Looking to escape the heat of summer in the city? You’re not alone. As temps approach the triple digits, New Yorkers look to cool down outside NYC. Luckily, this season brings tons of opportunities for mini-getaways including outdoor adventures just a drive from Manhattan. The next time you’re craving an adventurous day or two away from the whirlwind of city life, consider trying any of these outdoor activities near NYC.
Hiking in the Adirondacks
Even city folk appreciate feeling one with the mountains, and in the Adirondacks, nature abounds. Lose yourself in the wilderness of Upstate New York, where over 2,000 miles of scenic trails and a collection of quiet lakes and tumbling waterfalls await. Choose from 46 Adirondack High Peaks, many of which are in the area surrounding Lake Placid, as well as paths perfect for a stroll aimed at novice hikers. VisitAdirondacks.com has more info.
Glamping in New York State
It’s no secret that I’m not a super outdoorsy person, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that I’ve never gone camping. I have a few prerequisites when I travel: a clean space, comfy bed, and running water. To me camping means sleeping on the ground (not so clean or comfy) and brushing your teeth in the stream. Forget about a toilet! I realize that campsites offer indoor plumbing, but I’m not much into the dorm situation either. Hence, why glamping is right up my alley. While some glamping sites feature shared dorm-style baths, some have en suite baths for a little more money per night. Let’s say that I’m happy to pay the extra. There’s a plethora of spots to go glamping without leaving the state of New York, such as the Finger Lakes and a camp on Governors Island, which is technically part of the borough of Manhattan, yet worlds away.
Fishing in New Jersey
Yes, fishing takes patience, but it’s also incredibly relaxing. Hop in a car and head to the Garden State for a day or weekend of baiting and catching. New Jersey has more than 400 public lakes, ponds, and reservoirs (who knew?), so grab your tackle box and cross the river for an outing that provides a way to decompress and have fun at the time time. You’ll need a permit if you’re over 16 years old (I’m guessing you are), which you can purchase for $22.50 at local sporting goods stores and bait shops. Good luck with the catch!
Horseback Riding in Croton-on-Hudson
You won’t have to go far to jump in the saddle. Cowboy Bob of Westchester Trail Rides in Croton-on-Hudson works with riders of all ages and experience levels. Let Bob guide you through beautiful trails less than 40 miles from Manhattan while he jokes and tells stories. Bob’s horses are wonderfully cared for, gentle, and friendly enough for beginners. If you’re someone who’s always wanted to ride a horse but been intimidated to try, fear no more.
Kayaking or Canoeing on Long Island
Head to Riverhead, Long Island and discover the beauty of the Peconic River by kayak or canoe. Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals offers singles and doubles by the hour, half day, and full day. If you’re not a veteran kayaker, the company does guided tours – $45 for a one-hour kayak or canoe adventure. Tours take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends in June, July, and August. I recommend a tandem kayak for the inexperienced; I rode with a guide in Vero Beach on my first and only time on the water and had great fun! Sunset tours and moonlight paddle tours are terrific options if you want to toss in a little romance with your kayak. 😉
This article is part of a partnership with CubeSmart, a self-storage and logistics company with locations in the NYC area.
Governors Island photo by Musik Animal.