Best NYC Summer Activities

Let's be honest, every year when the summer months roll around, you and your friends vouch to make this the best summer ever. However, if you're planning on residing in New York City this summer, let me be the first to tell you it's one of the hottest places to be. (No really, it's basically the Sahara Desert)

But don't sweat yet, because I'm here to rescue your steamy city weekends and make them not only tolerable but undoubtedly enjoyable. From ball parks, outdoor concerts, to laying poolside and rosé on a rooftop, these activities may just meet all of your summer expectations as well as inflict your weekend-get-away-Hamptons friends with some serious FOMO. 

photo courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler 

Cool-Off Poolside

Come July and let me tell you, the streets of NYC will emit more heat than your one bedroom Lower Eastside apartment. I highly suggest you invest in a reasonably priced pass permitting a dip in one of the cities hotel and rooftop pools. The mix of sun, drinks, and cute boys will have you lounging all day long.

photo courtesy of The William Vale 

Beach At Dream Downtown / $65 per day

The William Vale / $45 per day

The James New York / No-Cover weekend afternoon Jimmy pool party (starts at 3p.m)

La Piscine at Hôtel Americano / $40 per day 

Rosé All Day

PSA: It's officially time to start mentally preparing for the pale pink drink that's about to take over your Insta feed again. Yes ladies, it's rosé season. You may just be yearning to escape to the south of France this summer, but if you're stuck in the city you might as well get your drank on and savor the remaining days of heat and the pretty-to-look-at nectar.

photo courtesy of NY Food and Drink

Grand Bank 

Pier A Harbor House 

Little Prince 

Bar Veloce 

Brooklyn Crab

Le Bar

Play Ball

Believe it or not, you don't need to be a diehard fan to cheer on the Mets or Yankees this summer. In fact, no one will even judge you if you are clueless about the sport in general. (What's baseball?) Between the diet-cheat-worthy grub, the freshly cracked beers and a great view of ball-players in tight white pants, a night at Citi Field or Yankee Stadium surely belongs on your summer bucket list. 

photo courtesy of August Collection 

Mets at Citi Field

Yankees at Yankee Stadium

Gov Ball

Calling all festival lovers and NYC residents who weren't able to attend Coachella and experienced serious FOMO! Mark your calenders June 1st through the 3rd, the coveted dates of this year Governors Ball Music Festival. This years line up consists of Post Malone, Eminem, Travis Scott, Halsey as well as other top talent. Trust me, you won't want to miss this one. 

photo courtesy of 365 Music Festivals

Reserve your Gov Ball tickets

Get out on the River

I suppose the closest thing NYC residents will get to a beach this summer is the city's fresh-aired waterways. In fact, a little kayaking to escape the heat of the streets might not be such a terrible way to spend your Saturday. Choose between the Downtown Boathouse, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, Red Hook Boaters or Kayak Staten Island and take advantage of their free kayaking programs. 

 photo courtesy of Time Out

The Downtown Boathouse 

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boat house

Red Hook Boaters 

Kayak Staten Island

Drink on a Rooftop

If you are a Manhattanite the formula is simple. Sunny skies + hot weather = Rooftop bar and drinks. The season for summer drinks is upon us and NYC is the motherland of boozy things to do outside. This just happens to include some of the best rooftop bars in the world with Instagram-worthy views.  From LES hot spots, to some of the best hotel rooftops in the city, it's time to raise your glass! 

 photo courtesy of Culinary Agent

Gallow Green 

Le Bain

1 Rooftop Bar

Pod 39 Rooftop 

The Crown 

Bar Sixty Five at Rainbow Room


Mr. Purple

Hotel Hugo