Summer is finally here and there is no better place to be than New York City. This time of year, the city is bustling with activities, but where do you even begin?! Look no further: We have the best things to do this summer in NYC.
SEE A BROADWAY SHOW
New York City is home to some of the greatest entertainment in the world. Take a trip to the theatre to soak in a musical, and enjoy the AC while you watch! Broadway Direct will always direct you to the official source of tickets for every show. See the full list of shows playing on Broadway.
Looking for last minute tickets? Many shows now have online lotteries where you can enter for a pair of tickets to a show. Check out what is available through Broadway Direct HERE.
VISIT AN EXHIBIT
Looking for a way to escape the summer heat? Pop into one of the many exhibits and museums the city has to offer. Some are even free to the public.
Hilary Knight’s Stage Struck World
Many may be familiar with Hilary Knight’s work from the children’s book Eloise. His art has also been featured on many well known theatrical posters. Be sure to stop by the New York Public Library for Performing Arts to view this comprehensive exhibit, perfect for any theater fan. Click HERE for more information.
This may be the most Instagram-worthy exhibit in New York City right now. Just steps from Times Square, this attraction will transport you to a world of miniatures, from NYC to the Taj Mahal. Click HERE for more information.
When in doubt, grab a bite to eat. Below are some of our favorites in and around the Theatre District.
Located near Times Square, this NY pizza restaurant is perfect for families and tourists.
This is the cookie shop in the Theatre District. Grab a cookie before or after your play. And keep an eye out for Broadway stars who frequent the bakery.
Ample Hills at Gotham West Market
If you are looking for a stroll, this ice cream shop is worth it! Located in Gotham West Market on 11th Avenue, this local shop offers delicious flavors such as Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Coffee Toffee Coffee.
NYC PUBLIC SPACES
New York City has many public spaces, from historic transportation hubs to beautiful parks. Below are our favorites.
Grand Central Station
This New York hub is home to more than just trains. Step inside to do some shopping or check out the food hall to grab a meal. Looking for a classic New York meal? Dine at the Grand Central Oyster Bar and feel like you are stepping onto the set of Mad Men.
A must-see for any visitor. Our favorite locations in the park are the Conservatory Garden, Bethesda Fountain, Conservatory Water and the iconic Sheep Meadow.
You simply cannot visit New York City without visiting Times Square. With more than 130 million visitors annually, it is truly the crossroads to the world.
TAKE A TOUR
Seeing everything in New York City in one trip can seem overwhelming. A great way to catch a lot is to take a tour. NYC has boat, walking, and bus tours for all tourists.
A great way to see the beautiful NYC skyline is by boat. There are many options out there, including the Circle Line and the Beast speedboat tours. Insider tip: If you catch the IKEA ferry on the weekends, you can get a free ride!
From food tours to ghost tours, there is a slew of walking tours in the city. For the theater fans out there, New York Tour 1 offers walking tours of Broadway.
Bus tours are great for large groups and the tourist who may not be up for water or walking. You can get tickets for bus tours at any major tourist area in the city, including Times Square.