One of the things that surprises most people about New York (seeing as it is a city) is the amount of open spaces and green areas that there are around the city for both tourists and locals to enjoy.
This means that the good news is that just because you are taking your vacation in a city, it does not mean that you have to forgo the relaxing vibe that comes with being out and about amongst nature.
It does not matter what time of year you visit the city you will always be able to find things to take your fancy outdoors, like hiring one of the many horse drawn carts lining the south side of Central Park, these will take you on a romantic trip through the park. The rides in the carriages can be either 45 or 90 minutes long and in peak times it is best to try and make a reservation so that you avoid disappointment.
Governors Island is another place where you can enjoy the outdoors whilst you are in NYC. This is located in the very centre of New York harbour and it is only a very short walk from Lower Manhattan (about 800 yards to be exact). This area of open space totals up to 92 acres and you can take really relaxing walks that offer lovely views over lower Manhattan, this hidden gem in New York also offers picnicking spots, fishing and you can even hire bikes to ramp up your activity levels a little! In the better weather in the summer there are open air concerts and special exhibitions that are put on in this area so it really is worth a visit.
Another great place to spend your time whilst you are in NYC is an area that is dedicated to recreation and sports this is located adjacent to Chelsea Cove Park, the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex and you will find it between 17th and 23rd Street. The complex is basically a sports village that houses all sorts of different activities to keep most people in your party amused. There is waterfront access, a golf driving range, rock climbing walls and bowling alleys, so this is a great way to keep you and your party busy if the weather outside is not looking too clever.
The great things about this complex and all the other areas of open space within New York is that once you have worked up a sweat doing one of the many activities that are on offer you won’t feel as guilty about indulging in the fantastic food that New York has to offer.
A quick look online will yield some great things to do if you are an outdoors person, so if you have always thought that a trip to New York was more for city lovers think again!