5 Things To Do In NYC This Memorial Day Weekend

five ways to spend memorial day in nyc

I love a good long weekend where the weather is nice and the summer vibes are really setting in. Here’s a curated list of must-do activities that will make your holiday weekend memorable.

1. Enjoy One Of The Many Rooftop Bars and Restaurants

NYC is famous for its stunning rooftop bars and restaurants, offering breathtaking views of the city skyline. Spend your evenings sipping cocktails ,bites, and views. There are literally countless to choose from but here are a couple

  • 230 Fifth: The more touristy of the bunch but known for its unobstructed views of the Empire State Building and spacious indoor/outdoor seating, it is a classic NYC rooftop experience, especially for those out of town.
  • The Roof at PUBLIC Hotel: Offers panoramic views of the city and a chic ambiance, perfect for a sophisticated night out.
  • Boro Hotel: This rooftop bar is a little smaller and more intimate but still offers stunning views of Manhattan and a trendy, vibrant atmosphere.
Views From the Boro Hotel

2. Explore Governors Island

Just a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan, Governors Island is a peaceful escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. This car-free oasis is perfect for a day trip filled with activities.

  • Bike Rentals: Rent a bike and explore the island’s scenic pathways.
  • Hammock Grove: Relax in one of the many hammocks scattered throughout this serene spot.
  • Picnicking: Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with a view of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
  • Art Installations: Discover various public art installations and historical buildings around the island.
Perfect picnic views on Governors Island

4. Boat Cruise Around Manhattan

Experience New York City from the water with various cruise excursions offering stunning views of the city’s most iconic landmarks, making it a must-do activity this Memorial Day weekend. Some to check out would be: Circle Line, La Barca, and for a more elegant upscale excursion The Bateaux.

  • Sightseeing: See the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, and the Manhattan skyline from a unique vantage point.
  • Entertainment: The cruise often features live music or DJ sets, creating a lively and festive atmosphere with bars on every floor to truly make it a party
circle line boat cruise
Start of summer festivities on the circle line boat cruise

3. Head Out East to the Hamptons

For those looking to escape the city, a trip to the Hamptons offers beautiful beaches, charming villages, and luxurious relaxation.

  • Beaches: Spend a day at Main Beach in East Hampton or Coopers Beach in Southampton, both known for their pristine sands and clear waters.
  • Wine Tasting: Visit local vineyards such as the cult classic Summer In A Bottle Wölffer Estate Vineyard, or the various wine trails on the North Fork.
  • Dining: Enjoy fresh seafood at renowned restaurants like The Lobster Roll in Amagansett, or trendy hotspots like Tutto Il Giorno. The options are truly endless.
memorial day weekend in new york
Kontokosta winery on the North Fork has beautiful views.

5. Attend a Pool Party

Nothing says summer like a pool party, and NYC has some fantastic options for cooling off and having fun.

  • Dream Downtown: Known for its chic beach club atmosphere, this hotel offers a pool scene complete with cabanas, a DJ, and a lively crowd.
  • The Summer Club: Located in Long Island City in the Ravel Hotel, this rooftop pool offers great views, cocktails, and a vibrant party scene.
  • SoHo House New York: If you can snag an invitation, this exclusive club’s rooftop pool is a prime spot for a luxurious and relaxed day in the sun.
Formerly Profundo Day Club aka Summer Club

Memorial Day weekend is a time to honor those who have served, but it’s also an opportunity to enjoy the start of summer with friends and family. Whether you choose to stay in the city and enjoy its rooftop bars and Governors Island or head out east for some beach time in the Hamptons, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss out on a memorable boat cruise around Manhattan or a refreshing pool party to top off your weekend. Enjoy and celebrate responsibly!

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