Everyone agrees summer is the best time to get outside and enjoy the city. You may be dripping in sweat waiting for the train but we’ll take that over being trapped inside subzero temperatures - here’s looking at you Winter Storm Juno. We’re enjoying wearing flip flops, rolling in the grass, and playing in bursted fire hydrants like little kids, but let’s take all of these activities up a notch. How about a rooftop cigar and scotch tasting, paddle boarding on the Hudson, or a wicked yacht party for outdoor activities? #winning.
JULY CIGAR + SCOTCH TASTING
Stop for a second. Take a moment to reflect on this crazy game we call life. While the ball of rock we inhabit hurtles around the sun, light a cigar on the rooftop deck above Vivid Cabaret. Admire the view of the Empire State Building, nurse your bourbon cocktail, and ponder life's bigger questions. Cheers.
Sip, drag, blow, enjoy, repeat with YPlan at Vivid Cabaret on July 30th; $35 [includes drinks and cigar].
GRAFFITI + STREET ART WALKING TOUR IN BROOKLYN
If you haven't ventured past Williamsburg, now is the perfect time to start. Beyond Bedford lies an alcove of art and creativity among the streets of Bushwick. This tour showcases some of the art world's top innovators and their skillful designs on the murals of this Brooklyn 'hood. Get ready to be immersed in a renowned, growing, and ever-changing urban street art movement.
View stellar works from underground street artists with YPlan starting from July 31st in Bushwick; $32.
NY ADVENTURE CLUB WALKS: CONEY ISLAND, THE PEOPLE’S PLAYGROUND
Coney Island has always served as New York's playground. Over the years, socialites and blue collar workers alike have flocked to the bright lights of the iconic amusement zone. Join New York Adventure Club for a guided tour of the island's amusements, replete with historic tales of crime, passion, and flame. Afterwards, the group will stop for drinks at a local eatery.
Take to the Cyclone and grab a hotdog at the infamous amusement park with YPlan on August 1st; $27 [price does not include food + drinks].
WALK ON WATER: STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING RENTAL
Manhattan Kayak Company wants to push your balancing skills. Grab a board, a paddle, then hit the Hudson to enjoy one of the most popular sports in the world. Is it your first time? No problem. An instructor will be there to make sure you don't drift off to New Jersey. All you have to bring is water-friendly clothing, some sunscreen, and your camera - just don't drop it. Paddle out and catch some rays.
Get up, stand up, and balance with YPlan on the Hudson River starting from August 1st; $15 [includes locks, lockers, and paddleboard equipment].
CENTRAL PARK SUNSET HISTORY WALK + COCKTAILS AT TAVERN ON THE GREEN
It doesn't matter how long you've lived in New York: you can always get to know your city better, discovering its secrets and admiring previously unseen vistas. As the sun goes down, take a stroll through Central Park. It's a chance to socialize, soak up the scenery, and learn the park's history as your guide plies you with pictures through the ages. Afterwards, you can relive the best bits over cocktails at Tavern on the Green.
Step into NYC’s cherished natural environment with YPlan on July 30th; $15 [price does not include cocktails].
SEE AMERICAN PHAROAH AT MONMOUTH PARK
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the current darling of the horse racing world, and you can see him at the Heskell Invitational. TailBus will take you to the derby day at Monmouth Park, with complimentary mimosas and free swag handed out onboard. When you disembark, find a good spot at the famous racecourse and watch American Pharaoh strut his stuff.
Catch the Preakness winner favorite with YPlan on August 2nd at Monmouth Park; $49 [includes transportation, mimosas, and free swag].
YACHT PARTY WITH JOE GODDARD, DAVID KISS + WE IN CLOUDS
If you've ever wanted to utter the immortal words "I'm on a boat," now’s your chance. This ain’t no ordinary boat either but a yacht kitted out for debauchery on the high seas. Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard and The Deep's David Kiss will supply the slamming soundtrack while you hit the bar, visit the Mexican buffet, savor the epic view, and dance like you're on a fricking boat.
Jump aboard the most wicked boat party with YPlan on August 1st; $20 [price does not includes food + drinks].
SECRETS OF THE CITY
The city is full of hidden secrets and like any curious New Yorker, you're itching to find out more. Hop aboard this majestic clipper and learn about the rich history of New York City Harbor and surrounding areas during this hour-long sail. From its creation and growth to infamous pirates who plundered, a guide will take you back in time and lead you through to the harbor's cultural significances today.
History on a boat made fun with YPlan on July 31st sailing from Slip 2 at The Battery; $35.12.
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