It’s time to save some daylight and kick the cold to the curb by planning your spring activities. For those of us in New York City, here are a few ideas to enjoy the outdoors and spring weather both inside and outside of NYC.
1. Take your yoga practice outside.
Do your sun salutations in the actual sun by taking your yoga practice to the outdoors — yes, even in NYC.
Take your practice to the heights of the skyline with classes on rooftops (like the rooftop bar Mr. Purple, which offers classes) or take to the parks. Aside from Central Park, parks like Bronx Public Garden and Socrates Sculpture Park not only offer yoga classes, but are picturesque places to get away from the pavement jungle, even only for an afternoon.
Make sure you have all of your yoga gear and accessories with you to roll out your mat in style: yoga blocks with a little weight to them are useful on uneven ground, and thicker mats can help cushion you from the hard ground. Don’t forget organic mat spray to spray down your yoga mat after a nature yoga sesh.
2. Camp it out.
Get out of the city and do some camping with friends, and replace traffic noise with the sounds of nature. Getting out of New York City will help remind you to slow down, take a breather, and enjoy some killer s’mores with your friends.
Hither Hills State Park offers a scenic self-guided nature trail as well as camping spots, and Harriman State Park has some instagram-worthy views of the NYC skyline as well as some gorgeous lakes.
Make sure you bring bug spray, a sturdy tent, comfy sleeping bags, and a jacket so that the cool spring weather doesn’t keep you from enjoying your bonfire.
3. Plan a hiking trip — even if you don’t have a car.
Don’t have time to do an overnight camping trip? Just a refreshing hike will help you reset and de-stress in nature.
Some great hiking spots are also steps away from New York City — Anthony’s Nose hike and the Appalachian trail are both accessible via public transportation.
Make sure you have all of the essentials you need for a great hiking trip, from a stylish yet sturdy backpack to hiking boots that will help you navigate the post-snow slush.
4. Dance your way across New York City.
From rooftop bars to outdoor events, take your dancing shoes outdoors.
Pier 45 hosts a Sunset Salsa event on Tuesdays with a free salsa dancing class at 6:30pm with social dancing starting at 7:15pm with guest salsa DJ’s so that you can dance the night away on the pier as the sun sets.
No matter what activity you choose this spring, own the outdoors in style with Plumdrop’s packages. Rent the gear you need, have it shipped directly to you, and just return with a pre-paid label after you’re done.