It is no secret that there are plenty of things to do in New York. This vibrant city has so much to offer at any time of year, and summer is no exception. It’s perhaps one of the best times to enjoy some New York adventures. With daytime temperatures in the mid 80s and evening temperatures in the upper 60s, you don’t have to walk around with layers of clothing and fight bitter cold gusts of wind as you navigate the vast expanse of skyscrapers as you do in the winter. This comfortable touring weather is something to take advantage of, since you can travel lighter than usual for your adventures in Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs. Tours at all of the popular tourist sites are fun, but here are four simple activities off the beaten path that allow you to take advantage of the summer season—and are sure to offer memories of a lifetime.
1. Kayak the East River from Brooklyn Bridge Park
Sure, you can sightsee and take in the New York Harbor from miles of shoreline, but try flipping your view around. For a truly unique New York adventure in the summer, get out on the water and take in the city views from the East River by renting a kayak or stand-up paddle board (SUP) at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The days are warm, the water is nice and cool, and the breeze on your skin while kayaking and admiring the skyline that surrounds you will create an unforgettable experience that most tourists never encounter while visiting New York City. Just the beauty alone of the Brooklyn Bridge from an angle so few New Yorkers experience will be worth it. And the best part is there’s no traffic to dodge!
2. Spend the day at Coney Island
After a long day of kayaking on the East River, head down to Brooklyn to extend your New York adventures on Coney Island. This beachside destination is one of a kind and the epitome of outdoor recreation in New York. Relax on Coney Island’s beach with family and friends or stroll the boardwalk, which is packed with fun attractions, restaurants, and an amusement park, Who wouldn’t want to ride a ferris wheel or roller coaster on the beach? But if amusement rides aren’t your thing, that’s OK since the streets are packed with artists and local performances aimed to please. Did we mention the food? Coney Island is full of fun local restaurants and eateries, with something truly for everyone in your crew to enjoy, which is why it’s such a favorite with local New Yorkers.
3. Treetop adventure at the Bronx Zoo
We can bet you have never experienced New York like this. The treetop adventure at the Bronx Zoo is bound to be a top favorite among your New York adventures. This is not your average zoo experience. Instead, you can truly embrace the New York summer as you climb and zipline your way through the treetops and canopies of the Bronx Zoo. This fun unique option is probably not something you would expect to find in the concrete jungle of New York City, but finding unexpected adventures in New York City just like this is exactly what we want you to experience on your trip to New York.
4. Sail on a private yacht out of the Hamptons
After spending all this time outside getting exercise in these fun adventures, you will love the opportunity to kick back and relax on a private yacht. Head on over to the Hamptons and set sail on a private charter. This New York adventure is wrapped in luxury and will be sure to wow. It is the perfectly relaxing way to experience the beauty of the Hamptons, which is a the eastern end of Long Island. Enjoy a cocktail and watch the sunset from the deck of a private sailboat. Take in the views, breathe in the salty air, and experience for yourself exactly why the Hamptons and Shelter Island is such a popular summer destination for so many New Yorkers.
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Planning the logistics of your long-awaited New York adventure can seem like a daunting task, so let us take care of the details for you. We will put your mind at ease and provide the perfectly catered itinerary to leave lasting memories and smiles. Let us help you plan your next adventure in New York this summer.