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Mount Desert Island redefines beauty. Its crown jewel is Acadia National Park, the only national park in the Northeast. The park encompasses nearly half of the island, offering a wide range of recreational activities with dramatic views. The 49,000 acres are a testament to private philanthropy, with much of the land given to the park by […]

Visit the Staue of Liberty

If you don’t have any grand holiday getaway plans but still want to do something special on the fourth, celebrate your independence with one of these four easy escapes from the city. Each activity—from a Shakespeare Festival in the Hudson Valley to a private beach retreat in Montauk—are all accessible without the car from NYC […]

tulip festival

Whether you identify with Abraham Lincoln, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother,” or George Carlin, “I remember when I was a kid I used to come home from Sunday School and my mother would get drunk and try to make pancakes,” this is one holiday that should […]

hot air ballooning near nyc

Have some bubbly aboard a hot air balloon at sunset on Sunday; transportation is provided. [OutdoorBound] The Latino Cultural Festival runs through Sunday in Queens. [QueensTheatre] Go fly a kite! Arrive at the Parade Grounds on Governors Island early Saturday for a free kite and help getting airborne. [Governors Island Alliance] More than 45 chefs […]

Free boating, kayak demonstrations, fishing and music are all a part of City of Water Day on Saturday. [Brooklyn Bridge Park] Great Performances hosts a gourmet dinner at Katchkie Farm this Saturday; take Amtrak to Hudson station, then call Rick’s Taxi at 518.828.3356 for a quick ride to the farm. [GP] An exhibit chronicling the […]

Coney Island Reopens

Coney Island reopens at Luna Park this weekend. [ConeyIslandFunGuide] Record Store Day is tomorrow; check the website for where to find free sets, deals, and all the festivities at places like Permanent Records in Brooklyn. [RecordStore] Get a free cup of Intelligentsia coffee at Cubana Socíal today until 4pm. [CubanaSocial] Surfing documentary Step into Liquid—from […]

It’s not about hating the city, it’s about loving the wild outdoors. Adventure outfitter Outdoor Bound has a knack for creating memorable nature-embracing, adrenaline-pumping expeditions near New York City and around the world. This week, the tour experts at Outdoor Bound want to give one lucky offManhattan winner (and a friend) a spring break from […]

Armory Arts Week kicks off today through Sunday; check out the all-day Art Bazaar, 65 open studios, Brooklyn Night’s “Border Crossing” and the “Post-Armory Party” produced by the Queens Council on the Arts. [armoryartsweek] UrbanGlass invites the public to their experimental studio in Brooklyn for a glassblowing demonstration and cocktail party that is sure to […]