55 Things to Do in NYC Over the Summer

It’s here! After a winter that can only be described as an endless frozen hell scape, Summer has arrived with a bang! I’ll be spending the summer in the city for the first time ever and I’ve been working on my “bucket list”, which I wanted to share with all you lovely people! Most of these things are cheap/free, and very few of them are “trendy” because I generally like to avoid scenes. They’d all be better with friends, so gathers yours around you and go on an adventure!

  1. Visit Inwood Park and see the site where the Dutch supposedly bought Manhattan from the Lenape. It’s almost definitely not true but it’s cool to see the site anyways, I guess. Yay founding myths!
  2. Picnic in Central Park near the Alice in Wonderland Statue.
  3. Picnic in Washington Square Park with your feet in the fountain. Fun fact, a few years ago the city dug up the fountain and moved it a few feet so that it would line up better with the arch.
  4. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  5. Go on a Museum Hack tour of the Met
  6. …. or do one yourself by rounding up your friends, taking your smart phones, picking a gallery, and have everyone do research on the weirdest/most fun pieces they can find in 5 minutes. For extra fun, sneak in some boozy lemonade (just don’t get caught!)
  7. Visit the Cloisters.
  8. Take a morning and head over to Smorgasburg and stuff your face.
  9. Afterwards, stroll through the Brooklyn Flea market.
  10. Visit the super touristy spots late at night: The Empire State building is open until 2, the lights at Times Square never dim (4 AM is my favorite time to go!) and Top of the Rock is open until Midnight some nights!
  11. Do a cheap or free outdoor workout. Try free Bryant Park Yoga, $10 bootcamp hosted by my kick-ass trainer, Nick, or scroll through the Shape up NYC listings.
  12. Go to a Free Friday Movie Night in Bryant Park
  13. Take a Trapeze lesson at Chelsea Piers!
  14. Visit the Popsicle Lady on the Highline
  15. Visit Coney Island.
  16. Get out of the city altogether and go on a day trip!
  17. Take the Staten Island Ferry, just to take it.
  18. Go to the Botanical Garden,
  19. Or the Prospect Park Zoo,
  20. Or the Bronx Zoo!
  21. This one is close to my heart (because I used to competitively do it) but also makes my ick-o-meter go off: kayak in the hudson.
  22. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, grab some ice cream at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
  23. Go to a Baseball Game!
  24. The Museum Mile Festival looks pretty fun
  25. This is one that I will 100% be attending: The Mermaid Parade!!
  26. Camp out at UCB for the free Asscat3000 show on Sunday night.
  27. Because this is my first summer living somewhere not landlocked, I’ll be trying to visit beaches as often as I can! Here are some off the beaten track beaches
  28. Have brunch at my favorite East Village brunch spot, Mud.
  29. Or splurge on my favorite West Village spot, Buvette.
  30. Pick up produce at the Union Square Greenmarket (or you can come help me eat my way through 1/2 of a CSA share)
  31. Bike around Governors Island.
  32. The Fringe Festival isn’t until August, but that’s still summer, and who doesn’t love funky and experimental theater?
  33. Visit my favorite crafty stores around the city: Purl Soho, Pins & Needles, and trusty Michael’s
  34. Get out of the heat and go bowling at Brooklyn Bowl.
  35. Go to a Celebrate Brooklyn concert
  36. Grab Halal from my favorite cart in the city (the one on 14th street closest to 3rd ave) and people watch in Union Square
  37. Walk around The Frick and imagine you’re a robber baron heiress casually strolling through your 5th avenue mansion filled with priceless art.
  38. For a more interactive museum, visit the Intrepid.
  39. or the Museum of Sex (I’m 21 years old and this still makes me blush to think about.)
  40. Stay inside, away from the heat, and order cookies from Insomnia cookies.
  41. Go to the Launch party at Makeshift Society
  42. Cook dinner with your sweetheart (or besties!) and then get ice cream at Big Gay Ice Cream.
  43. See a movie, plain and simple. Load up on popcorn and candy and a soda bigger than your head.
  44. Walk down Bleeker Street west of 7th Ave and marvel at the fancy stores on a very cute tree lined street that’s less intense than doing the same on 5th Ave further uptown.
  45. Visit the Irish Hunger Memorial.
  46. Wander South Street Seaport and think about what it was like when the entirety of downtown manhattan looked like that! If you’re interested in preservation, look into the South Street Seaport Museum.
  47. The guy who runs the New Amsterdam Market visited a class I was in this spring and he’s very cool, so you should totally go!
  48. Drift through the Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side.
  49. Go to the food court underneath the Plaza.
  50. Grab high tea at Tea & Sympathy!
  51. Attend an event at NYU or Julliard. Cheaper than Broadway and just as great!
  52. Visit one of the Shake Shack locations NOT in Madison Square Park for shorter lines and food just as yummy.
  53. Sit in on a Literary Event at the best bookstores in the city: McNally Jackson, The Strand, and my favorite, Three Lives & Company
  54. Makerbot holds workshops & events in their Nolita storefront, so if you’re geeky like me, check that out!
  55. If none of these floated your boat, poke around Meetup.com for events and hangouts that interest you!
  56. PS: I’ll be tracking my adventures on Instagram with the hashtag #AdventureOfTheDay or #aotd! I want to see what all you lovelies are up to too so post with me if you want!

 

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