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6 NYC-Based Adventure And Travel Groups

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Updated: 9 February 2017
With so much to do and see right at your doorstep, New York City is both motivational and magical. But the daily grind can creep up on you, leaving you in drastic need of a little – or big – adventure. Thankfully, you have these six NYC-based adventure travel groups at your fingertips, so indulge in that much-needed respite from the concrete jungle without breaking the bank, get out, and go see the world.

Discover Outdoors

Discover Outdoors is an adventure company that offers city dwellers hundreds of trips to choose from, catering to everyone from the novices and the advanced adventurers. Discover Outdoors was founded by Kirk Reynolds, who also guides several of the trips, alongside a team of well-traveled folks and guides who are passionate about and experienced in all things outdoors. Check out their full calendar of hikes, activities, and trips, and filter by departure location, activity type, and intensity level. Upcoming events include the Hike & Howl, Hike & Wine Tasting, and an excursion to Sunfish Pond. Exploring the beauty far from and right outside of New York City has never been easier, and all trips are carefully curated by this group.

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Kili Summit | Courtesy of Discover Outdoors

Outdoor Connections

The best travel stories begin with a bunch of friends, which is exactly how Outdoor Connections got its start. The company was founded in 2009 by ‘Lead Guide’ Jim Kerlin and has since provided guided-adventure tours to New Yorkers. Travelers can choose from any one of their day trip offerings. or customize a trip of their own – perfect for birthday celebrations and large groups of friendly getaways. Each day trip includes a continental breakfast and picnic lunch, plus all transportation and equipment rental fees. Be sure to peruse their calendar for upcoming trips, including backcountry snowshoeing and wine tasting. Leave the logistics up to them!

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Urban Sherpa

Urban Sherpa is a no-frills adventure travel agency that caters to every New Yorker‘s winter needs: skiing and snowboarding. This fun, friendly group has its own luxury motor coaches to take travelers to and from locations and experienced leaders to guide each trip. It’s the perfect way to get out of the city and enjoy time on the slopes, either solo or with friends.

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Carterdome | Courtesy of Discover Outdoors

Wild Earth Adventures

Wild Earth Adventures is the perfect ‘club’ for hikers – or at least those who wish to try it out. This travel company offers a full calendar year of seasonal activities, including backpacking and wilderness camping trips for up to eight days. Founder and Director Charles Cook is the sole guide for all trips, making them both personal and memorable experiences. Charles is a New York State licensed guide and was one of the first hundred people to hike the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail in its entirety, so he comes to each trip with bounds of information and nature-inspired stories. The trips on offer range from beginner to advanced, so choose the one that’s best for you.

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Surf | Courtesy of Discover Outdoors

Sourced Adventures

Sourced Adventures is a travel group based in the heart of SoHo, Manhattan and was founded by a team of travel industry experts. The team has its finger on the pulse of the highest quality yet affordable outdoor trips for city dwellers who wish to connect with the outdoors. All adventures begin and end at the ‘Adventure Café’, the company’s homey coffee shop, and range from wine tasting on Long Island to skiing in Vermont, and kayaking in Delaware. If you’re thinking about booking a trip, visit their website for their contact information, or pop into the café to learn more!

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Rock Climbing | Courtesy of Discover Outdoors

Dynamic Outdoors

Dynamic Outdoors specializes in well-curated international group trips as well as local New York trips that cater to any type of travel group. Spend a summer in Italy, tour the stunning cities and countrysides of Slovenia and Northern Croatia, or opt for night hikes, paint balling, and hot air ballooning. This company also hosts monthly social events in Manhattan for those who wish to mix and mingle with like-minded travelers and Dynamic Outdoors staff.

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Patagonia | Courtesy of Discover Outdoors