One of the main reasons we're willing to deal with the challenges of raising kids in NYC (the crazy rent, the stressful school searches, the closets for apartments) is our easy access to enriching cultural activities like world-class theater and spectacular museums. But, when it's time for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun, New York can be equally enriching. The city offers a range of bucolic parks and outdoor destinations where kids can get busy playing outside, all without leaving the five boroughs.
From fishing to hiking to exploring off-the-beaten-path parks, here are 25 outdoor activities for your summer 2020 staycation. Some are FREE, most are accessible by public transportation, and we guarantee that they are all tons of fun.