While many New Yorkers are packing up to leave the city for Memorial Day weekend destinations, others choose to stay behind and take advantage of all the things the Big Apple has to offer. While tourists flock in, and natives flock out, DOWNTOWN stays put to suggest a list of worthwhile Memorial Day activities for new comers and seasoned inhabitants alike.

Here are a list of 5 NYC-centric things to do over the holiday weekend.


1. May 22nd starts off Fleet Week. Discover your inner sailor or check out the men in uniform. Visit Pier 92 to take a ship tour starting May 22nd – 27th. All ships are open to the public from 8AM to 5PM. And don’t forget to check out the calendar with all the activities happening around the city. More info on the Fleet Week‘s website.

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2. Visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum to remember a momentous day in history. Read everything about the 9/11 Memorial Museum opening by clicking here. The entrance is located at the intersection of Liberty Street and Greenwhich St. and is open from 8:30AM until 8:30PM.


3. Climb aboard North River Lobster Co‘s floating lobster shack and experience the Hudson River and delicious seafood simultaneously. This dinner sets sail four times a day for a unique 45 minute sailing and dining experience. Each trip is 45 minutes long with departures at 12PM, 3PM, 6PM, and 9PM.


4. Head to Governor’s Island and enjoy the sunshine while swinging in a hammock. Ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street. This Memorial Day weekend there are extended hours from 10AM to 7PM.


5. Explore the Seaport and witness its revival from Hurricane Sandy. Make sure to check out Front/Row Cinema for a screening of Mission Impossible at 8PM this Friday May 23rd. On Saturday May 24th, look forward to the jazz music of Dandy Wellington and his Band at 1PM.

-Maya Prejbisz