21 ways to have the best summer ever

School's out, and it's time to make this summer the best one yet! Here are just a few ways to make the next few months totally awesome.

During the school year, family time can be hard to find. Thank goodness summer is officially here! Enjoy the season with the best summer activities for kidsoutdoor activities for kids and more. Plus, don't forget—there are plenty of activities that you'll love just as much as the pint size crowd...here are a few below!

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Plan a sweet family vacation

The sounds of taxis and trains have become wonderful white noise living in the city, but why not step outside for some fresh air? Outside our beloved grid are mountains, lakes and scenic national parks just waiting to be visited. Our summer weekend getaways are great for long weekends, while our summer day trips from NYC are perfect for quick trips out of town.

By: Allie Early
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Get wet ‘n wild

There’s plenty of opportunity to cool off during hot summer days when you’re willing to get wet ’n wild with the kids. Drop by the coolest splash parks and water parks to get appropriately drenched. If you’re aiming to stay a little dry but still enjoy the water, check out free kayaking in NYC.

By: Hannah Doolin
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4

Get your fill of delicious berries

Everyone loves berries, especially when they’re straight off the bush! Just a quick ride away from the city, there are plenty of berry farms just waiting for you to visit. Grab plumppick your own blueberries and pick your own strawberries near NYC with our guides

By: Allie Early
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5

Build a sandcastle

Pack a bag with toys, books, towels and plenty of sunscreen—you’re headed to the beach! At least we hope you are. These NYC beaches are a spectacular place to kick back and relax, plus your kiddos will love digging holes, burying themselves in the sand and starting their shell collection.

By: Hannah Doolin
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Catch an outdoor movie screening

Showing everything from Big Hero 6 to Jaws, several amazing summer movie series amp up your outdoor experience with rooftop and riverside flicks. What’s more magical than watching E.T. with your kids for the first time? Watching E.T. under the stars!

By: Allie Early
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7

Take a dip

Dive into one of the city’s public swimming pools with friends—there are great opportunities for swimming lessons in every borough! Be sure you’ve read all the NYC pool rules before you go.

By: Hannah Doolin
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Ride an impressive carousel

With great options like Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park or the Carousel for All Children in Willowbrook Park, it’s hard to say no to a spin on some vintage carousel horses. If you’re looking for a wilder ride, hop over to the Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo to zoom around on a praying mantis, ladybug and more.

By: Allie Early
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9

Play tourist and visit top attractions

Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy its super cool landmarks and destinations. Who cares if they’re a little touristy? These family attractions in NYC won’t disappoint. Who could be bored with giant dinosaur fossils at the Museum of Natural History or gazing into the classics at the Met?

By: Lee Magill
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Give in to the need for speed

Feel the wind in your hair by ferry or speedboat travel on the Hudson! You can go for a splash-filled adventure on the Shark or a milder ride on the IKEA ferry. If you just want the joy of being on a boat, well, that’s easy. Maybe it’s time to book one of these family cruises.

By: Hannah Doolin
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