Exploring New York City as a Family in the Summer

For many families, summer is the season to take long trips together and explore exciting new destinations. The US offers many great destinations and one of the most popular is New York City. This world-class city is home to museums, restaurants, entertainment venues, sports stadiums, and many other exceptional places to visit. Whether you are staying for a weekend or for several weeks, summer in New York City is an exceptional time to visit.

Parks and Other Public Green Spaces

New York City is famous for its many beautiful parks. Perhaps the most famous of these public green spaces is Central Park. This expansive site offers visitors many free and low-cost diversions to enjoy throughout June, July, and August. These are just a few of the things that you can do in Central Park:

  • Biking, walking, and jogging
  • Take a guided tour to discover the nature, landmarks, art, forts, and other features of the Park
  • Visit the Central Park Zoo
  • See the Alice in Wonderland statues and other beautiful landmarks
  • Let children explore the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center and historic carousal

Central Park is not the only NYC park with plenty to do in the summer time. Free movies are screened in parks across the city. Enjoy the cool breeze while taking in classic dramas, comedies, and action flicks. Movies can be found playing at Bryant Park, Central Park, Riverside Park South, Prospect Park Bandshell, Socrates Sculpture Park, and several other locations.

Holidays All Season Long

Summer is a season with many holidays and New Yorkers know how to celebrate with the best. Independence Day (July 4th) is commemorated with numerous public fireworks displays. One of the most impressive include the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, which are launched off the Brooklyn Bridge. Savvy visitors can book river cruises for the evening of July 4th and so take in an unobstructed view of several different municipal firework displays. Concerts and streets also take place during this holiday.

Memorial Day is another special day in New York City. This important occasion is observed with numerous parades. Several cultural venues, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, are open during Memorial Day weekend to hold special events. A free Memorial Day concert by the New York Philharmonic is held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Parades and Other Cultural Events

Given the long daylight hours and the many summer holidays, parades are a frequent occurrence in New York City. In addition to Memorial Day and Independence Day parades, visitors can also enjoy the Puerto Rico Day parade, Gay Pride parade, and Labor Day parade.

Summer is a great time to visit Rockaway Beach and Coney Island. These destinations can be especially crowded on weekends, but weekends are also the time when many exciting events are scheduled. The Museum Mile Festival highlights many of the city’s most important cultural institutions and Shakespeare in the Park is an annual series of shows that draws enthusiastic crowds.

Guided walking tours, bike tours, and bus tours are also great things to do in NYC. This way you can discover summer destinations of your very own. No matter how long you stay, you and your family will make memories to last a lifetime.

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