Beating the heat in New York City is a quest all city-dwellers take on during the summer months. And, it’s one we seem to never be ready for.
Additionally, it looks like New York City is going to be very warm for the rest of the month.
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That means on your time off - whether you work in an air-conditioned office or in a hot kitchen - you’ve got to find something to do that allows you to enjoy the weather while not wasting away.
Summer in NYC
During the summer, it gets hot in NYC. While that’s no surprise, the amount of activities geared toward summer residents and visitors are anything but lacking.
Public pools are open, outdoor concerts are a-plenty, and nighttime activities are all the rage to avoid the sun. Plus, many public buildings are open longer for the students that are roaming the streets - many of which are air-conditioned.
Here are some ideas for things to do in New York to beat the heat for the remainder of the summer.
Summer Activities in NYC
This list of summer activities to do in NYC range from the free and cheap to great things to make a summer night special. Have you tried one of these before? Leave a comment below!
Visit the Brooklyn Bridge at Night
Any time of day the Brooklyn Bridge is a sight to behold. But, at night the lights come on, making the scene a truly magical and dreamy atmosphere.
Grab a friend and take a nighttime stroll down the bridge. At just over one mile long, it’s a short walk that’s long enough for good conversation and some truly stunning pictures of the city.
The New York Public Library
From Monday through Saturday, the library is open until 5:45 p.m. Many people love to get their summer reading on, and there’s no better place to do it than in one of the greatest libraries in the world.
The air conditioning makes sitting for hours much more comfortable than you may be able to at home. Also, the inside of the NYPL is absolutely stunning - consider it a feast for the eyes, about as inspiring as the book you are reading!
Take a High Rise
Everyone knows that high up any amount of heat gives way to lower air pressure and lower temperatures.
Consider taking a tour of the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty. The temperatures at the top will be lower, and there’s almost always a strong, healthy breeze that will cool you off. It’s also fair to mention that the views are absolutely spectacular! Enjoy the best selfies you’ll take all summer!
Jump in the Pool!
All of New York City’s public pools are open and ready for business.
Public pools are great ways to cool off, and meet new friends! If you can avoid peak hours toward the beginning and the end, you can enjoy a great cooling dip without all the hustle and bustle.
Take a Waterside Adventure
There’s nothing like seeing the NYC skyline from the Hudson River. From that perspective, you can truly understand just how massive the city and the skyscrapers that call it home truly are.
Taking a waterside tour with New York Harbor Tours is the best way to see New York City from the water. With expert captains and in-depth explanations of all the sights, this tour is great for visitors and residents alike who are trying to beat the heat this summer! You can purchase a single ticket starting at $90 per person, or book a private charter.