If you find yourself getting a case of cabin fever in June, don’t despair. Everyone gets lazy and lethargic sometime during the summer, but a quick bus outing to NYC can blast away boredom with the fast-paced city traffic, street festivals, tourists and signature events.
Bus Trips Are Becoming Fashionable
Bus trips in the summer – especially for short trips – are becoming quite fashionable for many reasons. First, they’re the perfect antidote for summer ennui. It’s not really the heat but the sameness of environment during a heat spell that generates boredom. Change your location, and you’ll quickly become energized.
Bus trips are the perfect way to travel in air conditioned comfort. Bus routes from nearby towns and cities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the metropolitan area are more convenient than flying, taking the train or using personal transportation. You avoid the stress of dealing with tolls, traffic and parking. Your bus delivers you right into the heart of Manhattan. Special facilities for loading and unloading bus passengers make you feel like VIPs.
June in New York can be a wonderful adventure. The heat hasn’t reached its peak, and there are many gorgeous days for exploring the city on foot. Festivals seem to appear every few blocks during June. The parks are full of families, athletes and outdoor activities for everyone. Rooftop bars offer escape from the traffic, heat and madding crowd. Five of the June events that can anchor your trip include:
The Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Festival in Bryant Park
Bryant Park, located behind the New York Public Library is a logical stop to begin your summer fun – especially if you bring the kids. From June 1 to June 3, you can eat all the ice cream you want at the Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Festival for only $25. You can spend half that amount just for a sundae these days.
The festival features top local and national brands of ice cream such as Baskin-Robbins, Big Gay Ice Cream, Ben & Jerry’s, Waffle & Dinges and the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. The vendors don’t get any more famous, and the ice cream doesn’t get any better than this. Be prepared for serious brain freeze, though.
Taste of Times Square
After enjoying your ice cream dessert first, it’s time for some regular food. Taste of Times Square, which is held on Monday, June 3, 2019, is held in world-famous Times Square along 46th Street between Broadway and 9th Avenue. 46th Street is known as Restaurant Row because of the famous and historic restaurants located there.
Admission to Taste of Times Square is free, and you can sample some of the acclaimed cuisine of Times Square. Each dish costs between two and six tickets, which are on sale the day of the event for $1 each. You can also buy your tickets in advance at the link above.
Jazz Age Lawn Party Transports You to the Roaring 20’s
Next year, we might have to usher in a new era the roaring 20s, but you can experience the culture this year for certain. The Jazz Age Lawn Party, which is held at Governors Island, was first celebrated in 2005. The event features prohibition-era dancing, costumes, food vendors, croquet and 1920s cars. Held on June 15th and 16th, the event has quickly become one of the most famous and memorable of the year according to The New York Times.
You can travel back in time to enjoy one of the most colorful periods in American history. The Wall Street Journal suggests that the Jazz Age Lawn Party is the cleanest and most family-friendly event in the “Retro Nouveau” movement.
Gay Pride in NYC Milestone Events
The LGBT community in New York is offering incredible celebrations this year for the gay community and its supporters. This year, gay pride events in New York take on a special significance because it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall. Gay Pride in NYC includes the World Pride 2019 celebration and the NYC Gay Pride March, which culminates a month of events on June 30, 2019. There are signature parties and happenings all around Gotham including under-the-radar sites that operated long before the Stonewall confrontation brought gay rights into the public consciousness.
Some of the events include a benefit concert by grace Jones at Barclays Center and Pride Island, a 2-day event on Pier 97 with DJs, performers and more. The link above is your source for all kinds of information about the best clubs, historic pictures, gay pride parties and best gay songs.
SummerStage 2019 Events Run from June 1 to September 24
SummerStage 2019 is a series of ongoing concerts, live theater, dance parties, ballet and even outdoor opera. The events runs throughout the summer in New York parks in all five boroughs, so you can catch a show anytime during your trip. The main stage is located in iconic Central Park near the Rumsey Playfield. There are too many acts to list, but some of featured performers include George Clinton, the B-52s and psych-rockers Khruangbin. The official site will list all the acts when they’re announced.
Most of these events are free, and the SummerStage summer-long outdoor entertainment options are among New York City’s best perks for visitors and residents. The festival kicks off in 2019 with a concert by jazz singer Gregory Porter. If there’s something special you want to see, you can easily travel anywhere in New York by subway to visit other parks.
New York Bus Trips for Families, Singles and Every Demographic Group
New York City is called the Big Apple because it has something for everyone. Group travel is ideal by bus because the entire group can travel, relax and socialize together in roomy comfort. Singles, couples and families don’t need to worry about designated drivers, New York’s confusing parking regulations and the stress of driving in heavy vehicle traffic with speeding bicycle messengers and aggressive taxi drivers weaving across lanes. Contact Martz Trailways today to book your weekend outing, family vacation, group trip or romantic