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Things to do this week in NYC Aug 27-Sep 3: Outdoor Activities

August 27, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor

New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!

ECOFEST 2011 - New York's Favorite Environmental Festival - Near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
August 28, 2011 -

With green exhibits and eco-booths including environmental groups, information, animal care, products, health and fitness, healthy food and technologies, plus music, dance and entertainment. ECOFEST features all achievements, choices and activities that present to the general public a Better Life. Produced by the West Side Cultural Center, ECOFEST has always been an event that encourages everyone to experience environmentally safe options to incorporate into their lives. Highlights are the ECO-FASHION SHOW, the ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES DISPLAY featuring the hottest Alt FuelCars in the U.S., the CHILDREN'S RECYCLING CRAFTS TENT, the ENVIRONMENTAL ART EXHIBIT. 11am-6pm.

Rainforest Reptiles - Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo
Through August 28, 2011 - Bridgeport

Rainforest Reptile Shows features exotic crawlers, unusual slithers, and fascinating creepers, all of which are creatures of the rainforest. Experience direct contact with live animals, artifacts, and fascinating stories about these unusual animals and their natural habitats. Rainforest Reptiles’ rare albino alligator, one of only 30 known in the world, will be on display in its own special exhibit during the four days the show is at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Limited engagement performances from Thursday, August 25 through Sunday, August 28. Thursday and Friday shows will be at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday will be at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Free with paid admission to the Zoo. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is located at 1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610. For more information, visit BeardsleyZoo.org.

Birds of Prey - Mystic Aquarium
September 03, 2011 - Mystic

Five happily rehabilitated raptors descend on Mystic Aquarium for a special Birds of Prey Summer Series, presented in conjunction with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, on July 2, 9, 30, Aug. 13 and Sept. 3 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on the Sea School Green stage. A Red-Tailed Hawk, Eastern Screech Owl, American Kestrel, two Barred Owls and a Great Horned Owl will appear on the arms of Audubon educators to demonstrate the remarkable beauty and abilities of these incredible birds.

National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy - the New York Society Library
Through December 31, 2011 -

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy. Books on display span more than 150 years and opening fresh vistas into the World of Gardens. Writing the Garden will feature works by remarkable gardeners who wrote with great knowledge and deep passion stemming from their love of nature, plants, and horticulture.

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