Never Have I Ever...Fall Outdoor Activities Every New Yorker Needs to Try
As a New Yorker, most of you outdoor activities include walking, walking and walking. Maybe every now and again you visit a landmark park or play a quick game of pick-up soccer, but it’s time to inject some new life into your rotation of outdoor activities. Here are some great outdoor activities that you never would have thought to try, but hey! It’s now or never. Now say it with me: never have I ever...

Survived survival school 101.

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Zombies, bird flu, aliens—we all like to think that when the “end” comes, we’d survive. But in order to not leave anything up to chance, take this wilderness survival school course. During this 12-hour course, you’ll have to survive on minimal supplies and learn invaluable skills like making a fire, evaluating your needs and utilizing what’s at your disposal. In addition to the hands-on camping, the class even prepares you with survival psychology so that you can make a decision in stressful circumstances. This way, if the end is actually near, you’ll have nothing to fear.

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Escaped the wilderness of New York state.

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12 hours doesn’t seem tough enough? How about 15? If you’re in need of some fresh mountain air, journey upstate to hike with Destination Backcountry Adventures. With a choose-your-adventure feel to the course, you’ll climb to the best vantage points around to spot wildlife and take in 360 degree views. An all-inclusive package with transportation and food taken care of, this is the perfect escape from city life.

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Hiked along the Appalachian Trail.

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Hiking along the Appalachian Trail is probably on plenty of New Yorkers’ bucket lists, but few born-and-bred city slickers have likely attempted to hike this monstrous climb. You’ll be joined by a renowned environmentalist who will teach you and your group all about indigenous plants and the symbiotic relationship between Appalachia’s plants, animals, birds, insects and our planet—all while seeing this ecological system in action. Cross this one off your bucket list this weekend!

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Kayaked without a care.

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Looking for an option somewhere between fine dining in the Hamptons and getting down and dirty on the Jersey Shore? Why not go kayaking instead! Grab a buddy and venture down the Reber River for a day of picnicking, swimming and fishing (if you so choose). Enjoy a scenic ride that will give you a break from hectic, big-city life—at least for a day or so.

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Horsed around on horseback.

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You won’t need to worry about making your own fun during this excursion, but you will need to learn how to ride a horse. Don’t worry—with careful one-on-one instruction, you’ll be ready to climb atop your noble steed and ride through fields, woods and rocky terrain in no time. After your ride, you’ll enjoy wine tastings and samplings at a local vineyard to cap off a perfect day in the countryside.

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Stand up paddleboarded.

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Summer may be over, but the weather’s still good enough for an evening excursion on a stand up paddleboard! This hot trend is not only a great way to unwind after a week at work, but it’s a great workout and an opportunity to show off that sweet beach bod. First-timers will practice standing and stroking on calm waters before moving to more serious swells.

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Scaled a cliff face.

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There’s a big difference between a carefully-controlled gym setting and the great outdoors, but why would you ever prefer the former when you have the rocky terrain of the Northeast right at your doorstep? Head over to Mount Minsi in PA’s Delaware Water Gap where you’ll learn terminology, safety and basic climbing techniques, as well as body positions so you can master any hurdle. You might not be able to climb any mountains yet, but you’ll have mastered your own personal Everest by the end of the day.

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Hiked with your next furry friend.

No, we’re not talking about your buddy John. The big city can get awfully lonely for humans and canines alike, so why not let the dogs out (yeah, we said it) on this trip upstate for a scenic hike. These adoptable pooches will finally get to explore their noses off without worrying about the traffic and manholes they usually encounter in NYC. With man’s best friend by your side, you can conquer any hill or hike you come across.

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Explored NYC’s waters on a jet ski.

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Like something out of a James Bond movie, jump on a jet ski in the Hudson this weekend and ride off into the deep blue sea. The open waters are calling your name—and they want you to ride as fast as humanly (and lawfully) possible. Take in the views of NYC’s towering buildings from the serene waters and spend the day cruising New York’s breathtaking shoreline.

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