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.

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Pier 25 Mini-Golf


Manhattan’s only 18-hole miniature golf course features waterfalls, streams, a pond, foot bridges, sand traps and even a cave plus a stunning location on Hudson River Park’s Pier 25. Lemonade, ice cream & other snacks available or purchase. Also on the pier, find a great playground with lots of water features and a large artificial…

High Line


Follow the green dots for a socially-distanced stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Book timed-entry passes online; new times released each Monday. Enter only at Gansevoort Street and move north to 23rd Street (elevators available). Masks required. Food vendors and…

Central Park Zoo

Central Park

Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo. Currently only outdoor exhibits are open, including the interactive children’s zoo. Free admission for healthcare workers. Some food and shopping available but only accepting credit card/apple pay. Advance online ticket purchase and masks required. Use promo code…

Manhattan Kayak


Rent single and tandem kayak and paddle boards for boat rides with magnificent midtown views (and maybe some dead fish). Kid sized equipment available for easier maneuvering. Life jackets and Ziplock baggie for face covers and phones provided. BYO water bottle and lock for lockers. Reserve ahead online. No water experience needed. Ages 3-10 must…

Governors Island


Oasis-with-a-view Governors Island opens for shortened, socially distanced summer season. Lots of room to roam on this 172 acre former military post plus biking (rentals available), hiking, outdoor dining, birding, lounging in shady hammocks, giant slides, art installations, historic architecture and incredible Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty views. Online advance reservations (and masks) required…

Empire State Building


Play tourist – without the usual crowds – on New York’s most famous open-air observatory. Take advantage of 360° views & see all of NYC including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and so much more. Also learn about the construction and history of the building – and see King Kong –…

Field of Sunflowers

Roosevelt Island

Walk through a field of (printed) sunflowers, suffragette symbols, on FDR Four Freedoms State Park monumental staircase honoring commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. About a 15 minute walk from the always fun Roosevelt Island Tramway (East 60th Street & 2nd Avenue).


New York Botanical Garden

Discover spectacular gardens and collections across 250 acres. Walk the shaded trails of an old-growth forest. Relax near a sparkling natural waterfall in the Bronx River. Stroll along the Native Plant Garden’s breezy promenade and meadow. * Indoor areas, tram tours and the Children’s garden are currently closed. Expect lots of walking, most of it…

Bronx Zoo

See giraffes, bears, sea lions, wandering peacocks and many more creatures among acres of nature. * Some food and shopping available but only accepting credit card/apple pay. Pick up picnic provisions at nearby Arthur Avenue. * Only outdoor exhibits are open, including Tiger Mountain and Wild Asia Monorail. * Advance online ticket purchase and masks…

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. All indoor areas are closed (except for bathrooms). Currently no onsite parking or shuttles from public transportation; nearest parking lots is a 5 minute walk. Timed reservations and masks required.


Skyline Drive-In


Watch classic family movies from your car in Greenpoint with killer views of the Manhattan Skyline Parking spaces are first-come-first-serve basis so come early. Bring chairs/blankets etc if you want to sit outside your car (outdoor seating for those without cars also available). Indoor bathrooms and concessions available.

Prospect Park Zoo

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

This former menagerie is designed to allow up-close animal viewing, perfect for families with young children who want to learn about wildlife. Explore a Discovery Trail and encounter 400 animals of 150 species including red panda, dingo, and a host of beautiful birds. Visit unique small cats, sea lions and Chinese-big headed turtles. Advance online…

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Brooklyn-Prospect Park/Park Slope

Opens Aug 7. Outdoor spaces of the  stunning 52-acre urban botanic garden reopens  with new safety guidelines and limited capacity. Roses, water-lilies, and meadow flowers are among the many beautiful blooms on view. * Download a kids field journal and see these tips for visiting with kids. * Bring your own water. No food for…

Smorg To Go


Legendary  weekly open-air food market  Smorgasburg pivots to a new takeout-only format. Order online from 10 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…

Canoe Gowanus – Self Guided Voyages

Brooklyn-DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Try self-guided canoeing on the Gowanus Canal. Get equipment and quick navigation instructions at the dock; life jackets available for (well-behaved) kids over 40 pounds. Upon request, gloves and bags provided  so you may remove trash found along the estuary.


Monuments Now


This outdoor exhibition seeks to address the role of monuments in society and commemorate underrepresented narratives such as diasporic, Indigenous, and queer histories. Part I features Jeffrey Gibson’s massive technicolor ziggurat ‘Because Once You Enter My House It Becomes Our House‘ and works by Paul Ramírez Jonas and Xaviera Simmons.

Queens County Farm Museum


Visit 47-acres of longest continuously farmed site in New York State (since 1697).  See historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex,  farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden and livestock including cattle, sheep, chickens and llamas. Produce available at the seasonal farm stand Wed-Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm. Masks required.

Queens Zoo


This intimate zoo in Flushing Meadows houses wildlife native to the Americas including more than 4,000 Puerto Rican crested toads, Andean Bear Cubs, American bison and rare breeds of domestic animals including Flemish giant rabbits, Texas longhorn cattle, and Jacob’s four-horned sheep. Some food and shopping available but only accepting credit card/apple pay. Only outdoor…

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.

Classes & Camps

Kids At Art In-Studio Camp

Upper East Side-70s

Join mixed ages (4.5+ yrs) in-studio mini-camp workshops. Each child gets individual attention to focus on age appropriate projects. Masks required; all sanitary precautions taken. Online afternoon Zoom classes Monday – Thursday for those that prefer to stay at home.

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. Mondays at 9:30am & 10:30am at E 76th street, Fridays 9:30am & 10:30am at W…

Broadway Bees Outdoor Classes

Central Park

Participate in activities built around specific age-appropriate Broadway musicals, involving all aspects of a theatrical production, including singing, dancing, acting, props, set, and costume design in a holistic approach. Also at 4 pm. Private group classes also availble for babies to third graders.

Mind Body Music in Central Park

Central Park

Sing engaging new and old songs, dance to popular music, enjoy story time and much more in outdoor classes that combine play, music education and mindfulness. Various times and locations throughout Central and Riverside Park.

BDC Summer Dance Camp

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Learn about dance at in-person (socially distanced) weekly camps designed for movers of all levels, our camps give students the opportunity to try a wide variety of styles including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, musical theater, breakdancing, acting and more. Weekly themes include Fairy Tales, Superheroes and On Broadway. Half-day and extended care until 6 pm available.

Central Park Sports Summer Program

Central Park

Join a non-competitive, fun, outdoor sports program, modified for social distancing. Receive basic instruction from local coaches and college athletes in soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse etc. plus play supervised park games like capture the flag and frisbee. Morning and afternoon half-day options available.

Color Me Mine Happy Campers Summer Camp

Upper West Side-Lincoln Center

Paint ceramic projects with a Happy Campers theme such as the Adventure Awaits Mug, Owl Bowl, Firefly Mason Jar, Constellation Plate, Faceted Tree, Canvas, Clay and more. Learn to use glazes and combine them with art techniques. Final product is dishwasher and microwave safe. Campers sit outdoors at tables 6ft apart. Masks required. Drop off…

Juliette and Ella’s Play Date

Central Park

Professional artists lead play-based music & ballet class for babies and toddlers with a splash of sign language. Socially distanced in Central Park. Multiple time options.

Mozart For Munchkins

Central Park

This beloved relaxed classical concert series for kids returns with outdoor, socially distanced interactive music. Attendance is very limited. Bring your own blanket and park it 6 feet from your neighbor, wear a mask (under 2 excluded), and get ready to dance, clap, and sing. Also at 10 am.

Outdoor Elliott’s Gymnastics

Upper West Side-70s

Join fun movement and gymnastics classes in Riverside Park. Classes are limited to 8 students, and all adults are required to wear a mask. Reservations required via email ([email protected]).

The Craft Studio Outdoor Classes

Central Park

Take a socially distant art class in Central Park with beloved UES art school.  Try unique arts and crafts projects. Bring a blanket or towel (that is ok to get messy) to sit on/craft on top of. Ages 1.5 –4 at 10 am, 4– 8 at 11 am.  

Little Jay Music and Play Carl Schurz Park

Upper East Side-80s

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. Also in Central Park Monday & Friday.

Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band Outdoor Classes

Central Park

Ramblin’ Dan’s Freewheelin’ Band musician CJ leads interactive (socially distanced) music classes (note this photo is old, there wile be much more space). Also at 10:45 am.