Summer is here at last, so break out the sunscreen and get ready to take on New York City!
1. Summer on Broadway
This summer, there is so much new theatre to take in, which isn’t always a sure thing in the season that is considered theater’s “off-season.” Take advantage of this exciting new slate of shows, all inside air-conditioned buildings perfect for a hot summer day.
Heading to the city with your group of friends? Stop by the Marquis Theatre to catch this new musical that weaves the chart-topping hits of the undisputed princess of pop, Britney Spears, into a brand-new kind of fairy tale!
What’s better for the summer than to catch one of the most iconic summer blockbusters adapted for the stage into the award-winning Back to the Future: The Musical. Venture back in time by stopping by the Winter Garden Theatre.
2. Summer Exhibits
There’s other ways to take in art while staying out of the heat, with many exhibits and museums throughout the city.
We’ll always recommend The Musuem of Broadway and this summer is a great time to stop by due to the Musuem’s brand new ALL THAT JAZZ: The Legacy of Chicago the Musical exhibit. Created exclusively for The Museum of Broadway, this will be a retrospective of Chicago‘s 26 years on Broadway with a special focus on the iconic production photography and ad campaigns throughout the years. Guests can get a closer look at artifacts, stunning costumes, and even feel like they’re a part of the show in an exclusive photo activation. ALL THAT JAZZ: The Legacy of Chicago the Musical will open to the public on June 30, 2023.
Did you seek out all the best looks at this year’s Met Gala last month, with stars galore walking up the iconic steps? Well you can go there yourself this summer! If you’ve been meaning to cross The Met off your bucket list, there’s not time like the present! Plus, there’s plenty of exhibits opening over the course of this season to make the trip extra special.
3. Summer Outdoor Events
If you’re ready to bask in that summer air, here’s some events you can take in with the city buzzing all around you.
Broadway in Bryant Park
A summer tradition now is Broadway in Bryant Park, which occurs weekly this year in the month of July. Broadway’s best will parkgoers, whether its professionals stopping by during lunch or excitied tourists catching all the Broadway they can, exciting performances each Thursday. For a full schedule, head here.
Lincoln Center’s Summer in the City
If you’re looking for more outdoor entertainment, Lincoln Center has you covered. This summer Lincoln Center invites New Yorkers to come together for hundreds of events with thousands of artists celebrating the cultural communities of NYC. Now in its second year, events will take place from June 14 through August 12. To find out about all these events, visit the official Lincoln Center website here.
Sometimes you just need to stop and get a drink in the heat of the summer. Here’s some of our favorite finds in midtown, from Tony winner Alex Newell’s personal favorite Glass House Tavern to Hurley’s Saloon. Find these and more in our ultimate drinks guide here.
5. Summer Exploration
If you’re coming to New York City and want to take advantage of the summer weather, not having to trudge through snow or storms to get the iconic tourist landmarks, there are plenty of tour options around the city.
One of the best ways to experience the NYC skyline is on a boat! There are many options out there, including the Circle Line and City Experiences tours. The NYC Ferry, operated by the city, costs just $4 per ride.
From food tours to ghost tours, there are a slew of ways to see the city on foot. For the theater fans out there, Broadway Up Close offers walking tours of Broadway. There are even themed tours for everything from Sex and the City to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Bus tours are great for large groups and tourists who may not be up for boating or walking. You can get tickets for bus tours at any major tourist area in the city, including Times Square. Many of these tours will allow you to hop on and off the bus as you move through the city.
Last updated and effective as of January 14, 2019
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