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New York is a place where many people go to experience different art, learn about different cultures, and watch timeless plays. Many people underestimate all that New York has to offer, and by that comes the beaches, the hikes, and the greenhouses. Summer time is the perfect place to try one of these excursions while it’s still warm out. So if your craving a summer adventure then look no further. Below are some of the best places in New York to go on an outdoor adventure.

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If you’re looking for the perfect getaway to a mountain escape, then Catskills Mountain might be your go to. This scenic mountain is located about 150 miles from New York City and has 98 peaks with over 3,000 feet. You can’t miss out on the 3.9 mile round-trip on the Andes Rail Trail which takes hikers past Beavers dams and bucolic views of the Tremperskill Valley.

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In addition, for a mountain, if you’re looking for a quick hike then look no further. You can head up to Breakneck Ridge. This is just over an hour from Grand Central Metro-North. This hike begins at river level and ascends some 1,500 feet, up a steep, rocky ridge. Catch these details! This 3.5-hour long hike is strenuous, your aloud to bring a dog on a leash and it has tons of views and public transportation and located in Dutchess, New York. Fun fact: although it is a short hike, it is considered to be the most strenuous hike in the East Hudson Highlands.

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Are you looking to find a greenhouse directly in Manhattan? Washington Square Park is located directly in the city and is where many go to take yoga classes or just relax. A marsh. A cemetery. A parade ground. A gathering spot for avant-garde artists. A battleground for chess enthusiasts. A playground for canines and children. Washington Square Park has served various roles for its community throughout the years, adapting to meet its needs. Well-known for its arch, honoring George Washington, the man for whom the park is named, and its fountain, the arch’s elder by 43 years and a popular meeting spot, Washington Square Park also houses several other monuments and facilities. Don’t miss out on the marble Washington Square Arch and its distinct history.

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Another park that is a historic sightseeing landmark is Madison Square Park. This park frequently hosts art installations and different works of art to keep you entertained. Although this beautiful park is surrounded by cities and people walking around it has a lot of nature and is very peaceful. Since it is located in New York City, there are a lot of people but it is still quiet enough to read a book, paint a painting or even just people watch. The location being right in the heart of Manhattan is too good for its own good!

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If you’re looking for a unique place to sail a sailboat or go swimming in, then visit Lake Ontario which is the eastern-most and smallest of the Great Lakes. The largest and foremost body of fresh water for upstate New York with a coastline populated by more than 2 million in the US and 9 million in Canada. The massive size of the lake contributes greatly to local weather conditions in the area, both good and bad. There are a variety of stunning beaches to enjoy.

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Another well-known lake to vacation to or just take a quick day trip to is Lake Erie. The fourth largest of the Great Lakes and the shallowest, Lake Erie is bordered by 4 states and Ontario, Canada. It is one of the world’s largest freshwater commercial fisheries, an important shipping route, and spotted by beautiful resorts and beaches. Lake Erie borders New York southwest of Niagara Falls.

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The Finger Lakes are also a prime spot to go around New York if you’re looking for a good getaway. There’s a bit of controversy as to how many lakes actually make up the true “Finger Lakes,” a group of 10 or so digit-like lakes in Western and Central New York. Known for its wine, roads, and waterfalls, the Finger Lakes region is a premier vacation destination in the northeast United States.

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Not only are there a variety of Lakes to choose from if you’re roaming around the city or just outside of it, but there are more beaches to count around New York City. If you’re a people person, then go to Rockaway Beach Blvd at the People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park. This beach receives a 4.4-star review which is above average and has a lot of history to it and cool waves.

So don’t underestimate summertime excursions at the Big Apple. Whether you’re right in the heart of Manhattan or a little outside of the city, there is always something to splash around about. Make sure you check out these historic places during summer ’16.