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New York City Summer Bucket List

New York City is a chaotic but wonderful place to live. Since moving here at the end of last summer, I have gone through phases of loving the city, hating it, and being ambivalent to it, but after a year I can honestly say it feels like home to me now. Now that it’s summer and I am off work for a few weeks (yay teacher schedule!), I made some time to explore all this amazing city has to offer. There are so many great ways to enjoy your New York City Summer, even if everyone seems to vacate for the beaches. From amazing museums to afternoons in the park, there is a little something for everyone. If you are spending any time in New York City this summer, this is the bucket list for you!

Visit the Met

The Met is a year-round attraction, but summer at the Met is extra special. The Met gala occurs at the beginning of each May and signals the opening of the new fashion exhibit. These exhibits are always extravagant and beautifully done. But, they don’t last long! This year’s theme is Camp, and the outfits are so beautifully over the top that I wish I could spend days exploring this exhibition. Be sure to make your way to the Met before it closes September 8th! We all know I love museums, and the Met is definitely near the top of my favorites list!

Spend an Afternoon in the Park

When I say, “the park”, most New Yorkers probably think I’m talking about Central Park, but I actually mean Prospect Park. Fun fact: Central Park and Prospect park were designed by the same guys and when asked about the two parks, the designers called Prospect Park their masterpiece. If you are in Brooklyn, you know how to get to Prospect Park, but you are coming from Manhattan, I suggest taking the 2 train to Grand Army Plaza and getting off and entering the park from there. There is an amazing Farmers market at the north end of the park on weekends and you can make your way through the beautiful corners of the park and find your favorite spot to hang out.

Get Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park

Okay so this time “the park” means Central park and more specifically the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. For nearly 60 years, the Public Theater has been putting on free Shakespeare plays every summer at the Delacorte theater. The best part? Tickets are completely free! To get tickets, you have a couple options. You can go to the park the day of the show and wait in line at the theater, but make sure you get there nice and early! You can also enter the online lottery through or the in-person lottery at The Public Theater. There are also satellite distribution points throughout the 5 boroughs on different days. I was lucky enough to snag in-person tickets to see this summer’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” (my favorite Shakespeare play) and then I was able to win the lottery and see it again! Up next I am going to try to get tickets for Coriolanus the second play of the summer!

Spend Time on a Rooftop

There is something so New York about summertime and rooftop bars. There are so many amazing Rooftops in both Manhattan and Brooklyn and all have great perks. I have not even scratched the surface of all the great rooftops there are to check out, but I have collected some great posts from other about different rooftop bars on my New York City Life Pinterest Board. I did visit one great rooftop bar recently that I want to share about. My friend and I went to the Empire Rooftop at the Empire Hotel on 63rd street overlooking Lincoln Center. It has great views and is a great place to spend your later afternoon/evening.

Free Outdoor Movies

Parks throughout the city play movies throughout the summer. From Bryant Park to the Intrepid, there are so many opportunities to see free movies and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. One summer movie I am excited to try and see is Moana at the Rooftop at Pier 17. I was lucky enough to see a concert there last year and the venue is beautiful. I am hoping I will be lucky enough to get to see Moana there in a few weeks!

There are so many other fun things to do in the city during the summer months, but these are the top 5 things on my New York City Summer Bucket List! What’s on your agenda for this summer?

From one Misguided Millennial to the world, I hope you get the chance to go outside and enjoy your summer!

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