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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 10-Oct 17: Outdoor Activities

October 10, 2009 - 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!

What the Sea Left Behind - Harkness Memorial State Park
October 10, 2009 -

Have you ever wondered what lives within a mermaid's purse, inside a sea rattle or in the shells that wash up along the beach? Have you ever flipped over a rock and watched the creatures run away, wondering what they were? Discover the mysterious treasures washed ashore by the tides during What the Sea Left Behind, an educational family program offered by Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration on Saturday, October 10 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Join aquarium staff in exploring the shores of the scenic Harkness Memorial State Park, taking a close look at what the sea leaves behind and discovering what they really are. $7 per person (children must be accompanied by a paid adult) Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for the event, please call (860) 572-5955, ext. 520.

Lipizzaner Stallions - Madison Square Garden
October 17, 2009 -

The Lipizzaner Stallions proudly present "Dancing With Horses" at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 17! For over 400 years, the Lipizzaner Stallions have been recognized for their amazing grace and beauty. This fall, the Dancing White Stallions present a Tribute to Vienna, including the "Airs Above The Ground"! It is a truly magical experience that the whole family will enjoy.

Extreme Mammals: The Biggest, Smallest, and Most Amazing Mammals of All Time - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 03, 2010 -

This major new exhibition explores the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of extinct and living mammals. Featuring fossils from the Museum's collections, the exhibition examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny and speedy to sloth-like, and showcases animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Open daily. $15.

The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 31, 2010 -

Celebrating its twelfth year at the Museum, this highly popular winter attraction transforms the iciest day into a magical summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation in 80-degree temperatures.

Penguins - Maritime Aquarium
Through December 31, 2010 - Norwalk

Come fall in love with the new colony of African penguins in a new outdoor exhibit, offering views above and below the water.

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