7 Things to do with your Parents in NYC this Summer
New York is a great place to have visitors because there’s always something to do, but it’s kind of challenging to think of fun things to do when the parentals come. My mom, dad, and grandma all came 3-weeks apart and I had to think outside the box for different things to do with all 3 people! If you have this challenge, I want to give you some suggestions of things that my parents LOVED!
Eataly Cooking Class
Right in the heart of the Flatiron district, Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world. This gem has a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, retail items, and a cooking school. The cooking classes are such a fun activity that parents usually love!
When booking the class, you have the option to choose between how in-depth you want to learn the craft of creating Italian cuisine. Usually, there is a special for bringing parents to this class so make sure you call to confirm before paying full price.
I participated in the hour class which goes over the basics of pasta making. There is a professional chef and crew at the front to show you every step, with a camera at birds eye view to show details. The class includes unlimited wine and a 3-course meal which is perfect for a dinner and activity combination.
Picnic in the Park
You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time with your parents in New York. Make some sandwiches, buy a bottle of wine, grab a outdoor blanket, and head to a nice park for a lunch with the parents.
Most of our parks have a great view and plenty of activity areas. This is a great activity for having a conversation and really spending quality time with your loved ones.
I'm personally not the biggest baseball fan, but I think anyone can enjoy themselves at a Yankees game; the food is delicious, the crowd's energy is exciting, and the views are amazing. If you want to have a good time and have a little fun with your parents, this is definitely the place to start.
Bike around Governor’s Island
Take a $2 ferry ride out to Governor's Island for a nice day of biking. Escape the crowded streets of the city and bike around the 7- miles of carefree bike lanes. Bicycle rentals are free for an hour between 10am- noon so get to the hour early if you want to take advantage of this deal.
After the great ride, grab some food from the outdoor food court and chill out in the hammock area. This is a great all-day activity that will definitely entertain your parents.
Rooftop at the Met Museum
If you're looking for something a little more fancy, check out The Cantor Roof Garden Bar on top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
First check out all the amazing exhibits this museum has to offer and then head to the rooftop for a view of Central Park and the Manhattan Skyline while drinking cocktails and eating small snacks.
Give Back By Volunteering
With almost 9 million people living on the small island of NYC, there is always someone in need. If you would like to do something meaningful and selfless with your parents, definitely check out the website https://giveandgetnyc.org/ for daily ways to help another in New York City. Your parents will be inpressed and inspired by your will to serve another.
"Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop."- Dorthy Heights
Walk The Highline
If you find yourself in Chelsea (Manhattan neighborhood), make sure you take you parents to the Highline. The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long linear park on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line, in New York City.
There's plenty of gardens, food trucks, and lounge chairs for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. Wind down for the end of great weekend by chillaxing on the Highline.