14 Things To Do In NYC When It’s Warm Outside

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It’s been a long winter. Although it’s technically springtime, it still feels like the warm weather is nowhere in sight. We have gotten a tease of it over the past few weeks, but it never seems to want to stay. We’re hoping it’ll be here for good quickly so we can take advantage of all the city has to offer over the next couple of months.

Once the weather warms up, the possibilities of things to do in NYC, both outdoors and indoors, are endless. From rooftop bars to outdoor street fairs, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best ways to take advantage of NYC in the spring and summertime. Don’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen!

Stop and smell the flowers at Sakura Matsuri: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival is known as “New York City’s rite of spring”. This year’s will be held on Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29 from 10 AM to 6 PM. The festival features 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

Museum Hop: While everyone else is out in the Hamptons, it’s a great time to check out usually crowded museums like the American Museum of Natural History, the Whitney and the Met.

Hang on the High Line: The 1.45 mile-long park stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to the northern edge of the West Side Yard on 34th Street near the Javits Convention Center (right near Webster!) Every year the Friends of the High Line create various fun activities and attractions for the  public ranging from walking tours to live performances such as dance parties or poetry festivals.

Become a regular at your local farmers market: From Fort Greene to the Bronx, there are plenty of stellar outdoor gatherings of local and organic vendors in town. Rather than lose your sanity in weekend Trader Joe’s lines, head to your local market and smell the fresh fruits, veggies and flowers.

Set sail on the most delicious cruise ever: North River Lobster Company takes you on a trip down the Hudson while you munch lobster rolls. What could be better than that?

Grab Some Ice Cream: Ice cream and warm weather go hand-in-hand. Seize the day and check out one of NYC’s hottest ice cream trends.

Museum Mile Festival: The annual festival will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 6 PM to 9 PM on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 105th Street. The festival offers the public free admission to many of the museum’s finest art collections + a bunch of fun outdoor activities. For more information, visit their official website.

Who doesn’t love a street fair? Whether you’re saving your cash for Smorgasburg, Crafts on Columbus or the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, you’re guaranteed to leave with a full belly and bags of rare tchotchkes, jewelry and bizarre creations.

Hit the beach: Take a daytrip to Jacob Riis Park – it’s accessible by public transportation and way less crowded than nearby Coney Island. 

And while you’re down the shore, take a surfing lesson at Locals Surf School on Rockaway Beach–it’s the only beach in NYC that lets you ride waves!

Go ziplining at Governors Island: Governors Island already has an impressive playground (including slides for adults), but the landmark’s Adventures zone—a destination for recreational entertainment— makes summer in NYC extra fun.

Shakespeare in the Park: Founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and held at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Shakespeare in the Park performs William Shakespeare’s greatest plays for free! Free tickets will be given out either at the Delcorte Theater on a first-come-first-serve basis, through an online lottery or going standby.

Enjoy Lunch With a View: Food always tastes better outside, right? Warm weather is the perfect excuse to take lunch outdoors. Find some restaurant inspiration by checking out Zagat’s list of NYC’s best outdoor dining.

And lastly, drink outdoors. Whether on a rooftop or a docked ship, here is Time Out’s full list of the best places to get your drink on in the warm weather. NYC offers plenty of options! 😉

For a full list of fun events happening daily, all around the city, check out EventBrite’s weekly calendar!

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