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‘Tis the season to GET OUTSIDE AND SMELL THE FLOWERS (and try not to have an allergic fit from all of the pollen). But actually- this winter has been way too long, and it’s finally time to stop being a hermit. Outdoor activities are the best. Vitamin D is the best. Go do stuff outside and pretend your a kid again. Luckily for you, there is A LOT going on in good ol’ NYC this Summer to keep ya busy (and without breaking the bank).

So before the dog days bring the muggy heat and humidity, check out these fun activities to make the most of this Summer in NYC!

1. OutdoorFest is a really cool way to try some outdoorsy activities that you might be curious about, but haven’t had the opportunity to do before. From June 1st to the 10th, you can do yoga in Crotona Park, get a sailing lesson on the Hudson River, canoe the Gowanus Canal, and learn to surf on Rockaway beach, just to name a few! Check out the full schedule here. P.S. most activities are FREE!

2. Go to Governors Ball for the music, but also the amazing people watching and drool-worthy food line-up. Happening on June 1st-3rd, you can choose to go for one day, or all three- depending on your level of commitment. Located on Randall’s Island Park, dawn your best festival gear and rock out to headers including Jack White, Travis Scott and (throwback), Eminem.

3. Groovin’ In The Park is taking place this year on June 24th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. If you like to get down with some reggae, rhythm and blues, you shouldn’t miss this concert (it’s the largest one of it’s kind in North America!). Along with all the awesome musical performances, there will be plenty of food vendors serving up American and Caribbean foods. ‘Cause what’s a music festival without bomb-tastic food anyway?

4. If you frequent the Hudson River Park running path around 7am M-F, you know that its basically a prep school/ Ivy league reunion (a Duke and Yale t-shirt catwalk, if you will). What you may NOT know is that this park offers fun weekend activities like canoeing, kayaking, rowing, or paddle-boarding. Or if you prefer to have your fun on solid ground, they have tennis courts, soccer fields, and basketball courts too. If that still doesn’t tickle your fancy, you might be interested to know that they have free salsa dance lessons on Tuesday nights during the summer as well.

5. We like our food FRESH (have you seen our menu?!). Get your grub right from the farmers themselves, at one of Manhattan’s many farmers markets. There are so many of these in NYC, that you could visit one just about any day of the week! So don’t worry about coordinating your schedule with the availability of the market; you can stop by one pretty much whenever it’s convenient for you! When you have a free morning or afternoon, you can take a relaxing trip to the market and knock out your grocery shopping all at once.