With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, New York is awash in exciting outdoor activities, with something to do on virtually every block in Manhattan. For those looking to enjoy the city’s natural beauty, there’s no better time to high-tail it to the west side and celebrate the balmy temperatures on the Hudson. Whether you’re in the market for a relaxing afternoon or a high-energy workout, these waterfront venues have you covered:
Get in a workout at Chelsea Piers
Occupying more than 28 acres on Manhattan’s west side, Chelsea Piers has been a New York institution since it first opened its doors in 1995. Today, the complex is home to a health club, golf fairway, two ice rinks, a bowling alley, a rock wall, a field house for indoor sports practice, a barre studio, a 75-foot indoor pool, and countless fitness studios. If you’re eager to break a sweat while enjoying some of the most beautiful views of the Hudson, Chelsea Piers can’t be beat.
Spend an Afternoon at the Frying Pan
If you love the water but aren’t so steady on your sea legs, the Frying Pan is the perfect venue for you. This historic vessel is permanently docked on the Hudson and serves as one of the city’s most popular bars when the weather heats up. Enjoy cocktails, cold beer, and plenty of bar fares, like burgers, calamari, and tacos at this unique waterfront watering hole.
Hop a Ride on an After Work Cruise
Enjoy the best views of the city’s most iconic sights, from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty with a cruise down the Hudson. After Work Cruises depart from various points along the city’s western edge, showing passengers the city in style on their fleet of yachts.
Grab a drink at Watermark
This two-story venue is the perfect place to spend the night sipping well-mixed cocktails, listening to live music, and watching boats make their way down the Hudson. If you’re thirsty, try Watermark’s watermelon spiced margarita, or if you’re in the mood for something more substantial, a wagyu hamburger or serving of popcorn topped with truffle butter should tide you over.
Take a stroll along the High Line
Stretch your legs and enjoy one of the city’s most beautiful outdoor spaces all at once with a walk down the High Line. Overlooking the Hudson, this 1.45-mile elevated train track-turned-park offers some of the city’s best views of the water and a traffic-free way to get from Chelsea to the Meatpacking District in no time. Don’t waste the warm weather indoors; enjoy tons of fun and some of the best views New York has to offer with a trip to one of the city’s premier waterfront destinations this spring.