Long days, warm nights and spectacular cityscape sunsets make spending summer in New York a dream come true. Though the season may be coming to a close, there are plenty of ways to extend those summer vibes. Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun or the perfect spot to grab a sunset cocktail, here are some of our recommendations for making the most of the final days of summer in NYC.
Take a Surfing Lesson at Rockaway Beach
Surfing might not immediately come to mind when thinking of go-to summer activities in New York City, but it’s a well kept secret that the Local Surf School in Queens is a hidden gem of summer fun. Book a solo session for $100 or a two or three person group session (for $120 or $84) to learn the dos and don’ts of surfing on Rockaway Beach. Beginners will spend their first session on the sand while more advanced surfers can get tailored instruction after riding the waves. Zip up your wetsuit, and get ready to surf into the final days of summer!
Grab a Sunset Cocktail at Boat Basin Cafe
Everyone knows that the open air magic at Boat Basin Cafe is at its best in the summer, especially at dusk. Located right on the Hudson River within the historic walls of the 79th Street Boat Basin, the Boat Basin Cafe is a local favorite for outdoor dining. Understandably popular during the summer, the cafe does not accept reservations, so plan to wait for a table upon arrival, especially if you’re in a larger group.
Camp Out in Staten Island
There’s no doubt that camping is a quintessential summertime activity. But what may be surprising to some visitors, is that you don’t have to travel too far outside of the city to find a campground. Camp Gateway in Staten Island offers a scenic and closeby alternative to deep forest or mountain camping, and the grounds are open through September 6th. Thanks to its close proximity to the city, the campgrounds have breathtaking views of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, and an overlook area from which you can see the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline. Take the ferry from Whitehall Terminal (just a ten minute walk from The Wagner ) and prepare for a one-of-a-kind camping adventure.
Stay Late at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for Twilight Tuesdays
Through August 27th, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be hosting a series of events called Twilight Tuesdays. Running every Tuesday until 8:30pm (and from September 3rd through September 24th until 8pm), you can book a guided tour or simply stay to watch the blooms during sunset, sip on a seasonal cocktail, and enjoy the garden’s special evening programming.