Just steps from the Hotel, exciting shopping and dining experiences abound. But if you’re looking for a more active endeavour in Lower Manhattan, our Concierge is here to help you plan an unforgettable day. From architectural sightseeing tours, biking along the river and even golfing, a variety of recreational fun is at your fingertips. New York is a city to experience by land, water and air.
Cycling in Hudson River Park
Enjoy a bike ride with waterfront and city views. The Hudson River Park Bikeway extends from Battery Park to 59th Street. Whether you’re reserving a cycle through Gotham Bikes or taking a spin on a Citi Bike, convenient bike rentals are available throughout the city.
Sailing at North Cove Marina
Set sail from North Cove Marina, a boating hub located at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. The marina offers everything from guided tours and charters to a KidsSail program, or you can remain on land and enjoy watching one of the annual racing series and regattas. Brookfield Place is filled with restaurants, cafés and shops to discover before or after your experience.
Kayak or Paddleboard Along the Hudson River
Navigate the Hudson River while enjoying spectacular city views and a healthy workout. Pier 84’s Manhattan Kayak Company offers lessons from beginner to advanced levels in kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
Walk the High Line
For a memorable nature walk, experience the High Line, an elevated public park with gardens built along an old freight rail. The views are exceptional, looking out over Chelsea Market, the Meatpacking District, the Hudson River and on clear days, even the Statue of Liberty.
Embrace Green Space
Park Hop: Head to one of Lower Manhattan’s public parks. Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village is a stage for performance artists with a backdrop of a mini Arc de Triomphe. Hudson River Park hosts infinite piers on which to enjoy a picnic and a game of catch with the kids. Marvel at the historic sculptures in Union Square Park, or visit its famed Greenmarket on Saturdays. Battery Park is home to the Seaglass Carousel, an attraction for all children.
Golf and Go
Hit the golf range or practise your puts year round at The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers. The club features a four-tiered outdoor driving range with a 200-yard fairway, an indoor swing simulator and Junior Golf programs for kids. Manhattan’s only 18-hole miniature golf course is blocks away at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 in Tribeca. This 13,000-square-foot (1,200-square-metre) course features waterfalls, streams, a pond, foot bridges and sand traps.
Bowling and Billiards
There is nothing like some old-fashioned fun and games. New York City hosts a variety of bowling and billiard halls to entertain residents and visitors. Bowlmor Lanes at Chelsea Piers and Brooklyn Bowl are available for family fun or competitive group outings. A good game of pool or ping-pong can be found at Amsterdam Billiards at Union Square.
Beach and Boardwalk
Coney Island in Brooklyn is a classic New York destination that combines the best of a beachfront scene with amusements. Walking the boardwalk is a must. Here you can sample a hot dog at Nathan’s, an original New York institution, or visit the New York Aquarium. Coney Island is known for its annual Mermaid Parade in June, which celebrates arts and creativity in the city. For swimmers, joining the Polar Club is the ultimate adventure.
Discover Downtown by Foot
One of the best ways to explore New York is to join one of city’s myriad tours offered by foot. Big Onion Tours will take guests to Lower Manhattan’s defining neighbourhoods for art, architectural, history and ethnic food tours. The Wall Street Experience takes guests on a tour of America’s financial history, including walking in the footsteps of America’s founding father and first Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton.
Run and Race
Navigate New York on running trails that will give you inside access to some of the city’s most popular sights and attractions. Personalized running tours are available for all skill levels. The New York Road Runners Clubs also hosts an array of races and events, many with charitable tie-ins, that are open for registration to visitors.
New York City by Air
Explore this world-famous city skyline from a thrilling aerial point of view. New York Helicopter offers a quick 15-minute Liberty Helicopter Tour of downtown attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Governor’s and Ellis Islands and the South Street Seaport district. Enjoy eagle-eye views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the World Trade Center. Liberty Helicopter Tours offers private and group sightseeing rides that launch directly from the conveniently located Downtown Manhattan Heliport.