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NYC's Hudson River: Best Things To Do

New Yorkers Enjoy 70 Degree Temperatures In Late December
NEWPORT, NJ - DECEMBER 24: A couple walks by the Hudson River shore on December 24, 2015 in Newport, New Jersey. New York and New Jersey have seen highs in the upper 50s this week, with temperatures expected to reach the low 70s on Christmas Eve. (Photo by Kena Betancur/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

Trapeze School in New York
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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. 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.

Spirit Of New York

Chelsea Piers, Pier 61

Spirit of New York
(credit: Spirit of New York)

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Step aboard the Spirit of New York and enjoy an evening of dining, dancing, and amazing views of New York City. Head over to Chelsea Piers and experience this 2 1/2-hour cruise that sails along the Hudson and all the way up to the Statue of Liberty. Get your cameras out for a sunset photo by this iconic landmark while noshing on a brand new buffet menu that includes sesame chicken and orzo bay shrimp salad as well as a table filled with delicious desserts. Grab a drink at the bar and hit the dance floor, or head upstairs for a game of life-size Jenga, cornhole, or shuffleboard. Have an event coming up? Guests can also reserve the yacht for private events. Also available for lunch, dinner, and moonlight cruises. Can't make it into Manhattan? Spirit of New York also sets sail from Lincoln Harbor Marina in Weekhawken, NJ. See website for more details.

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

(credit: Hudson River Park)

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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.

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

Chelsea Piers
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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

Water Taxi Pier 84
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Midtown West
Cross at W. 44 St.

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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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