While we've been loving trying out online events and exploring educational websites and virtual culture, we are so ready for some in-person (socially-distanced) adventures and these open, mostly outdoor attractions in NYC.

We've got more specific guides if you're looking for museums or beaches (two of our favorite things).

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Bronx Equestrian Center

Stop by this horse farm in Pelham Bay Park Park for pony rides ($5/three rides) or reserve relaxing trail rides ($65/hour). Long pants, closed shoes, helmets required and available at the stable. Bug repellent recommended. Lessons for ages 6+ ($40/half-hour private lesson) and weekly camps also available. Also visit nearby Orchard Beach explore the lovely…

Wave Hill

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River.

The delicious Café has grab-and-go items, snacks and beverages amd outdoor seating on a lovely terrace. Or bing your own food to a picnic area by the art gallery.


Boo at the Zoo

The spacious animal kingdom is all decked out for Halloween.

* Thursday through Sunday, watch giant pumpkin carving demos, join dancers, stilt-walkers and drummers in (socially-distanced) costume parades, see magic acts, explore an Extinct Animal Graveyard, go on a MASKerade scavenger hunt to find favorite “masked” and “costumed” animals throughout the zoo, pick up treats on a candy trail and more spooky family fun.

* Also see tigers, bears, gorillas and over 650 other species of awesome animals. Tons of indoor and outdoor attractions – expect lots of walking but strollers welcome and the roads are scenic with pretty trees (and some bold peacocks). Learn about gorillas and watch them play in the mostly indoors Congo Gorilla Forest, ride on a ladybug on the Bug Carousel, pet and feed sheep, cows, llamas and more in the charming Children’s Zoo, take a monorail to see elephants and other asian animals an…

NYBG Great Pumpkin Path

Discover plentiful pumpkins and hordes of gourds along the twists and turns of a path on the Conservatory Lawn. Keep an eye out for a display of whimsical scarecrows throughout the gardens wand wander through gorgeous fall foliage in the expansive Thain Family Forest.

* Giant pumpkins (and we mean giant – 2000 lbs+ –…

Bronx Zoo Treetop Adventure

Hangout in the treetops at the Bronx Zoo’s sustainably created aerial ropes course. Ride a 400-foot-long zipline over the Bronx River and/or swing from rope to rope, skateboard high above the ground, and navigate your way through the trees i seven courses of varying difficulties.

Must be 7 years or older, between 50 and 275…

Bartow Pell Family Enrichment Experiences

Choose from two weekly outdoor experiences on the grounds of a historic mansion

Join earth science-based program Walking Tours: Home Sweet Habitat for a short, gentle hike with a Museum Educator through the Bartow-Pell woods. Learn about the plants and animals that call Pelham Bay Park home, observe flora and fauna in their natural habitat…



Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

This annual photography festival socially distances this year with 63 smaller outdoor exhibitions throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park and beyond to Times Square and parks across New York City’s five boroughs. All exhibitions are designed to be viewed and enjoyed at a safe social distance.

Domino Park


Splash in fun fountains with amazing bridge and Manhattan views at this large waterfront park (now with social distancing circles on the grass).

* The playground, designed by the artist Mark Reigelman, has cool features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage…

Smorg To Go


Legendary  weekly open-air food market Smorgasburg is open in new takeout-only format. Order online from 5-7 favorite Smorgasburg vendors, rotating every week, pick up at 51 N. 6 St. (at Kent Ave.) Feel free to head across the street to Marsha P. Johnson State Park (where the “real” Smorgasburg happens) for a picnic with river views.


AnkhLave Arts Alliance at Queens Botanical Garden


Find site specific art installations by six female Queens-based artists of color in lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods.

Masks required.

The Fall Escape


Stroll through a series of immersive, multi-sensory floral filled installations. Pose for photo-ops with fall favorites imagined with blossoms including a life size pumpkin spice latte cup topped with a floral swirl, a giant floral butterfly or escape and an enchanted fall forest.

Also explore 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New…

Halloween on the Farm


Wear your costume to historic Queens County Farm for an Amazing Maize Maze, spooky hayrides and trick-or-treating with the farm animals. Find eight stations located throughout the farm’s 47 acres to safely experience Halloween. Also Adopt-a-Worm composting program, ghastly crafts and recycling.

Local food vendors on site and shop at Queens Farm’s acclaimed Farmstand, featuring…

Halloween at the Garden


Little ones can show off their Halloween costume at Queens Botanical Garden, walk a trick or treat trail, and enjoy performances, including a magic show. Includes admission to the garden.

For an extra $10, also get timed admission to the Pumpkin Patch and get a grab and go craft activity.

Classes & Camps

Little Jay Music and Play Central Park

Central Park
Make music and learn in outdoor, socially distanced singalong music classes that incorporate music theory through play.
Bring your own props (shakers, scarves, tambourine/drum and a puppet or stuffed toy) and blanket. Only 5 families/ class to ensure social distancing.

Mozart For Munchkins Prospect Park Spooktacular

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

Little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” in a relaxed, interactive classical concert. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach, hear spooktacular tunes, and join sing-alongs.

Also at 10:45 am and other locations on other days throughout NYC.

Lincoln Center New Stages

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

See in-person live music performances at two outdoor venues on Lincoln Center’s iconic campus: on top of the signature sloped Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn and under the peaceful shade of the trees in Barclays Capital Grove.

Each venue will house individual pods that can accommodate up to two people. Pods in Barclays Capital Grove…

Mozart For Munchkins West Village Spooktacular

West Village

Little ghosts, goblins, and unicorns march to Grieg’s “Hall of the Mountain King” in a relaxed, interactive classical concert. In addition to Halloween favorites by Bach, hear spooktacular tunes, and join sing-alongs.

Also at other locations on other days throughout NYC.

Treasure Trunk Theatre Halloween Outdoor Imagination Adventure

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Celebrate Halloween with Treasure Trunk in a very special Imagination Adventure. Join energetic and engaging teaching artist to travel to exciting new places on an action-packed, magical adventure with a Halloween twist, After warming up bodies, voices, and imaginations, open the magical treasure trunk and discover items that will spark our journey for the class.…