Looking for things to do outside in New York? Explore parks, beer gardens, outdoor restaurants, beaches and more. New York has many outdoor markets to choose from during all seasons. In winter, you can see the Christmas stores in Columbus Circle, Union Square and Bryant Park. All year round, you can visit the Grand Bazaar or the Hester Street Fair.
Below 14th Street, you can go through East River Park; above 14th Street, you have the East River Bikeway, which is normally home to more pedestrians than cyclists and offers stunning views of the Empire State Building and the Queensboro Bridge as you approach 34th Street. Spanning 1.3 miles from Brooklyn's newly revitalized waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park has everything from iconic views to unique and abundant outdoor seating areas, playgrounds and baseball fields. Get a glimpse of the State of Liberty and the Financial District skyline from the free 30-minute ferry ride to Staten Island. Keep in mind that you'll have to disembark and wait to board the ferry back to Manhattan.
While drinking outside is generally best suited for summer, I'd say the 230 Fifth rooftop bar is best enjoyed on a cold winter night. It's fun to put on one of their huge robes, order a hot seasonal cider, and sit by the heat lamps while admiring the Empire State Building from just a few blocks away. You can take a ferry from Lower Manhattan or Brooklyn Heights and spend the day on the island, enjoying all kinds of outdoor adventures in New York. From adventure activities to outings for the whole family, Culture Trip shows each of New York City's five boroughs to find the best things to do outdoors.