There’s always something to do in the city that never sleeps; home to some of the world’s most famous museums, iconic landmarks and unparalleled mix of cultures.
Take advantage of the warm weather in NYC this summer out on the water or escape the heat at one of the great museums New York has to offer.
If you’re looking for things to do in New York in August 2016, check out our list of the best local activities and attractions, including…
- Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour
- New Exhibits at the MoMA
- Landmark Cruise
- Star Trek: The Starfleet Experience at The Intrepid Museum
- and more…
Save on Attraction Admission
Regular admission to a number of these popular New York attractions is available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more.
Please note, the seasonal events taking place at these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included on the New York Explorer Pass.
If you want a bigger list of seasonal events, then check out our suggested things to do in New York in the summer.
Take a Big Bus New York Sightseeing Tour
Get acquainted with New York City on this Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Tour by Big Bus New York.
This tour goes through Manhattan and passes by many landmarks and attractions.
You can also get off of the bus and go check out something that caught your eye, then hop back on the bus when the next tour comes by.
Getting In: Hop On Hop Off Big Bus New York Tours are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
New Exhibits at the MoMA
In addition to the MoMA’s famous ongoing galleries, the museum is hosting several temporary exhibits worth checking out this August.
- Bodys Isek Kingelez (available through January 1, 2019): see sculptures and imagined cityscapes that reflect the vision Bodys Isek Kingelez had for his nation, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) when it declared independence from Belgium.
- Being: New Photography 2018 (available through August 18, 2018): explore how photography as an artistic mean can capture what it means to be human in this compelling exhibit that challenges conventional photography and tactics such as masking, cropping, and more.
- The Long Run (available through November 4, 2018): this artistic exhibition takes a closer look at the artistic process itself, discover how invention and ‘breakthrough moments’ in art are a result of continued experimentation, critical thinking, persistent observation, and other social and political factors experience by artists.
Getting In: Museum of Modern Art tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
Take a Landmark Cruise
This cruise is one of the most popular in the world and a fantastic way to see Manhattan’s skyline.
This is one of the “must see” attractions in New York City and will help you become more familiar with the city if you’re from out of town.
Getting In: NYC Landmark Cruise ticket are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Become a cadet, join the Starfleet program and, learn and interact with this one of a kind exhibit.
This year, the Intrepid Museum is celebrating GROWLER’S 60th Commissioning Anniversary with a new exhibition, A View from the Deep; the Submarine Growler & The Cold War. Discover how USS Growler, one of America’s first nuclear-missile submarines played a role in the most tense years of the Cold War and what life was like on board.
Getting In: Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
New Summer Exhibits at the Guggenheim Museum
Visit the iconic building designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and check out the Giacometti exhibit on view from June 8, 2018-September 12, 2018.
You’ll get to see almost 200 works of art by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti including sculptures in bronze and oil, plaster sculptures, and drawings never before seen in the US.
Another fascinating temporary exhibit at the Guggenheim this August is One Hand Clapping, an exhibition that explores how globalization affects our understanding and perception of the future through works of art by a range of contemporary artists.
Getting In: Guggenheim Museum tickets are available on the New York City Explorer Pass.
Remember to Save on Attraction Admission
There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in New York in August.
Remember, many of these great attraction options are included on the Go New York Card, where you can save up to 50% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, the seasonal events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the New York Explorer Pass.
Consider adding a few of these fun options to your August vacation itinerary.