5th Annual "Where-To" Guide to NYC

photo by Julie Larsen Maher; David Nager; SIFerry

Where to Get Wet:

These attractions are the grown-up equivalent of running through a sprinkler. (Or unscrewing a hydrant, if you’re in Brooklyn.) You may not actually get wet, but being on an island, the least you could do is try.

Team NY Aquatics tnya.org. Dive into the LGBT community by joining its swimming or polo team, for a nominal fee and loads of wet ’n’ wonderful fun.

Central Park Boating See website for location information, centralparknyc.org. Rent your rig at the Loeb Boathouse, then enjoy 22 liquid acres worth of serenity and paddling in the Central park pond.

NY Watertaxi Beach Long Island City, Queens, watertaxibeach.com. Taxi to the tiki on this man-made oasis at Hunter’s Pt, then slurp sangria with the best view of Midtown’s skyline.

Staten Island Ferry See website for location information, siferry.com. Both helpful and free of charge, the Staten Island ferry provides picture-perfect Lady Liberty views for tourists and a means of commute for locals.

Coney Island 1208 Surf Ave (@ w 12th St), coneyisland.com. Welcome to the freakshow at its best, with the all-important Cyclone and plenty of Coney Island hot dogs.

Manhattan Island Foundation nycswim.org. Can’t bother waiting for the ferry? Dive right in with the MIF and get to Governor’s Island by your own womanpower—or participate in one of several relays this summer in the Hudson & East Rivers.

South Street Seaport 19 Fulton St (@ Front St), southstreetseaport.com. A dense crush of cafes, festivals, shops, and the people who love them. A maritime museum tops it off.

Astoria Pool 19th St (@ 23rd Dr), nycgovparks.org. It’s the biggest pool in NYC, and its innovative “sprinkler” pool makes it popular with its younger patrons.

Prana Sailing See website for booking information, pranasailing.com. Looking to add a new angle to your yoga practice? Do it on a boat, with Prana’s romantic or invigorating cruises.

NY Aquarium 502 Surf Ave (@ W 8th St), nyaquarium.com. Admire a particularly attractive sting-ray exhibit, and take a gander at thousands of other mind-boggling sea creatures at this popular attraction.

Spirit Bateaux Dinner Cruise bateaux-newyork.com. Drink martinis (don’t throw stones) in a European-style glass barge while you nibble your meal or listen to live music.