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LET THE SUN SHINE: What to Do Outside in NYC !

LET THE SUN SHINE: What to Do Outside in NYC !

It may be a little early, but with the weather FINALLY seeming to warm up, we can't help but FEEL GOOD! So to start, click below and TURN IT UP:

Now that you're having a sunny dance party, here's some fun outdoor activities we found via About.com that we think are a perfect way to jumpstart your Spring! 

Brooklyn Bridge Guide

It took over 13 years to build the Brooklyn Bridge, but walking across this famous New York City bridge will take you about an hour. Learn how to access the pedestrian walkway and tips for walking over the bridge with our helpful visitors guide.

New York Botanical Garden

Explore 50 gardens on 250 acres in the Bronx at NYBG with the help of our visitors guide.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Guide

With 12,000 types of plants on 52 acres, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an oasis in the city. From tips to tickets, we've got everything you need to plan your visit.

Ride a Carousel in New York City

Looking for a family-oriented activity to enjoy the out of doors in New York City? Some of New York City's parks and zoos have wonderful carousels to enjoy, each with it's own interesting history and flavor.

Coney Island

No visit to New York is complete without a Nathan's hotdog and a roller coaster ride on Coney Island. Also check out the Mermaid Parade for some summer thrills.

Outdoor Summer Concerts

From Bryant Park and Lincoln Center to Prospect and Central Parks, there are musical performances (many outdoors and many free) throughout the summer. Find a listing of many ongoing performances here.

Bryant Park Visitors Guide

Located adjacent to the New York Public Library, Bryant Park is a beautiful place to relax any time of year. In the summer, you'll find folks sunbathing and in the winter, the park is home to an ice rink and holiday market.

Central Park Visitors Guide

With over 800 acres of space, Central Park is an oasis of greenery on the island of Manhattan. Visitors who visit Central Park will find this guide helpful with information about restaurants, sights, directions and more for Central Park.

Prospect Park Visitors Guide

Brooklyn's answer to Central Park, Prospect Park offers ice skating in the winter, concerts and fireworks in the summer, and a taste of nature to visitors year round.

Circle Line Cruises

See the city from the water on the Circle Line's series of cruises. From The Beast Speed Boat to sightseeing and music cruises, Circle Line offers a wide variety of itineraries.

New York City Greenmarkets

Thoughout New York City, farm fresh produce, flowers, meats and more are available for sale at Greenmarkets. Find a greenmarket near you and see pictures of the Union Square market here.

Bryant Park Film Screenings

Every Monday night during the summer, you can see great films for free in Bryant Park. Check out the schedule here!

Climbing in New York City

This site is dedicated to climbing and bouldering in New York City. Includes calendars of upcoming events, as well as maps to help you find places to climb in New York City.

Inwood Hill Park

Located on the north end of the Island of Manhattan, read about the features of this park on this helpful site. Includes directions to get there and locations of various features, including playgrounds and tennis courts.

Manhattan Kayak Company

Tours for all skill levels, as well as kayaking instruction are offered by the Manhattan Kayak Company. See Manhattan from the water with this top notch kayak company.

New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Information on trails and hiking in the New York and New Jersey areas. Maps, advocacy efforts and events are all available on the site.

New York Road Runners Club

Club that focuses on running and walking -- offers road races, fun runs, classes, clinics and more. Best known for its involvement in the New York City Marathon and New Year's Eve run.

Staten Island Botanical Garden

Flowering gardens and the first Chinese Scholar's Garden in the United States can be found in this borough's botanical garden. Find out about visits and see schedules of events on this site.

Wave Hill

Open year round, this public garden overlooks the Hudson River and the Palisades. They offer free family programming and workshops with admission to the gardens. Check the website for schedules and hours.

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