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!
Full Moon Dinner Cruise Series - Spirit Cruises
June 23, 2013 -
Spend an evening cruising New York Harbor under a full moon. Enjoy the spectacular sights of New York when the moon is at it's fullest, illuminating the city's skyline.
NYC Audubon Summer EcoCruise-Brother Islands - New York Water Taxi
June 23, 2013 - New York
See some of the 3,000 gorgeous herons that fly from the South to nest on small islands in New York Harbor. Hosted by Audubon naturalists, this 90-minute cruise will take you "up close and personal" to see these majestic birds. Cruise under famous city bridges and past renowned monuments, take in views of the city's skyline and get to know some of its lesser-known aviary residents. You'll learn about the ecology of the harbor and understand why the harbor islands have become home to thousands of birds in the last few decades. Our fleet of vessels are community-conscious with low-emission engines, low-wake hulls and hospital-grade mufflers that honor our New York waterways.
Summer Solstice Celebration - Queens Botanical Garden
June 23, 2013 - Flushing
Here comes the sun! Queens Botanical Garden invites all to attend our Summer Solstice Celebration, which will be held on Sunday, June 23rd from 11am to 4pm. This will be a day of workshops and activities and will feature a bird/nature walk, compost demonstrations, a community art project with Artist Iandry, and activities for children including crafts, the TD Bank Activity table, seed plantings and Silly Cheeks face art and balloon twisting.
Outdoor Rise - Multiple locations
Through June 23, 2013 - New York City
OUTDOOR RISE is a brand new outdoor adventure festival hitting NYC June 17-23. Over 60 free activities include bike tours, hiking, kayaking, surfing, rock climbing, yoga, photography, film, and more. It's powered by the expert guides of Discover Outdoors with events held in all five boroughs. Get details and register at www.OutdoorRise.com.
Farmer's Market Fridays at QBG - Queens Botanical Garden
June 28, 2013 - Flushing
Every Friday, June 21 through November 22 from 8:30am to 4pm. Get fresh, local and seasonal produce, nuts, coffee, and nut butters from the Farmer's Market! Every Friday, June 21 to November 22, from 8:30am to 4pm on Dahlia Avenue off Main Street.
Art Exhibit: Fish and Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media - Queens Botanical Garden
Through July 23, 2013 - Flushing
This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. It illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display at the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery from April 22 through July 22. Visitors will be invited to create their own art at an interactive print-making station that will remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, and also to take part in community art projects, open to all ages, at QBG’s April 28th Arbor Festival as well as the June 23rd Summer Solstice Celebration.
The opening reception for this exhibit will be on April 26 from 6-9pm