Things to Do Outside in NYC in July

Things to Do Outside in NYC in July

Celebrate the great outdoors with these hand-picked family-friendly events for nature-lovers in NYC in July.

South Street Seaport Museum: Sail New York Harbor Aboard the Pioneer
WHEN: May. 25 - Sep. 8, see website for schedule
WHERE: South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St., Lower Manhattan, NY
WHAT: Sail the New York Harbor aboard the historic 1885 schooner, Pioneer.
WANT TO GO? $32; $28 children and seniors . 212-748-8600.

Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze FREE
WHEN: May. 26 - Sep. 29, Last Sunday of the month, 1-4pm
WHERE: Pier I, Riverside Park South, Riverside Drive between 65th and 72nd streets, Upper West Side, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Use solar telescopes to safely look at the sun and see sunspots and prominences.

Science Saturday at Pier 84 FREE
WHEN: Jun. 1 - Aug. 10, select Saturdays, 12-4pm
WHERE: Hudson River Park: Pier 84, Twelfth Avenue and West 44th Street, Hell's Kitchen, NY
WHAT: Enjoy catch and release fishing, microscopic investigations, and river-inspired crafts.
WANT TO GO? 773-577-8763.

Summer on the Hudson: Stargazing FREE
WHEN: Jun. 1 - Sep. 7, First Saturday of each month, 8-11pm
WHERE: Pier I, Riverside Park South, Riverside Drive between 65th and 72nd streets, Upper West Side, NY
WHAT: Expert stargazers help us see stars and planets. 

Hudson River Nature Walk FREE
WHEN: Jun. 2 - Sep. 22, Sundays, 9-10am
WHERE: Hudson River Park- Pier 45, Hudson River Greenway, Greenwich Village, NY
WHAT: Each nature walk offers a treasure hunt-like experience.

Fort Tryon Kids: Firefly Pajama Party FREE
WHEN: Friday, Jul. 5, 7:30-9:00pm
WHERE: Fort Tryon Park - Billings Lawn, Margaret Corbin Drive , Fort Washington, NY
AGES: 3-12
WHAT: A fun night of crafts, games, stories, and firefly catching! Ages 4-10. 
WANT TO GO? 805-751-8465.

Discovery Walks for Families: Turtle Pond FREE
WHEN: Jul. 6 - Aug. 17, Saturdays, 7/6, 7/27, 8/17, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
WHERE: Belvedere Castle, mid-Central Park at 79th Street, New York, NY
AGES: 5-12

Bring your family and discover Turtle Pond, home to five species of turtles who live here year-round. Learn why they love basking in the sun on flat logs or rocks, which makes the base of Vista Rock the perfect spot for their sunbathing activities. Explore the Pond's history and design, and hear about what it takes to maintain a healthy and beautiful waterbody through hands-on exploration and guided activities in your complementary Discovery Journal. Discovery Walks for Families are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the nature and history of Central Park in fun and creative ways.

Details Meet: Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street).

Terrain: A few inclines, some stairs, and wood-chipped trails; may not be suitable for strollers.

Length of Tour: Approximately 90 minutes

Cost: Free. Space is limited, registration required.

Families with children ages 5+ only; no groups, please.

Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the Discovery Walk to allow time for check in.


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WANT TO GO? 2127720288.

Nature Detectives Series FREE
WHEN: Jul. 9 - 23, Tuesdays, 3:00pm
WHERE: New York Public Library - Kips Bay, 446 Third Ave., Kips Bay, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: A Naturalist from the New Canaan Nature Center will use interactive, hands-on experiments, plus a combination of live animals, plant and animal artifacts, specimens and samples to help students uncover clues from the wild and become true Nature Detectives. 
WANT TO GO? 212-683-2520.

Children's Day: Gardening and Cooking
WHEN: Tuesday, Jul. 9, 8:30am-3:00pm
WHERE: The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, 421 East 61st St., New York, NY
AGES: 9-12
WHAT: Children plant a Take Home Kitchen Garden with delicious herbs, make organic marshmallows, and create foods using Museum-grown ingredients and recipes developed two centuries ago.
WANT TO GO? $60. 212 838 6878.

Summer on the Hudson: STEAM the Streets FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 13, 1:00-4:00pm
WHERE: West Harlem Piers Park, 125th Street and Marginal Street , West Harlem, NY
WHAT: HYPOTHEkids brings science and engineering exploration to the park. Explore the science happening all around you with the help of expert and entertaining educators.

Ceramic Stories FREE
WHEN: Jul. 13 - Aug. 3, Saturdays, 11:00- 11:30am (no session 7/27)
WHERE: Sherman Creek Park, 3725 10th Ave, New Ywork, NY
WHAT: An inclusive gardening and storytelling workshop for children of all abilities.
WANT TO GO? FREE. 212-333-2552.

Underwater Neighbors of Riverside Park FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 20, 4:00-7:00pm
WHERE: Fort Washington Park, 172nd Beach in Fort Washington Park, Upper Manhattan, NY
WHAT: Join the educators from Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to catch, observe, and identify fish and invertebrates.

Fireflies at Dusk FREE
WHEN: Jul. 23 - 30, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, Flatiron District, NY
WHAT: An evening of catch and release for the whole family.
WANT TO GO? 212-520-7600.

Organic Gardening Workshop: Succession Planting & Feeding your Garden FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Jul. 27, 12:00pm
WHERE: Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main St., Roosevelt Island, NY
WHAT: This workshop will demonstrate how to plant to create consistent yields throughout the season, plus what to add to your soil to fuel new and larger growth. 
WANT TO GO? 212-308-6243.

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