New York City Outdoor Activities: Get Active in the Big Apple
When thinking of New York City, yellow cabs and the hustle and bustle on the streets come to people’s minds - big city atmosphere at its finest. However, for those health nuts and fitness conscious people out there, there are many possibilities to explore the Big Apple and get active while being offered a different perspective on the city. Check into your hotel and see for yourself.
Start Your Day With a Nutritious Breakfast
It’s the most important meal of the day and provides you with all the necessary nutrients needed to survive an activity-filled day in town. Therefore, choose the right place for a good breakfast such as Viand Café for a Rise & Shine breakfast or Utopia Restaurant for nutritious breakfast wraps and different omelettes. You could also head to Evergreen Diner if you fancy the latter. Furthermore, Pier 72 is a good idea for trying out all kinds of buttermilk pancakes. For a large breakfast menu and an array of fresh juices, make your way over to Red Flame Diner.
Get Moving in Central Park
Central Park is New York City’s biggest park; you can seriously get lost in it. Inhale relatively fresh air under the trees and ideally bring your running shoes so you can hit the renowned 1.58-mile track that surrounds the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. Alternatively, rent a bike and explore the park on your two-wheeler or go to Loeb Boathouse for some lake fun. Or how about some intense outdoor climbing on one of the three rocks? Get your hiking shoes out and go on a discovery tour on the winding trails, and much more.
Explore the Big Apple on the Run
Work on your fitness while getting an impression of this great city. You can either grab a map and pick a running route, increase the fun factor by participating in a city running tour, or soak in the spirit New York City exudes more slowly by joining a free walking tour. To see what Central Park really has to offer, choose the Heart of the Park Tour. Get familiar with Greenwich Village and its bohemian vibe or a sneak-peak at the Big Apple’s diverse neighborhoods. You’ll get an overview of the city and inside tips as the cherry on top. Later at night, you can return to your comfy hotel for a goodnight sleep.
Experience the Greener Side of New York City
Break away from the city’s liveliness right into the green and challenge yourself physically by going paddling on the Bronx River or embark on a cross run at the Van Cortlandt Park, the fourth largest park in New York. If you want to see Brooklyn’s old townscape, hop into a canoe and paddle on along the Gowanus Canal. If you’re a fan of mountain biking, head over to Wolfe’s Pond Park on Staten Island; the terrain varies constantly.
New York City has it all: on the one hand, there are the vibrant streets; on the other hand, you find lush green spaces where you can get active. Get a different perspective on this diverse city - there’s no reason not to get moving and combine sporting activities with a New York City discovery tour.
This piece was written in collaboration with with Hipmunk in the course of the Hipmunk City Love Project.