The view from an outdoor snack shop at Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan may be urban, but the park, created over the past decade from a run-down industrial area, offers a variety of active recreation, including skateboarding, biking, volleyball, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, minigolf, playgrounds and even bird-watching, with 85 species. (Associated Press)

Photo by: Mary Altaffer

The view from an outdoor snack shop at Hudson River Park in Lower Manhattan may be urban, but the park, created over the past decade from a run-down industrial area, offers a variety of active recreation, including skateboarding, biking, volleyball, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, minigolf, playgrounds and even bird-watching, with 85 species. (Associated Press)