Pssst. Hey. Summer. Where you at? You can come out now. We won't bite, we promise.
Despite the high velocity winds and frigid temperatures that have accompanied recent weeks in New York City, we're still getting super psyched for summertime.
And summertime should mean one thing: adventures.
While summer in NYC might summon images of sweaty subway cars and overly-air conditioned bars, there are actually tons of opportunities to get out in nature and have a good old fashioned adventure.
That's right: Nature. Like, trees and birds and stuff. Birds that aren't pigeons.
We've complied yet another list of epic summer adventures to go on this year in NYC; read on to find out what they are.
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The Atlantic Cup is the first and only dedicated Class40 professional sailing race in the United States, where champion sailors from all over the world come together to compete for the crown.
And lucky for you, we've partnered with The Atlantic Cup to give away tickets to the event.
The winner will receive 2 Pro-Am tickets aboard one of the competing Atlantic Cup boats, catching some of the most stunning views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty as they race around New York Harbor.
We're also offering up 4 additional VIP tickets to watch the race on a “chase boat", where you'll catch iconic views of New York and enjoy the Pro-Am cocktail party afterwards.
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It may seem like "hiking" and "New York City" have no business existing in the same sentence together. We get that.
But, there are actually some beautiful hiking trails in the city, which act as the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. We definitely all need that once and awhile.
The Staten Island Greenbelt offers six different trails of varying levels of difficulty, so there's something for everyone (even those of us who haven't put on a pair of sneakers since our high school gym class).
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Yes, NYC, you can in fact go surfing here.
Take a day trip to Rockaway Beach and spend an afternoon brushing up on your surf skills, or learning how to catch your very first wave.
There are tons of surf shops, such as Boarders, where surfing newbies can rent a board and take lessons.
4. Zip lining
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Turns out, you don't have to book a plane ticket to Costa Rica to have a proper zip lining adventure.
Alley Pond Park in Queens offers adventure courses with tons of team building activities, including a zip line course atop a 45-foot platform.
Sound scary? Don't worry, there will be guides to coax you through it every step away.
5. Bronx Zoo
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If you'd like to remind yourself that other creatures besides mice and cockroaches exist, head on up to the Bronx Zoo.
You'll get to hang out with polar bears, flamingos, and zebras - animals that you easily forget exist after living in NYC for a certain amount of time.
And best of all, you'll get to feel like a little kid all over again - what's better than that?
6. Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour
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Touring the Brooklyn Bridge provides some of the most incredible views of the city - it's basically an essential activity for every New Yorker.
Whether you walk the bridge or zip along it on a bike, you'll be left in awe of the gorgeous skyline and the bridge's iconic architecture.[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram]