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Summer in the City

Soak up the sun with our list of recommendations for the best things to do during the summer in New York City. From iconic sights to the latest exhibits and outdoor performances, the city has got it all – the summer is one the best times to experience everything New York City has to offer.

New York Public Library

Explore the New York Public Library, the iconic building known for its stunning architecture and remarkable historical collections.

Governors Island

Take the ferry to the city’s urban oasis and experience transformative public art, unforgettable events, cultural and educational programming.

Chelsea Market

Discover Chelsea Market, the iconic culinary destination and retail marketplace, and enjoy the incredible dining options and collection of distinctive and diverse merchants.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is full of incredible sights and discoveries. Take in 360-degree views of iconic landmarks and the city skyline.

The Met Roof Garden

Take in impressive views of the Manhattan skyline and Central Park while admiring this summer’s new art installation The Met’s rooftop garden commissioned by artist Lauren Halsey

Vessel at Hudson Yards

Admire the Vessel, the extraordinary centerpiece at Hudson Yards. The monument is comprised of 154 intricately interconnected flights of stairs, forming a vessel-type structure from the outside.

Coney Island 

Visit Coney Island – one of NYC’s top beaches and home to fun attractions and amusement parks.

Summer for the City

The ultimate summer festival returns to Lincoln Center for ultimate go-to spot for summer fun, featuring hundreds of free events, thousands of artists.

Seaport Fit

Get Seaport Fit with the city’s top trainers with free classes, panel discussions and more every week along while enjoying the iconic views of the city.

Van Gogh’s Cypresses New Met Exhibit

Van Gogh’s Cypresses is the first exhibition to focus on the trees—among the most famous in the history of art—immortalized in signature images by Vincent van Gogh. For the first time in more than a century, two of Van Gogh’s most beloved paintings—”Wheat Field with Cypresses” and “The Starry Night”—will be on display together in a new exhibition at The Met (May 22 – August 27, 2023).

Picnic Performances at Bryant Park

Bryant Park’s outdoor performing arts free festival, Picnic Performance, is back this summer and consists of 26 live music, dance and theater events in collaboration with renowned NYC institutions such as Carnegie Hall, NYC Opera, Classical Harlem, American Symphony Orchestra, etc. (June 1- September 14, 2023).

Sky Bloom at Edge Hudson Yards

Check out the new immersive floral experience, “Sky Bloom”, taking over Edge’s Skydeck at Hudson Yards (May 24 – September 4, 2023). Edge is the highest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere. With one-of-a-kind design, it’s suspended in mid-air, giving you the feeling of floating in the sky with 360-degree views you can’t get anywhere else.

Madison Avenue Retail Therapy

From luxury boutiques, to designer shops and high-end department stores, Madison Avenue is an iconic shopping destination not to miss.

Museum Mile

Explore Museum Mile located on the Upper East Side along 5th Avenue. Discover priceless exhibitions and over 1,000 of paintings, prints, photographs and artifacts. From the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim to the Museum of the City of New York, you have plenty of choices.

Little Island at Pier 55

Explore one of the newest attractions where visitors can experience nature and art in a unique urban oasis on the Hudson River.

Bryant Park

Stop by The Lawn, a popular sunbathing and lunch destination that draws thousands of guests offering signature events, like Wednesday evening yoga and Movie Nights, are hosted on the lawn amid a canyon of skyscrapers.

SUMMIT One Vanderbilt

Witness a new global cultural experience that breaks the mold—awakening your senses, your curiosity, and your imagination in the heart of New York City.

Conservatory Garden Tour at Central Park

Go behind-the-scenes with Conservatory Garden staff and experience displays of tulips, lilacs, crabapple trees, and summer perennials through the eyes of the people who care for them daily.

Arcadia Earth

Experience the first immersive augmented reality journey through planet earth designed to reignite the conversation around the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Rock Center Tour

The historian-guided Rockefeller Center Tour takes you from past to present with an insider’s view of the incredible architecture, art, iconic buildings, and outdoor gardens.

Museum of Ice Cream

Be transported to an ice cream wonderland when visiting the Museum of Ice Cream that transforms concepts and dreams into spaces that provoke imagination and creativity.

Belvedere Castle

Located in Central Park, explore this hidden gem and enjoy breathtaking views from the multiple levels of the castle.

Circle Line Cruises

With so many different cruises to choose from, take in endless views of the city’s skyline as well as over 140 landmarks with Circle Line Cruises.

Central Park Zoo

Experience wildlife in the heart of the city. Spot a snow leopard, take in a sea lion show, or find your inner child at the Children’s Zoo.


Get ready for bright lights and amazing show tunes as you take in one of Broadway’s iconic performances!

New York Public Library

Explore the New York Public Library, the iconic building known for its stunning architecture and remarkable historical collections.

Central Park

Spend a fun-filled day at Central Park with a family picnic, a guided bike tour around the park, or a stroll through the Central Park Zoo.


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