5 Great Reasons to Visit New York City in The Summer

Summer can be the best time of year to go sightseeing in New York City for many reasons. There are so many sites to visit and things to do in the cultural capital of the world that are just better to experience in the summer time.
Whether you would like to run around New York City in a costume during the Great Urban Race or simply enjoy an Elvis ice cream cone while visiting the Ample Hills Creamery, a visit to New York is never dull during summer time, especially when you are enjoying the energy of a crowd!

New York hosts the best parades, festivals, and fairs in the world. Whether you love seeing the actual attractions or just the fascinating array of people looking at the attractions, there is an amazing energy to be enjoyed at any great NYC event. We could actually list countless of reasons and amazing things to do in New York City during the summer, but listed below are 5 great reasons to visit New York City in the summer:

1. Summer Concerts

There is just something about a great summer concert and nobody knows how to throw them quite like NYC. Those who love great summer concerts have to appreciate the shows that New York City puts on. Here are some of the annual festivals that have and will entertain the NYC summer crowds: The Great GoogMooga, New York Philharmonic in the Park, Central Park SummerStage and Governors Ball Music Festival.

2. The Best Summer Bars

Bar hopping is an activity that is fun to do in New York City. East Village alone has over 200 bars. Perhaps one of the most picturesque ways to enjoy the bar scene on a beautiful New York evening is to visit one of the many rooftop bars that the city has to offer.

3. City-Owned Beaches

NYC may not be renowned as a beach destination but it's one of the 5 great reasons to visit New York City in the summer. Despite the continuing Hurricane Sandy reconstruction, the city owned beaches are now open and ready for swimming and sunbathing. Imagine 14 miles of gorgeous beaches filled with beautiful people enjoying the summer weather. Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a day on the beach in New York is a great reason why New York is a great place to be in the summer.

4. Classic Films in Bryant Park

The HBO-Bryant Park Summer Film Festival is now celebrating its 20th year. The lineup, as always, is a stellar one which includes everything from contemporary Hollywood offerings to some of the old vintage black and white classics. Here are some of the shows to be enjoyed this summer: Psycho, The Maltese Falcon, The Wizard of Oz and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

5. Concerts by The Philharmonic

Many people were disappointed last summer when the popular summer series was skipped over, but it is now back by popular demand in 2013. There will be five breathtaking concerts held in New York parks under the starry skies this summer.

While nobody is ever at a loss for great summer activities in New York City, these five are among the most popular. Beaches, concerts, films, and a little bar hopping make for a great way to enjoy the summer in NYC.

Author Bio: Leslie Horning is the Web Marketing Manager at gonytours.com, a provider of discount New York City and Brooklyn sightseeing tours.
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