Summertime in the Greater New York City Area

Posted on Travels with Taylor June 9, 2017 by Taylor Deer

Summertime in the Greater New York City Area

by Taylor Deer

The Best Places to Have Fun in the Sun

If you know me well than you can definitely say I am not a homebody. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a day here and there where I can relax on my patio and enjoy a nice book and glass of wine, but I believe that a beautiful Saturday or Sunday in the warmer months shouldn’t be wasted at home when there is so much to do and see! Plus, here in New Jersey, our warm months don’t last that long, so you might as well take advantage of it. (Maybe it is the adventure junkie in me.)

In this blog post, I put together a list of my favorite places to have fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in the Greater New York City Area.

Enjoy a relaxing day sipping on delicious wine/beer/cider, take in beautiful scenery and listen to awesome live music at a winery in New Jersey or the Hudson Valley, NY. Below are a list of my favorites:

Benmarl Winery – Marlboro, NY

Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery – Warwick, NY

Laurita Winery – New Egypt, NJ

Robibero Family Vineyards – New Paltz, NY

Torne Valley Vineyards – Hillburn, NY

Brotherhood Winery – Washingtonville, NY

Weed Orchards Winery & Cidery – Marlboro, NY

Bad Seed Cider Company – Highland, NY

Pennings Farm Cidery – Warwick, NY

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Enjoying a refreshing rosé at Benmarl Winery with my friend Kristen.

Grab a tropical drink, share laughs and indulge in awesome food on the Hudson River. Check out my favorite waterfront hotspots below:

Pier 13 Hoboken – Hoboken, NJ

Lightship Frying Pan – Manhattan, NY (Chelsea)

Surf City – Jersey City, NJ

La Marina – Manhattan, NY (Upper West Side)

Lutze Biergarten – Jersey City, NJ

City Vineyard in Hudson River Park at Pier 26 – Manhattan, NY (SoHo)

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Having fun on the barge at Lightship Frying Pan in NYC.

Pretend you are on top of the world at a rooftop bar. The places below offer some of the best views and drink options:

230 Fifth Garden Rooftop Bar & Lounge – Manhattan, NY (Flatiron District)

Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar – Manhattan, NY (Financial District)

Porta – Jersey City, NJ

City Bistro – Hoboken, NJ

The Dubliner – Hoboken, NJ

The Press Lounge – Manhattan, NY (Hell’s Kitchen)

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A Throwback to June 2014 when My Friend Alice and I Celebrated our 23rd Birthdays at 230 Fifth

Have a beach day! You deserve it. Below are the best beach towns and outdoor bars/lounges for day trippers:

Asbury Park, NJ – Watermark

Long Branch, NJ – Avenue Le Club

Sea Girt, NJ – Parker House

Belmar, NJ – Bar Anticipation

Manasquan, NJ – Leggett’s Sand Bar

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ – Martell’s Tiki Bar

Seaside Heights, NJ – The Beachcomber Bar & Grill

Grab a delicious bottomless brunch at one of the great options below:

Agave – Manhattan, NY

Halifax – Hoboken, NJ

The Hamilton Inn – Jersey City, NJ

Sixty5 on Main – Nyack, NY

Park West Tavern – Ridgewood, NJ

The Cornerstone Restaurant & Bar – Hillsdale, NJ

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Brunch is always a good idea!

Get active and go on a hike! Here are my favorite trails in the area:

Ramapo Valley County Reservation – Mahwah, NJ

Sterling Forest State Park – Tuxedo Park, NY

Harriman State Park – Sloatsburg, NY

Bear Mountain State Park – Bear Mountain, NY

Ringwood State Park – Ringwood, NJ

The Celery Farm Nature Preserve – Allendale, NJ

Palisades Interstate Park – Alpine, NJ

* I love Sunshine Yoga Life! They offer yoga hikes in New Jersey. There is a two-hour hike to a beautiful waterfall or mountain peak. It is then followed by an hour yoga session to bring stillness and allow everyone to connect with New Jersey’s beautiful nature. You should definitely take advantage of this awesome adventure opportunity if you are in the area.

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Enjoying New Jersey’s beauty at the Ramapo Reservation.

I hope you all enjoyed my blog post on my favorite summertime activities in the New York City area! If you have any questions about where I have fun in the summer, please email me at

Happy Travels


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