New York City

15 epic


Catch a sunset movie at Bryant Park

New York City summers welcome the long-awaited free movies on the lawn. The entire field gets filled with cheery folks on picnic blankets, which feels like the epitome of joy.


Picnic in Central Park

Having a picnic in Central Park is one of the most iconic things to do in New York City during summer. In fact, during the summer months the 15-acre green space called Sheep Meadow swells with locals and tourists alike to the tune of 30,000 people (not a typo).


Stargaze at the High Line

You could stargaze, for free, in New York City. We have the helpful folks the Amateur Astronomers Association to thank for that. This is a romantic and attainable New York City summer pastime held every Tuesday from dusk until 9:45pm.


Partake in Summer on the Hudson

Summer on the Hudson is an annual festival put on by NYC Parks in collaboration with the Riverside Park Conservancy. There are endless activities all summer long to partake in for both kids and adults alike.


Spend the morning at Governor’s Island

Bring a book and hang out at Hammock Grove. It’s a dedicated space for an array of hammocks available for visitors to enjoy. You can spend the day on your feet or kicking back because Governor’s Island is a great thing to do in New York City during the summer


Explore the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is well worth the pit-stop during your visit to NYC. Designed in a Beaux-Arts style, this building stands in stark contrast to the glass and iron it surrounds. Neighboring Bryant Park, the library offers a free (air conditioned) break from the New York City summer heat.


Partake in Smorgasburg

At Smorgasburg you’ll be able to indulge in one of the finest open air dining extravaganzas in the Big Apple. This year there will be more than 20 vendors offering cuisines from all around the world. You can’t afford to miss it if you’re visiting New York City in summer.


Enjoy the NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks

Catching a performance has been considered one of the best things to do during an eventful New York City summer since 1965. Pairing world-class classical music with incredible open air venues would normally cost an arm and a leg, but thankfully these events are completely free.


Get a treat from Milk Bar

Okay, so the cereal milk ice cream from MILK is practically world famous at this point. The line is usually very long, but if you come later in the evening, you can almost avoid it altogether. One of the best things you could do on your trip to NYC is treat yourself!


Walk the High Line

The elevated tracks of this New York City park were originally used by freight trains delivering cargo to the city. During the warmer months, the Highline brings vendors out so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a tasty treat while exploring!


Check out the epic murals NYC has to offer

New York City is home to some of the coolest street art and murals. Spend your summer discovering all the amazing artwork while exploring the city.


Catch a Broadway Show

There are 41 official Broadway theaters in NYC so there’s bound to be a showing of something during your summer trip to New York City. After the prolonged intermission caused by COVID safety protocols Broadway is back and crowds are as engaged as ever. 


Enjoy the city views from the rooftop at Time Out Market

Located in picturesque DUMBO with stellar views of the East River you’ll find few places more scenic to spend your day in New York City during the summer.


Seek out the best ice cream in NYC

Ice cream shops are found all over the city. Some are on wheels, located in malls and markets and others are good old-fashioned brick and mortar stores. Regardless of where you’re at, you’re bound to have something close by.


Get lost in New York City!

New York City is beautiful and exciting. One of the best ways to explore it is by getting lost. In fact, some of my favorite memories of New York are moments I got lost and found spectacular buildings or quaint cafes to people watch from.

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