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Outdoor activities to do this weekend with unseasonably warm weather expected

Warm weather brings record highs to NYC area
Posted at 2:20 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 11:32:01-05

With near record temperatures expected in the tri-state area this weekend — possibly surpassing 60 degrees both Saturday and Sunday — getting outside is likely a top priority for many.

It might be tough to think of outdoor activities in January, however.

Don't worry, PIX11 has you covered with this guide.

"Impluse" light-up seesaws

Ride a light-up seesaw in Manhattan's Garment District. These 12 massive playground staples sit on Broadway so you can sit on them and relive your youth.

Though you'll probably have to wait in line to get the perfect pic, these illuminated teeter-totters make for the perfect IG pic — so do it for the 'gram.

"Impulse" is open all weekend long and is free.

Recycle your Christmas tree

Pop into any city park on Saturday to get your dying Christmas tree turned into mulch at no cost.

On "Chipping Saturdays," your old tree gets tossed into a wood chipper to make mulch for trees across the city. Feel free to take a bag home for yourself!

It's warm, so skip the pants

On Sunday, thousands of New Yorkers will partake in the No Pants Subway Ride.

The annual event, started by Improv Everywhere in 2002, starts fully clothed at Foley Square. From there, you'll be assigned a subway line (that's when the pants come off).

The event wraps at Union Square, where stripping straphangers make their way to the after party.

Watercolor workshop

Learn watercolor basics at the Queens Botanical Garden inside of a greenhouse, with vegetation as your inspiration.

Hello Panda Festival

Swing by Citi Field for this grand slam of an event. The Hello Panda Festival features more than 100 lanterns, creating a dazzling light display. Plus, check out activities for the whole family while you're there.

Tickets start at $25, with a family bundle available.

Bronxbound? Check out Wave Hill

The 28-acre public green space in Riverdale showcases beautiful gardens, a sprawling 19th-century mansion and views of the New Jersey Pallisades.

Visit Wave Hill for free between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Saturday.

Outdoor eating

When all else fails, grab a meal or a drink (or several of each). But be careful: some summer favorites (like Grand Banks on Pier 25) are closed for the season, because regardless of the "feels-like-summer" weather, it's winter.

Time Out reports these are some of the best options for outdoor eating and drinking in New York. It's worth your time to skim, and maybe check out a few.

Savor the Bronx

This restaurant week highlights the variety of dining options in the borough and offers all sorts of discounts at area restaurants.

Savor the Bronx restaurant week continues through Jan. 17. For a full list of participating restaurants, click here.

Cheers with Neir's

We know it's not outside, but this weekend is the perfect time to check out Neir's Tarven in Queens as it was announced the bar will remain open.

Neir's, located in Woodhaven, was set to close Sunday after 190 years in business because of high rent prices, but after a last-minute deal, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office confirmed the bar won't be shutting its doors — So why not check it out?

Neir's Tavern and Grill in Woodhaven is one of New York City's oldest bars — dating back to 1829 when it originally opened as the Blue Pump Room.

Hit the links

Golf courses across the tri-state area are expecting a boom in business this weekend.

For an idea of which courses and clubs are open, check out the Department of Parks and Recreation page, and

You can also snag winter rates for some area golf courses online from GolfNYC, like Forest Park, Douglaston, Kiseena and Van Cortlandt.


Surely you have your favorite: from Central Park, Prospect Park, Washington Square Park and Madison Square Park, to Domino Park, Governors Island, Bryant Park and Flushing Meadows — hit the park!

Time Out called these their staples, though it's certainly up for debate. A larger list is available here.


Take a ferry! A warm day is a perfect time for a trip across the river — or wherever you're thinking of heading.

Check out a list of NYC Ferry routes here.