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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 16-Jul 23: Outdoor Activities

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!

The ZOOMOBILE Hits the Beach! - Sherwood Island State Park's Nature Center
July 16, 2011 - Westport

JUST ADDED! July 16: The ZOOMOBILE Hits the Beach! 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is traveling to Sherwood Island State Park for some “fun in the sun” as Zoo educators present Remarkable Reptiles: In a Class by Themselves! Presented in conjunction with the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center, these live animal programs will explore the little-known world of these prehistoric survivors and introduce families to beautiful and endangered reptiles from around the world. Presented beachside (weather permitting) or in the Park’s new nature center, the programs are sure to educate, engage, and inspire! NOTE – This event takes place at Sherwood Island State Park’s Nature Center, not at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Sherwood Island State Park, 1 Sherwood Island Rd, Westport, CT 06880. (203) 226-6983. For more info, visit http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325260

Advancing Nature Photography - Greenwich Audubon Society
July 17, 2011 - Greenwich

Photo hikes led by professional photographer Dan Burns allows you to get outdoors, share photography tips and witness wilderness. Ideal for practicing scenic photography and macro photo techniques.

Evening Lecture Series: South African Adventures - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
July 20, 2011 - Bridgeport

Experience the wildlife of South Africa up close through the footage of rhinos, elephants, giraffes, lions, sea turtles, dolphins, and great white sharks filmed by Michael Sanders. Sanders worked as a wildlife videographer for the Eastern Cape Parks Board and will share his experiences during this lively presentation. There is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

Ultimate Summertime Party - Central Park Zoo
July 21, 2011 -

Join one thousand party animals at the Ultimate Summertime Party and enjoy a live musical performance by the Tremors, an exciting sea lion demonstration in the Central Gardens and the opportunity to enjoy food, wine and spirits from a host of fabulous vendors.

Dragon & Damselflies Survey - Greenwich Audubon Society
July 23, 2011 - Greenwich

Join a short introduction to local dragonflies and damselflies followed by an annual survey for these species on the Audubon Greenwich grounds. RSVP required to Ted at x230 by July 22.

Vines and Canines Vineyard Walk - Martha Clara Vineyards
Through July 24, 2011 - Riverhead

July Dates: 7/9, 7/23 and 7/24. Bring your dogs down and enjoy an educational walk through the vineyards with winemaker Juan Micieli-Martinez and his dog Satchmo. A donation of a non perishable pet food item is requested to be donated to select animal shelter foundations.

Butterflies & Bees Seminar with Christopher Kelly, the General Manager at The Plantage Inc. - Martha Clara Vineyards
Through July 31, 2011 -

Dates: Sunday June 26th, July 10th, and July 31st ONLY. This will be a two hour talk focused on the relationship between insects and plants. A live glass walled observation hive will let people see the inner workings of a beehive in complete safely. It is a family friendly environment. Tickets are limited so reserve your spot today @ marthaclaravineyards.com $50 / $40 for wine club members.

Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra - New York Botanical Garden
Through August 21, 2011 -

The lush gardens and poetic vistas of the Alhambra -- a legendary Moorish palace and fortress in Granada, Spain -- are re-imagined in NYBG's large-scale, multipart summer exhibition.The exhibit includes a 15,000-square-foot interpretation of Alhambra's gardens in the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, curated by world-renowned garden writer, designer, and historian Penelope Hobhouse. Closed Mon.

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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