Everyone knows that New York City is the most exciting city in the world. If you are like a lot of people and like to plan an itinerary, here are five top things to do in NYC summer 2018 that may just be something you hadn’t thought of but would love to check out.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade
For the past 36 years, people have gravitated to Coney Island’s main street to watch the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. If you have never heard of this parade, it features mermaids and mermen alike — all dressed up in sparkle and glitter. Celebrities like to join in the festivities, with this year’s king and queen being author Neil Gaiman and his wife, musician Amanda Palmer. Keep in mind that this parade is a little more risqué, just in case you want to find a sitter while you’re in the Big Apple.
The Coney Island Mermaid Parade takes place Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1 p.m.
Ocean Wonders: Sharks!
Located at the NY Aquarium, this new exhibit features 57,000 square feet of space with sea turtles, rays, thousands of fish and, you guessed it — sharks. While it is not due to open till the end of June, the NY Aquarium itself is an awesome adventure where there is a plethora of animals to see and exhibits to visit.
If you’re a fan of ’70s, ’80s or ’90s music, there is an entire roster of retro artists playing this summer in New York City. From bands like ELO and Barenaked Ladies to Smashing Pumpkins and Foo Fighters — there’s something for everyone. While venues will vary, here is an example of a New York icon you can see: Billy Joel will be performing at Madison Square Gardens all of May and part of June. You’ll have to catch him pretty soon in June, but that’s just one example of tons of concerts being held, and what better way to see them than in Madison Square Gardens?
If you’ve shopped till you dropped and you’re looking for something affordable in the big city, there are plenty of free movies being held all summer long. In June you’ll find hits like “Mulan,” “Escape From New York,” “Wonder Woman” and more, all at a variety of theaters like the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan and the Museum of Chinese in America MOCACINEMA at Columbus Park, Manhattan.
Looking for a music scene similar to Coachella but in NYC instead? The Governor’s Ball is part of Summer Stage, with acts in all five boroughs. You can find Celebrate Brooklyn with an eclectic mix. In the North Brooklyn area is the indie scene, but the closest thing to Coachella is the Governor’s Ball, which features a big tent pop fest. You can get there by going to Randall’s Island and find tickets for acts like the headliners for this year — Jack White, Eminem and Travis Scott.
Planning a June visit to New York City offers tons of things to do, from dinner cruises and some of the best food in the world to the nightclub scene and family-friendly fun. If you are interested in doing something fun, New York City is the place to be.