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.
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.
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 50% off gate prices for admission to the above attractions and many more.