Take our word for it:
When New York heats up, you’ll want to cool down.
The sidewalks burn, the subways get stuffy and New Yorkers get anxious from the latest heatwave.
From frozen cocktails to rooftop pools to beaches and beyond, there’s a variety of summer things to do in New York City.
Utilize our no-sweat guide to escaping the heat and be sure to check out some of our favorite summer spots to chill.
Heading to NYC this summer? Book a local photographer and licensed guide to show you around and provide your group high-resolution shots to keep!
1. Johnny’s Reef
Drink away the NYC summer humidity at Johnny’s Reef in City Island.
Indulge in pina coladas, seafood and beat the heat with stellar views of the Long Island Sound.
After all, the best way to cool down is with a flavorful drink in hand.
2. Chelsea Piers Sky Rink
We know you’ve been waiting for summer all winter long.
But when you need to escape the heat, you’ll be thankful that the Chelsea Piers Sky Rink offers a bit of cooler weather activity all year round.
Enjoy ice skating four days a week throughout the summer.
3. McCarren Hotel & Pool
Looking for fun summer date ideas in NYC?
Take a dip in the cooler side of New York City at McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamsburg.
When you enjoy an escape to this 40-by-20 foot saltwater pool you’re in for a wet, wild summer. Lounge around and enjoy the sunshine.
4. 10Below Ice Cream
Head downtown to enjoy rose-shaped curls of ice cream inspired by shops in Thailand.
While the flavors are delicious, the technique is just as cool as the experience.
These tasty treats are made by pouring cream on top of cold metal containers and being quickly scooped up.
5. Rockaway Beach
Layout among more than 170 acres of sand at Rockaway beach.
Whether you’re interested in riding waves or playing a round of volleyball before taking a dip, this is one of the most sought-after places for families to swim in NYC.
Don’t spend your days stressed and sweaty.
Embark on a vacation filled with fun summer activities in Manhattan and beyond.
Whether you’re looking for a quick drink or treat in-between visits to iconic attractions or are looking for an all-day activity, there are a variety of options to choose from.
How do you cool down during an NYC summer?
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