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6 Quintessential Things To Do in New York This Summer

August 20 2018 | Arts & Culture

As the “Capital of the World,” New York City is a premier destination any day of the year. There’s always something new to see or do here. But there are some things in New York City that are best experienced in the summer. Here are six things to experience before summer 2018 leaves the city:

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Summer is a great time to visit one of the country’s most enduring symbols of freedom, the Statue of Liberty. Your ticket will also include access to Ellis Island, the gateway into the country for more than 12 million immigrants for more than 60 years. It’s now the site of the Ellis Island Immigrant Museum.

Image of the Statue of Liberty

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Comprising 52 acres, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to spend a warm summer day. Right now there are many incredible plants in bloom, and it’s an excellent idea for a date or to explore with the kids.

Image of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Shakespeare in the Park

One of New York City's most beloved summer traditions, Shakespeare in the Park is in its 56th season. And it’s free! Right now you can see Twelfth Night, featuring music and lyrics by critically-acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub.

Image of Delacorte Theater in Central Park

High Line Park

One of New York City’s newest and most interesting parks, High Line Park is an elevated linear park that was created on a former rail line. It offers lush greenery and great views of the city and the Hudson River.

Image of Highline Park at night

Movies in the Park

Who wants to stay inside to watch a movie on a warm summer night anyway? Well, with Hudson RiverFlicks you can enjoy the warm breeze and a movie at the same time. Take your pick from “Big Hit Wednesday” or “Family Friday.”

Image of Hudson River Park boardwalk

Governors Island 

This 172-acre island in the middle of New York Harbor is one of the best day trips in the city. On Governors Island, you can bike, stay overnight, take a trip down some great slides, and even do some summer ice skating!

Image of Governor's Island

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