Make sure you pack the sunscreen. Here are the best places to soak up the sun in the five boroughs this summer. By Alyson Schwartz.

Governor’s Island – Picnic Point

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Governor’s Island boasts bathrooms, food, fabulous views and—hopefully—a breeze from the water, definitely making it the best spot in NYC to catch some rays.

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park

North of Battery Park, off Battery Place

At Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park you’ll get to enjoy amazing views of the Statue of Liberty, bathrooms and a public roof deck for even better views. It is a great spot to spend the day playing Frisbee, reading a book or just relaxing on a blanket.

Holiday Inn Midtown


440 West 57th Street
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While a day pass isn’t cheap and it is pretty crowded on the weekends, you can almost pretend you escaped town for the day. With a pool, chaise lounges and a bar, don’t feel guilty to play hooky from work and spend the day here.

Central Park – 79th and 5th

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What park could be better than New York’s most famous park? Here you’ll get trees and a quieter alternative to Sheeps Meadow or the Great Lawn – with bathrooms within walking distance.

Brighton Beach

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If you want an actual beach—complete with sand and water—to sunbathe, head over to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach to soak up the sun.

Astoria Park


23rd and 19th Streets, Astoria

Astoria Park is known for housing the oldest and largest pool in New York City. In addition to the pool, there’s a track, tennis courts, basketball courts, multiple trails and playgrounds so you don’t have to sit still while enjoying the sun.

Alyson Schwartz is the author of the blog Ribbons of Thought, which features musings on topics from fashion to NYC living including fun activities, food and unique finds.