Summer is coming to an end, but you don’t have to let it slip away without squeezing in a bit more fun.
Make the most of the remaining summer days by checking out these 10 activities and events around New York City.
1. Visit the “World’s First Rooftop Vineyard” in Brooklyn
Rooftop Reds is a unique venue on Flushing Avenue that hosts not only wine tastings but also dinners, movie nights, and yoga sessions from its rooftop vineyard. Guests are required to make a reservation to this establishment, which is now open seven days per week.
2. Watch the best-of-the-best tennis stars compete at the U.S. Open
The U.S. Open Tennis Championships, which began Aug. 28 and runs through Sept. 10, features competition between the world’s greatest tennis players. Find tickets for various men’s and women’s singles and doubles matches here.
3. Attend the Atlantic Antic Festival in Brooklyn
The 43rd annual Atlantic Antic Festival, featuring the theme ‘The Pulse of Brooklyn,’ will be held Sunday, Sept. 24. This street festival, the oldest and largest in Brooklyn, takes over about two miles on Atlantic Avenue and is filled with vendors selling food, clothing, artwork, jewelry, crafts, and apparel. You also will find local bands and performances from various cultural genres.
4. Dazzle your taste buds at Smorgasburg
It doesn’t matter what you have a hankering for: with 100 purveyors from NYC and across the region vending packaged and prepared foods, you’re bound to find satisfaction at Smorgasburg. From April to October, Smorgasburg happens every Saturday on the Williamsburg waterfront at East River State Park and every Sunday at Prospect Park.
5. Picnic with friends at Sheep Meadow in Central Park
Even if you’ve lived in NYC for years, Central Park is worth a visit. In particular, the 15-acre Sheep Meadow preserve, located on the west side of the park between 66th and 69th streets, is a prime spot to sunbathe, picnic, fly kites, or relax while admiring Manhattan’s spectacular skyline.
6. Bike in the newly renovated Governors Island
Governors Island, in the heart of New York Harbor, offers seven miles of car-free biking. You can bring your own bike, quadracycle or tandem, or rent one on the island at Blazing Saddles, near Liggett Terrace, or Citi Bike at the ferry landings. Blazing Saddles offers complimentary bicycle rentals for up to one hour between 10 a.m. and noon weekdays.
7. Take a ride on Coney Island’s iconic Cyclone roller coaster
Head to Coney Island where you can fill up on savory eats at Nathan’s Famous hot dog joint and then hop on the Cyclone, a 90-year-old wooden roller coaster that’s become a registered National Landmark. This roller coaster – featuring 12 drops and 27 elevation changes – deserves a spot on everyone’s NYC bucket list.
8. Head out in a kayak on the Hudson
Before the weather gets too cold, get in a visit to the Hudson River Park where you can kayak at multiple locations. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy kayaking on the river, where several classes are offered. The Downtown Boathouse, which works to promote public access to the water, offers free sit-on-top kayaks for public use from May to October.
9. Catch a Yankees game with family or friends
Even if you don’t consider yourself a baseball enthusiast, attending a New York Yankees game can be a social and cultural experience that becomes a special memory. Enjoy food, drink, and rooting for the home team with family members or a group of friends. Check out the Yankees’ schedule here.
10. Survey top-notch garden exhibitions at the Botanical Garden
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for an afternoon, head to the New York Botanical Garden, a national historical institute in the Bronx. Through October 29, visitors can experience dazzling works of art by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. CHIHULY, the artist’s first major garden exhibition in New York in more than 10 years, showcases a sensory-filled experience for viewers.
While you can’t hold onto the long, lazy days of summer for much longer, the memories you make can last a lifetime. Eat, kayak, bicycle, picnic, and revel your way through the remainder of the season with a variety of patented NYC events and activities.