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Outdoor Activities You Never Thought About Doing

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New York is known for being a real concrete jungle, but today I’m going to show you some of the most amazing outdoor activities you never thought about doing in New York! So, see below how to explore NYC in a different way!

People come to New York and end up doing the most common activities and experiences like visiting famous landmarks, restaurants, bars, shopping, museums and galleries, etc. But, not everyone knows the different and pretty special outdoor activities you can though out the city.

I decided to show you 3 of them for you to try out! From customized picnics at the park, to horseback riding and jet skiing in the Hudson River, I’m sure you’re going to have a fantastic time!

But wait! There is just so much more that we can organize for you: rollerblade rentals, bike rentals, bike tours, walking tours, pedicab tours, food tours, secret tours, and more!

If you have time, why not book all three? You don’t need to do anything, just contact us with your request and we’ll set is all up to you and your friends/family.


Picnic at the Park

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So many people come to NY and tell me that they’d love to have a picnic at the park. They see so many locals having fun and they want the same experience, but don’t know where to start from or don’t have time to plan it all.

In addition, going to Central Park can be an overwhelming experience due to all the tourists roaming around. But, going to Central Park, with the right information of the best hidden spots for a delicious, unique picnic, can be priceless!

Plus, it’s also a great idea for a special celebration or a romantic afternoon at the park!

Well, we love this experience, so do many of our private and corporate clients, and we’ve written about it before!

You will definitely have a great time! There are countless different options to choose from so contact us for more information and to book the experience!


Horseback Riding

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Yes! You can do horseback riding at Central Park too! Different from the carriages that over work the horses, our partner takes really good care of them.

Each horse works a maximum of 6hours a day and are transported to the park properly.

The tours are 1 hour long and pass by the most beautiful spots in the park from Strawberry Fields, where the John Lennon memorial is, to the Reservoir and other special spots.

If you have kids, it’s also a great activity since they have 10min pony rides. Little ones should be 2 years old at least and the guide is beside them all the time.

I rode Oscar, a huge, beautiful, white horse and had a great time exploring Central Park through another angle.

Contact us for more information and to book the experience!


Jet Ski in the Hudson River

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I had heard before that people could rent a jet ski, hop on and enjoy the Hudson River! But, I had never really tried it.

Well, I finally decided to be brave and go try it out, after all, how cool is it to actually ride a jet ski on this famous river?!

We got the ferry at a downtown spot, ride beside the 9/11 Memorial and head to a Marina on the Jersey side. It’s only 15min away from Manhattan. Super quick and seamless.

Each way costs $8/person and ferries leave quite frequently, so don’t worry.

There are 2 types of rides, a shorter one that covers mostly Midtown Manhattan and downtown, and the 2.5h ride that you actually drive around the entire Manhattan island. So cool!

I had a great time! The view is truly spectacular, it’s a priceless experience and the Hudson water is quite, by the way!

Contact us for more information and to book the experience!


If you enjoyed this post, and you’re into outdoor activities and love moving your body around nature, be sure to see our suggestions on Day Trips & Travels.

Also, if you prefer classes to sweat it all out, see our Fitness & Health posts, where you can explore countless other tips of what to do throughout the city!

Have fun!


Videography and PhotographyRenata Meirelles 
BeautyLeila Soldeira
Styling:
 Camilla Adão

The Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour

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Central Park is certainly one of the most beautiful and famous parks around the world! But, its secrets are still very well-kept. Come explore the Secrets of Central Park Walking Tour.

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Did you know that Central Park was once the site of a former African-American village?

Or that it was previously home to an infamous casino, where alcohol flowed throughout the Prohibition?

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For almost 160 years, Central Park has been the green heart of the city, serving as a pastoral haven for New Yorkers and visitors alike.

It’s been not only the scenery of countless famous movies, but also a memorable spot in many hearts that have experienced breathtaking wedding proposals in the middle of the park.

Even so, it still holds many secrets that have yet to be discovered. On this walking NYC tour we’ll explore the history behind some of its best-loved and hidden sites.

Learn about the genesis, design, and evolution of the immense green space, while uncovering its many outrageous happenings, scandals and more.

Tour Highlights:

  • Hear about the massive civic project that transformed a wasteland into an urban pleasure ground
  • Learn about the curious origins of the Central Park Zoo and the corruption scandal that caused a riot
  • Uncover the hidden meaning in Bethesda Terrace’s sculptures and the forbidden love that inspired the park’s most famous statue
  • See the secret bolt left behind from the creation of Manhattan’s street grid
  • Discover the secret navigational device that keeps pedestrians from getting lost on the park’s winding paths

DETAILS:
Price: $35 / person
What to bring:
 Comfortable walking shoes
What to know: The tour is approximately 2 hours long and covers 2 miles. Note: some of the walking surfaces are uneven and require ascending a moderate incline.
Ticket Confirmation: After you book this experience, you will receive a confirmation email from our partner confirming you are attending the tour!

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This is truly a great NYC tour and we always love doing it.

You might also enjoy the “Secrets of the Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour“,  “Behind The Scenes Tour at the Abandoned Ellis Island Hospital” and “Secret Behind The Scenes Grand Central Terminal Tour“.

If you are looking to book a Private Tour for your family and friends, contact our experts. For Corporate Group, let us assist you too!


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Noel Y. C. (aka NYCLovesNYC). Pictures taken during the Fall season.

Love the Burn with Central Park Track Club NYC

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Running has become almost a mandatory sport for those in search of the perfect body! Central Park Track Club NYC is a fantastic option for beginners and professionals.

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As we all know, health has become a mainstream subject all around the world.

More and more, people are changing their daily habits. What you eat, is just as important as what you buy (i.e. clothes, products, etc) and obviously, how you deal with a daily exercise routine.

For those who REALLY want to take it seriously, sign up for the Central Park Track Club.

Founded in 1972, they are a competitive running team looking for serious runners. Note: Serious does not mean professional. It just means that you need to be committed and opened to their training methods.

Running can be a tough exercise to add to your routine and it demands focus and discipline. But, we have to say, it’s a fantastic sport once you get the hang of it. Feeling the adrenaline fall into your blood stream is priceless.

Our Founder, , just loves it!

They have workouts for the following groups:

  • Road runners who primarily race 5K to the marathon
  • Cross country and track runners who primarily race 800m to 10K
  • Sprinters, 400m hurdlers, and throwers
  • Jumpers and short hurdlers

Their mission is:

“To develop athletes for national and international competitions in track and field and long distance running; and to promote health, physical fitness and the achievement of competitive excellence through participation in track and field and long distance running competitions.”

If you’d like to apply to the Central Park Track Club NYC, HERE is the application form.

After the run? There is nothing better like just laying in the park and getting some prana (i.e. energy), from the Earth. So, take some time to just enjoy for beauty and peace at Central Park.

www.centralparktc.org

 

 

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Rare Vintage: Each Vintage Piece Has Its Own Story

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We are always searching for secret New York City vintage stores that offers the most exclusive brands. Located a few blocks from Central Park, Rare Vintage is one of these amazing vintage shops!

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THIS STORE IS UNFORTUNATELY PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

You’ll be able to find the very best of two centuries of fashion with a highly edited collection.

The store was founded in 2007 by Juliana Cairone. Juliana is Diane Vreeland’s grand daughter. At a very young age was exposed to amazing pieces of “art” by renowned designs.

Today, most of the items are bought from private collections found in the four major fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. Items are unique, in great conditions and were statements in their own decades.

Juliana is passionate about buying and collecting pieces that have a story behind them! As she explains in the video below:

“I like buying pieces that have a history behind them. I like to buy pieces that went to a great party, or someone fell in love with their husband when she wore that dress, and all these wonderful stories.

People hold on to these pieces for so long because they love them and it means something to them.”

A few of the designers you’ll find are: Bill Blass, Halston, Thea Porter, Ossie Clark, Valentino Couturem Federico Forquet, YSL, Pierre Balmain, Madame Gres, Rive Gauch lines and numerous other big names!

Rare Vintage pieces have been worn by beautiful ladies from Giovanna Battaglia and Carine Roitfeld.

Other names like Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga are also some of their top clients!

A little bit more about Rare Vintage:

New York City has other countless vintage stores that we’ve written about.

Plus, there are a few very high-end luxury stores that don’t only offer fantastic products, but offers a shopping experience, like Fivestory.

Need help to discover them all? Contact us so we can arrange a Personal Shopping consultation with our fashion experts!

Location: 24 West 57th Street – 5th Floor

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rare Vintage

A modern tavern in the park, Tavern on the Green

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Not a huge secret, yes, we knoooow…but after it’s renovation, this modern tavern in the park, Tavern on the Green, is still an interesting and well located place to stop by. Besides being inarguably beautiful and relaxing.

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Nestled in a bucolic Central Park setting, Tavern on the Green is an iconic, landmark restaurant unlike any other in Manhattan.

After being closed for around 4 years, from 2009 through 2013, New York City invited restauranteurs Jim Caiola and David Salama to take over and run the business.

Centered around Chef Katy Sparks’ hearty, rustic American menu shaped by local, seasonal ingredients, Tavern on the Green invites you into a warm, gathering space that captures the spirit of Central Park and the energy of NYC.

Originally designed by Calvert Vaux and built in 1870 it housed the sheep that grazed in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow. To date, Tavern on the Green has served locals, presidents, royalty, artists, actors, and first-time visitors since 1934.

In addition, it’s also a great place for a wedding ceremony or a party! The space is beautiful and their service is great. You’ll definitely have a priceless experience in the heart of Manhattan with all your guests!

Do you need help to organize this? Contact our experts and see all the Concierge Services we can offer you!

Lastly, this is also a great place for corporate events, meeting, brunches or cocktails, so send us an email to learn more about how our Corporate Services can assemble everything for you and your team.

This tavern in the park will definitely be a good surprise and the experience will be unforgettable. Plus, you can stroll through the park on your way back home!

Hours:

Monday – Friday: 11am – 4pm; 5pm – 11pm
Saturday & Sunday: Brunch 9am – 4pm; 5pm – 11pm

Location: Central Park West & 67th Street

www.tavernonthegreen.com

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Tavern on the Green and nycarchitecture

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