5 Summer Attractions in NYC to Visit with Your Family
If you’re coming to the Empire City with your family this summer holiday, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime. Check out these incredible attractions that are bound to be the highlight of your trip.
From May 25 to August 24, the ship’s flight deck will become a free outdoor movie theater featuring a series of six movies, including Top Gun and Dunkirk. Doors close at 8:30pm but you need to arrive a couple of hours in advance. To pass the time while the movie begins, join one of the guided tours of the Space Shuttle Pavilion, the submarine Growler or the Concorde; or simply enjoy the amazing views of the Hudson River.
Perhaps you’ve heard of a small island located between Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan that’s a haven for those looking to unplug from the bustling city. Governor’s Island is open from May 1 to October 31 from 10am to 6pm on weekdays and 10am to 7pm on weekends. Car-free biking, running, ziplining and sports are only a handful of the activities you can practice there. What’s more, this summer the Film Society of Lincoln Center will screen a New York-themed movie per month, from June to September. New York’s backyard is just a ferry ride away!
As one of the newest attractions in the city, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey should be in your summer bucket list. This is a journey that merges state-of-the-art technology and special effects with ocean exploration to create a digital and interactive underwater world. This attraction is guaranteed to appeal to adults, teens and children of all ages.
Nothing beats strolling around Central Park Zoo on a perfect summer day. Apart from having the chance of seeing species from all over the world up close, the zoo has more than animal exhibits. A 4-D Theater features fun films appropriate for children aged 6 and upwards, while toddlers can spend their day at the Tisch Children’s Zoo petting and learning about farm animals.
When the sun is out, dozens upon dozens of species bloom and decorate the garden with every color, shape and size you could imagine. What’s more, NYBG organizes weekend summer programs that you can’t miss. Our favorite this year is Aloha Nights (select Saturdays from June 9 to August 18) and Hawai‘i Weekends (select weekends from May 19 to August 19). Complement your visit to the current exhibit of Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Visions of Hawai’i” with Hawaiian-themed events, such as live music, performances, art demonstrations and cocktails.