Summer Activities in NYC

New York City feels rejuvenated in summer, and the list of things that you can do in the city feels almost endless. If you’re new to the area, adjusting to new routines and the speed of New York can be challenging, and planning your weekend can fall to the wayside. That’s why we’ve put together this great list of things to this summer in NYC, so you can take full advantage of everything summer in the city has to offer.

6 Awesome Things to Do This Summer in NYC

Whether you want to enjoy the sunshine or escape the heat, there’s something exciting for you to do this summer in New York.

1. Catch a Game

New York has two baseball teams you can choose to root for — the Mets or the Yankees. Head to the Mets games on Fridays to pick up a free t-shirt for Free Shirt Friday or on select Saturdays for fireworks. Or check out a Yankees game with the $15 Pinstripe Pass, tickets are standing room only, but your first drink is included in the tickets. Want to go just for the fireworks? The Staten Island Yankees have fireworks shows every Saturday and the Brooklyn Cyclones have them every Friday. Where to go: Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Staten Island Yankees, Brooklyn Cyclones

2. Visit the Parks

If you’re looking for a break from the city, look no further than New York’s parks. There are thousands of acres of parks within New York City, from the renowned Central Park to walking along the strip at Hudson River Park. Check out Sheep’s Meadow in Central Park on a sunny day or catch an outdoor movie at Brooklyn Bridge Park at sundown. Where to go: Central Park, Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park  

3. Check Out a Street Party

You might end up stumbling on one of these by accident — street fairs are no stranger to New York. Check out the latest PopUp New York Street Fair to check out local artists, makers, and food vendors. Love food? Bring your appetite to Smorgasburg, a food flea market in Brooklyn, where you can check out over 100 food vendors every weekend until November. The Hester Street Fair is a must for many New Yorkers because it offers a little bit of everything from shopping to live music. Where to go: PopUp New York, Smorgasburg, Hester Street Fair


4. Watch the Races

Belmont Park is just a half hour outside downtown. Head out to the track for the day to watch the races, or make a plan to watch the Belmont Stakes, the third race in the Triple Crown series, in June. Make sure you dress the part and pick up a Jewel, Belmont Park’s answer to the Kentucky Derby’s mint julep while you’re there. Where to go: Belmont Park


5. Take in the View

New York is full of amazing restaurants and cocktail bars, but there’s something special about dining out on a rooftop that makes the experience more fulfilling. If you’re looking for somewhere to soak in the view of the NYC skyline, check out Roof at Park South. Want something unique? Try The Water Tower in Williamsburg — it’s literally inside a water tower on top of the Williamsburg Hotel. Where to go: Roof at Park South, The Water Tower, 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, Spyglass

6. Find Your New Favorite Band

If you love music, New York is host to several different music festivals. Governors Ball is held in June and draws massive crowds and big artists like Tyler, the Creator and Florence + The Machine. Northside Festival is another way to catch great concerts this summer. This festival presents shows at different locations in Williamsburg and Greenpoint so you have plenty of chances to get close to the action. Check out Summerstage in Central Park throughout the summer for great acts right in the middle of the park. Where to go: Governors Ball, Northside Festival, Summerstage

Kim Hill