New York City is the city that never sleeps. It’s also the hardest-working city during the day. People who live here have a love of hard work, and a love of hard play, who things NYC has plenty of to go around.

Whether you’re ready for an adventure on the water, thousands of feet in the air, or through the maze of the city’s boroughs, New York City has plenty to do for summer that takes advantage of warmer temperatures and beautiful outdoor scenes.

Here’s a list of our favorite things to do for summer in New York City. Let us know what your favorite outdoor activities are!

1. Ziplining at Governor’s Island

If you want an exciting getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City, take a $2 ferry to Governors Island, just outside the city for a breaktaking zipline excursion!

Run by Adventures At Governors Island, the zipline gives you one of the best views of Manhattan possible. Along with ziplining, Adventures at Governors offers tons of outdoor activities for all kinds of adventuring spirits.

2. Take a Day-Long Getaway at Coney Island

The stuff of romantic stories and a great old-time getaway for generations of old, Coney Island is a veritable oceanside park great for the warmer weather.

Whether you hit the carnival, or get yourself one of the destination’s iconic Coney Island Hot Dogs, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. You’ll also appreciate the ample backdrops for your next breathtaking selfie!

3. New York Harbor Tours

If you love the Big Apple, seafaring, and history, then look no further than New York Harbor Tours. Designed for intimate groups of no more than six passengers, you’ll cruise along the Hudson River and other waterways taking in the best sights New York has to offer.

From the Statue of Liberty to the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll gain a breathtaking perspective of the more iconic parts of New York’s history.

Also, if you’re in town for the 4th of July, experience the wonder of one of the world’s greatest fireworks displays [1] from the sea!

4. Take on Central Park

Central Park is a massive outdoor paradise, a true treasure of the New York City entertainment ecosystem. No trip to New York is complete without experiencing the grandeur of Central Park. 

There’s tons of companies that offer guided tours of the park. We suggest this route because, plainly put, almost every square foot of the park is rife with history and fun facts.

5. Get on the Horse!

If you’ve ever been to New York, you’ve definitely seen another iconic sight—horse-drawn carriages. There’s perhaps no better way to see the more beautiful parts of the city in an intimate and novel way than a horse-drawn carriage.

There are tons of companies that offer horse-drawn tours. Whether you book ahead, or happen upon a tour while on the move, you’re sure to find a service that’ll take you around the block a few times.



See the sights from the deck of your own private boat tour with New York Harbor Tours.

We offer boat tours for up to 6 people starting at just $90 per person with pickups available in Manhattan, Brooklyn and New Jersey.  


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