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What to Do in NYC Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day 2014 is coming up fast, and it’s time to make plans. Here are some tips on what to see and where to go over the long weekend, from bike tours to cruises, Broadway shows to museum exhibits.


Clipper City sail (Photo: Manhattan By Sail)

Sightsee from the water Labor Day weekend with a Clipper City sail (Photo: Manhattan By Sail)

Do Some Urban Exploring
If you want to spend your time outside, but would rather not sit still, there are lots of options for tours that get you on the move. Really go for it with Bike and Roll’s three-hour Hudson River & Brooklyn Bridge Tour ($48/pp, get tickets). The tour starts at 10am each morning of the long weekend and covers 14 miles along Manhattan’s greenified West side before cutting across lower Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge. For something a little easier, try the two-hour bike tour with Central Park Sightseeing ($38.25/pp, get tickets). Staying within the expansive park, you will see highlights both natural and manmade. The tour is offered at 11am, 1:30pm and 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. If you’d rather see Central Park on your own two feet — and hear more about the park’s extensive history on camera — take a Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour ($22.50/pp, get tickets). The tours are offered Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and cover locations seen in everything from Rosemary’s Baby to Sex and the City to Serendipity.

See Some of NYC’s Most Talked-About Museum Exhibits
You have a full three days to explore, so a museum must be on the agenda. Every summer the Metropolitan Museum of Art adds a new installation to the Roof Garden. This year it is Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout, which involves mirrored glass and hedges to pair with the roof’s amazing views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. For something completely different, head to the American Museum of Natural History to see Spiders Alive! The exhibit includes 20 species of live spiders including a goliath bird eater, known as one of the world’s largest spiders. Comic fans will want to get to Discovery Times Square to see the new Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. The interactive exhibit includes many items that will wow comic fans, including Captain America’s Birth Pod and Iron Man’s suit. Fans of a different kind of illustration will want to go uptown to the New-York Historical Society, where the art of Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelmans is on display to mark the precocious Parisian schoolgirl’s 75th anniversary.

Take in a Show
Most Broadway shows are dark on Monday anyway, so don’t wait until actual Labor Day to work a show into your long weekend schedule. Don’t worry, you still have Saturday and Sunday to catch a performance. Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murderis a hot ticket since taking home the award for Best New Musical, as is Beautiful – The Carole King Musical starring Best Actress in a Musical Tony winner Jessie Mueller. Wicked is doing four shows over Labor Day weekend, with both matinee and evening performances on Saturday and Sunday. A rare exception to the dark-on-Monday rule is The Phantom of the Opera, which has matinee and evening performances on Saturday and an 8pm show on Monday (no shows on Sunday).

Spend Time on the Water
Sightseeing by water is obviously a good way to take in some skyline views before the weather turns cold. For a daytime sail, hop on the 150-passenger Clipper City for a 90-minute trip along the East River ($32/pp, get tickets). There are daily departures at 2:15pm and 4:30pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend. For a more intimate, after-dark cruise, take a City Lights Sail on the 50-passenger Shearwater ($38.25/pp, get tickets). This 90-minute cruise goes up the Hudson while also giving you a great view of the Statue of Liberty all lit up. Though this is not a booze cruise, wine, beer and soda are offered on board for purchase. Cruises depart Friday and Saturday night of Labor Day weekend at 9:30pm.

For more tips on how to Get Outside in NYC This Labor Day Weekend, click here.

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