Five Best Locations to Bike in New York City

Even New Yorkers who were born and raised in the concrete jungle will admit that sometimes they, too, feel like tourists in their own city. Every corner turned reveals endless possibilities — broadway-worthy street performers, five-star quality meals compacted into tiny food trucks, unique characters that you wouldn’t believe existed unless you saw them for yourself. Walking through New York is an adventure in itself. Now imagine how the possibilities multiply when a bike is involved! Many neighborhoods in New York are extremely bike-friendly, even having their own designated lanes. We compiled a list of some of the best biking spots in New York City that both expert riders and beginners could enjoy.

1.) Hudson River Greenway

We want to start off this list with the one, the only, Hudson River. This 11-mile bike route is one of the most popular biking destinations in New York and with good reason. The scenic landscape over the glistening river waters creates a spectacular juxtaposition alongside the iconic city skyscrapers. This location is greatly enjoyed and preferred by beginner riders since the entire trail has a designated bike path, meaning you will not ride on the street or encounter any cars along the way. The bike trail includes a two-lane path, allowing cyclers to ride back and forth as they please. A must-see along the Hudson River Greenway is Riverside Park, one of New York City’s most notable waterfront parks. This park is great for instagram-worthy photoshoots, soaking in the sun and taking in the magnificent view from all angles. We also encourage our travelers to visit the Intrepid Museum located right on the water of the Hudson River. This fascinating museum holds some of the most historically substantial American military and maritime artifacts and exhibitions.

2.) Battery Park

The entire 11-mile Hudson River Greenway bike route may be overwhelming to beginner travelers. It is nearly impossible to take in all of the attractions at once so, we recommend our travelers to split up the route over a two-day span. Battery Park is located at the southern tip of the Hudson River Greenway and offers its own day’s worth of adventure. There are many stops along the bike route that we highly recommend seeing such as the Highline, Statue of Liberty and the Wall Street bull!

3.) Central Park

Central Park is a no-brainer destination in New York City, on bike or foot. With a 6-mile perimeter around the park, there is plenty to see and do. Lay in the green lawn of Sheeps Meadow while taking in the breathtaking landscape of the surrounding city. A short trip away leads you to the remarkable architecture of the Bethesda Terrace which lies parallel to the Bethesda Fountain, a popular location for wedding shoots, graduation pictures and various movie scenes! Joining one of our Central Park Guided Bike Tours is a great way to learn about all of the famous landmarks hidden away in the tremendous park. You will be able to see all of the major sightseeing points in the park as well as other hidden gems, all led by one of our beloved local guides. 

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4.) Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most popular biking routes we offer at Unlimited Biking. The must-see scenery overlooks the East River and the city landscape, making it a highlight spot for photos. The bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn so you can explore both boroughs in just a few hours. With a distance of a little over one mile, the Brooklyn Bridge bike route is perfect for beginners. After riding the Brooklyn Bridge, make sure to explore the neighborhood of Dumbo full of unique art galleries, delicious NYC style pizza, and incredible architecture.

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5.) South Street Seaport

Last, but certainly not least, is the South Street Seaport district along the East River of lower Manhattan. The Seaport district is a buzzing hub that highlights New York City’s vast culture but also commemorates the area’s significant and fascinating history. Enjoy the sight of some of the oldest architecture in downtown Manhattan, an astonishing view of the Brooklyn Bridge and a leisurely ride along the bike lane on the boardwalk. As a central point for entertainment, shopping, and cuisine, South Street Seaport is definitely not a destination you want to miss!

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Feast of San Gennaro

For the past two weeks, more than a million people have ventured over to the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of Little Italy for the Feast of San Gennaro, a food-and-fun-filled festival that takes place every September to honor the patron saint of Naples.

This 12-day festival is the ultimate Italian-American celebration: the tiny neighborhood shows off its Italian pride with its red, white, and green decorations as well as portraits of Saint Genarro. But it’s hard to focus on the decorations when you’re surrounded by every type of Italian food you can imagine and all the carnival rides of your childhood dreams. With so much to do, see, and eat crammed within a few streets, it’s nearly impossible to fathom that the 93-year-old Feast of San Gennaro used to take up thirty blocks!

Although the festival is much smaller than in previous years, the activities and the excitement around it have only grown. While the pizza and the cannoli eating contests have already passed, there’s still time to catch the closing events of San Genarro. On Saturday, September 21st, you can watch people participating in a glutton’s dream of the annual meatball eating competition followed by a singing competition in honor of the great Italian singers.

On Sunday, the festival concludes with music from Jimmy Russo & the Flowers and Jenna Esposito. And of course, all the while there will be zeppoles, torrone, and cannolis to snack on and Ferris wheels and tilt-a-whirls to ride on. So head down to Little Italy as soon as you can before the festivities are over!

Best Group Tour Activities in NYC

Have you ever wondered what some of the best things to do in NYC are? Are you always looking for new activities to experience with a group? Well, then keep reading!

Even if you’ve been to Brooklyn, there’s a good chance you’ve never seen it the way a local knows it. There are so many hidden treasures to discover, Jane’s Carousel to re-imagine your youth, Bushwick to explore the unparalleled artistic talents of hipsters, and a view of the Manhattan skyline like you’ve never seen. This is really only touching on the unique gems that you stumble upon during Get Up and Ride’s Brooklyn Waterfront Bike Tour, but it’s worth an adventure to rediscover an ever-changing borough! www.GetUpandRide.com

If you’re the type of person who enjoys art, history, maybe a bit of Renaissance romanticism, but with a jolt of reality, then Museum Hack’s Un-Highlight tours of local institutions are most definitely for you. Described as “not-your-grandma’s museum tour,” this two-hour adventure through the decorated halls of The Met and the American Museum of Natural History are not to be missed! With options to plan this as a small group affair, or as a Private Guided Tour, it’s one for the history books! www.MuseumHack.com

Or if you’re looking for something a bit more active and energizing, with a touch whimsy, packed with pop culture nuances, and a dash of humor to round it all out, then Unlimited Biking’s customized touring adventures are just your cup of tea! With heart-warming, funny and fun-fact-filled guides who know more about this city than the locals, it’s sure to be a memorable experience for everyone. And if you’re looking for a tour of the trendiest local Brooklyn eateries, of the storied architecture of yester-year, or even a combination of a hipster honey-bee co-op, a re-purposed Naval Yard, and local street artists – UB is happy to customize, so you can just enjoy and be amazed. www.UnlimitedBiking.com

Let’s not forget to eat! Along with Unlimited Biking’s wonderfully customized Guided Bike Tours, they also pair a lovely picnic spread that nourishes every Instagrammer’s hunger for a competitive feed! From full Ride ‘n’ Rose spreads to more subtle nods at a Hamptons style soiree, they do it all and then some, taking care of everything from start to finish. All you need to do is book, arrive, enjoy! And I hasten to mention that the spread is delicious, in addition to gorgeous – don’t forget to snap a few photos for your feed before you devour the food! www.UnlimitedBiking.com

For an adventure that’s sure to please, try a local scavenger hunt in your neck of the woods. With cityHUNT’s many neighborhood locales, you can try your luck at an adventure in your own backyard, or discover a new area to explore. A fantastic way to promote team-building, you’ll learn all about the local culture, and discover some fun facts along the way! Or feel good while doing good and participate in a scavenger hunt for charity – either way you’re sure to have a memorable adventure! www.cityHUNT.com

Kick it up a notch, and jump up on the energy scale to a jam-packed tour featuring local restaurants that started revolutions, secret alleyway meetings that led to the destruction of dynasties, and how tropical fruits alongside a fabulous hotel transformed a neighborhood! Not for the faint of heart, or for those without some serious pedal power, Bike the Big Apple’s guided neighborhood tours are a fantastic workout paired with an eye-opening adventure. www.BiketheBigApple.com

And if none of the above tickle your fancy, there’s always a walk through the streets of Manhattan, where you’re sure to discover some interesting sights and craziness along the way! 

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