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Make This Your End of Summer NYC Bucket List

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Make This Your End of Summer NYC Bucket List

August may signal the end of yet another summer, but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye. There are plenty of ways to keep the summer going a little longer by indulging in these last-minute, summer-worthy events.

Enjoy the final moments of the season by checking these things to do off our NYC end-of-summer bucket list!


Take a Scenic Boat Ride

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Photo Credit: Manhattan By Sail

Nothing says summer like being on a boat. Snatch your last chance to take a ride aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship‘s twilight sail, a two-hour voyage with music, drinks, and stellar views.


Splash Around at Coney Island

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Photo Credit: Coney Island Facebook

Frolic on the beach, get some thrills on amusement park rides, and catch unique performances and exhibitions at one of NYC’s best summer destinations. Even though the beach and boardwalk are open year-round, the amusement park is only open through October, so take this opportunity to get your last days at the park in!


Free Movies at the Park

Photo Credit: Movies in the Park

Pack a picnic and grab a friend for Free Movies at the Park, an enormous film series playing all over NYC and ends in September! Enjoy a night at the movies, where many popular, new, and even international films will be shown. Times and locations vary, so make sure to plan ahead.


Feast of San Gennaro

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Photo Credit: Feast of San Gennaro

It’s “The Feast of All Feasts” on Mulberry Street. Head to Little Italy to celebrate the patron saint of Naples from September 13–23. This event lasts 11 days, so what’s your excuse to miss it? Indulge in events such as the annual cannoli-eating contest and so much more!


Go Kayaking

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Photo Credit: NYC Parks

There are plenty of free kayaking opportunities in each of NYC’s boroughs—so why not give it a shot while the sun still shines? Cruise your way down the Hudson through the end of September and into early October before it gets too chilly. Various times and locations are listed here.


Vendy Awards

Photo Credit: Vendy Awards via Instagram

Photo Credit: Vendy Awards via Instagram

Foodies, don’t miss the Vendy Awards on September 22 — where the best street vendors in the city come together at Governor’s Island. Admission for this event allows guests to partake in unlimited samples from all 25 vendors — what’s not to love?


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Mari Hinchley is a multimedia journalism major at Columbia College Chicago, with a minor in radio. While at Columbia, Mari has written it all, from covering Chicago politics, to a feature about drag queens. There’s never a dull story in Mari’s book. A pop-culture connoisseur, Mari prides herself on having a vast knowledge of music, film, and fashion. In her free time, she enjoys concerts, yoga, and pina coladas. She also dances like Elaine Benes.

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