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Zara
London, United Kingdom

New York City

Things for teens (16 yo) to do in NYC in the summer?

Spending majority of summer (2 months) in NYC with family..

Not on a tight budget but don't want to be spending huge sums of money. 

Into pretty much anything, love music, sport, fashion, beautiful scenery/buildings, just having FUN. What do we need to see and do?


2 Answers

answered by
Grace from New York City

Summer in NYC as a teenager, sounds magical! I would subscribe to Time Out New York or The Skint prior to the trip to receive updates on local and free events.

To get a taste of New York City, I would go to Smorgasburg or LIC Flea & Food to check out other boroughs, local vendors and a perfect way to spend outdoors, don't forget sunblock!

If you would like the same view and the Empire State Building in your pictures, go to Top of the Rock instead. If you are a fan of US television, you can also book free tickets to see a taping of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the same building  

Depending on clear skies, you can experience the Manhattanhenge, a beautiful natural phenomenon in which the setting sun is aligned with the east-west streets of NYC on July 11,12 and 13.

I love the buzzing energy of Union Square Green Market on Saturdays. Grab fresh produce, cheese and bread for a picnic at Central Park - Sheep Meadow

Food courts have been popular and worth experiencing, Gotham West MarketBrookfield Place and Urbo


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Smorgasburg (attraction)
  2. LIC Flea & Food (attraction)
  3. Top of the Rock (attraction)
  4. Union Square Green Market (attraction)
  5. Central Park - Sheep Meadow (attraction)
  6. Gotham West Market (restaurant)
  7. Brookfield Place (attraction)
  8. Urbo (restaurant)
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answered first by
Polly from Washington, DC

Zara, you guys are going to have a blast. Aside from the touristy must-sees, like the Empire State Building, here are some fun things to do in the summer.

Free movies at Bryant Park. Grab a picnic blanket and get there early. Half the fun is rushing to stake out a spot when the lawn opens.

Games at Yankee Stadium. Go for a slice of Americana while watching the Yankees play baseball, or check out a soccer match - David Villa is one of the stars of the new team NYCFC.

Take the train out to Coney Island, have a Nathan's hotdog and take a ride on the Cyclone roller coaster.

Check out some of the city's museums. Both The Metropolitan Museum of Art (and The Cloisters) and the American Museum of Natural History are "pay what you wish". Museum of Modern Art offers free entry one night a week. USS Intrepid is another option.

Exploring Central Park is fun, as is getting tickets to Shakespeare in the Park, held every summer.

Shopping in Chinatown New York is pretty hot and sticky, but is still a neat experience.

Staten Island Ferry is a a cheap way to get out on the water and see the harbor, as is the Governors Island ferry. The Roosevelt Island Tram is another unique trip to take.

Getting ice cream by the waterfront in Brooklyn is a nice way to relax after walking the Brooklyn Bridge.

And finally, celebrating July 4th in New York. New York actually doesn't do Independence Day as way as Boston or District of Columbia, but at least the fireworks have returned to the East River, where more New Yorkers can enjoy them!


Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Empire State Building (attraction)
  2. Bryant Park (attraction)
  3. Yankee Stadium (attraction)
  4. Coney Island (attraction)
  5. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (attraction)
  6. The Cloisters (attraction)
  7. American Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  8. Museum of Modern Art (attraction)
  9. USS Intrepid (neighborhood)
  10. Central Park (attraction)
  11. Chinatown New York (neighborhood)
  12. Staten Island Ferry (attraction)
  13. Governors Island (attraction)
  14. Roosevelt Island Tram (attraction)
  15. Brooklyn Bridge (attraction)
  16. Boston (city)
  17. District of Columbia (state)
  18. East River (attraction)
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