- Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY
I would say a long weekend is NOT enough to get everything done in NYC. Everybody I know who has come to visit me (I live in NYC) has always said (no matter how long they stayed- 5 days to 2 weeks) that they wished they had more time. Being in NYC during the summer is a lot of fun but as PP said, it’s VERY hot most of the time and the city particularly gets very stifling. Things you’ll want to do:
– See a NYC Broadway show (there are sooo many good ones ALL the time)
– Top of the Rock and/or Top of the Empire State Building
– 9/11 Memorial
– NY Mets and/or NY Yankees baseball game (do NOT skip this. If possible, do both- stadiums and crowds and neighborhood that each one is in are SO different and SO much fun) (AND on my second read through of your post I see a PP mentioned this as an idea so yay for you PP! You won’t really find anything good in terms of football- college or otherwise- around this time in the city unfortunately. The US Open is LITERALLY the same subway stop as the NY Mets Citi Field- but they are in Queens as a heads up. You could easily take the railroad or the subway to get there.)
– Central Park and Bryant Park (Bryant Park is right next to the famous Main Branch of the NY Public Library, which recently reopened the Rose Main Reading Room… haven’t been yet as it opened last month but it is the BIG reading room where the scene from The Day After Tomorrow takes place… will be stopping by on our next visit to Bryant Park during their Winter Village in December and can let you know if it’s worth it. [Spoiler Alert- I’m pretty sure it will be!].)
– Museum of Natural History (even if you’re not interested in museums… this one is an absolute must)
– if you’re into museums in general, I’d say also stop by the MoMA (Modern Art)
– Smorgasburg (website obviously says closed for the season but you’ll be coming in July so you’ll be fine) (You could make this a Brooklyn excursion!)
– Go to a concert somewhere in NY, PREFERABLY at Jones Beach Nikon Theater. This is out on Long Island, but it’s an amazing venue. You could spend the day at Jones Beach (it’s an actual beach- my family abroad insists on always spending 1 day here no matter what) and then see a concert at night. In the summer there are a LOT of concerts lined up throughout the week so keep an eye on it to see who is there. There’s also Forest Hills Stadium that opened up again in the last 2 summers and has been attracting a lot of great talent. And, there’s usually concerts in Central Park as well if you’re looking to stay more local to Manhattan.
– The Bronx Zoo is HUGE and is an amazing place but it will need a whole day alone. The Central Park Zoo is nice as well but it is significantly smaller with a LOT less animals. If you’re looking for an experience in another borough I recommend the Bronx Zoo. (Side Note- Yankee Stadium is also in the Bronx so this isn’t your only Bronx excursion option lol)
– South Street Seaport and/or ferry to the Statue of Liberty- when I was little my parents used to take me here all the time and it was my favorite thing… there are a lot of amazing bars and quick places to grab a bite and music and more.
I’m sure if I sat down to think about it, there’s a thousand things I could add to this list. I’ll try and remember to come back to it but I’ve got to run an errand now. 🙂