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The Top 5 Things to Do in NYC This Summer

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 theater to take in, which isn’t always a sure thing during what 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.


Once Upon a One More Time

Once Upon A One More Time

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.


Back to the Future

Back to the Future: The Musical

What’s better in summer than to catch one of the most iconic summer blockbusters adapted for the stage? Venture back in time and catch the award-winning Back to the Future: The Musical at the Winter Garden Theatre.

2. Summer Exhibits

There are other ways to take in art while staying out of the heat, with many exhibits and museums throughout the city.

Jane Krakowski in the Museum of Broadway. Photo by Emilio Madrid.
Jane Krakowski in the Museum of Broadway. Photo by Emilio Madrid.

Museum of Broadway

We’ll always recommend The Museum of Broadway. This summer is a great time to stop by due to the museum’s brand-new “All That Jazz: The Legacy of Chicago the Musical” exhibit. Created exclusively for The Museum of Broadway, the retrospective of Chicago‘s 26 years on Broadway directs 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.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Did you seek out all the best looks from the annual Met Gala last month, where stars galore walked 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 no time like the present. Plus, there are 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 the summer air, here are some events you can take in with the city buzzing all around you.

Broadway in Bryant Park

A summer tradition is Broadway in Bryant Park, which occurs weekly in July. Broadway’s best will entertain parkgoers with exciting lunchtime performances each Thursday. For a full schedule, head here.

Lincoln Center’s Summer in the City

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, Summer in the City events will take place from June 14 through August 12. To find out about all these events, visit the official Lincoln Center website here.

Shakespeare in the Park

The Public Theater continues its annual tradition of Shakespeare in the Park with its 61st season this summer. Hamlet, the first production of the season, will run from June 8 through August 6, and the second production, The Tempest, will run from August 27 through September 3. Find out more here.

4. Summer Drinks

Drinks Guide

The Ultimate Broadway Drinks Guide

Finding the perfect spot for drinks is just as important as finding the perfect restaurant.…

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Sometimes you just need to stop and get a drink in the heat of the summer. 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 see the iconic landmarks, there are plenty of tour options around the city.

Boat Tours

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.

Walking Tours

From food tours to ghost tours, there is 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

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.