When summer rolls around, New York City comes alive! Restaurants and bars open up their outdoor seating; residents head to the parks for picnics, jogs and bike rides; and there is a general sense of vitality and joie de vivre in the air. Winters can hit the city pretty hard, so it’s no wonder everyone loves to take advantage of the balmy summer days. However, August in New York can get pretty sizzling hot! The city streets and skyscrapers soak up the sun and keep things pretty toasty both day and night, which means it’s good to have some ideas about where you can head to cool down after walking around in the hot sun. Check out some of the best ways to stay cool in NYC this August!
The Beach at Dream Downtown
The rooftop pool at the trendy Dream Hotel will make you feel like you have been swept away to the Hamptons. That’s because the hotel actually imported sand from the Hamptons beaches! The setting is lovely with great views and the pool is the perfect place to dip into with a cocktail (their specialty is the 10-pound Mega Moscow Mules!). Grab a giant pool float and drift into the water under the sun. You can get a day pass for $65 or a cabana with a flatscreen TV starting at $1,500.
Don’t let the heat stop you from shopping until you drop! Head to Chelsea Market if you want to score some delicious treats and souvenirs — the indoor food and shopping center has the AC cranking and dozens of shops to keep you occupied for hours so you’re not sizzling on the street. After you’re feeling rejuvenated, you can step outside and take a stroll on the High Line Park, located just across the street.
Gansevoort Hotel Rooftop
The Gansevoort Hotel doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to providing chill hangout spaces for guests and people just dropping in for a few hours. They have six different venues at the hotel, so you can pick whichever one strikes your fancy. Plunge is definitely worth checking out — it’s a rooftop pool and lounge where you can take a dip in the hot sun, check out the amazing views and sip on their signature Frose. It’s only $15 if you come on a Friday.
The movies are always a great option when the heat starts to rise outside. They always have the AC cranked and you can sit back, relax and watch a great flick until the sun sets and you are energized enough to head back out into the world. iPic Theater, located close to South Street Seaport, is one of the best places to catch a movie in town. It has luxe reclining seats and full dining service. You can even order a fruity cocktail while you kick your feet up and relax.
Rowboating in Central Park
Head to Central Park to rent a classic rowboat and drift around the lake taking in the views of the city. Take in the picturesque surroundings as you relax and enjoy the cool breeze on the water, then find a shady spot to park for a bit and soak up the city. Afterward, you can pop into Loeb Boathouse to order a cold beer or glass of chilled wine. It’s a great plan for a lovely and affordable date!
Tuck these ideas away in your back pocket so you have a cool-down plan when you need a break from the August heat in NYC!