A rock outcropping, a lush lawn, Manhattan buildings in the background—mere descriptions tend to fail when it comes to conveying the magic of Central Park.
Join thousands of marchers in colorful sea-themed costumes (some of which, er, don’t cover much) dancing their way through the streets of Coney Island.
Rockaway Beach, in Queens, is your stop if you want to hang ten—it’s the only NYC beach where surfing is allowed. Novices can rent a board and take lessons.
Staten Island Ferry
Get free views of Lower Manhattan on this commuter boat ride. Bring your camera—there are photo opportunities of the Statue of Liberty and other landmarks.
Washington Square Park
Picnic, watch acrobatic performers, listen to piano players, read by the fountain and sing classic tunes with busking guitarists at Greenwich Village's lively center.