When was the last time you marveled at the New York skyline from the seat of a kayak? Rode some waves on horseback or a surf board? Went hiking and didn’t hear a sound from civilization until you were off the mountain? Save the procrastination for your desk job, and make the most of your weekends with these six outdoor activities in NYC and beyond.

A laid-back paddle on the water is an easy way to take in views while working your biceps and releasing some stress. Kayak New York harbor for free or head to Oyster Bay to explore a National Wildlife Refuge by kayak or sailboat.

Pack a beach picnic and kick up your hooves. The next time your travel compass is set for Queens, Long Island, Block Island, or Cape Cod, consider exploring a destination on horseback for a change. From $37.
Learn to surf this summer while you’re out in the Rockaways or Long Island at Skudin Surf Camp. Surfing is a great sport to try at any age, so check out the variety of classes offered to kids and adults. Single private lesson/$95; $100/day surf camp.
Stretch your legs after a week of work in the office on one of our recommended hikes. Our guide to car-free treks will take you across the GW Bridge, up the Hudson, out to the Adirondacks, along Long Island, and into the wild boroughs of New York.
Hop a boat from Sheepshead Bay and take to the high seas for a day of blue bass fishing. There is a fully stocked galley with a range of palatable fare. $60/day
Take a beginners Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) class and see the Statue of Liberty while toning your entire body. For a more peaceful SUP experience, head out to Jamaica Bay and tour another wildlife refuge on your paddle board. $100/two hour class.

Photo: Rennett Stowe, f_shields, ScubaBear68

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