The Hottest Upper West Side Summer Things To Do

Cool Down in the Big City at The Lucerne

The hottest summer vacations in New York City start at The Lucerne Hotel. Marked by an enviable location on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, our property places you within easy reach of some of the most highly sought-after summer NYC events including festivals, street fairs, and iconic landmarks that are best enjoyed in the warm weather. Whether you’re traveling solo or with the entire family, you’ll find a variety of Upper West Side summer attractions to suit your agenda.

See below for some of our favorite ways to beat the heat and enjoy NYC in the summer:

Outdoor Fun

  • Enjoy an afternoon full of people-watching at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a beautifully landscaped area dedicated to John Lennon’s memory.
  • Take in the sounds of summer at the Central Park Summerstage, the most coveted concert series of the year, where musicians and bands spanning all genres come together in one of the most unique outdoor venues in New York City. Best of all, the concert series is free!
  • Head to the Hudson River and enjoy a boating adventure with a view when you spend the afternoon kayaking.

A Day at the Museum

  • The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is the perfect indoors-destination to experience with the kids, where a variety of hands-on, engaging exhibits and special summer classes make it easy to ignite your child's imagination and an enjoy a family-friendly activity in New York City.
  • Too hot outside? Head over to the Museum of Modern Art for their free Friday nights. Here you can view one of the world's most impressive art collections, including paintings from artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dalí.

Unique NYC Entertainment

  • Cool down in the evenings for a uniquely New York City experience and enjoy free summer movie screenings throughout the region's most popular parks and outdoor spaces. One of the most anticipated things to do in an NYC summer, screenings include everything from family-friendly favorites to cult classics to the latest award-winning movies.
  • On the second Saturday in September, make your way over to the 2017 Labor Day Parade to celebrate the national holiday. Starting at 44th Street and ending up at 72nd Street, the parade will showcase New York City's vibrant culture as well as some of it's most iconic neighborhoods. 
  • New York is home to some of the top names in sports in the country. From August 28 - September 10, 2017, the city will play host to the US Open, bringing tennis lovers together from around the world. You won't want to miss this!

Looking for more things to do during your summer vacation in New York City? Browse our calendar of events to find even more activities and special events on the Upper West Side and beyond.