Outdoor Activities in Downtown Manhattan

A wooden table set with fresh seafood dishes from Beaubourg in NYC.
Photo Credit: Beaubourg

Getting outdoors this season pairs perfectly with our list of outdoor activities in Downtown Manhattan’s Financial District – also known as FiDi – and Battery Park City. From al fresco dining to outdoor yoga; from sailing to utilizing your Glenwood apartment building’s outdoor living space, there are plenty of options to keep you busy while soaking in that vitamin D this summer!

Enjoy Outdoor Dining

Brookfield Place shopping center is a staple in the Downtown scene. It’s home to luxury stores such as Gucci and Ferragamo, as well as a world class food hall and several onsite restaurants.

Work up an appetite shopping (or window shopping!), and then head to Beaubourg, located in the Le District Food Court. Beaubourg is a restaurant with a gorgeous outdoor terrace for dining, and an absolute dream for watching the sunset over the Hudson River. The food is described as “classic French, and new New York”, so you can go expecting plenty of outdoor dining delights such as shrimp cocktail, lobster, and oysters, as well as French staples such as cheese boards and steak frites.

Sail boats on the Hudson River near NYC buildings.
Photo Credit: Pexels

Sail on the Hudson River

Located on the Hudson River right out back of Brookfield Place is North Cove Sailing. They are a sailing school, club, and community center, offering a variety of sailing experiences for the whole family. If it’s your first time, consider trying one of their free community sailing weekends to see how your sea legs are! If it’s a success, club membership is a gift you can treat yourself to that will keep on giving all spring, summer, and most of the fall long! Sailing season is from May through October, with daily hours from 9am to 8pm Monday through Saturday, and 9am to 6pm on Sunday.

Also, consider checking out our list of 5 places to sail off into the sunset in NYC, which will get you on a boat close to whichever Glenwood neighborhood you live in!

Ride a Sea-Themed Carousel

There are carousels in several NYC neighborhoods, but Downtown is home to the only sea themed one!

Located at the The Battery Conservancy, the sea glass carousel pays homage to the Battery’s history as the original location of the New York Aquarium. You’ll be jumping into tall, iridescent fish, complete with glowing lights, soothing classical music, and aquatic sound effects. It makes for quite the underwater experience! Rides are $5 each, fun for both kids and adults alike. The carousel is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

After riding the carousel, spend a few hours enjoying the surrounding park. The Battery is home to stunning harbor views, beautiful perennial gardens, bike paths, grand lawns, an off-leash dog area, and even an urban farm. Check out their event’s calendar which features outdoor downtown fun all season long, including free outdoor yoga.

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Take Advantage of Your Building’s Outdoor Space

Glenwood buildings are known for their luxurious amenities, one of which being the amount of on-site outdoor space offered. As any New Yorker knows, having access to outdoor space in the concrete jungle of Manhattan is truly a luxury.

  • Liberty Plaza has a beautiful sun terrace available to all tenants as well as a plaza fountain with seating areas.
  • Barclay Tower has a rooftop sun deck, with views stretching up all the way to the Empire State Building.

Both of these lend to days spent sunbathing, reading a novel, catching up on podcasts while catching some rays, and hanging out with family and friends in the comfort of your building’s own outdoor space.

What Downtown Manhattan outdoor fun are you looking forward to this season? Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know!

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