The 7 Things You Must Do in NYC This Summer

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Who says you have to head to the shore to enjoy the summer? With the season winding down, you may want to squeeze every last bit of summer fun into the last few warm weather weekends. So, whether you’re staycationing or are just looking for summer fun in the city, there are endless options just across the river to add to your summer bucket list. Check out these seven must-do activities in NYC this summer!

Take a Cruise on the Spirit Cruise Lines

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It’s easy to take our gorgeous views of the Hudson and skyline for granted – but it’s an entirely different vantage point when you’re ON the Hudson. To take in every inch the isle of Manhattan has to offer – book a Spirit Cruise. Docked nearby at Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken and Chelsea Piers, there are both Spirit of New York and Spirit of New Jersey options to choose from. For a full evening of fun on the sea, we love the dinner cruise option which includes a 2.5-3 hour cruise around the river, dinner buffet, entertainment, and more {with cocktail, wine and beer at the cash-bar – yaaaas!}. With climate control decks and casual fun vibes including a life-size jenga board, live music, AND a shuffleboard game on deck – it’s the perfect way take in the city from a new point of view.

Have a Cocktail at the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar

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Speaking of views, this one-of-a-kind rooftop bar at the top of the Conrad New York has unbelievable panoramic views of the city and-wait for it– a one of a kind Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktail {among many others!} With rotating flavors of Peoples Pops ice-pops added to Rose’ or Prosecco, and handcrafted cocktails, you can savor all that city summers offer while sipping sweet and cool treats. Also offering standard small plates including Marinated Mediterranean Olives and a traditional charcuterie plate, it’s the perfect mid-day or happy hour spot {open at noon every day, closing at midnight on weekdays and 1AM Fri. + Sat}.

Go to Rumsey Playfield at Central Park

Located near the 69th St. and 5th Ave. entrance, this section of Central Park is home to Good Morning America’s summer concert series and annual SummerStage events. With performances running from May through September, it’s the perfect spot to catch some tunes with your friends and enjoy the little slice of heaven in the middle of the metropolis. Check out all events here.

Go to a Yankees or Mets Baseball Game

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Photo: Instagram @yankees

Yankees or Mets? We don’t have to get into that here. Whether you’re a die hard fan or are just looking for a day out at the ballpark – be sure to catch a game of America’s favorite past time. Regardless of your Bronx or Queens destination, each stadium is only a short{ish} subway ride away from midtown and the lines are also easily accessible from the PATH too {score!}. With bleacher seats available for pretty cheap, grab your besties, throw on your team spirit {and some sunscreen} and take yourselves out to the ballgame for a fun-filled NYC day.

Walk The High Line

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Photo: Instagram @highlinenyc

Elevated above the city on an old NYC Railroad is The High Line, a 1.45 mile-long public urban park spanning Gansevoort Street through Chelsea. Open every day from 7AM to 10PM this summer, The High Line is full of artistic attractions, gorgeous views of the Hudson, spaces to kick back and relax, and even telescopes and space for stargazing on summer evenings through October. With a jam-packed summer events program, too, a visit to the High Line is the perfect way to spend a summer day, or night.

Give Your Regards to Broadway

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Photo: Instagram @tkts

Living in such close proximity to The Great White Way, everyone should take advantage of what Broadway has to offer. With endless options and tons of show times and styles to choose from – the best {and economical} way to catch a show is to take advantage of TKTS! Currently operating four discount ticket booths throughout the city {Times Square, South Street Seaport, Downtown Brooklyn and a Lincoln Center pop up!} you can get same-day {and sometimes next-day} tickets to Broadway and Off Broadway productions at 20-50% off box office prices. While we can pretty much guarantee you won’t be able to snag Hamilton tickets here, it’s the perfect way to save a bit of money and experience all that Broadway has to offer.

Be a {SERIOUS} Tourist

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Photo: Instagram @timessquarenyc

Yes – you heard it correctly. Instead of getting aggravated at the slow moving tourist crowds in Times Square, on the double decker busses and at nearly every other major NYC attraction you typically avoid – embrace it! {Just for a day, of course.} Ride on top of the CitySights bus and listen to all the history the city across the river has to offer. Hop off and explore spots you’ve never really considered before, and then hop right back on to continue the tour. The M&M factory, Dave & Busters, Madame Tussauds, Ripley’s, The Ride, and much more are all silly, cheeky tourist attractions that can be tons of fun! {Just don’t take any photos with those Elmo’s or cowboys – save that for the real tourists.}

Where’s your favorite NYC summer destination and activity? Share with us in the comments or on Insta @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl!

 


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Erin is a freelance writer and lives in Hoboken with her husband and daughter. A proud Jersey Girl, she grew up in Central New Jersey but always had a love for Hudson County, with her father having grown up in Jersey City, and her grandfather proudly worked at Maxwell House for decades. Her words have been featured across many outlets including BRIDES, Allure, TeenVogue, The Today Show, Byrdie, and more. Erin also owns local Etsy shop GrandeGifts, and in her spare time can be found binging on all things Bravo.