The Best Things To Do In NYC This Summer

Summer in the city means more than just beach days and outdoor brunches. Try fun activities off the beaten path like riding a jetski on the Hudson, axe throwing, rock climbing, and hitting balls at the driving range with the best view in town.


Summer opens lots of doors: to patios, to rooftops, to terrace gardens. There are illimitable options for sidewalk brunches and picnics in the park, but what if you’re looking for something a little more active? Something good for a group, or a guy’s night out, or a memorable day with your significant other? For Related residents, the most exciting adventures are just outside your door.

It’s uncontested that New York City is home to some of the best restaurants, venues, and bars, but it’s also the destination for one-of-a-kind experiences that you could never replicate anywhere else. It’s easy to forget that this isn’t just the capital of culture and food. NYC is also one of the most diverting places in the world – but you have to know where to look. Here are the best summer activities for when you don’t think you can handle one more boozy brunch…

Image from New York Harbor Jetski Facebook

Jetski through the harbor

Feeling the need for speed? Rent a jetski from New York Harbor Jetski and surf the river for an afternoon full of fun. It doesn’t occur to many tourists (and residents) that the gorgeous river is available for water activities, and that’s their loss. With unbeatable views of the New York City skyline, there’s no better place to watch the sun set over Manhattan than from the middle of the Hudson. Make a reservation before it’s too late!

18 holes with a view

When you’re standing in the middle of Times Square, with businesses stacked on top of each other and people moving in swarms, it can be easy to forget that all of New York isn’t as cramped as Manhattan. Space is a commodity, so you have to move away from the city in order to find it. How about enough space for 18 holes, a gorgeous country club, and views of the city? Head to New Jersey – just across the river – for a gorgeous day at Skyway Golf Course. Many of the Related residencies are sprinkled along the west side of Manhattan, which will cut your commuting time in half, so you can make that early tee time. Find out more right here.

Get climbing

In an urban setting such as this one, sometimes you just need an activity that doesn’t require technology or a strong Wifi connection. That’s when you walk west from the Chelsea neighborhood towards the Chelsea piers. Chalk your hands, stretch your legs, and spend the afternoon rock climbing at the indoor bouldering center. It’s easy to fall into a meditative state as you let the world fall away and focus on nothing else but carving a path to the top. When you’re done, head to the driving range inside the pier and hit balls over the Hudson river. We guarantee you won’t find a better view while you work on your swing.

Image from Escape Room Facebook

Escape from it all

In Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, just steps from Related residents at Tribeca Tower, Tribeca Park, 89 Murray, and Tribeca Green, lies the opportunity to escape from it all. Escape Room NYC offers an afternoon of adventure, mystery, and problem-solving. Go with a group of friends – or go solo and make new ones! – and test your skills against a ticking clock. Whether or not you escape the escape room, reward yourselves afterwards with a meal at one of Tribeca’s best restaurants.

Image from Brooklyn Bowl

Stay in your lane

There are few experiences as unique as Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl. When the temperatures climb too high this summer, head indoors. Enjoy an afternoon in this adult amusement park: equipped with high-tech bowling lanes, a cocktail bar, restaurant, and one of Williamsburg’s best live music venues. Rock out while you bowl your heart out – and make sure to order the BBQ wings, they’re smoked in-house.

Root for the home team

Summer for sports fans can mean only one thing: it’s time for baseball. New Yorkers have not one, but two opportunities to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Head to Citi Field to take in a Mets game or catch a Yankees home game at Yankee stadium. Both are accessible by car or train and under an hour from the city, which makes this the perfect way to spend a summer day. Hotdog: check. Cold beer: check. Great summer day at the ball park whether we win or lose: check.

Image from Kick Axe

Like darts, but with hatchets

Nothing says ‘boys day out’ like a little indoor axe throwing. Kick Axe in the Gowanus neighborhood is by far one of the most original experiences you can have in NYC. Perfect for a bachelor party, birthday party, or just a fun Saturday afternoon, this place will help you get in touch with your primal side like nothing else. Make sure to call at least a week in advance to make a reservation, the spots fill up fast.

Accessible, exciting experiences you won’t soon forget, these activities are at the top of our list this summer. The Related lifestyle is more than just what happens inside your apartment: it’s ensuring you know about at all the hot attractions in your neighborhood, your community, and your city.

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