Summer 2016 New York City Bucket List

New York street

New York City is a fast-paced art, fashion, and cultural hub. It’s the city of yellow cabs and skyscrapers, and the most populous city in the United States draws millions of tourists from around the world every year.

So whether it’s your first time traveling to New York City or you’ve toured countless times in this exciting, multicultural city, there’s something to do for everyone. There are hundreds of hidden gems if you know where to look. If you’re sick of hot dog trucks and the Empire State Building, here’s a list of unique things to do and eat for the summer of 2016.

1. Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Museum

New York Intrepid Summer Movie Series

Watch some of your favourite movies on a flight deck for free this summer. There will be special guests introducing each film, so grab your travel buddy and a few lawn chairs and enjoy a film under the stars! The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum allow you to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits. Heads up, this place is a must-see for a Star Trek fan!

2. Champagne Brunch at Sail

New York boat food water

Every Sunday at 11:00 pm, hop on board and enjoy a classic New York City brunch on the Hudson River! The Shearwater takes you on a two-hour sail as you enjoy muffins, croissants, salmon, assorted fruits and cheeses, and of course champagne. This would be a perfect way to spend your Sunday morning with a travel buddy.

3. Picnics at Grand Central Terminal

New York Grand Central station picnic event

If you’ve seen Superman, Falling in Love, State of Grace, or Old Dogs, then you’ve seen the Grand Central Terminal. Escape the August heat with Grand Central’s “Life’s a Picnic in Grand Central” event featuring a free indoor, public picnic space in Vanderbilt Hall. Take your picnic inside and enjoy air-conditioning and live entertainment all in Grand Central! There will also be full food demonstrations from Michael Jordan’s The Steak House NYC, Shiro of Japan, and Magnolia Bakery! This four-day event from Aug 24 to Aug 28 is not to be missed.

4. Free Biking on Governors Island

Governors Island is a 7-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. On weekdays between 10:00 am and noon, borrow a bike for free and enjoy the amazing views around the entire perimeter of the island. See the paths, gardens and visit the many recreation areas on the island!

New York biking Governor's Island

5. Beat the Heat with Ice Cream

Here’s a list of three ice cream shops you must try in New York City:

10Below Ice Cream

At 10Below get yourself scooped up rose-shaped curls of ice cream. The technique includes pouring cream on top of cold metal containers causing it to freeze rapidly, and then scooping it up with a spatula, a technique inspired by ice cream shops in Thailand.

New York ice cream

Alchemy Creamery

Alchemy Creamery specializes in vegan, dairy-free deliciousness. That’s right, vegan and dairy-free. The frozen treats include their signature push-up pop, a blend of cashews, coconut, almonds, and hazelnut. You’ll never know you’re missing eggs or milk. Their flavors range from harvest berry to salted caramel to almond vanilla. Alchemy’s pops are also kosher, gluten-free and animal-friendly.

New York Alchemy Creamery ice cream


This dessert shop in New York City’s Chinatown tops egg waffles with ice cream and other toppings. Egg waffles are a popular Hong Kong street snack. The ice cream is rolled in the egg waffle, which comes in original, matcha, and chocolate. Although these creations are not unique to New York, they’re definitely a must try wherever you are.

New York Eggloo ice cream

6. Lokafy – People Make Places

Visiting a city like New York City can be overwhelming and stressful. The city has many unique and free activities that are perfect for relaxing and just enjoying the culture and beauty of the city. Why not try one of these activities with a local who knows their way around? Lokafy’s tours are a great way to go on an authentic local tour and experience NYC's hidden gems.