Visiting NYC in June: 37 Fun Things to Do & Special Events

A woman biking at on Brooklyn Bridge

Visiting New York in June allows you to really see the city at its best. The weather is consistently gorgeous, outdoor activities are abundant, and it’s right before the peak summer heat and crowds. From free festivals to upstate NY day trips, here are our favorite events & things to do in NYC in June!

Weather in New York in June

The weather is pleasantly warm in June, making it a perfect time to visit. The average temperature reaches 80 degrees during the day and falls to the mid-sixties at night. And the sun sets around 9:00 PM! Allowing you to maximize and enjoy the days fully.

Wear lightweight clothes, but don’t forget to pack a light sweater or jacket for the evening (for when the AC is blasting indoors/on the subway). Comfortable walking shoes are also essential- with so many outdoor things to do in New York in June, you’ll definitely be getting your 10,000+ steps in during your visit! Remember, this is the most walkable city in the USA.

37 Events & Things to Do in NYC in June

With the start of summer on the horizon, New York comes alive in June with an endless list of events and outdoor activities to take part in. You can spend your days exploring the parks, dancing to live music, or checking out the skyline from a trendy rooftop bar. If you’re craving nature, there are also plenty of hikes near New York City, or you can venture out a bit further to check out the hikes in Upstate New York.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, the list of events & things to do in NYC in June is nearly infinite!

 1. Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday Parties (FREE)

Beginning at 5:00 PM on the first Saturday of the month, the Brooklyn Museum hosts a massive party with music, dancing, film screenings, talks, workshops, and more. In addition to that, the entrance to the Brooklyn Museum becomes free to the public. So that means you can visit the different exhibits in the museum at your own leisure while having access to the free party in different parts of the museum.

If you’re on a budget, this is the perfect way to not only enjoy museums in NYC for free, but an entire party and nightlife event. Be sure to check their website a couple of weeks in advance to see what’s lined up for June!

  • Admission: FREE [Advance registration is required]
  • Date: First Saturday of June, 5:00 – 11:00 PM

2. Go on a Helicopter Tour

A helicopter tour might be the most epic of all the things to do in June in NYC! You can book your tour here, which includes a 15-minute ride with sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and Wall Street. The tour only allows up to six people, making for an intimate experience as you soar above the skyline. Don’t forget to bring your camera for this one!

3. Visit Governor’s Island

Governor’s Island is the perfect place to soak in the warm spring weather in NYC. This 172-acre island is only a 10-minute ferry ride from lower Manhattan, and can also be reached from Brooklyn via the public NYC Ferry. 

Whether you feel like checking out a public art installation, renting bikes to explore the island, or just want to enjoy a picnic without the sound of cars honking in the distance- Governor’s Island is the place to do it.

If you want an extra cool experience while on Governor’s Island, you can now try glamping in New York City! Stay the night at the Collective Retreat, where you’ll not only get a one-of-a-kind New York experience, but you’ll also have access to decadent meals, morning yoga, fire pits, and a luxury spa next door.

Moreover, there is now the new QC day spa that you can visit with a gorgeous outdoor pool, massages, and other fun amenities. Their rates start at around $100/visitor.

Spring in New York means spending as much time outside as possible, and Governor’s Island offers several unique ways to do that.

4. Queens Night Market

This open-air night market hosts 100 vendors from local businesses and is a great way to embrace the diversity and culture within Queens and NYC. Along with a huge variety of food, you can also purchase art, jewelry, and all sorts of other goods (like the QUEENS hoodie I’m wearing). In addition to shopping and savoring incredible cuisine, there are also some fun performances each night. The market is open every Saturday night, it’s one of the best things to do in New York in June if you’re a foodie. Afterall, Queens is NYC’s food capital!

  • Location: New York Hall of Science, Queens
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: Every Saturday in June, 5 pm-12 am

5. NYC Pride Parade & Events

The Stonewall Uprising began on June 28, 1969, following a police raid at the Stonewall Inn. To honor the six days of protests that followed, the Gay Pride Parade has been held every June since this historic uprising.

The march takes place along Fifth Avenue, and is a day filled with celebration, remembrance, and an enormous amount of love for the LGBTQIA+ community.

The day of the parade and the weeks leading up to it are packed with events, parties, and rallies. If you’re visiting NYC in June 2023, the parade will be on the 25th, and you can check out Pride’s website for a current list of events.

  • Location: 25th Street and 5th Avenue
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: June 25, 2023

6. Brooklyn Flea Market

The Brooklyn Flea is located in DUMBO, under the Manhattan Bridge, every Saturday and Sunday in June. It’s Brooklyn’s biggest flea market, and vendors sell everything from vintage finds and antiques, to crafts and jewelry made by local artisans and designers. Of course, plenty of mouthwatering food is available to fuel your shopping spree. If you’d rather stay in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Flea also operates the Chelsea Flea on West 25th Street.

7. Kayaking Along the City Skyline

Outdoor and NYC? YES! It’s possible. And there’s no better way to take in the classic New York City skyline than from the water. Take advantage of the warm June weather with a kayak rental during sunset!

You can book your tour here, which is an hour long and begins in Jersey City. The tour is beginner friendly, so no worries if you haven’t kayaked before. Your guide will show you the ropes, so you can take in the majestic views of NYC (including the Statue of Liberty), stress-free!

8. Visit the Gardens

  • Wave Hill: Gardens are another great way to escape the hustle of the city, and one of the most popular options is Wave Hill, a stunning botanical garden in the Bronx. With 28 acres of lush garden and woodland, it won’t take long before you completely forget that you’re in a busy metropolis.
  • Fort Tyron Park: In Manhattan, you’ll find Fort Tyron Park, a gorgeous NYC landmark featuring Heather Garden– named for its large collection of heaths and heathers. This lush garden attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife.
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden: In Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a Prospect Park oasis consisting of thoughtfully curated gardens and conservatories with a mission to connect people to the world of plants.

9. Bronx Night Market

This open-air market is a wonderful -and delicious- way to try various food and drinks from local small businesses. The market takes place in Fordham Plaza (on Fordham and Webster Ave), where over 60 NYC vendors show off their culinary skills with cuisine from around the globe. Try the arepas with cheese (they’re amazing) and the lightbulb fresh juices. The biggest challenge will be deciding what to try first! So come here with an empty stomach. And the earlier you arrive, the less crowded it will be.

The market/festival is an especially great place to support local communities, with 70% of the vendors being micro-businesses run by women, people of color, immigrants, or LGBTQIA+. There are also cool organizations like Bronx Eats; they host vegan cooking demos with free tastings.

  • Location: Fordham Plaza
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: The last Saturday of June

10. Ellis Island Guided Tour

From 1892 to 1954, approximately 12 million immigrants arrived at Ellis Island hoping for a better life. Today, visitors flock to the historic island and nearby Liberty Island to see the iconic Statue of Liberty.

The best time to visit is early morning, so I suggest booking this early access tour, as it’s the only one that takes the first ferry of the day to Liberty Island. You’ll be among the first of the day to visit the Statue of Liberty Museum before moving on to Ellis Island. You’ll explore the grounds and follow an audio guide through the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.

For a more affordable option, you can book this tour, which takes you to both Liberty and Ellis Island, and offers a variety of guided tour options for each island. But it doesn’t include early access, which I recommend.

11. Make Music New York Event

Amaury Laporte

Make Music New York is a non-profit-run music festival that aims to connect and unite New Yorkers. The festival takes place every year on the summer solstice, where free outdoor concerts occur in public areas throughout NYC. Anyone who wants to can perform, and the concerts go from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Professional musicians and aspiring amateurs unite in this truly unique, New York experience.

  • Location: club Drom 85 Ave. A, East Village
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: June 21, 2023

12. Mermaid Parade

The Mermaid Parade is a massive event that celebrates the start of the summer months in New York City! It’s now become the biggest art parade in the United States. If you’re visiting NYC in June, and want to dress up a mermaid, you can head to Coney Island decked out in your favorite costume for a day of music, art, and creativity.

  • Location: Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: June 17, 2023

13. Attend the FREE Central Park Concerts

One of the best things about New York in June is all the live music. There are tons of outdoor concerts throughout the month, celebrating a variety of music genres. Whether you’re into classical music or current chart-toppers, you’re bound to find a fun, outdoor concert to enjoy during your visit. The best part is, many of them are completely free!

  • Met in the Park: This annual Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series. With a mission to inspire a new generation of opera lovers, this free event makes opera available and accessible to everyone. Plenty of food and drinks will be for sale, just don’t forget to pack your picnic blanket! Check here for an updated list of dates and performers.
  • Free New York Philharmonic Concert: Every summer, the New York Philharmonic delights New Yorkers with a free outdoor concert in Central Park. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head to the park a little early to get a great spot. This summer, they’ll be performing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Make sure you stick around for the fireworks that close out the show!
  • SummerStage: This outdoor performance festival takes place all summer long and offers 90 free concerts! Shows take place in outdoor venues and parks throughout NYC, so every week offers something different. Food and drinks are usually available, but double check as it does depend on the venue. Visit their official website for a full list of performances and locations in June.

14. Bike or Walk the Brooklyn Bridge

June is the perfect time of year to walk the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s finally warm enough to stroll along the 1.1mile structure, but the summer heat hasn’t come in full force yet. If you’re exploring lower Manhattan, walking the bridge is a fun way to make your way to DUMBO, plus you’ll be able to take in the city view from a new angle. The bridge can get pretty crowded, especially during weekends, so early morning is the best time to visit.

You could join a walking tour, such as this tour that’ll take you over the Brooklyn Bridge whilst you learn about it’s history, and to DUMBO where you’ll get to see contemporary art, the waterfront before finishing at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Book your tour here.

15. Free Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is a classic summer activity in NYC, and a must for theater lovers! Each year, a different production of a Shakespeare play is performed in Central Park, and tickets are completely free. If you’re visiting NYC in June 2023, this year’s play is Hamlet, and will be starring Ato Blankson-Wood!

There are a number of places to reserve your free tickets, including entering a digital lottery. If you have time, spend your morning in Central Park where you can line up for first come, first serve tickets on the day of the show.

  • Location: Central Park
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: June 8 to August 6 

16. Photoville Festival

Of all the events & things to do in NYC in June, this one is a definite favorite among photography lovers. Every year, this outdoor photography festival showcases exhibitions throughout the city, from works of over 200 visual storytellers. There are a number of talks and activities scheduled throughout the festival, as well. Head to the Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO to take in the impressive art against the captivating backdrop of the city.

  • Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: June 3- 18, 2023

17. Puerto Rican Day Parade

Ruben Diaz Jr

Along Fifth Avenue, the Puerto Rican Day Parade is the biggest cultural celebration in the nation. The annual event honors the people of Puerto Rico while bringing awareness to their culture and history. In the days leading up to the parade, there are also numerous events relating to Puerto Rican art, culture, and education. If you’re visiting NYC in June, it’s a great time to participate in the festivities while showing appreciation for the Puerto Rican community.

  • Location: 5th Avenue, Manhattan
  • Date: June 11, 2023

18. June Film Festivals in NYC

Cinephiles visiting New York in June are in luck, as there are numerous film festivals to check out. From Hollywood classics viewed from a picnic blanket, to panels on award-winning independent films, movie lovers have endless options of screenings to attend. In most cases, you can choose to buy tickets for individual screenings or full program passes. Many of the festivals also host various talks and industry Q&A’s that are often worth checking out. 

  • Tribeca Film Festival: One of the most iconic film festivals in NYC. The annual event hosts hundreds of screenings, covering a range of storytelling genres. Films, talks, games and art programming are all part of the event, bringing together some of the biggest talent in the industry. You can choose from a variety of packages or individual screening tickets. [June 7 – 18, 2023]
  • Brooklyn Film Festival: BFF is a non-profit festival that aims to increase the public’s interest in independent films. 150 films are screened, including narrative, documentary, experimental, animation and shorts. Panels, chats with professionals, and pitching sessions are also scheduled throughout the festival. It’s a particularly wonderful event for aspiring filmmakers. [June 2-11, 2024]
  • Bryant Park Film Festival: Every Monday night, hundreds of New Yorkers bring their picnic blankets and head to the lawn early to get a perfect spot for the 8 pm screening. If you don’t have time to pack a picnic, there is always plenty of food for sale. You can view the full lineup to see what’s playing when you’re in town. [Starts June 13]

19. Bryant Park Picnic Performances

This free outdoor festival showcases various artists, including music, dance and theatrical performances. The New York City Opera, Asian American Arts Alliance, and American Symphony Orchestra are just some of the companies that have been involved in the past. The festival doesn’t require any preregistration and the staff even lends out picnic blankets, making it perfect for an impromptu evening of arts and culture. Keep an eye out for the dates and lineup on Bryant Park’s website.

20. Museum Mile Festival

The Museum Mile Festival is one of the best things to do in New York in June, if you’re looking for a unique evening of art and culture. Each year, on the second Tuesday of June, a mile-long stretch of fifth avenue is closed off to cars and a number of museums open their doors for free from 6-9 pm. Some participating museums include the Guggenheim Museum, The Met, and The Jewish Museum. In addition to wandering the exhibits, art activities are set up for kids and the street is filled with musicians and street performers.

  • Location: 5th Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street
  • Admission: FREE
  • Date: June 13, 2023

21. Watch a Baseball Game

June is the perfect month to enjoy the warm weather, order a hotdog, and watch one of the most popular American sports. Head to the Bronx to root for the Yankees at their home stadium, located on East 161st Street. Check out their schedule here to see who they’re playing during your visit.

Otherwise, New York Mets fans can take the 7 train to Citi Field Stadium in Queens. Visit their website to take a look at their current June schedule.

22. Five Points Fest

This premiere designer toy festival is a one of a kind experience. Coined as a festival for the misfits and rebels, the event celebrates designer toys, indie comics, street art, craft beer and more. Independent artists of all kinds display their work in this unique, creative setting. You can also admire artists creating live paintings, visit the Tattoo Parlor for a permanent souvenir, and join industry panels and workshops.

  • Location: ZeroSpace, Brooklyn
  • Admission: Ticket prices vary
  • Date: June 10-11, 2023

23. Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum

The Intrepid Museum is an American military and maritime history museum, located along the Hudson River on Pier 86. The museum displays incredible pieces of history, including the aircraft carrier Intrepid and the space shuttle Enterprise. You can purchase your entrance tickets here. The museum will also host a Free Day on June 30th, 2023- including a movie screening and stargazing on the flight deck!

  • Location: Pier 86, W 46th St, New York
  • Admission: Varies


John Saeyong Ra

FIGMENT is an annual festival that celebrates interactive art by creators across various mediums. The festival utilizes free, immersive art events and exhibitions to encourage growth through creativity. In contrast to many other art festivals, no selling or advertising is allowed at the festival, and all participating artists and staff are volunteers. This is the perfect event if you’re looking to fuel your creativity and let your imagination soar.

  • Location: Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NYC
  • Admission: FREE
  • Dates: June 4 (10 am-10 pm); June 5 (10 am-6 pm)

25. Smorgasburg

As the largest weekly open-air food market in the United States, Smorgasburg is the ultimate culinary experience in Brooklyn. With dozens of vendors serving a wide variety of cuisines, you’re bound to find something to satisfy whatever you’re craving! The market is held in Williamsburg on Saturday’s, along the East River. If you’re visiting on Sunday, however, you’ll be dining amongst the trees inside Prospect Park.

  • Location: Williamsburg and Prospect Park
  • Dates: March – October

26. Governor’s Ball

Dance your heart out at one of NYC’s most popular music festivals! Over 60 artists perform across 3 stages during this three-day event. Governor’s Ball always lines up huge acts, and this year’s headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Odesza, and Lizzo. Grab your tickets and get ready to experience one of the biggest NYC parties of the summer!

  • Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park
  • Admission: Starts at $139
  • Dates: June 9-June 11

27. Blue Note Jazz Festival

New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival highlights legendary performers in iconic venues across the city. Throughout the month of June, witness incredible live music performances from phenomenal artists. If you’re visiting in 2023, some of this year’s headliners are Grace Jones, Buddy Guy, and NxWorries. Check out the full lineup here so that you don’t miss any of your favorite artists!

  • Location: Various Venues
  • Admission: Prices Vary
  • Date: May – July 2023

28. Little Island at Pier 54

Little Island, built on a pier along the Hudson River, is perfect for a quick nature fix within the city. The park’s unique design features 350 different species of flowers and trees, along with sweeping views of the city. There’s also a large amphitheater overlooking the river, which is perfect for sunsets! In an effort to support NYC based artists, Little Island is planning to host several free events throughout June, ranging from musical performances to spoken word and more.

  • Location: Hudson River Park
  • Admission: Free

29. Spend a Day at the Beach in NYC

June is perfect for enjoying a beach day in NYC, as the weather is ideal, but the crowds aren’t too bad yet. Best of all? You can take the train to several NYC beaches!

  • Brighton Beach: Is just a few steps from the train station. Easy to get to and jump in for a swim. Be sure to stop for lunch in the neighborhood, nicknamed “Little Odessa” in honor of its many Eastern European shops and restaurants.
  • Coney Island: For a bit more action, spend the day at nearby Coney Island. In addition to jumping in the water, you can walk along the iconic boardwalk or ride the famous Ferris wheel in Luna Park. Buy tickets for Luna Park here.
  • Rockaways: This area includes Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Beach. But also, stop by some of the many cool retaurants in area such as Rockaway Beach Surf Club.

30. Juneteenth Festival

Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the US, and finally became a national recognized holiday in 2020. This three-day festival has brought thousands together for the last 14 years, and is a beautiful community event. The festival features numerous vendors and activities, as well as a concert, parade, fashion show and field day. Each day is held in a different location, and there are virtual events as well, so be sure to check the festival’s website for an up to date schedule.

  • Location: In-Person Saturday Linden Park/ Gershwin Park (School Yard) | In-person Sunday Prospect Park
  • Admission: Free
  • Date: June 16-19, 2023

31. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2022-2023 Season

Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates and enhances the global jazz community through outstanding performances and education. Artists from around the world come to perform throughout the season, so keep an eye out for June’s schedule. Not only are the performances brilliant, but they take place in some of Lincoln Center’s most treasured venues, including Rose Theater and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. If you’re here on June 10th, come be part of a multicultural celebration as Trinidadian artist Etienne Charles is scheduled to perform in the Appel Room.

  • Location: Upper West Side
  • Admission: Tickets Vary
  • Date: June 10, 2023

32. Visit Hiking Spots Near NYC 

Many visitors don’t realize that there are so many hikes near New York City. As much as I love this city, I’m always grateful for these easy nature escapes. June is the perfect month to take a city break and hit the trails. Some are only a quick train ride away, while others are easier to reach by car. No matter which you choose, you’ll be met with striking views, fresh air, and maybe even some wildlife sightings! 

  • Awosting Falls + Minnewaska Lake: Minnewaska State Park is about 2 hours north of NYC and has some of my favorite hikes in Upstate NY. Within the park, Awosting Falls is a gorgeous waterfall against a scenic backdrop, reached by an easy 1.1mile trail which you can download from Alltrails. Minneswaska Lake is also stunning, and there’s a 1.9mile loop trail that surrounds the lake so you can take in the gorgeous view from every angle.
  • Anthony’s Nose: For this moderately challenging hike, take the Metro-North train from the city to the Manitou stop. Located in the Hudson Highlands, this 1.9mile hike will reward you with sweeping views of the Hudson River and surrounding landscape. 
  • Cranberry Lake Preserve: The Cranberry Lake Preserve is a tranquil haven just outside of the city. Located in Westchester, visitors can spend the day hiking around 135 acres of protected lake, swamp, and forest land.

33. Fad Market 2023 Pop-ups

Another great thing to do in Governor’s Island is to check out the Fad Market Pop-Up. This open air market is a perfect way to support incredibly talented, local artisans. Vendors sell everything from clothing and jewelry to home décor and handmade art. If you’re looking for an original souvenir to take home, this is the place to find it.

  •  Location: Governor’s Island
  •  Admission: FREE
  •  Date: Every third Saturday and Sunday starting June 17

34. Hot 97 Summer Jam

The annual Hot 97 Summer Jam is the biggest live Hip Hop celebration in the United States. If you’re visiting NYC in June 2023, then you’re in luck, because the festival will be returning to New York for the first time in nearly 20 years. The line up is filled with amazing performers, with Cardi B scheduled as this year’s headliner. This is definitely one you won’t want to miss!

  • Location: UBS Arena
  • Admission: General Admission $99 | VIP $149-$499
  • Date: June 4, 2023

35. Easy Summer Day Trips from NYC

If you have some extra time during your trip, take advantage of one of the many easy day trips from the city! You can visit wineries, go on a challenging hike, or even visit another city. The options really are endless! Better yet, finding a day trip that can be reached by train is easy, so you often won’t have to worry about renting a car. 

  • Beacon, NY: Hike the Casino Trail in Mount Beacon Park, get a dose of culture at Dia:Beacon– a modern museum housed in an old box-printing factory, or simply peruse the quaint boutiques and cafes along Main Street. Beacon is pretty walkable, but there’s also a free shuttle that goes around the town, including the train station. 
  • Greenport, Long Island: One of our favorite towns on Long Island, with over 40 wineries, a stunning lavender farm, and prime opportunities to try oyster shucking. It’s also perfect for spending time on the water and is one of the best places to go kayaking on Long Island.
  • Cold Spring, NY: This picturesque town along the Hudson River, offers countless hikes (like Bull Hill and Cornish Estate), the impressive Magazzino Italian Art Museum, or ferries to Bannerman Castle. There is so much to see in Cold Spring, you’ll have no problem filling your day before heading back to the city.
  • Philadelphia, NY: Only a 90-minute train ride from NYC, you’ll have your choice of museum hopping, running up the iconic Rocky Steps, or getting a dose of US history at the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. In between sightseeing, stop for a famous philly cheesesteak, or have dinner at one of the city’s many fantastic restaurants! You could consider this night time group tour that’ll take you to the Liberty Bell, Rocky Statue, Independence Hall & more + includes a philly cheesecake.

36. Outdoor Tours from NYC (with transportation!)

Don’t want to drive nor plan a getaway? Then book a guided tour leaving from the city and taking you and your friends (or just you) on a group tour to the outdoors near NYC.

  • Whitewater Rafting: Why not go Whitewater rafting on the Lehigh River? Only 2 hours from NYC, the river runs through a beautiful, pristine gorge. You’ll get to spend 3-4 hours rafting down Class II and Class III rapids. The tour includes transport to/from NYC, life vest, raft + paddle hire, and lunch.
  • River Tubing: Just a short drive from NYC, you’ll find the Delaware River where you can enjoy river tubing. This tour, will pick you up from NYC and take you to the river where you’ll get to enjoy 2-hours of tubing. Afterwards, you’ll get to enjoy lunch and visit The Drowned Lands Brewery where you’ll get to enjoy a 12oz beer.
  • Go Karting: You could also consider this go-karting day trip where you’ll get to enjoy 2 go-karting sessions plus 1 hour of other fun activities such as axe throwing and 10 arcade tickets for 1 hour of arcade games. The tour includes lunch and transport to/from Manhattan.
  • Kayaking & Wine Tasting: Another great option is this kayaking and wine tasting day trip. You’ll go kayaking on the Delaware River, where you’ll spend 2-2.5 hours kayaking through beautiful scenery. After, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch then head off to a winery where you’ll get to enjoy tasting 5 different wines. Kayak hire, and round-trip transportation is included.
  • Long Island Wine Tour: If you’re looking for a wine tasting tour you could consider this wine tasting tour to Long Island. You’ll get to taste 10-12 different wines, at 3 different award-winning wineries in Long Island. The wine tasting includes transportation, a guide and lunch.

37. Take the NYC Ferries

Do you know that NYC’s five boroughs are composed of small islands? With the exception of the Bronx, which is on the mainland. Most people miss this fact because the islands are linked by bridges and tunnels and are accessible via NYC public ferries!

This is one of the loveliest ways to get around, especially in the summer and fall in NYC. Sometimes, it’s also the fastest way to get between boroughs, a fun way to beat the extreme traffic and stressful train rides! Whether you’re taking it alone or with loved ones, it’s a romantic and relaxing ride. Here are some of the best ferry rides in NYC:

  • Wall Street to Rockaway Beach
  • Bronx to Upper West Side
  • Governor’s Island
  • Dumbo/Downtown Brooklyn

About the Author: Shea Glaser

Shea was born in New York City and has called the city home for most of her life. She loves to travel around the globe, but her heart always brings her back home to NYC. You can usually find her at a coffee shop in Brooklyn, on a weekend hike Upstate, or running up to pet a stranger’s dog in Prospect Park. Follow her on Instagram @sheaglaser.

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