5 Fresh Air Activities in NYC

A view of Loeb Boathouse in Central Park with rowboats available to rent.
Photo Credit: Loeb Boathouse

Getting outside for fresh air pairs perfectly with spring in New York City! While a stroll through your neighborhood is always a welcomed treat, sometimes it’s nice to bring something a little more exciting into your springtime repertoire. We’ve rounded up five ways to get outside and experience the city in a whole new way this season!

Go Row Boating in Central Park

Located roughly smack in the middle of Central Park is an opportunity to go boating this spring! The Loeb Boathouse offers row boating on the Lake (the second largest body of water in Central Park) from April through October, from 10 am until dusk. With 100 rowboats for rent at $15 per hour, this is a great way to bask in the fresh spring air. Afterwards, head to the Boathouse for some nourishment. They offer outdoor seating in their restaurant for a more formal setting, or an Express Cafe option if you want to grab something to go and picnic in the park.

The Lake is located on the East Side between 74th and 75th Streets. This is the perfect opportunity for Glenwood residents living on the Upper East Side, in buildings such as The Fairmont, to get outside!

Good to Know: Rowboat rentals can fit up to four people, so it’s fun for the whole family! Rentals are cash only, so stop by the ATM on your way there.

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Take a Trapeze Lesson

Located on the Westside is the Trapeze School Of New York. The school is located on a building’s roof, so we think taking trapeze lessons in the mild springtime temperatures trumps taking them in the scorching heat of summer! The wonderful thing about trapeze lessons is that it’s something truly unique and different – an activity the whole family can enjoy (children as young as six can join). These mid-air classes can be done as a one time treat, or you can sign up for a membership and make the fun last all season long!

Prices start at $55 for a session, but package specials can be viewed on their website.

A mother helping her child put on roller skates.
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Roller Skate to Music

If you were a child of the 70’s, 80’s, or early 90’s, roller skating was most likely on your list of very favorite activities. You can bring the thrill of your childhood back with Central Park Dance Skaters Association: a group of avid roller skaters who host events inside of Central Park’s Skate Circle. There you can spectate or join the skate party. There’s also a live DJ, so all you need to do is bring your own skates. The spring season kicks off on April 7th, and is free fun for all!

This outdoor event is perfect for Glenwood residents living in Hawthorn Park.

Yellow flowers blooming in a green grass area along The High Line in NYC.
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Stargaze on The High Line

Taking a weekend stroll on The High Line is something every New Yorker has done a time or two, but but have you ever spent an evening on The High Line stargazing?

Every Tuesday from April until October, you can look through high powered telescopes, provided by the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, to view beautiful celestial twinkles. The stargazing happens at the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck from dusk until 30 minutes before the park closes, perfect for Glenwood residents living on the Westside’s Emerald Green building. Also, the events are completely free of charge!

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Bask On Your Sundeck

Some of the best springtime air can be enjoyed without even leaving the comfort of your home! Glenwood has a myriad of buildings with available apartments that feature rooftop sundecks. An afternoon spent on the deck is a great way to finish that novel you’re reading, play a game of cards, or grab a much needed cat nap… All while catching some Vitamin D from the sunshine. One such building that offers a sundeck is The Belmont, located in Midtown East.

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