This Summer, Go Park!
In honor of the beginning of summer, NYC Parks put together a list of our top ten activities to add to your “Summer Bucket List.” Whatever you want to play or practice, whatever your pastime or passion – there’s so much more to explore in our parks.
1) Go Explore
Our Urban Park Rangers are experts on New York City’s wildlife and natural areas and they have planned all sorts of outings for you. The Urban Park Rangers lead camping trips, hikes, canoeing lessons, scavenger hunts, and plenty of other outdoor activities for people of all ages. Check out our Urban Park Rangers page for the latest details on upcoming programs.
2) Go Fish
Join the Riverside Park Conservancy and the Urban Park Rangers at Summer on the Hudson: River Fish Celebration and connect to the life within the Hudson River. Fishing equipment is provided, but bring enthusiasm, luck and a friend. Come for the fishing, stay for river-related activities including fishy arts & crafts.
Save the Date: June 29, 2013 from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at West Harlem Piers Park (West 125th Street, in Manhattan)
Or check out our Fishing Events Calendar
3) Go Crawl
A backyard baby pool might be a quick way to swim solo, but why not join the city’s largest pool party at Astoria Pool in Queens? This Olympic sized pool, which can accommodate more than 2,100 people, has a colorful history (it hosted the 1936 and 1964 Olympic swimming trials) and a great view of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
Save the Date: All 55 public outdoor pools will open for the season on June 27, and stay open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Labor Day.
For more information visit our Pools page.
4) Go Aweigh
Instead of taking the train to the plane, take a bike to a boat! The New York City Water Trail connects 160 square miles of rivers, bays, creeks, inlets and ocean in the five boroughs and hosts dozens of places to rent kayaks and canoes.
If you're looking for a few hours of tranquil paddling or a full-day expedition, check out our Interactive NYC Water Trail Map. And if you’re picking up the paddles for the first time, get a lesson from our Urban Park Rangers.
5) Go Back
Go back in time at one of our 23 historic houses. See where Edgar Allan Poe wrote “Annabel Lee” in Poe Cottage in the Bronx or check out the dining room at Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan where George Washington hosted Thomas Jefferson and John Adams for dinner. The houses in the collection are members of the Historic House Trust of NYC and represent 350 years of American history. Check out our Historic Houses page for a complete listing of houses.
6) Go Om
Getting a burn on the beach is not a good way to start the summer, but burning calories on the beach is! Join a free Shape Up NYC Zumba class at Rockaway Beach, and take in the ocean view while you get in a good workout with Equinox trained fitness instructors.
Save the Date: Classes start on July 2, and run every Tuesday through the summer, at Beach 17th Street on Rockaway Beach in Queens.
For other ways to make the parks your gym, check out our schedule of Shape Up NYC outdoor classes all over the city.
7) Go Relish
Ramps were so 2012 – what will be the official snack of summer? Head to Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza on the first and third Sunday of every month to sample treats from New York’s best food trucks. From kimchi to ice cream, souvlaki to slushies, there’s room to try something new and enjoy some of the old classic summer fare.
Check out the full list of vendors on the Prospect Park Alliance website.
8) Go Chill
Take the 1 train to Van Cortlandt Park to hear the New York Philharmonic’s Concert in the Park and enjoy classical music without the crowds. These outdoor concerts, now in their 48th year, are a New York tradition, and music under the stars with family and friends makes for a perfect summer evening.
Save the Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Parade Ground North.
If you can’t make it to the Bronx, you can check out “the Phil” in Prospect Park in Brooklyn on July 10, in Cunningham Park in Queens on July 11, in Central Park in Manhattan on July 13 and 15, and at the College of Staten Island (indoor event) on July 14.
Or check out our Free Summer Concerts Calendar
9) Go Wild
Freshkills Park in Staten Island is nearly three times the size of Central Park, it is home to an unusual combination of natural and engineered beauty, including creeks, wetlands, expansive meadows and spectacular vistas, and – oh yeah – it used to be a landfill.
Register for a tour of this modern masterpiece – you’re in for a wild ride.
10) Go Surf
Our beaches are officially open for summer. There’s no better way to cool off in NYC than to hit the sand along our coastline, which is why millions of visitors flock to our beaches every year. For a list of beaches citywide or updates on your beach, check out our Beaches page.
This summer, we’re encouraging all New Yorkers to GO PARK and discover something new in the city’s 29,000 acres of parks and open spaces. Take advantage of our nature centers, sports fields, and recreation facilities – there’s so much more to explore in our parks! To learn more about NYC Parks’ special events and activities, visit www.nyc.gov/parks or call 311. Share photos of how you GO PARK this summer on twitter with #GoPark.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
“It's a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it's light out.”
(1958 - )