West Indian Parade, Yankees, US Open, Museums

Monday, September 6, 2021 – Labor Day, the first Monday in September, marks the end of summer in NYC, even though the weather is still quite warm. Some of the best things to do Labor Day Weekend in New York City include The West Indian Parade, U.S. Tennis Open, Yankees, Metropolitan Opera, Outdoor and Indoor Concerts, Free Museum Admission for military families and much more.

1. Labor Day NYC Parade and West Indian Parade

The West Indian Parade takes place on Labor Day, Monday, September 6th in Brooklyn and is a celebration of Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions. This parade is also known as The New York Caribbean Carnival Parade and sometimes, the Labor Day Parade, as it is always held on Labor Day as the closing event of New York Caribbean Carnival Week. More Info: West Indian Parade

The actual NYC Labor Day Parade takes place the weekend after Labor Day in NYC – 2021 Date TBD. The parade steps off from 44th Street & Fifth Avenue at 10am. More Info: NYC Labor Day Parade

2. Labor Day Weekend Cruises

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3. U.S. Tennis Open

US Tennis Open

August 30 – September 12, 2021

The US Tennis Open is packed on Labor Day Weekend, making it the most popular sporting event in New York City, and for good reason. The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is spectacular, and the crowd is always amazing. During Labor Day Weekend you can catch Men’s and Women’s Round 3 and Round of 16.

Read the complete NYC Insider Guides to the US Tennis Open with discount tickets, hotel packages, schedule, seating chart and more!

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4. Yankees & Mets Home Games

New York Yankees Tickets

What could possibly more American than a baseball game????

  • Watch the Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles (Sept 3, 4 & 5) and the Toronto Blue Jays (Sept 6-9)
  • The Mets are away Labor Day Weekend 2021, but return for the Subway Series @ Citi Field Sept 10-12, 2021.

More Info: New York Yankees Tickets and New York Mets Tickets, Schedule and Directions.

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5. Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families

Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families

Memorial Day through Labor Day

Catch the last weekend of Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families at more than 40 New York City Museums and gardens. The program, sponsored by Blue Star, allows all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families access to 1,600 art exhibits, science centers, and amazing museums all over the nation.

More Info: Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families Summer

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Discount NYC Hotels for Military Families

Discount NYC Hotels

With rooms from $25 per night, one of the best discount NYC Hotels is reserved for Military Personnel and their eligible dependents and spouses. If you fall into one of their categories, such as Military, Police, Fire from the US or any of our allies, these Discount NYC Hotels are a steal and in a great location.

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New York City Hotels with Pools

While a few of our hotels with pools are family-friendly, most are adult party zones with skyline views, cocktails, private cabanas and summer long pool parties. We highlight more than 10 family-friendly and adults-only hotel pools, many with day-pass availability for NYC locals.

New York City Hotels with Pools

Since most are indoor/outoor and heated, anytime of year is a great time to check into one of our New York City Hotels with Pools.

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6. Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – FREE

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit NYC

2021 Fall Show: Labor Day Weekend Sept 4-6 & 11-12

Walk around Greenwich Village browsing tons of artwork displayed by original artists. Paintings, sculpture, eco-friendly art and lots of other unique pieces to see or purchase, at far less than gallery prices.

More Info: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

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Which is the BEST New York City Discount Pass?

Get savings coupons and find the best New York City Pass Discounts for your NYC vacation. Unbiased reviews of the New York City Sightseeing Passes. Which is the BEST – New York City Explorer Pass, New York Pass or New York City Pass?

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7. Labor Day Weekend Concerts

August New York City Shows and Concerts

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8. Metropolitan Opera – Summer HD Festival FREE

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival

TBD 2021

The popular Summer HD Festival returns for their 11th year, presenting ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions on Lincoln Center Plaza. No tickets are required for the festival in NYC. More than 2,800 seats are available each night, plus space for overflow crowds on the plaza.

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More Things to do in New York City

100 Safe Things to do in NYC

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Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

Best New York City Hotel Rooftops

NYC Hotel Rooftops offer some of the best skyline views in the whole City, along with cocktails and food, views, pools, cabanas, sundecks and retractable roofs. Our top picks for the most surreal views and cocktails include:

New York City Hotel Rooftops

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Museums

Most every museum and attraction is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols, reservations and vaccination proof. Check out the new Museum of Ice Cream (SoHo), Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney and so many more museums from which to choose.

New York City Museums

Attractions & Sightseeing

Most every NYC attraction is open with reduced capacity, safety protocols and reservations required. Whether you want to sightsee from the sky or selfie with celebs @ Madame Tussauds, you can be safe and explore.

Go HIGH or Go Home

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Edge or the new SUMMIT which opens Oct 2021? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) Highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)
  • Summit One Vanderbilt - (91-93 floors) Opens Oct 2021, all glass elevator, indoor and outdoor decks and glass terraces off the side of the building

Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

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Sightsee from the Sky

Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, One World Observatory, Edge or Summit? Which is best and, if we have to choose, which should we visit? There is no easy answer, but here are some facts to help guide your choice.

Edge NYC Observation Deck

  • Empire State Building - (86 and 102 floors) Best for patient movie and history buffs who need to check it off their bucket list. Recently redone indoor 102nd Floor Observatory
  • Top of the Rock - (67-70 floors) Best for sweeping 360° vista views, including of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Shorter lines and cheaper than the ESB.
  • One World Observatory - (100-102 floors) Best for homage to the Twin Towers. Modern and high tech, with phenomenal views
  • Edge - (100-101 floors) Highest outdoor observation deck, glass bottom floor, deck extends 80 feet away from building (photo)
  • Summit One Vanderbilt - (91-93 floors) Opens Oct 2021, all glass elevator, indoor and outdoor decks and glass terraces off the side of the building

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New York City Night Cruises

See our beautiful Skyline from all angles - in any weather!

Sunset Sail aboard the Schooner Adirondack

NYC Insider Pick
Price starting at US$72
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NYC Premiere Dinner & Skyline Cruise

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Champagne City Lights Cruise on Yacht Manhattan

Price starting at US$56
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Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise

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New York City Lights Dinner Cruise

Likely to sell out
Price starting at US$161
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Architecture and Lights of Gotham

Price starting at US$74
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Take in ALL the Tours, Landmarks and Attractions and SAVE

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Secret NYC Insider Tours

Explore our subways secrets with a local guide, go behind-the-scenes at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, uncover surprising gems and historical tales of Grand Central Station, cocktail your way through Manhattan’s best and most secretive speakeasies and much more!

Things to do in New York with Kids

One of the best parts of NYC is that what is fun for kids is usually just as much fun for adults. If you are joining us in NYC for a family vacation, then please read all about our local kid's favorites, along with special tips just for visitors.

Things to Do in New York With Kids

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FREE Things to do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movie and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy...you name it!

Free Things to Do in New York City

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New York City Shopping Guides

New York City Shopping

New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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Romantic Things to Do in NYC

There are tons of things to do on your romantic New York City vacation. Attractions open late with skyline views, Central Park Tours, VIP Experiences, a helicopter ride. Some of the most popular romantic ways to see NYC include:

Romantic NYC Hotel Deals

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Romantic NYC Champagne & Skyline Cruises

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Private Central Park Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer

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New York City Private Helicopter Tour

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Romantic Broadway Show Picks

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Sunset Valentines Dinner Cruise in NYC

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See more romantic things to do at: Romantic New York City Vacation and Valentine's Day in NYC

Explore and Indulge Like a Real NYC Foodie

There is no shortage of pizza, bagels, street vendors, cupcakes, craft beer and cocktails, rooftops and mini food parks to explore and so many more food choices in the five boroughs, along with wonderful guides who can't wait to show you them all!!!!

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Spot Celebrities in NYC

Celebrities in NYC

Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today are common questions by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

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Get Out of Town for a Day

NYC is within 3 hours of so many other cities and areas you can visit for just one day. Easily head to Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Niagara Falls, the Hamptons, Woodbury Common Shopping Outlets and more.

Day Trips Out of New York City

Whether you live in NY or are visiting, and no matter how much you love NYC, escaping for a day is a treat for everyone. Top choices for 1-day Out of Town:

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