Things to do this week in NYC Oct 23-Oct 30: Outdoor Activities

October 23, 2010 - by CG Directory Editor
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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!

3rd Annual Scarecrow Competition - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through October 23, 2010 -

Art classes, scout troops, corporations, community organizations, families, and individuals are invited to create their own scarecrow! We'll provide the frame - you make it as wild and wacky as you like! Scarecrows must be dropped off by October 23 and will be judged at the "Boo at the Zoo" event on October 31. For complete submission and competition rules, visit or call 203-332-4243.

Howl O Ween - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through October 31, 2010 -

Calling all ghosts and goblins! Come and spend a truly fun and frightful evening at the Zoo featuring the Harrowing Hayride, Haunted Farmyard and magic show by Jim Sisti. Your ticket also includes FREE face painting, kettle corn, and of course, CANDY! Don't miss this hauntingly good time! Guests can purchase a limited number of Howl-O-Ween tickets for only $6 from October 1 - October 22. These discount tickets can be purchased during normal business hours by visiting the Zoo's ticket booth. Tickets purchased after October 22 are $8 per person. Event recommended for children ages 6-10. (Face painting not available on Oct. 31)

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.

The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 27, 2011 -

Celebrating its 13th year, this highly popular wintertime destination flourishes in 80-degree temperatures and features up to 500 hovering iridescent butterflies, blooming tropical flowers, and lush green vegetation. The Butterfly Conservatory transforms the iciest winter day into a magical escape into summer. Shimmering, multicolored butterflies gently flutter by visitors' upturned faces, land atop their heads, or perch upon their shoulders.

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