A few weeks ago my sister and I traveled to NYC for a girls weekend. We were determined to make it different from our other trips where we were just running around like crazy the entire time! By this trip, we had been to NYC a few times and had checked many of the big landmarks off of the list, such as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Times Square, The Met, The High Line etc. This time we had a different list of sites to see and neighborhoods to wander. So if you’re looking for things to do in NYC in the summer if you’ve already been there and seen the major sites.
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Things to Do in NYC in the Summer
See a Broadway Show or a Ballet at Lincoln Center
Broadway shows are not exclusive to the summertime, but I had to mention it because I think if you can, you should see one every time you go! Megan and I saw Aladdin which was absolutely amazing. The effects and set were incredible and the genie was so fun to watch and they updated some of the references from the movie. I also recommend any of the classics. On Broadway, we’ve seen Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and School of Rock. If you’re a ballet fan, I highly recommend heading to Lincoln Center to see an ABT ballet. Last summer we saw Misty Copeland perform in Swan Lake and it was the most amazing performance! Still on my list of shows to see: Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, The Cursed Child, Frozen, Anastasia, Hamilton, and basically all of them.
Summer Concert Series
If you’re willing to wake up early on your vacation this is a really fun thing to do! We’ve talked about going to the Today Show or trying to get into a taping of Jimmy Fallon, but we were never prepared ahead of time to do it. This trip was thrown together quickly (less than 3 weeks ahead of time) so we weren’t able to get into Jimmy Fallon, but we did see that there were 2 summer concert series happening that we could go to! We chose the GMA Summer Concert Series purely based on our musical preferences. Fall Out Boy vs a singer song writer who I already forgot their name.
Megan and I woke up at 4:30am to make our way to Central Park where the concert was being held. We stood in line for a solid hour then were finally let into take our spots on the lawn. We proceeded to stand there for another few hours surrounded by a couple thousand of Fall Out Boy’s biggest fans. We heard a couple of half songs as they did sound check (since it’s a neighborhood, they weren’t allowed to begin until 7am. Finally around 8:30am they began taping with the hosts in the crowd and on stage, and around 8:50am they introduced Fall Out Boy. We heard 3 full songs, and had a great view. We were only about 5 people back from the stage! It was a long morning, but we did have fun, and we were able to check it off of our bucket list. All in all, we’re happy we did it, but unless it’s a show/singer/band we couldn’t get into otherwise, we agreed we would probably not do it again.
Have Breakfast at Tiffany’s
On 5th Avenue, stands the most magnificent Tiffany’s Store in the country. While there’s now a cafe inside where you can actually can have breakfast, I prefer the Audrey Hepburn version of a coffee and croissant while looking into the windows longingly (it’s also in my budget). This was made slightly difficult with all of the barriers and guards outside. (Tiffany’s resides directly next to Trump Tower.) I didn’t exactly eat breakfast, but I did get to sip my iced coffee outside the windows and take a photo in front of the sign which I had been dying to do every time we’ve been in NYC! Since we were right next to Central Park, we walked that way to continue our day.
Walk through Central Park
This is something I have wanted to do since Gossip Girl came out, and we never seemed to have enough time to just wander around the park. It’s also massive, so if you don’t know where you’re headed you end up walking in circles, which we did! After an early morning (see Summer Concert Series above) we wandered around the park. I love having the freedom to get lost and find fun things that you didn’t know were there before. Had we not been up and standing around for hours already I’m sure we would have walked around more.