Beat The NYC Heat: Tourist Edition

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The Big Apple is a tourist hot spot all year round but when things start to heat up people visit in their droves. That’s great and all but it’s often so hot you’ll find yourself wanting to escape the city as you’re just arriving. Today I’m going to share with you a few activities you can do that won’t have you breaking a sweat and will still ensure a great trip

Head To The Beach

Coney Island is by far the easiest one to get to if you aren’t a local. Take the D train from Penn Station and you’ll be on your way to a slice of heaven away from the concrete jungle. It does take a little while but it’s definitely worth the trip.

First and foremost, Coney Island has an incredible stretch of golden sand. It’s hard to believe that you’re in New York when you’re looking out at the sea from the beach. Glorious scenery aside, you’re pretty much guaranteed a lovely coastal breeze. When you’re surrounded by high rises, wind is pretty much non-existent so you’ll welcome this with open arms. It will still be hot, there’s no doubt about that but it’s definitely more bearable. It also doesn’t hurt that you can strip down, so be sure to pack some swimwear and a towel.

While you're in the area, don't miss out on riding the Coney Island Cyclone or grabbing lunch at Nathan's. They're pretty much bucket list essentials in my opinion. Basically when you're done with sunning yourself, enjoy all the fun of the fair. It's a whole day out that you probably didn't know existed. 

Mosey Up Museum Mile

If you’re not a fan of the beach, your next best bet is to check out one of the many museums in the city. If you were unsure of where to start, my suggestion would be either the MET or the Museumof Natural History. Both of these are full of interesting exhibits and you’re likely to kill a good few hours no matter which you end up going to. Aside from being out of the sun, you’ll also be able to enjoy some pretty sweet air-conditioning.

Picnic in the Park

If neither of the above is up your alley, find a shady nook in one of the city’s many parks. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, head to Central Park. If you want to be in the heart of it all, Bryant Park is just what you’re after. If I had to choose it would have to be Central Park because there’s enough shade to find a nice private spot. Grab a pizza, some drinks and sprawl out under one of the many trees. I can’t think of many better ways to enjoy a sunny New York day to be honest. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch one of the New York Philharmonic’s Concerts In The Parks. We were lucky enough to catch one this year and it was one of the highlights of the trip. We hadn’t planned on going, nor would we have considered it ‘our’ thing but it was incredible (and free).


While you wouldn’t technically be out of the sun, the banks of the Hudson offer a really great breeze and the walk down to Battery Park is a must do. It’s definitely one for the more active visitor, but it’s amazing to see the city changing as you move down the districts. Set aside a good few hours and some sun cream for this one but I promise it’s worth it. If you’ve got any energy left after your walk, take the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy the sights. It’s totally free and the photo opportunities aren’t to be missed.

And there you have it, just a few ways to enjoy NYC without melting into the pavement. There’s so much else you can do but these are my absolute favourite things to do. If there’s anything you thing I’m missing out on do let me know, as I’m sure others would be just as interested.

As always, happy travels guys!

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