Although popularly nicknamed “The Concrete Jungle” New York City has a lot to offer as far as outdoor activities are involved. Of course, you can take in a show on broadway, eat a fantastic meal in Hell’s Kitchen, or reflect on the 9/11 memorial. But, the city that never sleeps offers a lot of opportunities for those who love to get out in the sun. For someone who has been to New York several times, getting out of Midtown and enjoying the city like a local is a way to keep yourself coming back to this fantastic location time and time again. Experiencing all the different facets New York has to offer is why people travel from all over the world to see the Big Apple.

One such activity is sailing. New York is an Island, yet the locals complain about feeling like they just can’t get to the water. Setting sail on the Hudson, passing by Lady Liberty, and seeing the sweeping views of the world’s most iconic skyline are just some of the fun to be had on the water. Tribeca Sailing, headed by Captain Dave and Captain Sam offer 6 people sailing opportunities in Lower Manhattan. Whether you want to go solo or bring your 5 friends along this 2-hour excursion is a great way to take in the views, have a relaxing cocktail, or spend times with old and new friends. There is something about being on the water, even in a city whose population is over 8 million that just brings you peace.

Another way to get out and get going in New York is by walking. Sure, if you live in a city this seems obvious, but New York offers great opportunities to fuel your fitness in unique settings. I recommend the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. This gorgeous man-made pond in the middle of Central Park offers about a mile and half jaunt with views of the Upper West Side and Upper East Side. Although the reservoir was created between 1858 and 1862 it was renamed for the former first lady as a tribute to her love of New York as well as jogging in the area. A quick walk on vacation will keep you in your fitness routine and keep you energized for the fun day ahead.

Although Manhattan is an island, the closest beach to the city is Rockaway Beach, located on Long Island. Just a short 14 miles from the city you can find an expansive beach with boardwalk, restaurants, and shops. Getting there is easy whether you have a car, take the train, or my personal favorite, a ferry ride, which will again give you those great views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Coney Island. Staring out over the Atlantic ocean as you watch planes fly in from Europe is a unique beach setting. Grab some delicious food and cocktails at one of the many casual eateries, and plant yourself in the perfect sandy spot before dipping your toes in the water.

Overall New York City has something for everyone. Getting outdoors and staying active may not be your first thought when you think of Manhattan, but seeing the city in these new ways is fun whether it is your first or fifth time to New York. 

Amber Zakem

Amber Zakem has worked in the travel industry since 2014. Although, her love of travel began far before that. Amber grew up visiting cousins stationed throughout Europe and worked as an Au Pair in Germany for a year between High School and College. She started working at a local travel agency in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after graduating from Central Michigan University. Amber began working for MAST Travel Network in 2016 and is the Social Media Specialist. She runs the MAST Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat and she teaches twice monthly webinars to travel agents on using social media to promote travel. Amber has continued her passion for travel and social media by also teaching a course at Moraine Valley Community College in their Hospitality program.