Fun for Everyone in NYC
There’s nothing like summertime in the city. New York, in particular, keeps things cool and interesting for all adventure-lovers. From outdoor shows and dinos to tee-times and sailing in and around Manhattan, you’ll have quite the list of options to choose from. Here are our top five.
Sail boating in Central Park on the Conservatory Water
Now thru Oct; Mon-Thurs 11am-5pm, Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 1-7pm, Sunday 10am-6pm East 72nd Street Entrance, Central Park This tradition has taken place at “the model boat pond” in Central Park for over 130 years. Here, visitors can rent mini radio and wind-powered sailboats at Kerbs Memorial Boathouse located just east of the pond. Rentals cost $11 for 30 minutes, and while you’re there, you can take a peek (and photos) of the nearby beloved Hans Christian Anderson statue. Be sure to also soak up the surrounding beautiful landscape. Perfect for family time or date time.
Broadway in Bryant Park
July 7 thru August 4; See website for show times 40th St to 42nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves See your favorite Broadway and off-Broadway acts for free! A sampler lineup awaits you mid-summer, including chances to see (sing and dance, etc…to) Wicked, Chicago, Kinky Boots and Something Rotten! This is the perfect way to experience all that Broadway has to offer and can also be just right for kids who have a hard time sitting through an entire show.
Jazz Age Lawn Party, Governors Island
June 11 thru August 14, 11 am Governors Island; See directions and ferry schedule here. This nostalgic gem turns 10 years old this year. Get all dressed up in your finest 20s styles and enjoy Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra headlining an affair that’s straight out of The Great Gatsby. Enjoy a Charleston dance contest, a 1920s motorcar expo, tug-of-war, vintage portraits and dance lessons, as well as carnival games and prizes in the Kidland area. Ticket prices vary.
Mini Golf at Pier 25
Open daily, 10am-10pm N Moore Street and West Street, Tribeca The course is 13,000 square feet and has 18 holes, offering an array of terrain and special features, which include: a stream, a pond, a waterfall and footbridges plus sand traps and a cave. Afternoons are the busiest time, so getting there earlier is recommended. The price per game is $6, however children 13 and under pay $5 per game. Note: cash only.
‘Dinosaurs Among Us’ at American Museum of Natural History
Now thru Jan 2, 10am–5:45pm American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St Escape the heat and step into a cool, prehistoric world where “a very special group of dinosaurs evolved into the creatures we call birds today,” as the museum boasts. Fun and educational for all ages, the newest exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History is "Dinosaurs Among Us." There’s a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur named Yutyrannus Huali waiting for you and a rarely-seen collection of dinosaur fossils. Suggested donations: $22 (seniors and students $17, children 2–12 $12.50, children under 2 visit free). Special exhibits: $27 (seniors and students $22, children 2–12 $16, children under 2 visit free).