Dive into science with your family this summer for catch and release fishing, microscopic investigations, River-inspired crafts and more. Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park
Dive into science with your family this summer for catch and release fishing, microscopic investigations, River-inspired crafts and more. Photo courtesy of Hudson River Park

Weekend Fun: City of Water, Back to the Beach, Bastille Day

Some weekends it feels like all the summer fun is happening at once—not that we're complaining!

Saturday brings City of Water Day to the Seaport, the It's Your Tern Festival to Governors Island, the Boardwalk Children's Festival to the Rockaways, Woodstock nostalgia to the Children's Museum of Manhattan, and Colonial ice cream flavors to Washington Heights.

On Sunday, cheer the Disability Pride Parade from Madison Square Park to Union Square, or allez-y vites to celebrate Bastille Day in Midtown East. Plus, you can dance to early American music at SummerStage's Family Day in Central Park.

Staten Island's Midland Beach hosts Back to the Beach all weekend, with live music, rides, and fab food—and it's a snap to get there from Manhattan. This weekend you can also rev your engines at the NYC E-Prix in Brooklyn, gorge on Italian treats at the Annual Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, or practice 18th century military drills at the New York Historical Society's Continental Army Weekend celebration.

And that's just the tip of the calendar iceberg: Check out free outdoor movies, the best pools for toddlers and kids, a whopping list of 35 great summer day trips, and our boredom-busting rundown of 100 free things to do with kids this summer.


Midland Beach
Midland Beach
Staten Island, NY

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
North 8th and Havemeyer Streets
Williamsburg, NY 11211

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
72 Bowne Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Riverside Park
W. 89th St and Riverside Dr
New York, NY

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue Ecology Building
Bronx, NY

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Pier 17, South Street Seaport
89 South Street
New York, NY 10038

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard
Queens, NY

Governors Island
New York, NY

Pier 84 Hudson River Park
W. 44th St
New York, NY

Books of Wonder
27 W 84th St
New York, NY 10024

Damrosch Park
62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam
New York, NY 10023

Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace
New York, NY 10032

Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY

22 East 60th Street
22 East 60th Street between 5th and Lexington Avenues
New York, NY

Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield Central Park
New York, NY 10021

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354
Flushing, NY 11354

Broadway, between Madison Square Park and Union Square
New York, NY 10011

Pier 84, Hudson River Park
Cross at W. 44th St. in Maritime Entertainment District
New York, NY