Summer is a fantastic time of year to visit New York City. Not only is the weather lovely, but there are a number of (mostly free!) activities that are available exclusively in the summer months. Our New York City Summer Guide lists some of our favorite summer activities and options for visitors as well as locals.
NYC Weather in the Summer
If visiting the city during the summer months, be sure to pack appropriately! Depending on where you are coming from, New York City weather may be hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers happening often. Below are our weather
Tip: If you aren’t here during the summer months to catch some of these free live gigs, (Tip: If you are looking for great free musical performances, don’t forget that New York City has some of the best subway musicians, buskers and performers. Our post about Where to find New York City Street Performers and Subway Music will lead you to right to them!)
Check Out New York City Beaches — Most people don’t necessarily think of the beach when they think of New York City, but there are some decent options for those looking to escape the urban jungle and go for a swim, especially the famed (if crowded) Coney Island.
Experience a Rooftop Bar in NYC — New York has one of the most iconic skylines in the world, and what better way to appreciate it than from a rooftop bar during a warm evening in July!
Explore the High Line — This unique park was once an elevated railroad line, but has since been converted into park that weaves through the rooftops of the city. As with Central Park, we offer many tours of the High Line, including a regular, daytime High Line tour, a Dark Side of the High Line tour, and a self-guided tour.
Visit Governors Island — Governors Island is particularly nice in the summertime. We suggest you get there early and rent bikes to explore — especially as bike rentals are FREE from 10am-noon during the weekdays.