1. Fly on a Trapeze
Photo by Carol Haynes, used with permission of TSNY.
Looking for something thrilling to do while you visit New York City? For over ten years, Trapeze School New York
has been teaching people how to fly on the trapeze. Their beginner classes have no per-requisites, last two hours and cost $50-70, plus one-time $22 registration fee. From April-October, their outdoor location on the Hudson River offers a spectacular setting for the experience, but they also have an indoor location that is open year-round.
2. See The Sights from a Jet SkiJetty Jumpers
, based in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn offers 1-3 hour jet ski tours of New York City. You'll need to spring for the three-hour tour if you want to make it all the way over to Manhattan on your jet ski, but if you just want to cruise by some of Brooklyn's beaches, the shorter tour should satisfy you.
3. Go Horseback Riding
You can explore Prospect Park
on horseback! Kensington Stables
offers both horseback riding lessons and trail rides in Prospect Park year-round, weather permitting.
4. Learn to Surf
Photo courtesy of Locals Surf School
is a popular destination for East Coast surfers, but even if you've never surfed, there are plenty of folks happy to teach you how at Rockaway Beach. Locals Surf School
offers two-hour group lessons starting at $80, including all the gear you need, Frank from Rockaway Beach
also offers surfing lessons.
5. Make Wine
Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com
Making wine might not be the first thing you think of when you visit New York City, but New York City is actually home to two different urban wineries! City Winery
offers a variety of programs where you can make your own wine. To take full advantage of these packages, you'll need to come to the winery several times, so it's a good choice if you travel to NYC often or live nearby. At Brooklyn Winery, you can tour their 8,000 square foot winery
or book a private blending session
where you can play winemaker for a day.
6. Get Kissed by a Sea Lion
Temporarily closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
Sign up for a Sea Lion Encounter
at the New York Aquarium
, and you'll have the chance to get to get up close and personal with the Sea Lions after the show. After a short orientation, participants will each get a chance to pose for a photo and get a kiss from a sea lion. Sea Lion Encounters cost $20 and are offered after Sea Lion Celebration shows on weekends from April-June, daily from July through Labor Day
, and on weekends after Labor Day until the Aquatheater closes for the winter. Participants must be at least 5 years old, and those 5-7 must be held by their parents/caregivers during any animal interaction.