Kyle Davidson

June 14, 2022

13 Things To Do in NYC This Summer

We can feel it in the air – it’s finally summer in NYC! The anticipation running through the city is palpable as people fill their social calendars with NYC summer activities and fun. 

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the options? We’ve got the ultimate bucket list of things to do in New York City this summer. From finding some city glitz to escaping the crowded streets for a nature getaway, here is every NYC summer activity you need to try at least once!

NYC Bucket List | Summer Activities 2022

Try new foods at Smorgasburg

Coined “The Woodstock of Eating,” you can satiate your most specific cravings at a Smorgasburg NYC event. Peruse booths featuring classic BBQ, vegan desserts and creative flavors from all corners of the globe. These events are held during summer weekends in Williamsburg, Jersey City, Prospect Park and WTC, so you can choose the one closest to you!

Escape the city for a river adventure

Sometimes the best thing you can do in the city is get out of it! 

Hopping on the Delaware River is a summer day trip close to NYC but still feels like an adventure. You can enjoy some lazy Delaware River tubing (with a beer cooler in tow) or a more exhilarating experience like kayaking or whitewater rafting from NYC! Booking a river trip with us is as easy as booking the restaurant you’ll enjoy after your river day. Our trips include watercrafts, guides and round-trip transportation, so all you have to do is have a great time. 

Grab some oysters and rosé at Grand Banks

Does summer make you crave the sea? Enjoy the views and the tastes of the ocean with a bougie apps afternoon at Grand Banks. This upscale floating restaurant is aboard the historic wooden schooner, Sherman Zwicker. Enjoy romantic city skyline views, sustainably-farmed oysters and award-winning rosés for a perfect summer date or an afternoon with friends. 

Taste some top-rated pours with a Long Island wine tour

Did you know we have one of the top wine regions in the world, just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan? Long Island is full of award-winning vineyards that offer exceptional wines and gorgeous spots to sip and relax. On our Long Island Wine Tour From NYC, you can visit three highly-respected vineyards, learn about the region, and (of course) taste some fantastic wines. These tours come with round-trip transportation, so no drawing sticks on who has to be the designated driver!

Catch a foul ball at a Yankee game 

If you don’t go to a Yankees game, is it even summer in New York? A classic NYC summer activity of enjoying beer, hot dogs and America’s national pastime will be fun for MLB fans and baseball novices alike.  

Beat the heat with a brewery tour 

Beer lovers, this one’s for you! Grab your fellow hop-heads for a Hudson Valley brewery tour and learn from some of the most talented brew masters in NYC. You’ll be able to peek behind the bar counter with a production tour and have the experts walk you through a guided tasting. This NYC day trip takes the “casual summer afternoon beer” to an entirely new level. 

Embrace the city views from an elegant rooftop bar

You need to take advantage of the warm weather with this iconic NYC evening out. There are tons of rooftop bars scattered across the city, so whether you’re looking for casual-trendy or upscale-elegance, you’re sure to find a fantastic drink with a view. 

Take advantage of free events hosted at NYC parks

The only thing better than enjoying an NYC park? Enjoying a free event in an NYC park! The summer season is packed with free activities to enjoy, from outdoor classic movie nights to live classical music concerts. These events are perfect for a fun night on a budget. 

Get out of the city for a glamping trip

If you want to “get away from it all” without needing to sleep on the ground, a luxury glamping weekend is for you. You can find some all-inclusive tranquility in one of New York’s hidden-gem nature getaways! Sit around a campfire, play beach games and still feel like you have everything you need to be comfortable. 

We recommend Fort Tilden or Governors Island for the ultimate glamping experience!

Queens Night Market

When those evening food cravings hit hard, the Queen’s Night Market has your back. On summer Saturdays from 5pm to midnight, you can explore over 60 vendors and swap bites of fantastic food with friends. 

Enjoy a movie under the stars

A movie night, but make it New York! Outdoor movie nights at Seaport or Rooftop Cinema Club are the perfect mix of going out and staying in. So, bring blankets, get cozy and enjoy some classic films with friends!

Check out a free concert at Central Park’s SummerStage

Central Park is in full party mode all summer long with the Summerstage Festival series! With big names like Modest Mouse, Trombone Shorty and Rainbow Kitten Surprise, you can enjoy an entire season of excellent performances. 

Get cultured with a day of art

Museums offer an entrance to other worlds, and the city is full of inspiring museum experiences. But what if you want to see something new? 

The Storm King Art Center Day Trip takes you out of the city and into a beautifully-manicured outdoor museum experience. With round-trip bus transportation, your only job is to figure out what awe-inspiring installations you want to see first. 

With all of the unique NYC summer activities to discover, you are sure to fill up your social calendar. If you need help with recommendations, trip plans or escaping the city, reach out to our team! We’ll save you a seat on one of our many NYC summer activities.