The Nathan's Restaurant - Coney Island, NYC

7 Top Things to Do in New York City in the Summer

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Summertime in New York City feels unlike any other city in the world. With music in the streets, long park strolls, incredible rooftop dining, fascinating museums and art galleries, cruises to take in the best city views, and endless more activities, New York City has opportunities for non-stop excitement. Of course, it’s a top destination for travelers from all over the world, all year round, but summer is always alive with open-air markets, tasty innovations, outdoor concerts, and exciting exhibits.

While the weather is at its best, it’s primetime to experience the entire city, discover its thrilling secrets, shop designer brands, or just relax on a harbor cruise. Whether you are planning a weekend stay or a more extended vacation, there is always something special to see in NYC.

Here are seven of the top most unique things to do in New York City during summer:

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Greenwich Village: Cupcake Bakeries Walking Tour

What better way to explore the neighborhoods of New York City than by starting with dessert in Greenwich Village. Hit the streets on this tasty walking tour and indulge in the newest food trends at the best boutique bakeries of the city. See Greenwich Village like the locals as you travel to each small bakery and see local art, music, and vendors. At each stop you will enjoy delicious sweet treats, with plenty of cupcakes on offer too, from the indulgent red velvet variety with cream cheese frosting, to the crowd favorite classic mini buttercream cupcakes.

Your tour guide will lead you to Greenwich’s most-loved bakeries and mouthwatering sweet shops, giving you a sugar rush as well as an exciting story to take home with you. The eating, buying, and photo opportunities are endless.

Book this tour here.

From Manhattan: Full-Day NYC Boroughs and Coney Island Tour

The Nathan's Restaurant - Coney Island, NYC
The Nathan's Restaurant - Coney Island, NYC

Immerse yourself in New York City’s boroughs and get a rich perspective of each on this comfy ride through them all. From midtown Manhattan, travel north to learn the history of the community development and musical magic of Harlem, then take in city spirit and talk with locals in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, stopping at famous sports sites, architectural masterpieces, outdoor art installations, and more. Then your journey will take you to famous Coney Island to enjoy the boardwalk so many New Yorkers come to for recreation and relaxation. 

After the summertime shoreline thrills, return to Manhattan over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. The whole tour is ideal for photo-ops and seeing as much of the city as you can in one day. 

Book this tour here.

NYC: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Timed-Entry Ticket

Street art in New York City
Street art in New York City

Mark off visiting one of the top art museums in the world with your timed-entry ticket to MoMA. Every inch of this museum is renowned for its visionary innovation, from the imaginative outside to the breathtaking and spacious interior. This hub containing the world’s largest collection of contemporary art from around has rotating exhibits and cutting-edge artists too, so there is always something new to see, and planning ahead is your best move. 

See timeless masterpieces like Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ and Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’, while also admiring more contemporary artists like Ai Weiwei. MoMA offers a space to observe reality, travel through time and strike up conversation.

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Manhattan: 3-Hour Food and History Tour With a Local Guide

Fresh Tacos in New York City
Fresh Tacos in New York City

What makes New York so special is the blending of cultures that unify the city, and nowhere does that happen more than the food scene. For many immigrants arriving in New York City, preserving and celebrating their cultural traditions led to strong, distinct culinary identities that over time either blended with or complemented each other. This tour celebrates all of those influences and allows you to taste your way through the city’s diverse and multicultural flavors.

Go beyond your average tourist tour of the best food in NYC and taste the authentic meals of the people who call the city home. As you devour knishes, tacos, dumplings, pasta, sweets, and more, you will also consume the stories of how people from around the world are realizing their American Dream. See the city through the energizing eyes of locals while you get to try some of the best food from around the world.  

Book this tour here.

New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

View from the One World Observatory, NYC
View from the One World Observatory, NYC

One of the most exciting things you can experience in New York City is to take in the vastness of the Big Apple from its highest points. Take the SkyPod to reach the very top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center, in under one minute. From the One World Observatory at the top, gaze over all the boroughs, skyscrapers, Central Park, Hudson River, Times Square, and more, all from the comfort of the breathtaking observatory. A ticket is essential for seeing the real New York in all of its majesty. 

Snap as many pictures as you can, grab a drink and take a breather as you relax and clear your mind with a 360-degree view. Booking in advance allows you to skip the ticket line, and the all-inclusive ticket includes drink and shop credit and is time-flexible, so whether you want to go for sunrise, midday, golden hour, or wait a few hours for better weather, you won’t have any issues.

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NYC: Circle Line Best of NYC Cruise Skip-The-Box-Office

People admiring the Statue of Liberty on a cruise, NYC
People admiring the Statue of Liberty on a cruise, NYC

See the iconic New York City skyline as you sail its three rivers and under its bridges, spotting over 100 world-famous landmarks like Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, and South Street Seaport. Sit back and relax as you cruise over to the Statue of Liberty and get close for the perfect photo. Your expert guide will teach you all there is to know about each of these fascinating spots around New York City with entertaining commentary. This tour is energizing, interesting, and won’t hurt your wallet.

Book this cruise here.

Greenwich Village Ghost Tour

Ghost Tour in Greenwich Village, NYC
Ghost Tour in Greenwich Village, NYC

Ready to get more thrills (and chills) in the big city? Experience a darker side of NYC as you travel through the Greenwich Village neighborhood with your guide, exploring the streets where chilling sites and haunted houses are plenty. Enjoy a little scare as you visit the sites of celebrity hauntings, freaky events, and famous deaths.

Let your curiosity run wild and uncover the stories even many New Yorkers won’t know. This will get you away from the tourist traps and into the heart of the city. New York City never sleeps, and neither do its ghosts and ghouls.

Book this tour here.

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