If you’ve been on the sweltering sidewalks of NYC in the summer, you know how hard it can be to find things to do in New York when it’s hot out. However, it need not be as hard as it seems. Dozens of New York attractions offer you the chance to enjoy the highlights of the city and beat the heat.
This summer, don’t let the heat deter you from taking full advantage of the many things to do in New York. Check out a few of the attractions we listed below designed specifically to beat the heat, including everything from maximizing your A.C. exposure to enjoying a refreshing cruise.
During the Day
When the sun is shining directly down on the city, it’s best if you plan carefully what to do so as not to spend too much time outside going from attraction to attraction.
You may want to spend most of your day inside, taking advantage of New York City’s world-class museums.
The American Museum of Natural History
You can start at the American Museum of Natural History, one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Regular exhibits like the vast collection of dinosaur fossils and the 94-foot whale model in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life are the museum’s staples. However, you should certainly check out the special exhibitions and tours the AMNH has going on during your visit.
Just across the park you’ll find the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the most prestigious and comprehensive art museums in America. Its many marble halls are perfectly chilled in the summer, especially in exhibit spaces where they are keeping precious or fragile artifacts (I specifically recall the Ancient Egypt section being quite cool)
On the other end of Central Park, the Museum of Modern Art is home to some of the most influential pieces of modern art in the world. The MoMA features the works of Monet, Warhol, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Seurat, as well of hoards of contemporary artists who are constantly changing the art scene.
Statue of Liberty Cruises
Although the indoor attractions are wonderful, you don’t want the summer heat to keep your from experiencing some of the city’s most iconic outdoor attractions, like the Statue of Liberty. However, waiting outside in the long lines and crowds of tourists can be treacherous in the heat.
Instead, hop on board the ZEPHYR Statue of Liberty Express Cruise and speed out to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as you take in the Manhattan skyline and enjoy the breeze and mist of water coming off the ocean. Bring your sunscreen and sunglasses, and you’ll be golden!
There are also plenty of other cruise options in NYC, many of which are sightseeing cruises designed to take you past all the most significant sites in the city, including the Statue of Liberty, Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, and more.
In the Evening
The dog days of summer provide the best time time to enjoy some of the wonderful things to do in New York in the evening, after the sun goes down. With these attractions, sightseeing in the summer is a whole lot more enjoyable.
NYC Night Cruise
The 90-minute Twilight Sightseeing Cruise takes you on a journey through New York’s waterways as you taken in the best of NYC’s attractions while the sun sets. Some of the sights you’ll pass include the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, United Nations, the Chrysler Building, and Governor’s Island.
If you’d prefer to stay on land, the Night Tour by City Sights offers two-and-a-half hours of fantastic sightseeing from the comfort of a double-decker bus. Enhanced by the glowing city lights, your tour will take you through Times Square, Chinatown, SoHo, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, Central Park, Fifth Avenue, and much more.
Save on Admission
All in all, there’s a plethora of things to do in New York when it’s hot out! Rather than lament the heat, take advantage of these attractions that are best seen in the summer with the New York Explorer Pass, which offers up to 45% off gate prices for admission to the above attractions and many more.