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 destinations 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.

Some of our favorite ways to beat the heat and enjoy NYC in the summer include:

  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Start your day at Zabar’s and feast your eyes on a variety of foods you can only find in New York City.
  • Head to the Hudson River and enjoy a boating adventure with a view when you spend the afternoon kayaking.
  • 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.
  • For a more upscale summer activity, head to the Museum of Modern Art on Sundays throughout the season for the much-anticipated Summergarden series, where classical and jazz musicians complement the beautiful garden scenery of one of New York City's most iconic museums. 

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.