudson River. Pier 26 offers both free and paid lessons, as well as boat rentals, to anyone looking to have an unforgettable time. 

Central Park Zoo

A great family activity, Central Park Zoo offers a look at various wild animals, including penguins, snow leopards, and red pandas. The zoo also contains a 4D theater (reopened as of 3/27/21) and a children’s zoo. Central Park Zoo is ideal for anyone looking for a quieter environment that doesn’t take up too much time.

Mystery Picnic

If you are interested in trying local cuisine, supporting small businesses, puzzles, or all of the above, this unique experience may be perfect for you. The organizers of this adventure send you on a scavenger hunt for 2-8 people via clues sent to your phone, which lead you to local restaurants where you pick up food for your eventual picnic in the final secret location—a perfect experience for you and your friends, or even as a date.

Climb Vessel

This incredible artwork, located in Hudson Yards, is a giant network of connected stairways. Its creators intended it to be climbed in order to help people experience different perspectives on the city; if you’re looking for a workout with an incredible view as a reward, look no further. Make sure to reserve your free tickets online in advance of your visit.

Whether your planning a visit to NYC or are just looking for something new to experience in the city, these activities are an excellent option for creating new memories and having an unforgettable time.