How to Beat the Heat in NYC

Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By sarahpruitt on July 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm

It may be sweltering out there, but there are still tons of ways to stay cool during your visit to New York City this summer. Here are five of them:

Go swimming. Take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to Jones Beach State Park (known for its swimming) or take a dip in one of the city’s public pools. TimeOut NY has a list of their top ten picks.

The Boat Basin Cafe, 79th Street. By Ed Yourdon via flickr.

Sip a frozen margarita under the covered rotunda at the Boat Basin Café on West 79th Street. Your shade comes complete with great views of the Hudson (and hopefully a cool breeze).

Go to a museum. Whether you spend a day at the granddaddy of them all—the Metropolitan Museum of Art—or explore a smaller spot (try the Eco Fashion: Going Green exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology), you’ll stay cool and get some culture at the same time.

Buy an iced coffee from one of these great places.

See a movie. AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 (with IMAX) and Regal Union Square Stadium 14 will have all the big summer blockbusters. If you’re looking for something a bit more obscure, head to Landmark Sunshine Cinemas on the Lower East Side for a good selection of alternative, independent and foreign films.

What’s your favorite way to beat the summer heat?

(Images courtesy of Ed Yourdon and Barbara L. Hanson.)

Tags: drinks, heat, metropolitan museum, movies, museums, outdoors, summer

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