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Trip List by bigred555

NYC in a summer weekend

26 May 2006  New York native
3.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

Ideas of what to see or do in NYC on a summer weekend

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island City
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Large groups, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Summer
  • 1. Times Square
    Times Square, New York City, New York

    If you're going to be here just for a weekend, why not experience it all in Times Square? The city is at your doorstep. Beware of sensory overload, especially at night.

  • 2. W Hotel in Times Square

    I can't think of a trendier or nicer place to stay in the heart of it all, Times Square. Service is impeccable, and the hotel is very classy. And to top it off, there is wonderful outdoor dining for a lovely summer's day.

  • 3. Harry's Water Taxi Beach

    I bet you didn't know that there was a "beach" so close to Manhattan! Located in Long Island City, Queens, Harry's Water Taxi Beach is an urban oasis just across the river from Manhattan. Hop on the New York Water Taxi (www.nywatertaxi.com) and you'll find the beach right next to the ferry stop. Food and drinks are very reasonably priced.

  • 4. Central Park
    Central Park, New York City, New York

    Where better to be in NYC than on a beautiful summer day? Frolick on the Great Lawn, suntan in Sheep's Meadow, take a row boat out at the Boathouse (and grab some great food there too), rent rollerblades and go skating, or get some exercise and jog around the park. If you're lucky, you'll be able to snag tickets to Shakespeare in the Park.

  • 5. Coney Island
    Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York

    Although it's in Brooklyn quite a distance from Manhattan, Coney Island is a must-see on a balmy summer's day. Coney Island is a great amusement park, New York-style. Ride the Cyclone, the oldest wooden roller coaster, take a spin on the Wonder Wheel, the ferris wheel with swinging cars, and grab a hot dog at world famous Nathan's. Take a stroll along the Boardwalk, dip your toes into the surf, and you'll forget you are even in NYC. Catch a Cyclones (minor league Mets) baseball game for only $5 while you're there.

  • 6. Yankee Stadium
    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

    If you're hankering for the major leagues, a Yankees game on a weekend afternoon is just about as perfect as you can get. Grab a beer and a hot dog and watch the Yankees win.

  • 7. Street Fair

    You can't miss one of NYC's ubiquitous street fairs if you are here for the weekend, when they're usually held. Different themes, different ethnicities, but all with great food and bargains.

  • 8. Bohemian Beer Garden

    The last remaining beer garden in NYC, you'll feel like you're in Europe when you're here. It's in Astoria, Queens, right over the river from Manhattan. It's worth the trip -- there's nothing like drinking under the stars. Lively bands will play on occasion.

  • 9. Paradou
    Paradou, New York City, New York

    One of the best spots for outdoor dining on a warm summer evening, this delicious French restaurant has a beautiful tropical garden where diners can eat without sitting elbow-to-elbow with fellow diners. Located in the trendy Meatpacking District.

  • 10. Hotel Gansevoort
    Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, New York City, New York

    A perfect way to cap off a summer's evening in the Meatpacking District is at the indoor/outdoor roof bar of the Hotel Gansevoort. This place oozes style and sleekness.

  • 11. Staten Island Ferry
    Staten Island Ferry, New York City, New York

    If you're only here for a weekend, there's not enough time to wait on line for the Statute of Liberty. To save time (and money), take the FREE Staten Island ferry, located adjacent to Battery Park in lower Manhattan, back and forth between Manhattan and Staten Island and gaze at Lady Liberty from the boat. Don't forget the binoculars!

  • 12. P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
    MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens

    This museum a must-see not only for those who love art, but also for those who don't. The contemporary art collection here will interest even the least artistic among us through its presentation of innovative exhibits via various media. This wouldn't have made my list for a summer's weekend in New York if it wasn't for the "Warm Up" dance parties every Saturday from July through early September. Thousands of people converge on P.S.1's courtyard to participate in one of the largest and most enjoyable dance parties I've ever been to.