10+ Things to Do in New York Labor Day 2016 Weekend

Labor Day weekend is one of the last chances for a summer getaway. New York City is certainly going to be a fun and festive place to be on this long weekend.

If you’re looking for things to do in New York Labor Day weekend 2016, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions. A few good suggestions include:

  • NYC Labor Day Parade
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Clipper City Tall Ship Sail
  • Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour
  • Central Park Walking Tour
  • And more!

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Regular admission to a number of these New York attractions are available on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

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Please note, the special events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the Explorer Pass.

New York City Labor Day Parade

The New York City Labor Day Parade is the annual parade run by the New York City Labor Council in celebration of the working men and women who contribute to New York City.

Please note: this event is takes place on the Saturday following Labor Day. For event information, check the official website.

When: Saturday, September 10th, 2016 @ 10:00 am.

Getting In: Admission to the New York City Labor Day Parade is free.

West Indian American Day Carnival

West Indian-American Day Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn

Photo credit: West Indian-American Day Carnival Association’s Official Facebook Page

The the biggest cultural festival in NYC is the West Indian-American Day Carnival, also known as the Labor Day Carnival Parade, in Brooklyn.

This celebration of Caribbean culture features marchers in elaborate costumes promenading down the Eastern Parkway to the sounds of reggae and calypso.

For spectators, tasty ethnic food and drink is also available. Favorites include jerk chicken, fried flying fish, rice and beans, and johnnycakes.

When: Monday, September 5th, 2016

Getting In: Admission to the West Indian-American Day Carnival is free.

Culture & Arts

Take advantage of the holiday weekend and see what’s new at the city’s famous museum spots or do a little sightseeing of the city.

Head to the Roof of the Met for Skyline Views this Labor Day Weekend

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met, was voted one of TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Museums in the United States.

From modern Europe to ancient Oceania, the Met covers every culture and every artistic medium around the world.

We suggest you head to the rooftop  to enjoy refreshments, soak up stunning New York City skyline views of Manhattan and Central Park, and see what temporary installation exhibits they’re hosting on the roof.

Getting In: Metropolitan Museum of Art tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

moma atrium installationAnother great cultural option for travelers to New York is the Museum of Modern Art.

The MoMA is a top artistic destination in NYC, filled with some of the most famous works of modern and contemporary art from around the globe.

Be sure to check out their new special exhibits, debuting now for the fall season.

Getting In: Museum of Modern Art tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Image credit: Alex Lopez / NYC Go.

Image credit: Alex Lopez / NYC Go.

If you’re in the mood to purchase art instead of just browsing, head to the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, held on Labor Day weekend in Washington Square Park.

You get to wander around dozens upon dozens of exhibitors showcasing their best works of creative art, from young up-and-coming art students to renowned painters and more.

It’s a great place to search for a hidden gem to really bring your living room together. Plus, you’re supporting local art!

When: September 3 – 5, 2016

Getting In: Admission to the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is free.

Outdoor Activities

Take advantage of one of the last weekends of summer and make the most of your day off by spending it outside.

Bike across the Brooklyn Bridge - Things to Do in New York City for Labor Day Weekend

Rent a bike for the day and explore the city. Ride along the Hudson River, the paths through Central Park, or join a sightseeing tour and bike across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Getting In: Central Park Bike Tour tickets and Brooklyn Bridge Bike tour tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass.

NYC Luna Park at Coney Island  (3)If you don’t mind the crowds, head to Luna Park at Coney Island for some classic, boardwalk fun and thrill rides. Get a wristband, enjoy some thrill rides, poke around the shops, walk along the beach, and have some deep-fried goodness for a late lunch or dinner.

Getting In: Luna Park tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass.

Spend the Day on the Water

Go on a New York City Clipper Tall Ship cruise over Labor Day Weekend

Spend the day on the water and go for a boat ride for amazing views and the perfect Labor Day fun activity.

You can see great skyline views and get in a sailing adventure on an 82-foot schooner , a 158-foot clipper city tall ship, or board a ferry for a sightseeing cruise.

Be sure to make a reservation well in advance–holiday weekends book up fast!

Getting In: Shearwater Schooner Sail tickets and Clipper City Tall Ship Sail tickets available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Explore Governors Island

Head to Governors Island this Labor Day Weekend for great views and fun in the park

Photo credit: Governors Island Official Facebook Page

Get away from Manhattan and hop on a ferry to Governors Island, a recently developed 172-acre island in the heart of the New York Bay.

Open to the public through September 27th, it’s a prime spot for a picnic, taking in some amazing views, biking (they now have Citi Bike) or just relaxing in the grassy landscape.

Check out www.govisland.com before visiting for special events.

Getting In: Admission to Governors Island is free.

Hang in Central Park

Central-Park-Walking-Tour-by-Central-Park-Sightseeing-6Of course, you can always find a place to relax without even leaving Manhattan, right in Central Park.

Find a fantastic view of the park and the skyline from Belvedere Castle atop Vista Rock, walk from Cherry Hill to the Ramble on Bow Bridge, or sit with a good book or a pair of headphones in the Conservatory Garden.

If you’re interested in a guided tour of the major landmarks, consider a walking tour of Central Park.

Getting In: Central Park Walking Tour tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

So there are a few examples of fun and exciting things to do in New York Labor Day weekend.

Remember, some of these great attraction options are included on the New York City Explorer Pass, where you can save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the Labor Day weekend events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Explorer Pass.

We hope you consider visiting some of these attractions to help round out your summer vacation in style.

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