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New York City Summer Bucket List for Your Best Summer Ever

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With the beginning of August here and the end up summer coming sooner than I would like, it’s time to think about what’s on my New York City Summer Bucket List.

The New York City Summer Bucket List is everything I want to do in New York before the summer officially closes and fall appears.

Living in New York and not on the west coast in warm climates, means that there are actual seasons here. Which means summer officially comes to an end during Labor Day Weekend. I only have one month to accomplish everything on my New York City Summer Bucket List and I want to make sure that I don’t miss a thing.

New York City Summer Bucket List

Go to the beach.

Waiting for the New York City Ferry

Can any summer be complete without making a beach trip?¬† Plus, now with the new NYC Ferry, you can take a boat ride to Rockaway Beach. And the ferry even has rose on tap. It’s a good, short escape out of the city and into the ocean.

Have a picnic at Central Park.

Central Park

This is just classic New York. Pack up a blanket, a picnic and a bottle of wine, or even just pick up a picnic basket at a nearby restaurant and settle into Sheep’s Meadow for your best summer ever.

Go for a sailing dinner on North Shore Lobster Boat.

Sailing dinner cruise around Manhattan, that sounds nice. Plus, it has lobster. What could be more East Coast summer than lobster and sailing?

Have rooftop drinks.


New York City is full of rooftop bars. Summer is the perfect time to find one with amazing views and amazing cocktails.

Watch an outdoor movie in the park.

What’s better than watching When Harry Met Sally in Bryant Park under the stars?

Go to a restaurant participating in Restaurant Week.

Restaurant Week happens twice a year here and hundreds of restaurants participate. What better time to try a fancy restaurant that would otherwise break the bank? Beauty & Essex, Catch NYC, The Clocktower, Club A Steakhouse, Jue Lan Club, Layfayette, Mr. Chow New York, Nobu, and Red Rooster are just a few restaurants that are participating this summer.

Participate in Summer Streets.

Every summer, New York City closes down streets to cars to open them up for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn Bridge

This is something I think everyone should do. The bridge is amazing to see up close and in person. It is full of history and beautiful weather makes for an amazing walk across the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge also has spectacular views of Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Plus, the Brooklyn Bridge Park is beautiful and once you cross the bridge you can ride the waterfront carousel or grab a drink along the river.

Go to Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park.

Arguably one of the hardest tickets to get all summer. The tickets are free but you still have to wait in line and beat the crowds to be able to attend the show that night. The production is one of the best in the city and a quintessential New York City summer bucket list activity.

Take a stroll along the Hudson River Park.

View from pier of Hudson River Park

The Hudson River Park is on the other side of Manhattan. There are plenty of piers, grassy areas, playgrounds and even a bike path along this park. It’s relaxing and there are even a few restaurants that offer amazing views and outdoor seating.

Go to a Yankees game.

Yankees Game


Nothing says summer like baseball.

Go to Coney Island.

This is still one place in New York that I have not yet been. Famous for Nathan’s hot dogs and the Cyclone, this one is a must.

Go sailing around the Statue of Liberty.

Statue of Liberty

Boats offer the best views of the Statue of Liberty and what better way to see it than under the sun on a beautiful New York day?

Host a Summer Soiree.

Especially if you are lucky enough to have any amount of outdoor space in terms of either a rooftop or a backyard. Everyone loves a little time in the sun and it can be the perfect opportunity to break out that cheeseboard or make a summer chili if you want something more substantial.

Go rowing in the lake at Central Park.

Rent a rowboat for a couple of hours. Get some sun, some excercise and an unbeatable view of The Boathouse and other New York City icons.


What’s on your NYC summer bucket list? What have you already crossed off and what are you most excited to do?

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