It’s always a good time to visit New York City, but we especially love the city in the summer when the sun is shining, and there are a million-and-one things to do. NYC always has prime spots to hit and this summer is no exception.
There are an incredible number of free events, fun festivals, and exciting attractions taking place all over NYC in the summer of 2018. We’ve collected our top 8 things to do.
Pop-up exhibitions are a blast, and it’s hard to find them anywhere else but in NYC. Throughout the summer, you’ll find themed pop-ups everywhere. There’s the Dream Machine, which runs through July and makes your dreams a reality. There’s also Happy-Go-Lucky, which runs through July 8, and is an exhibit in SoHo that aims to boost your endorphins and leave you feeling excessively happy! You can also attend any number of food pop-ups all over the city and all summer long.
Enjoy Shakespeare and other classical theater performances free in the outdoors around the city. These productions are put on by enterprising troupes filled with young actors and limited production costs. They’re a great way to see shows in a setting unlike any other. For Shakespeare in the Park, you’ll need to get your FREE tickets early (by noon every day) and be willing to stand in line, but it’s well worth it. Just be sure you’re dressed for the summer heat in our Napari Dress.
Unlike Central Park, the High Line is a less known playground in NYC. Originally part of the West Side Improvement Project, the High Line was first opened in 1934 as a rail system. It was then closed in 1980 and transformed into one of Chelsea’s trendiest attractions. Going from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street, the High Line is a park in the sky—a green getaway that hosts food trucks, art, music, and more.
A visit to Coney Island is a must-do every summer in NYC. While it might be a crowded Brooklyn hot spot, it’s definitely worth it. Join millions of other tourists and New Yorkers on the Coney Island Wonder Wheel, the Cyclone rollercoaster, and more. It’s a great showcase of decades of history, but there’s also something new. Luna Park, opened in 2010, offers new rollercoasters, water rides, and carnival-style games for everyone.
NYC is crazy about festivals, and Summer 2018 has some incredible options. From music festivals like Panorama on July 27-29, presenting The Weekend, to food festivals such as the NYC Summer Ice Cream Blizzard on July 15, there’s always something to enjoy. And we definitely recommend keeping an eye on Bryant Park and their HBO-sponsored series with movie screenings every Monday through August 20.
Seeing the Statue of Liberty is always an amazing experience, and we particularly enjoy it during the summer when the weather is perfect for a boat trip. Every 30 minutes, you can hop on the Staten Island Ferry to view the Statue of Liberty from the water, or you can pay for a proper tour of Staten Island and get up close and personal with history.
If you want to get away from the city for a little bit, head on over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s an outdoor oasis filled with more flowers than you can imagine. Founded in 1910 and located in Prospect Park, the Garden is 52-acres of beauty. Walking around inside you’ll find over 14,000 types of plants including Cherry Trees, plus a Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, a Water Garden, Shakespeare Garden, and more.
90-minutes outside of Manhattan in Long Island, there’s the Splish Splash Waterpark, voted as one of the best waterparks in America. It offers 96 acres of rides and water for everyone in your family. There are dozens of thrill rides for adventurous adults as well as great areas for toddlers. And it’s the perfect location to show off your Juliette 1-piece swimsuit.
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