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14 Things To Do in Summer in NYC

14 Things To Do in Summer in NYC
July 23, 2021

Are you searching for summer plans that break the routine? Looking to find a side of NYC you’ve never seen before? The Sofar Sounds team paired up with Stella Artois Solstice Lager to give you a sunny, thrilling summer to-do list. Just grab a Stella Artois Solstice Lager and get started!

TAKE THE FERRY

Taking the ferry is the most fun, scenic, and cheap thing you can do in NYC! Ride it to get from Manhattan to Brooklyn, up to Queens, or even out to the Rockaways for a beach day. Or, you can just ride round-trip for fun. Find amazing views of the city, go under the bridges, and wave to folks on other boats (our favorite). Pro tips: 1. Get the NYC ferry app to see routes and boat times, as well as purchase the $2.75 tickets on the app. 2. If you're riding round trip, you do have to get off at the last stop and get back on, and sometimes chill at the dock for a few minutes. 

HEAD TO CONEY ISLAND

There’s no place like Coney Island, the residential beach neighborhood that pulls visitors from near and far to enjoy an old-school amusement park, street performers, some famous parades, and some very famous hot dogs. 

DANCE IN THE PARK

Did someone say dance party? Hot Honey Sundays are free, inclusive weekly dance parties hosted in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

BROWSE THE FLEA MARKETS

There are an abundance of flea markets happening around New York City every weekend: Grand Bazaar, Nolita Flea, Chelsea Flea, Green Flea. Go early for the best items or late for the best markdowns. Either way, you’re bound to find some treasures!

AND THE FARMERS MARKETS

Is there anything more “summer” than a park full of market-goers, fresh-cut flowers, and vegetable stands? Bring a reusable tote or take a free one from the market organizers, then fill up on fresh seasonal goodies and local snacks. A few of our favorite markets? Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, Union Square Greenmarket, and Tompkins Square Market

LAUGH OUT LOUD

No seriously. Head to Greenwich Village and put your name on the waitlist for a few of the city's beloved comedy cellars like Comedy Cellar and Grisly Pear. 

TAKE A STROLL

You might have heard NYC called a walking city, and it’s not without reason. Not only is walking often the best way to get around, but it’s also the best way to see some iconic New York views. Stroll around The High Line, Central Park or Brooklyn Bridge, or just turn down any tree-covered street for a charming view off the beaten path.

HIT THE BEACH 

Feel like cooling off? Take a train or car to the Rockaways to cool off in ocean water and soak in the incredible people watching. Pro-tip: pack some extra Solstice Lagers in your cooler. You’re gonna want them. 

VISIT THE GARDENS 

Looking for a main character moment? Head to the beautiful Botanic Gardens in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Acres of gorgeous blooms, architecture, and calm are waiting for you. 

CATCH A MOVIE

NYC’s Skyline Drive-In is possibly the most stunning place to watch a movie. The theater plays old throwbacks ranging from 2000s rom-coms to classic horror films to indie cult-favorites. 

VOLUNTEER

Sometimes the best way to spend a day is by volunteering your time to a worthy cause. Search the database of New York’s nonprofits for volunteer opportunities, or hit up a few of Sofar’s community partners like Knock Knock Give A Sock to see how you can help out.

EAT & DRINK

You may have heard a little rumor that New York City has the best food and drinks in the world. Here are the Sofar team’s favorite NYC areas to find the best food and drinks, bagels and beyond: Lower East Side, Korea Town, West Village, Williamsburg, and Bushwick.

ATTEND A SOFAR

We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve heard that Sofar shows are the best summer activity around. With unique local venues being revealed and fresh new artists playing intimate sets every week, you can’t go wrong. Now with Stella Artois Solstice Lager, you can win tickets to a show on August 14th — hosted in an iconic, outdoor venue to pair sunshine-ready music with the refreshing ingredients of Solstice Lager, complimentary to all attendees.

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