Monday, May 1, 2017

The Ultimate New York City Bucket List: 26 Spring & Summer Activities in the Big Apple

I officially have just about a month left in New York City before I move back home to Connecticut, but you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be back and forth quite a bit for some of my favorite spring and summer pastimes.

In fact, aside from Christmastime, the warm months are the absolute best time to be out and about in New York as there is always something to do (both inside and outside) and the city is buzzing with excitement.

For that reason, I've compiled your ultimate NYC bucket list of places to go and activities to enjoy, some I have already done (and have to do again) and many that I hope to do, to make your upcoming city visits special.

Don't have a trip planned? Well, for what are you waiting?

☐ Visit the New York Botanical Gardens

☐ Ride bikes through Central Park
☐ Rent a paddleboat at Loeb Boathouse in Central Park
☐ Buy tickets to see a New York Yankees or Mets game (Yankees are better)
☐ Sip on a Loopy Pop cocktail at the Conrad Hotel's Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar
☐ Eat all you can at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn
☐ Walk the High Line
☐ Cross the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan to Brooklyn and back (or vice versa)
☐ Go bar hopping in each of the five boroughs
☐ Shop 'til you drop at the Brooklyn Flea Market
☐ Rush a Broadway show
☐ Take a ferry to Governor's Island
☐ Picnic in Central Park (or Prospect Park, or any of the parks)
☐ Visit the Bronx, Central Park, or Prospect Park Zoo
☐ Spend the day at Coney Island
☐ Enjoy a dinner cruise out of Chelsea Piers
☐ Get moving at an outdoor fitness class
☐ Experience the joy of Wowfulls
☐ Mini-golf at the pier
Rollerblade in Central Park

Go kayaking in the Hudson River

Watch a movie outdoors
Spend the day at Rockaway Beach

Buy your produce at a local farmers market
Ride in a hot air balloon
Take in the scenery at The Met Cloisters

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Have other suggestions? Comment below with your favorite warm-weather activity to do in NYC.

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  1. Love all these! I personally love summer in NYC -- so quiet with most of the people away. Govenors Island is my fave of the batch. I also love taking advantage of summer streets -- when Park Avenue is blocked off for 3 Saturdays in August. It's perfect for running or biking without having to worry about traffic.

    kaylainthecity.com

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    1. Ah! I never knew Park Ave was blocked off some Saturdays in August! I will definitely be checking that out! Thanks for reading, Kayla!

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  2. This is great! I will be saving some of these ideas for when we go visit new York. Thanks!

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much for reading!! I'm so glad it was helpful for you! When will you be visiting NYC?

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  3. What a great list!! I've only been able to see New York City from a plane and the airport. It's time I step out into the city and enjoy some of the things you mentioned!

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    1. Yes! NYC is definitely a must-see! I hope you end up visiting soon, Kristi! If you do, let me know what you do and how you enjoy it :)

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  4. I love love love this list! This just made me miss living in New York City so much! I have done almost all of these but there are a few activities I didn't know about! Thank you SO much for sharing! I already bookmarked :)
    Love from Austria,
    Theresa

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    1. Yay! I'm so excited to hear that it was helpful! Thanks so much for reading and bookmarking, Theresa! What is Austria like? I would LOVE to travel there one day. xo

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  5. I love this list! I went to NYC for a week and I loved walking along the high line! Such a unique park!

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    1. Hi Julie! I am so thrilled to hear you had a great experience in NYC! It's such an incredible city, I love it so much! Where are you from?

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  6. this is such a great list - can you believe i've never been to Coney Island - I feel like I have to get there eventually!

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    1. Ah! Coney Island is really something special! A huge tourist attraction, but definitely something worth experiencing at least ONCE! Definitely a fun summer trip. I hope you get there one day! Thanks so much for reading, Hal!

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  7. I've done many of these but pinning to try to finish up the list next time I'm in NY!

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    1. I love checking things off my New York City bucket list! It's so fun! I'm thrilled to hear you've experienced some of these. Let me know what you end up doing the next time you come to NY! :) Thanks so much for reading, Sarah!

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  8. I won a trip to NYC a couple of years ago, but it was only for 3 nights. I saw some of the things you listed, but definitely want to go back to see more!

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    1. Oh wow! What a trip to win! That's so fabulous! What did you end up doing? Are there particular activities you would do first if you were to come back? Thanks so much for reading, Willow!! (Your name is beautiful, by the way!)

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  9. You have quite an amazing list here, be sure to ask a New Yorker their favorite place, the real one, not the one they tell most people and you will get so many amazing options to add for another trip!

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    1. Hi Julie! I lived in New York for 5 years while in college and just after, so this is a list of some of my favorites! Thanks for reading!

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  10. I recently did a blog post on this. There are so many fun things to do from movies on rooftops to dancing on the park to chilling in the pool.

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    1. It's so true! It really is what makes NYC so special :) I would love to see your recent post! Can you send me the link? Thanks so much for reading!

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  11. I love this post! Who needs a Fodor's travel guide when we have this awesome list of things to do and see in NY City. I hope to visit the East Coast and NY sometime next summer. I'll refer to your checklist and make sure I soak in all the special things The Big Apple has to offer. :-)

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  12. Aaaah, this list sounds like so much fun! Can't wait for my next trip! X

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