Summer time in the city is amazing. If you want to get out in the sun but don’t know where to start (or maybe you have a limited amount of free time and want to make the best of it), don’t fret. We’ve got you covered. We’ve discovered the best places to go and the best things to do in NYC this summer.
Saturday afternoons at MoMa PS1
From July to September, this half music and half art event will happen every Saturday, and you definitely need to make it to at least one this summer. The MoMa PS1 Warm Up is held in the courtyard of the museum at 22 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens. What should you expect there? You will definitely hear some new bands, DJs and producers as well as some amazing performing arts and outdoor art to view. The doors open at 3pm and tickets run $25.
Head to the Rooftop to Watch a Movie
Before the intense summer heat hits, catch a movie outdoors at one of the Rooftop Films events around the city. There are numerous venues and films offered. The best way to pick your day is to see the lineup at www.rooftopfilms.com. The best thing about these films is that they are precluded by live music, and, after the movie is over, there is usually a fun after-party with an open bar.
Shakespeare in the Park
This free event in Central Park is not one to miss. The all-female cast reproduces some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, as well as some lesser known ones. Along with the regular crew, some very famous actors have been seen taking part in these plays including Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Be prepared to wait in line a long time for the free tickets that you may or may not get. If you want to ensure you get in and cut down the wait time drastically, you can make a donation.
Jacob Riis Beach
The city isn’t known for its clean beaches with nice sand, BUT, if you go all the way to the end of the A-Train, you will find Jacob Riis Park, with a pretty and quiet beach. If you plan on spending the day, make sure you bring your cooler and snacks because there aren’t many places to buy food or refreshments. There are lifeguards on duty to protect you starting on Memorial Day from 10am to 6pm.
If you love food, you need to make it to this event. This indie foodie flea market features all the latest and diverse independent food vendors in the area that come together in Prospect Park every Sunday starting in May. You can find the best foods that are made in small batches by real people who add their own special touch.
Midsummer Night’s Swing
Try out some new moves at the Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. Start off by learning the steps with free dance lessons from professionals and then put what you learned to the test with live music and an open air dance floor. Dance and music styles vary from Big Band, to Latin Samba and Tango, and also disco.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
If you are sitting around on a Tuesday and you can’t think of anything to do, visit this park. You can smell the array of perfume from so many different beautiful flowers. Admission is free every Tuesday and it’s open from 8am-6pm. Visit the Yellow Magnolia Café inside the garden overlooking the Lily Pool Terrace for lunch and make a day out of it.
Kayak the Hudson
Pier 26 offers free kayaking every Saturday, Sunday, and on holidays starting in mid-May. Evening kayaking, begins on June 15th and can be done on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5pm-7:30 pm.
Play at Governors Island
In its 172 acre park there are tons of things to keep you entertained. You can bike the many trails whether you bring your own bike or rent one on site. You can just chillax on their many hammocks. It is a perfect place to picnic but if you don’t want to haul around your food, there are two food courts with differing vendors depending on the day. When the sun gets too hot, you can splash around in the play fountains. Next, get a history lesson by visiting Fort Jay and Castle Williams. Governors Island hosts many events throughout the summer including the Jazz Age Lawn Party, the Rite of Summer Music Festival, the Pinknic, and the NYC Poetry Festival.
Whether, you’re into soaking up the sun at the beach or participating in something a little more social, these are all affordable, fun options to keep your summer fun and festive!
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