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The 5 Best Things To Do By The Hudson River

June 19, 2012 6:00 AM

(credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Instead of hitting up your tired inland haunts, why don’t you venture out to the water’s edge for something different as summer temperatures move in? Here are five Hudson River hotspots to visit the next time you feel like living on the edge. By Krissy Dolor.

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Trapeze at Pier 40

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Greenwich Village, Roof
Cross at W. Houston St.

Whether you want to stay fit, are up for a challenge, or simply need something new to do, unleash your inner Cirque du Soleil performer and head to the Trapeze School New York at Pier 40. Taking a trapeze flying class will get your blood pumping and is sure to be a great story to tell over drinks. If you’re worried that you’re flying skills are less than stellar (or non-existent), don’t worry – there are classes for all levels. Perfect for an afternoon date or group get together.

Boat Excursions at Pier 40

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Greenwich Village
Cross at W. Houston St. or Clarkson St.

From Brazilian Cruises to Salsa Saturdays, there’s a perfect cruise party for everyone from Affairs Afloat. Enjoy themed cruises aboard Queen of Hearts and Star of Palm Beach. You can even plan a private event, whether it’s for business, pleasure, or an interesting mix of both. If you’re tired of the local club scene, typical dinner nights and boring old bars, then a sail on the Hudson is just what you need to break out of your rut on land.

Picnic on Piers 45, 63, 64, 85 & 95

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It doesn’t need to officially be summer for you to enjoy the sunshine, lasting well into the evening hours. Pack a sandwich to enjoy along these Hudson piers. An ideal spot for a lunch break or a fun alternative to happy hour, the lawns are open all year – take advantage. Also check out our 10 favorite picnic spots in New York City.

Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, Piers 59, 60 & 61

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Cross at W. 18, W. 20 and W. 22 St.

Golfing. Ice skating. Bowling. Even a spa day. If you can’t figure out how you’d like to spend your afternoon, just head to Chelsea Piers. With their vast array of options, you’re sure to find an activity worth doing. In the mood for a beer? Head to Pier 59 and grab a brew at the Chelsea Brewing Company. If elegant dining is more you’re thing, head to Pier 60’s The Lighthouse for a top-notch view of the Hudson in a sophisticated space.

Water Taxi at Pier 84

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Midtown West
Cross at W. 44 St.

Taxis aren’t just for the New York City streets. Hop on a water taxi and indulge in a new way to see the Big Apple skyline you know so well. It’s a new look at our famous bridges and green waterfront parks. Enjoy your ride on the iconic black and yellow checked vessels and see Manhattan in a whole new light.

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