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It is true that many New Yorkers leave the metropolis in the summer months, but New York is by no means quiet. From the parks, to the concerts to the beaches (yes, BEACHES!), there is a never-ending check list of amazing activities for visitors to enjoy. We’ve covered NYC’s best Happy Hours with some notable roof top bars thrown in here, so now what to do before 5 o’clock comes around:

Central Park should be listed as a Wonder of the World. Opened in 1876, it has been welcoming locals and tourists alike ever since. Even if you have been before, there is always something new to discover. Checked off The Rambles, Shakespeare’s Garden, and The Great Lawn? Head up to the Conservatory Garden and The Loch or visit the delightful Central Park Zoo. The Public Theatre has also launched their 2019 FREE (it’s true! FREE) Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte Theatre. For information on schedules and how to get tickets go here.

Botanic Gardens? We have FOUR. Each borough except Manhattan has one (see afore mentioned park). You may be familiar with The NYBG by the Zoo in the Bronx and the Brooklyn Botanical near Prospect Park, but there are joyful gardens in both Queens and Staten Island as well. Each one has special Summer events and ‘After Dark’ access, so hop on their websites or join their mailing lists for more information. And by the way, the best time to visit the Bronx Zoo is definitely in the summer. See their website for the all-important feeding times.

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New York City has some FANTASTIC beaches – we promise you! And when it gets HOT we grab the sunscreen and beachball, and head on out. You can choose from all-day and all-night fun at Coney Island (approx. 45 mins from Manhattan), Orchard Beach (in the Bronx) or the Far Rockaways, now less far with the brand-new ferry service. We recommend getting to the stops earlier in the morning as wait times can increase during the day, but it is by far (lol) the best way out there, plus the ferry has a café and bar on board! (are you listening MTA?). Check departure times here.

Music is both the food of love and NYC. We thrive on impromptu subway jams, but if you are looking for something a bit more organized check out these lineups:

July gives us OZYFest which is a combination of music, food, comedy and ideas. Held in Central Park, jive to John Legend, laugh with Trevor Noah, admire Stacey Abrams and all hail the king of Brooklyn, Spike Lee. If Instagram worthy beats is more your style, then Pinknic is for you. Rosé all day to Mark Ronson and Chromeo plus don’t forget the swimsuit as there will be a larger pool area for 2019. All out on Randall’s Island which you could get to via the Subway or if you want to start the Insta posts early use the cable car! GREATEST DAY EVER they claim and given that it is actually TWO days they could be right. This one is at Coney Island, so you can groove out whilst riding the Cyclone. Can’t wait? They’ve made a Spotify playlist for the pregame. We close out the summer in a big way with Electric Zoo. Not for the faint hearted (or those with pacemakers), you can dance Labor Day away with everyone’s favorite wedding photographer, Diplo.

New York summer classics to keep on the list are the world famous Mermaid Parade (tail optional), Summer Streets (GAZZILLION BUBBLES ARE BACK!), Lincoln Center’s Midsummers night Swing (all dance abilities welcome), outdoor movies on a former aircraft carrier, and for the person who has done it all, Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on the 4th of July. 74 is the number to beat. IN TEN MINUTES.