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Things to do outside in New York

Your guide to getting outdoors to the best beaches, pools, parks, outdoor bars and restaurants, and events in New York

The idea of another summer in New York might send you fleeing to the nearest air-conditioned LIRR car for a getaway, but hold up! There are so many great reasons to get outdoors this season—poolside cocktails, a cool night flea market, tacos on the boardwalk, summer drinks on a rooftop and much more—that you'll want to spend every weekend in town, exploring the best things to do outside that the city has to offer. Come on out, the weather’s fine!

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The 10 best beaches in NYC

Plan a beach outing with our guide to New York City's best seaside retreats

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The best NYC parks

Here’s how to make the most of New York’s public spaces, from Central Park and the big boys to beyond

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New York beaches off the beaten track

These beaches are all within one hour of the city, so you can find the seaside spot that suits your needs

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The best swimming pools in NYC

We break down the top swimming pools where you can escape the heat

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Bike New York

Hit the city's best bike trails and know about great bike events in NYC

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Cool things to do on NYC rooftops

Discover open-air spots where you can rock out, catch a flick, find your center, and even drink—like an adult

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Restaurants

The best farmers’ markets in NYC

Take advantage of the straight-from-the-farm fruits, vegetables and goods at these outdoor markets

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Travel

Weekend getaways and day trips from NYC

Escape the city at the drop of a sun hat with these weekend getaways and day trips

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The best picnic spots in NYC

Pack blankets, bites and booze for an alfresco feast in one of these great picnic spots

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The best Rockaway Beach attractions

Here’s your guide to getting the most out of the Queens coast

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Outdoor dining and bars

Bars

NYC's best rooftop bars

 

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Bars

The best bars for outdoor drinking

 

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Restaurants

The best rooftop restaurants

 

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Bars

The best beer gardens and beer halls

 

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Outdoor festivals and movie screenings

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The best spring festivals in NYC

The outdoor playground, otherwise known as New York City, is the perfect place to frolic during spring

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Music

Summer music festival guide

The best concerts, hottest festival looks and dazzling live-music photos

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