Planning Active Outings

June 15, 2017
Planning Active Outings

All parents struggle to get out of the house, but going on active adventures together can be a healthy and fun way to spend a day in the BIG APPLE


Visit a park 

  • NYC is full of amazing places to visit.  Try taking the train or bus to a new park – like Prospect Park (Brooklyn), Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn), Pelham Bay Park (Bronx), Flushing Meadows/Corona Park (Queens) or the High Line Park (Manhattan).

Tour a museum or zoo

  • Try out one of NYC’s pay-what-you want museums, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art or a totally free museum like the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  Go online to find more free museum days and plan a trip accordingly.
  • Enjoy a FREE day at the Bronx Zoo.  Admission is free on Wednesdays and the zoo can easily be reached with public transportation

Travel by sea

  • Haven’t been to Staten Island lately?  Take the FREE ferry boat for a great view of the Statue of Liberty and an exciting water adventure.  For $4-6 dollars you can also ride the East River Ferry to and from Brooklyn and up and down Manhattan’s East Side.

Take advantage of outdoor events and sports

  • Check out to find a list of local and FREE concerts, sports and kids activities all year long.  There is a ton to do and opportunities for every age and ability.

Go for a walk or run as a family

  • Walk, jog or bike along the Hudson River Park from Battery Park City to 59th street or around the Central Park reservoir.  Even running errands can be an active family outing.  Try adding a scavenger hunt to the day by having your kids follow clues to figure out where to go.  Ask them to find a way to walk or jog everywhere on the list and avoid taking cars, buses or subways!

Check out Governors Island

  • With a free or $2 ferry ride, one of the best outdoor play structures in the city and TONS of music, art and special events to choose from, a trip to Governors Island is well worth the effort.  Take a picnic (or visit a food truck) and make it an outing to remember.  Plus, check out the on island bike rentals (or bring your own) to get your body moving as a family.
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