Lifestyle Summer fun: NYC favorites and under the radar picks Spend an afternoon in a row boat on Central Parks Lake. No reservations required Photo Credit: Flickr / Bokeh & Travel By MEREDITH DELISO Updated June 9, 2015 2:25 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New York may be considered a city of blacktop, but there's plenty of outdoor space to explore and enjoy. Whether it's your first summer in the city or you've been around the block, we've got you covered on where to spend it under the sun. BEACH TOWN Old standby: Coney Island Nathan's hot dog, back-to-back rides on the Cyclone, a spin around the Wonder Wheel, sunbathing on the sand -- there's your checklist for a day at the southern Brooklyn beach. Under the radar: City Island This quaint, 1.5-mile-long town on the Long Island Sound in the Bronx is a destination for seafood and boating. There's the nearby Orchard Beach, too. Unlike Coney, multiple train lines don't go to City Island, so getting there is half the fun. WALKWAY Old standby: High Line Trek the full 1.5 miles of the elevated park, which spans from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street -- just watch out for selfie sticks. Under the radar: Shore Park and Parkway Enjoy views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Statue of Liberty, sunrise and sunset and 4.5 miles of pathways at the southernmost point of Brooklyn. PARK Old standby: Central Park Picnic on the Sheep Meadow, pay your respects at Strawberry Fields, say hi to the Alice in Wonderland statue and explore the Conservatory Garden at this world-famous park. A stroll across the Bow Bridge will have to wait, though -- it's closed for the summer for repairs Under the radar: Pelham Bay Park The city's largest park is more than three times the size of Central Park and features miles of hiking trails, a beach (Orchard Beach), two golf courses and diverse wildlife -- it's a prime spot to view osprey especially. BALL GAME Old standby: New York Yankees Don your blue and make your way to the Bronx to take in a game at Yankee Stadium. Cracker Jack and a hot dog are a must. If you have $125 to spare, you can also take the Hands on History tour on select game days and hold baseball artifacts such as Babe Ruth's bat and Derek Jeter's jersey. Under the radar: Staten Island Yankees The Baby Bombers, which are affiliated with the major league Yankees, play in St. George, Staten Island, just a short walk from the free ferry with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. Opening day is June 19 against the Brooklyn Cyclones. BIKE PATH Old standby: Prospect Park The nearly 3.5-mile loop around the park takes you past the lake, zoo and Long Meadow. On Sunday afternoons, take a break at the Drummeras Grove on the southeast side. Under the radar: Cunningham Park Pack your bike and head to one of the largest parks in Queens for a day on the trails and the car-free Vanderbilt Motor Parkway. WATER SPORTS Old standby: Central Park row boating Whether on a date or with friends, head to the Loeb Boathouse and spend an afternoon in a row boat on Central Parkas Lake. No reservations required. Under the radar: Marine Park stand-up paddleboarding Up your game and get paddleboarding on Gerritsen Creek, a salt marsh eco-system in southeast Brooklyn. Kayaks and pedal boats are also available to rent. By MEREDITH DELISO Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.