It’s almost that time of year again: Summertime in New York City. The sun is beginning to glow, and the opportunities for unique outings are coming our way. If you like to plan ahead, we’ve compiled a short list of what to do in New York City in the summer. Are you ready for the fun?!  Then, here we go.

NYC Summer Activities and Events

1. 4th of July: New York City Style

The Times Square firework display is a traditional wonder where the extravaganza is set off in full glory. And if you need another fun location option, Macy’s presents a spectacular 25-minute firework display as well.

Or consider a 4th of July Circle Line dinner cruise. This is a perfect date night cruise that includes a delicious dinner, drinks, and even dancing music. The cruise travels within 100 feet of the Statue of Liberty and offers an unobstructed, phenomenal view of the fireworks. So, get your cameras ready, and let the excitement begin.  

Prices begin at $229.

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2. A Stroll Along Tree Lined Paths

Consider an afternoon escaping the cement environment and going for a walk on the scenic paths along the Hudson River or at Central Park. The shaded, tree-lined trails will cool you down on a New York City summer afternoon and, within no time, you’ll find yourself completely refreshed. Getting out in nature is always restorative, especially for those of us who live and work in the city.  And there’s an added bonus: This restorative escape is free!

3. Shakespeare in the Park

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo?” It’s the perfect summertime in New York City date event. Bring a picnic and have a wonderful time watching Shakespeare in the Park. It’s a great chance to be entertained, enjoy the outdoors, and absorb a little culture. Located in beautiful Central Park, plays are staged Tuesday to Sunday from May until August. It’s the perfect romantic, date outing!

Central Park Theatre

4. The Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2019

From July to August, the Lincoln Center festival has traditionally been presented annually since 1967.  Each year, you’ll see great theater, ballet, and opera.

This season, the Mostly Mozart Festival will include events like a panel discussion of the classic The Magic Flute, as well as performances by pianists Lucas and Arthur Jussen and the Budapest Festival Orchestra. This will be a summer of memories framed around Lincoln Center without a doubt.   

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5. The U.S Open

For an exciting end of summer check out the U.S Open, which runs for 2 weeks — from August 26th to September 8th.  

This is a great way to enjoy the best of tennis and an awesome opportunity for people watching. Plan to arrive early, bring your sunscreen, and definitely come hungry because there will be plenty of food trucks with delicious treats you’ll want to try.

Seating sells out quickly so be sure to plan ahead, and to avoid disappointment, order your tickets early.

There’s nothing quite like spending a summer evening on the rooftop of High Bar, where you can sip a cool cocktail while taking in panoramic views of the New York City skyline.  From Hudson River to the Empire State Building, Freedom Tower, and our iconic lady — the Statue of Liberty — we’ve truly got it all.

You can join us at the top of the Doubletree at 346 West 40th Street. For reservations, please give us a call at 646.362.7363