Seven Free Activities to Check Out in NYC

Itching to go outside and celebrate the warmer weather? Here are seven ways you can be active in NYC right now—for free!

April 17, 2017 | HF Healthy Living Team

It may not be summer in the city yet, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Check out these free activities to get out and enjoy what New York City has to offer!

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  1. Volunteer with the Hudson River Park’s Green Team. Keep the park beautiful while you learn how to plant, prune, mulch, trim, and garden. Meets once a month on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.
  2. Stop by the School’s Out Festival in Queens on Tuesday, June 22 for face painting, music, games, and more.
  3. Run with the Van Cortlandt Track Club at Van Cortlandt Park. Join a Tuesday Night Speed Workout at 7pm, Thursday Night Tempo Run at 7pm, or Saturday Morning Group Run at 8am.
  4. Enjoy Morning Fitness at Tryon Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 7:30am. Spend an hour walking, stretching, and getting stronger. All ages and fitness levels welcome!
  5. Take an outdoor class with Shape Up NYC. Meet on Randall’s Island at 6:30pm for Yoga in the Park any Tuesday or for Dance Fitness on Wednesdays until August 30.
  6. Join New York Road Runners for a Tuesday night run at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Open to people of all ages—as well as strollers and dogs! Check-in at 6:45pm; group run begins at 7pm.
  7. Take a walking tour of Union Square and the neighborhood around it. Guides from Big Onion Walking Tours will take you on a journey through the history of the area. Tours begin at the Abraham Lincoln Statue in Union Square Park every Saturday at 2pm (except major holidays).

Looking for ways your kids can be active in NYC, too? Don’t miss these kid-friendly gardens throughout the city!


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“Hudson River Park’s: HRP Green Team,” Hudson River Park. Accessed March 14, 2017.

“NYRR Open Run,” Brooklyn Bridge Park. Accessed March 14, 2017.

“Outdoor Fitness,” NYC Parks. Accessed March 14, 2017.

“Workouts,” Van Cortlandt Track Club. Accessed March 14, 2017.

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