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Summer Activities in NYC

The Benjamin Hotel has created a curated list of fun Summer Activities in New York City for you to discover with family and friends.

Van Gogh Exhibit

Take in the largest, Van Gogh Exhibit in the world at Pier 36 in NYC. Encounter art in a completely new way with this once-in-a-lifetime immersive experience that will be showcasing Van Gogh’s iconic paintings. This is definitely an exhibit not to be missed.

The Met Cloisters

The Cloisters, also known as the Met Cloisters located in Fort Tryon Park, is the perfect day escape this summer. Roam the halls with fascinating exhibits from the European medieval art and architecture period, with a focus on the Romanesque and Gothic periods.

Broadway is Back

Broadway is back and better and we cannot wait for the glittering lights to be lit up again in NYC. Starting August 4th “Pass Over,” will be Broadway’s first show to run, followed by the returns of “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Hamilton” slated for September 14th. Get ready to reserve your tickets now.

VOYEUR: A Parisian Theatrical Immersive Experience

Enjoy an interactive and immersive theatrical experience, as you will be guided through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting you into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris.

Mini Golf in NYC

Play Manhattan’s only outdoor 18-hole mini golf course with the family! Take in city skyline views of downtown NYC and than enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants in Tribeca.

City Winery

Experience nightly concerts at City Winery’s new flagship location at Pier 57. Enjoy wine, great food and amazing music while taking in views of the Hudson River.

The Greens at Pier 17

Ultimate outdoor dining retreat, The Greens, returns – and things are looking up! This summer deserves its own rooftop moment so come dine your own socially distanced mini lawn or patio table with unrivaled Lower Manhattan skyline views.

Harry Potter Flagship Store

Visit the world’s largest Harry Potter store located in the Flatiron District. Across the store, there will be 15 different themed areas as well as a number of photo opps inside and of course Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts merch to take home.

Bryant Park: Picnic Performances

Enjoy the return of Picnic Performances at Bryant Park with twenty-five live and in-person music, dance, and theater events produced in partnership with a diverse and storied lineup of New York City’s performing arts institutions.

Bronx Zoo

Check out the wildlife and exotic animals at the Bronx Zoo. With so much outdoor space and exhibitions, you can spend hours exploring.

Belvedere Castle

Located in Central Park, explore this hidden gem tucked away with a spiral staircase to live out your fairy tale fantasies. Kids will love it, plus enjoy breathtaking Central Park and city views from the multiple levels of the castle.

Bryant Park

A great spot to relax and catch your breath after exploring Midtown. This park is situated right next to the New York Public Library and close to Grand Central Station. Let your kids ride the famous Carousel and after enjoy a nice walk around the park.

Color Factory

Brighten up your day with a visit the the Color Factory! View exciting exhibitions and immersive experiences in this over the top colorful sensation.

High Line

Walk the high line along the west side in New York City. Take in water views of the Hudson River while also immersing yourself in history and art along the way.

Brookfield Place

Shop to you drop and than enjoy an al fresco lunch or dinner at one of the outdoor restaurants located along the Hudson River. Take in views of the Statue of Liberty while walking the West Side Highway or watch the boats go by.

Central Park Zoo

Another great zoo to explore in the city. A little bit smaller than the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo is located right in the park with exciting animal exhibitions and a playground for the little ones.

Dumbo, Brooklyn

Take a bike ride over the iconic Brooklyn Bridge to the trendy neighborhood of Dumbo. Shop, explore and dine in this urban oasis. Or take your bikes and plan a picnic at Brooklyn Bridge Park and end the day taking in the NYC skyline and sunset.

Museum Mile

Explore Museum Mile located on the Upper East Side along 5th Avenue. Discover priceless exhibitions and over 1,000 of paintings, prints, photographs and artifacts. From the Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim to the Museum of the City of New York, you will not get bored.

Restart Stages at Lincoln Center

An outdoor performing arts center with 10 outdoor performance and rehearsal spaces—to help kickstart the performing arts sector and New York City’s revival. Fostering a dynamic environment for artists, community organizations, and audiences, Restart Stages is a welcoming and safe place for live performances, family activities, and civic engagement.

Guggenheim’s Off the Record

Off the Record challenges this pretense, bringing together the work of contemporary artists from the Guggenheim’s collection who interrogate, revise, or otherwise query dominant narratives and the transmission of culture through official “records.” View now.

Pace Gallery

This exhibition sheds new light on the philosophical, aesthetic, and artistic dialogue between Claes Oldenburg and the late Coosje van Bruggen—among the best-known artist-couples of the post-1960s era.

The Jewish Museum“Modern Look: Photography and the American Magazine”

Explore how photography, graphic design, and popular magazines converged to transform American visual culture from 1930 to 1960.

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world, drawing millions to experience her immersive installations. Exclusively at NYBG, Kusama reveals her lifelong fascination with the natural world, beginning with her childhood spent in the greenhouses and fields of her family’s seed nursery. Her artistic concepts of obliteration, infinity, and eternity are inspired by her intimate engagement with the colors, patterns, and life cycles of plants and flowers.

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is full of incredible sights and discoveries. Take in 360-degree spring views of iconic landmarks and the city skyline.

Statue of Liberty

Explore the grounds of the iconic Statue of Liberty located on Liberty Island for the day. Ride the ferry over and marvel at this historic landmark.

Shakespeare in the Park

Witness large scale productions of Shakespeare’s famous works at the outdoor Delacorte Theater. Since its inception over 45 years ago, the Theater has hosted notable performances including James Earl Jones in Othello, Meryl Streep in The Taming of the Shrew, and Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice.

The Loeb Boathouse: Central Park

Located on the eastern edge of Central Park Lake, charter your own rowboats, or enjoy a personal Gondola ride offering visitors an ideal way to explore one of the Park’s most significant landscapes.

Harbor Line Cruise: Cocktail Cruise

Enjoy savory cocktails while you watch the city pass by relaxing in your private seating area surrounded by large windows. Take in endless views of the city’s skyline as well as iconic landmarks all while sipping on a delicious cocktail.

Little Island at Pier55

Explore Manhattan’s brand new park – Little Island at Pier55 floating above the Hudson River. Discover lively performances, self-guided audio tours of the park’s landscape and free art activities in The Glade with the family. And don’t forget to stop by the Play Ground to enjoy some delicious food and drink offerings. To ensure the safety of Little Island’s visitors, artists, and staff, they are limiting the number of park visitors through timed entry. Please book reserve your time through their website.