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Things to Do Outside in NYC in September

Things to Do Outside in NYC in September

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

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
AGES: All
WHAT: Sail the New York Harbor aboard the historic 1885 schooner, Pioneer.
WANT TO GO? $32; $28 children and seniors . 212-748-8600. southstreetseaport.com.

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.
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

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
AGES: All
WHAT: Expert stargazers help us see stars and planets. 
WANT TO GO? nycgovparks.org.

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
AGES: All
WHAT: Each nature walk offers a treasure hunt-like experience.
WANT TO GO? hudsonriverpark.org.

Stargazing FREE
WHEN: Jul. 23 - Oct. 29, Tuesdays at Dusk
WHERE: The High Line, W. 14th St. and 10th Ave., Meatpacking District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Peer through high-powered telescopes to see rare celestial sights.
WANT TO GO? 212-500-6035. thehighline.org.

NEW YORK VIRTUAL VOLCANO OBSERVATORY FREE
WHEN: Aug. 14 - Oct. 27, Weekends, 11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE: Governors Island, Ferries leave from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 and 10 South St., Manhattan, New York Harbor , NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join volcanologists from CUNY and other NYC institutions to discover the complex life of magmas and volcanos – and the rich volcanic history of the New York region – through virtual reality experiences, a volcano sound gallery, guest speakers, and kid-friendly activities.
WANT TO GO? 212-440-2200. govisland.com.

Discovery Walks for Families: Turtle Pond FREE
WHEN: Sep. 7 - Oct. 26, 9/7, 10/1, 10/14, 10/26 - 11:00am
WHERE: Belvedere Castle, mid-Central Park at 79th Street , Uptown, NY
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: Discover the 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. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? 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.. 212-772-0288 . http://centralparknyc.org/events/parent-events/discovery-walks-for-families-turtle-pond.html.

Migration Celebration FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 7, 11:00am-1:00pm
WHERE: South Cove Park, 2nd Place, New York City, NY
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: The fall season kicks off with a celebration of all the creatures that migrate through and by BPC. Join us for a day of fun activities: art making, birdwatching and nature observing- plus a live performance by Lard Dog and the Band of Shy.
WANT TO GO? FREE. 2122679700. https://eventbrite.com/e/migration-celebration-tickets-68633926923.

Teardrop Trails & Games FREE
WHEN: Friday, Sep. 13, 6:00-7:00pm
WHERE: Teardrop Park, Warren St & River Terrace, New York, NY
AGES: 5-12
WHAT:

Join us for BPC's new ED-VENTURE SERIES! Learn about hiking essentials, leave no trace principles, and trail signs. Play fun games and collect leaves to make your very own Japanese inspired ochiba art!

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WANT TO GO? FREE. 2122679700. https://eventbrite.com/e/teardrop-trails-games-tickets-68634588903.

Discovery Walks for Families: The Ramble FREE
WHEN: Sep. 14 - Oct. 19, 9/14, 9/30, 10/5, 10/9, 10/19 - 11am
WHERE: Belvedere Castle, mid-Central Park at 79th Street, New York, NY
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: Explore how this carefully planned woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Join for hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits, backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses, and a complementary Discovery Journal. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? Space is limited, registration required. Families with children ages 5+ only; no groups, please.. 2127720288. http://centralparknyc.org/events/parent-events/discovery-walks-for-families-the-ramble.html.

Monarch Celebration FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Sep. 14, 1:00-4:00pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park, 20 Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the gardens and natural areas in search of these charismatic creatures as you learn about their incredible migration down to Mexico. 
WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722. randallsisland.org.

Family Hort Tour FREE
WHEN: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 4-4:30pm
WHERE: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, Flatiron District, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Explore the many plants, trees, and creatures that make up the Park’s horticulture with this family-friendly and hands on guided tour.
WANT TO GO? 212-520-7600. madisonsquarepark.org.

Wondrous Water FREE
WHEN: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 6:00-7:30pm
WHERE: Randall's Island Park - Icahn Stadium, 20 Randall's Island Park, Randall's Island, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Tour the Freshwater Wetland and Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh and learn about the plants, creatures, and human-made infrastructure that can improve the health of our local water ways.
WANT TO GO? 212-830-7722. randallsisland.org.

Discovery Walks for Families: Shakespeare Garden
WHEN: Sep. 21 - Oct. 12, 9/21 and 10/12, 11:00am
WHERE: Belvedere Castle, mid-Central Park at 79th Street, New York, NY
AGES: 5-12, Adult
WHAT: This garden features flowers and plants mentioned in Shakespeare's poems and plays and is designed to resemble the Bard's native English countryside. Registration required. 
WANT TO GO? FREE. Space is limited, registration required. Families with children ages 5+ only; no groups, please.. 2127720288. http://centralparknyc.org/visit/programs/discovery-walks-for-families.html.

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