23 Best Things to Do in New York this Summer

23 Best Things to Do in New York this Summer


Are you looking for the best things to do in New York City this summer, but you are feeling overwhelmed? This list gives you an overview of the fun activities you can do in the city and other areas of New York. You won’t be bored for a second after reading this list. Below are the 23 best things to do in New York this Summer!

For a more general list of things to do in NYC, read, ‘The Ultimate NYC Bucket List: 26 Best Things to Do in NYC’

1- Gallow Green Rooftop Bar

Gallow Green Rooftop Bar

Gallow Green Restaurant– This is one of the cutest brunch spots in NYC, as you will get rooftop views and excellent customer service. The plants make for a fresh breath of air throughout the restaurant. You need to reserve a table, as they do not accept walk-ins. Book your reservation.

2- Brooklyn, NY Waterfront View on July 4th

Fourth of July Waterfront Block Party with Goldfish- Get front row views of the NYC skyline and Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks at the Brooklyn Waterfront Block Party.

Address: Skyline Drive-In: 1 Oak Street Brooklyn, NY 11222

When: July 4 – 1 pm to 10 pm 

Purchase tickets here for the event!

3- Outdoor Summer Movies

Outdoor Summer Movies- Bryant Park and Prospect Park have free movies all summer. Please click here for a list of outdoor movies playing this summer.

4- Yankee Game

23 Best Things to Do in New York this Summer

Yankees Game– Catch a baseball game and enjoy a delicious hot dog with a blue moon at a Yankees game this season. Get your tickets here.

5- Grand Banks

Grand Banks

Dine at Grand Banks– Enjoy a delicious meal of fresh oysters and cocktails on a wooden sailing ship located at Pier 25. This unique restaurant is open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 12:30 am. They are open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-12:30 am. Book your reservation!

6- Cruise/Sailing Trip

Hudson River Cruise Ship-  Witness the NYC skyline on a cruise ship with cocktails, cheese, and other appetizers. View all of the options for different tours here.

7- Watermark Beach

Watermark Beach- Celebrate Happy Hour at Watermark Beach, a restaurant overlooking the Hudson River with palm trees, cabanas, and an outdoor grill. This restaurant has everything from lobster rolls to oysters to go and try for yourself. Address: 78 South St. Pier 15, New York, NY 10038

8-Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo- Witness incredible wildlife at the Bronx Zoo. The zoo is FREE on Wednesdays!

9- Trolley Date

Chocolate + Wine Ride on a Trolley- Enjoy chocolate and wine on a trolley in NYC. These Trolleys run Sunday through Thursday from 6 pm to 8 pm and on Friday and Saturday starting at 8 pm.

10- Cupcake Decorating

Cupcake Making Class- This fun outing is perfect for you if you have a sweet tooth. You will learn how to make professional cupcakes.

11- Speakeasy

The Woo Woo NYC- The Woo Woo NYC is a speakeasy bar that is great for groups and birthdays!

Address: 266 W 47TH St. Manhattan, NY

Are you looking for more NYC Bucket List Ideas? Read ’26 Best Things to Do in NYC’, where we go over landmarks in NYC to visit like Times Square and Central Park. We added popular things to do, like going to a Comedy Play or Broadway Show!


12- Sunflower Field

23 Best Things to Do in New York this Summer
North Fork Sunflower Maze

Sunflower Field– The best sunflower field to visit is at North Fork Sunflower Maze. Address: 8623 Wickham Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952

13- Barlett Arboretum & Gardens

Barlett Arboretum & Gardens– This public garden was once home to Barlett, where he had started planting trees and flowers. The Barlett Arboretum & Gardens is a relaxing place to stroll along a river.

14- Kayaking at Cold Spring

Kayaking in Cold Spring– Cold Spring is a cute town along the water where you can either go out to eat or visit local shops. You can also spend the day on the water and rent a kayak or boat.

15- Wings Castle

Wings Castle– Spending the night at a real castle overlooking a vineyard is an experience you will not forget. The company offers a free tour of the Castle if you are a hotel guest; however, if you go for the day, you can book a $25.00 Castle tour. The vineyard across the street is a great spot to go wine tasting, learn about how the wine is fermented, and where you can buy a bottle if you would like.

16- Peekamoose Blue Hole

Peekamoose Blue Hole- Sundown, NY- The water flows into the Roundout Reservoir. The reservoir provides half of the drinking water for more than 9 million people in NYC.

17- Goat Yoga

23 Best Things to Do in New York this Summer

Goat Yoga- South New Berlin, NY- Goat Yoga is a social, fun, interactive, and therapeutic experience located on a 124-acre farm in upstate New York. Learn more: www.nygoatyoga.com

18- Green Lakes State Park- Fayetteville, NY

Green Lakes State Park

Green Lakes State Park- Green Lakes State Park is home to two glacial lakes surrounded by a beautiful forest. The park is home to campgrounds and row boats you can rent for the day!

19- Letchworth State Park Castile,NY

Letchworth State Park Letchworth State Park is 17 miles long along the Genesee River and has three waterfalls to visit and a few cliffs to climb.

20- Robert H. Treman State Park Ithaca, NY

This State Park is home to 12 waterfalls and scenic views. A trip to Ithaca is worth adding to your list of things to do at New York.
Other State Parks to go to include Kaaterskill falls and High Falls Conversation!


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