10 Off the Beaten Path NYC Activities

*First this photo: Last year some girlfriends and I played tourist in our own city. These are some of the women who taught me about the activities below and without their knowledge, spirit and laughter  I wouldn’t be who I am today. Love these girls so much.  xoxo, Ashley


There are few places in NYC that people just don’t know about. One tip to beating the crowd is going to your destination at off peak times if possible. Do some research to find out when that may be.

Below are a few ideas for total New York excitement that are a little less known:

  1. Governors Island: Take the ferry from Battery Park for a couple bucks. Rent a four person bike, get some Mister Softee ice cream, sit in the hammock field, fly down the slide then take the ferry back. So fun.)
  2. The Cloisters: As part of the MET admission is pay what you wish. The mid evil art is something extraordinary as are the views looking down into Manhattan, New Jersey or the Hudson River Valley.
  3. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater: Located in Central Park this is a fun way to introduce kids to theater. Get tickets in advance!
  4. The Highline: This is a fun way to see the city from an elevated state. The walk is lovely and usually not crowded in the morning. Don’t forget to stop off at the Chelsea Market for some shopping and food!
  5. Trapeze School: This is by far one of the most memorable things I did in NYC. Jumping from a platform to a trapeze bar then being caught by one of the instructors will change your life!
  6. Pop-up pool, Brooklyn: Such a fun and unique way to beat the heat during the summer months! There are few places to go swimming in the city so make sure to pack your swimsuit. Why not walk the Brooklyn Bridge, grab ice cream then take a swim!
  7. Greenwich Village This trendy little area is a hoot to look around. Grab a bag of goodies from Sockerbit and browse around the village.
  8. Bryant Park-Down the street from Grand Central is this beautiful park wedged between high-rises. Check the website for activities such as the Christmas Market, Broadway Week, yoga classes, etc. The carousel is not to be missed!
  9. Musical Experiences: Manhattan has some of the most talented musicians. Figure out what kind of experience you are looking for and book tickets. Lincoln Center, Julliard, underground Jazz clubs and off-broadway theaters are just a couple places to start your search!
  10. Staten Island Ferry: A fun and free way to see the Statue of Liberty–plus a nice ferry ride! The Ferry doesn’t stop at Lady Liberty so make sure you have a good spot on the boat to get the best pictures!

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