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Beat the Heat: New York's 5 Most Enjoyable Water Activities

Beat the Heat: New York's 5 Most Enjoyable Water Activities

Let’s be honest: though we all love the Big Apple, sometimes those summer days can be way too hot and muggy. On those sweltering days, it can be tempting to stay inside, curl up on your couch with the AC blasting, and squander away the days. But summer days are not to be wasted! There is so much to do in New York City while also staying cool. And getting off of the hot city streets and into the cool, breezy water is one of the best ways to do so:

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    Whitewater Rafting -- Upper West Side
    Whitewater Rafting -- Upper West Side

    Discover Outdoors

    For someone with a more adventurous spirit, this activity might be the way to go. At Discover Outdoors, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy almost 12 hours of intense whitewater rafting. First, the instructors will teach you everything you need to know about rafting and the rapids...then, the fun really begins. You will have the exciting task of rafting down 17 different thrilling rapids, ranging from classes I to III. Get ready for a wet and wild ride!

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    Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise
    Around Manhattan Brunch Cruise

    Classic Harbor Line

    If a sailboat isn’t snazzy enough for you, maybe a cruise on a yacht is more up your alley. This is a great way to spend time on a NYC weekend. There are variety of cruises available for you to choose from: perhaps a brunch cruise or an evening jazz cruise? You’ll surely be in utter bliss as you enjoy Manhattan’s most beautiful views and feel the refreshing river mist and breezes cool you down. It’s time to treat yourself to the luxury experience you deserve!

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    Wine Tasting Sail
    Wine Tasting Sail

    Manhattan By Sail

    Ahoy! Why not cool off with a breezy summer sail? New York City offers many great sails, ranging from daytime to sunset sails. Better yet, most even feature wine tasting or other alcoholic treats (woohoo!). As you cruise along the river, you’ll see beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline and witness many of the city’s most famous and breathtaking landmarks, all while beating the smouldering summer heat.

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    Discover Scuba: Weekend Executive Class -- disabled. vendor asked to be delisted (CS 3/23/16)
    Discover Scuba: Weekend Executive Class -- disabled. vendor asked to be delisted (CS 3/23/16)

    Adventure Scuba

    Scuba diving is a great way to cool off in the hot, summer sun and this intro class is the perfect way to get started. If you’re unsure if you’ll like scuba diving and don’t want to invest in an expensive training program, then this is definitely something to look into. You’ll watch a short presentation then learn the basics of diving. Once you feel comfortable, it’s time to head off and try your hand at diving... but don’t worry, it’s just in a pool! You’ll get a feel for what scuba diving is like and if you do decide you want to pursue this activity further, you’ll leave well-versed in the important fundamentals for a future adventure underwater.

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    Surfing - Group Lesson
    Surfing - Group Lesson

    Locals Surf School

    It’s time to unleash your inner surfer dude/chick. Surfing’s popularity has recently been on the rise and it’s time for you to get on board (pun intended). Locals Surf School offers both private and group lessons, depending on what kind of instructing experience you are looking for. And don’t worry, you’ll practice on land before trying your luck in the open water. Your skills are sure to advance quickly as you spend a perfect summer day enjoying the sun, sand, and, most importantly, the cool, refreshing waves.

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