New Yorkers tired of being cooped up inside, trapped behind a screen in home offices, or zooming through a day of hybrid learning, should have plenty of motivation to enjoy the great outdoors. Fall is jam-packed with things to do in New York City and there's plenty of parkland to explore. Regular schedules have been turned upside down, and the threat of the pandemic still lingers, particularly indoors.
That makes it the perfect time to get outdoors for some unstructured, messy playtime. From chilly folliage hikes to muddy puddle stomping, we've rounded up 25 dig-in-the-dirt, you're-gonna-need-a-bath-tonight ways for city kids to enjoy the coming autumnal days outdoors. So, step away from the screen and get outside.