31 Things To Do this Summer in NYC

NYC definitely comes to life during warmer weather. People are out and about and enjoying life. Summer in NYC is filled with events and activities that can go late into the night (or even into the early morning hours). Just be sure to keep yourself hydrated because NYC can get very hot and humid.

Our Absolute 31 Things to do in Summer in New York City

You’ll pretty much find things to do in the different neighborhoods such as Midtown, SoHo or DUMBO. With so many summer events in NYC, we’ve curated this list to the best 31. What is New York City like in the summer? Find out in this article:

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Official NYC Architecture Cruise

New York Explorer Pass

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Fireworks over New York City

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Empire State Building

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Step aboard the teak decks of an elegant 1920's-style yacht, for an educational architecture tour!

Get a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty and other sights best seen from the water!

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Watching the fireworks from a cruise is an unforgettable experience.

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New York's most iconic skyscraper. The views never get old!

1. Enjoy the view at one of NYC’s many rooftop bars

rooftop bar at 1 hotel brooklyn bridge

For us, being at a rooftop bar in NYC in the summer is one of the best ways to enjoy the city. There’s a lot of them around this enormous metropolis. Our favorites are the Gallow Green Rooftop Bar, and because of the view of the Empire State Building, we also recommend the 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar. Another highlight is the Westlight NYC in Brooklyn and if you want to an amazing view of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline, then the rooftop bar at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn is an exceptional choice. You’re definitely flushed with options.

Here you can find the 43 Best Rooftop Bars in New York

2. Take an NYC boat tour

manhattan skyline from a boat

Living in NYC, we know how awesome it is to take a boat tour. With the hot summer weather, some summer activities can just be way too hot to move. Sometimes it’s just nice to hop onto a boat and feel the breeze while taking in the city views. Even though The East River, Hudson River, and the harbor are usually busy, it can also be very calming. Here, you’ll have many options. You can either take the free Staten Island Ferry, or one of the many boat tours that are included in the sightseeing passes. Or,  you can sail to the Statue of Liberty.

3. Bryant Park Film Festival and Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Bryant Park Film Festival New York

One of the best things to do in July in New York is visiting the free Bryant Park Film Festival and picnic performances in Bryant Park. In the heart of Manhattan, people gather in the summer months with blankets and chairs they’ve brought themselves to relax at the outdoor movie theater and concerts by the New York Philharmonics. Bryant Park is just under a 5 minute walk from Times Square, surrounded by tall trees, so it’s a bit secluded from the rest, but you’re still in the middle of it all: Awesome!

You can get a seat from 5pm, the films start around 8pm as darkness falls, and the Philharmonic concerts 7pm. You can find out more about the events and the free concerts here with us and on the Bryant Park website.

4. Visit Governors Island which is only open during the Summer

exploring governors island in the summer in nyc

It is still one of Sabrina’s favorite things to do in the summer in NYC. Governors Island only opens during the summer months and it’s super-cheap to reach by ferry. You and grab the ferry at the southern tip of Manhattan. Here you can enjoy the view of the Statue of Liberty among the New York locals and just watch the city of New York City in peace.

Things to do on Governors Island

5. Smorgasburg in Williamsburg

food at smorgasburg during the summer in nyc