What you’re reading right now is part two of our outdoor guide to New York. If you’ve found yourself looking for more things to do in and around the city, here are some more things to do in the outdoors of NYC that you can find yourself getting involved in over the weekend, with some beloved company, or a self-care weekday!
Again, New York is full of lesser-known spots that can be the perfect weekend plan. Here are some more of our outdoor-centric suggestions. Fair warning though, we do get a little wild with one.
Watch Toggenburg Goats graze in Queens
Spanning over 47 acres in Glen Oaks, The Queen’s County Farm Museum is the longest continuous farmed site in the state, dating back to 1697.
The farm is open seven days a week, all year round for the interested and curious to come to visit and see how the farm operates, to see the animals – which include the two Dexter steers, the smallest cattle breeds in the world at 900 pounds, sheep, two heritage breed pigs, laying hens, Italian honeybees, and a mix of Nubian, Toggenburg, Lamancha, and — as of 2016 — Saanen goats!
During fall, you can also catch the pick-your-own pumpkin patch and a corn maze that’s shaped like a Unisphere.
Become a beekeeper!
All you need to do is register your hive with the city. If you have a spacious balcony, rooftop, or even a backyard garden situation, the New York City Beekeepers Association can help you with connecting yourself to a hive through their Host A Hive Program.
Plant flowers in Tryon Park
The New York City Parks Department has a multitude of volunteer programs that you and your friends can take up over the weekend, in every borough! Volunteers can help with anything from pruning trees and picking up trash, to planting trees and plucking invasive weeds!
Canoe through the Gowanus Canal
The best thing about the Gowanus Canal, outside the looks it serves, is that the Gowanus Dredgers lend out three-person boats which are cleaned between each use, that too for free on most Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. so that guests can explore the estuary at their own speed on a half-hour self-guided paddle!
This is one of the most fun things to take up in NYC on a weekend, especially when you feel like exploring the gritty waterway infrastructure of the canal. And learn about the canal that was infamously named after Gouwane, a Lenape chief — and the variety of industrial buildings that dot its banks. For those wondering, Gowanus Canal is also a COVID safe venue now!
Visit a Naval Cemetery turned walkway
After staying indoors in New York for even a couple of months, you best bet that all popular parks and spots. Prospect Park, Herbert Von King, and Central Park’s Ramble are going to be particularly overdone. So when it comes to NYC outdoors, the Naval Cemetery Landscape at the Brooklyn Navy Yard – which reopened in 2016 with new walkways and plants after being shut for close to a century – become perfect exploration spots.
Other similar places include the Heather Garden, a steeply done three-acre piece of Fort Tryon Park!
Count birds and stars at the roof of the Jarvits Center
The convention center boasts a 6.75-acre green roof where visitors can see up to 29 species of birds. in the past, enthusiasts have photographed Canada geese, American Kestrels, herring gulls, great black-backed gulls, mourning doves, and northern mockingbirds, among others. Others include three honeybee hives and five different bat species.
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