Summer Bucket List

Get the most out of summer this year. Before the chill hits and the leaves start changing color, make sure you cross these items off your to-do list.

1. Go for a swim at our free outdoor pools

Keep summer going! Our biggest pools will remain open for summer through Sunday, September 8—one week after Labor Day! Please note: Our mini pools will close on Labor Day.

Find a free outdoor pool near you

2. Plan a beach day

All city beaches, except Wolfe's Pond Beach and Cedar Grove Beach, will remain open for summer through Sunday, September 8—one week after Labor Day!  

Explore our beaches

3. Watch a summer movie


Photo courtesy of Etienne Frossard, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Pack a picnic, bring some popcorn, and watch a free film in NYC’s great outdoors. Movie festivals across the five boroughs show everything from recent favorites to classics to beloved kids’ cartoons.

Find out about free summer movies

4. Head to the park for a concert

Music from around the world is being played at a park near you. From international stars to the best local bands, there are free performances in parks all summer long.

Find out about upcoming concerts

5. Camp out in a park

Take advantage of the warm weather to sleep out under the stars. Enter the lottery for one of our free camping programs at parks around the city. We’ll bring tents and s’mores!

Find out about camping programs

6. Have a cook out


Photo courtesy of Etienne Frossard, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Invite some friends and have a picnic at one of our designated barbecue spots around the city, like the newly opened Picnic Peninsula at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Learn more about barbecuing in parks

7. Take a boat trip

You’ve visited all five boroughs, but have you ever explored NYC’s waterways? We’ve got free canoeing and kayaking events throughout the city for boaters of all ages and experience levels. Already got your own kayak? Find the city’s boat launches on our online water trail.

Find canoeing, rowing, and kayaking events

8. Watch a fireworks display at Coney Island

Celebrate the end of the week with a bang. Coney Island hosts a free fireworks show every Friday night through August 30.

Find details about the Coney Island fireworks

9. Take in one last dance

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to learn some new dance movies! Check out free and low-cost dance lessons and open dance events in our parks. 

Find out about upcoming tango lessons

10. Enjoy Shakespeare in the parks

All the parks are a stage this summer, with comedies and tragedies being performed for free outdoors around the city. There’s no better place to see the Bard’s work.

Find upcoming Shakespeare performances

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