Free Summer NYC
Manhattan is renowned around the globe for being a bit pricey, but there’s always something free to do in New York City—especially during the summer. Summer 2016 comes alive with lots of complimentary events that range from music to movies, nature walks, and beyond. Those yearning for something to do that won’t dent the budget can explore these fun and free offerings in the Big Apple.
Outdoor Summer Fun in NYC
We still have more than a month of summer left before the cool autumn air begins blowing in. Whether you prefer the hot and balmy weather typical of summer or the crisp air that swirls leaves around in the fall, there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of all of the activities and nature that abounds in the Big Apple. Here are some ideas that are sure to inspire city slickers to embrace the splendor of nature.
Go Inside: The Fascinating Realm of Body Worlds Times Square
If you’ve seen an ad for New York City’s Body Worlds, you’ve no doubt wondered what it’s all about. To put it plain, it is indeed all about the world of bodies: the exhibition, at Discovery Times Square, features 200 examples of the human form that have undergone Plastination—a way of preserving bodies invented by anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens.
The Jersey Shore & More: The Best Day Trips From NYC on NJ Transit
Sometimes you just need a break from Manhattan, and fortunately, New Jersey is right across the water waiting for you. Don’t have a car? No problem. These eight day trips are easily accessible from NJ Transit, which means you won’t spend all day sitting in traffic.
Star Trek Nights Aboard The Intrepid
Spend the night aboard The Intrepid and experience Star Trek in a whole new way. Get tickets now for one of these special overnights taking place on July 23, July 30, and Aug. 6. The sleepovers are designed for fans of all ages.
The Best Things to Do in Lower Manhattan
Lower Manhattan is the city’s oldest neighborhood—sometimes known as the Financial District—and it's booming. Here are some of our favorite reasons to devote a day or two of your precious vacation time to the area below Chambers St., the unofficial boundary of Lower Manhattan.
Group Travel NYC: The City's 10 Best Statues
Every statue has a backstory, and these 10 famous New York City sculptures are no exception. If you’re headed to Manhattan with a large group, spending some time checking out these iconic pieces of bronze can be a fun and creative way to spend your time.
Where to Entertain Your Kids During the NYC Summer
Nobody wants to be stuck with bored kids in the middle of a sweltering New York City summer, and luckily, nobody has to be! There are endless opportunities for exploring in the city and not just for adults! These seven activities below will thrill children of every age, and they’ll have mom and dad feeling excited as well. It’s really a win-win for everyone!
New York for Adventurers: A Three-Day NYC Itinerary
Some people come to New York for the theater, the symphony, the shopping. Not you. You come for the adrenaline rush. So let’s start things off with a bang…and just keep going.
Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters Virtual Reality at Madame Tussauds
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters is back in NYC this summer, and Madame Tussauds New York puts you right in the center of the action. As of July 1, Ghostbusters Experience and Ghostbusters: Dimension will bring the film to life as never before.
Calling Starfleet Cadets! Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Experience Comes to Intrepid
Warp speed ahead! In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum welcomes the new exhibition Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience to Pier 86 for summer, 2016.
What's New at the Empire State Building
Since its 1931 completion, New York’s Empire State Building has been the most famous skyscraper in the world. It remains a vital part of NYC and an inspiration to the millions of visitors who ascend to the ESB observation deck in every season. There’s even something new: the Official Empire State Building Observatory Experience, a just-released app that’s fun, informative, and free.
NYC's Best Water Playgrounds for Kids
If you’ve got little ones, then you know how quickly the hot summer heat can make your day more of a chore than you’d like it to be. This summer, beat the heat by visiting these amazing water playgrounds in New York City. Everybody needs to cool off once that coastal humidity starts taking over the outdoors, so why not do it in a space that’s as fun (and free!) as these ones are?
The Best Way to Spend a Summer Day in Central Park
It’s probably the greatest park in the world, and it’s definitely the greatest park in New York City…no trip to the city is complete without a visit to Central Park. So how to spend time there? The options really are limitless, but on a warm summer day, there are some park activities that just can’t be ignored. Check out our picks for the best must-dos in Central Park in summer.
Rock History Lives at the Hard Rock Cafe
When you hear the words ”Hard Rock Cafe?” what comes to mind: stupendous hamburgers? The iconic neon guitar? World-class memorabilia? They’re all correct. And yep, you read that right: the Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square has an astonishing collection of rock mementos, which you can see as you stroll by on your own—or else on one of their new tours.
Celebrating 70 Years: Tour the United Nations
While the United Nations Headquarters is located in New York City, it is, in fact, an international territory! Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the U.N.'s one-hour guided weekday tours arranged through visit.un.org offer an opportunity to discover (or, as a local, revisit) the newly renovated United Nations Visitors Centre, and gain insight into the organization's vast array of initiatives.
The 10 Best Tours of NYC
By land, water or air, New York City is one of the world's most visited cities. We've highlighted ten of the best tours NYC has to offer, from classic sightseeing tours that hit NYC landmarks, to specialty tours, to tours that offer breathtaking aerial views of the Manhattan skyline.
Governors Island: New York’s Magical Playground for All Ages
On Governors Island, you’ll be so close to the Statue of Liberty that you can look her in the eye, and far enough from the city to doze peacefully in a grove of hammocks. Read on for what to see on Governors in summer 2016.
Cruise New York on the Statue of Liberty Express
Is there anything better than a cruise out on the water, wind in your hair, maybe a cold beer in hand? Yes: a cruise out on the water with a billion-dollar view. To see the best of New York City by boat, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the city skyline to Lady Liberty herself, check out New York Water Taxi’s Statue of Liberty Express.
Vikings Take Times Square
The new exhibition Vikings debuts at Discovery Times Square in New York on February 5, 2016. Vikings transports visitors to the Viking Age (8th-11th centuries), as brought to light through modern archaeological discoveries. Nearly 500 ancient artifacts—many never before seen outside of Scandinavia—reveal new insights into a legendary people.
Park It: The Best People-Watching Spots in NYC
One of New York's best features is the endless variety of its people. When you're ready to chill in the big city, one of the most entertaining breaks you can take is to people watch. Read on for our picks for the best people-watching spots in New York, from museum steps to incredible public spaces.
NYC By Bus: The Best Packages for Summer 2016
There’s a lot to take in on a trip to New York, which makes expert tour companies like CitySightseeing essential for getting around town and making the most of your visit. Summer is a great time for bus tours of the city. CitySightseeing’s double deckers provide unobstructed views of NYC landmarks and energetic street life. For 2016, three great packages combine discounts and flexibility to maximize your access to all the excitement of sightseeing in New York.
Cruise With New York Water Taxi—At a Discount!
Get ready for a New York City boat ride adventure. New York Water Taxi's daily tours run year-round and are offered by day and after dark. See the glittering skyline and all of Manhattan's iconic landmarks from the comfort of an environmentally friendly twin-hulled catamaran boat. Enjoy the ride at a discount: City Guide's promo code will give you $5 off any New York Water Taxi or Zephyr Statue of Liberty Express full-price ticket.
What to See at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
There aren’t many attractions that appeal to three generations of a family at once, but Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square is that welcome exception. With over 500 exhibitions, many of them world-famous relics, there’s something to hold anyone’s attention.
See a Star Trek Shuttle Live at the Intrepid
On May 13, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum opens as a temporary exhibit the fully restored Shuttlecraft Galileo, which carried the crew of starship USS Enterprise to other planets in Star Trek: The Original Series (1967–1969).