It’s officially nearing the end of August and that means school vacations are close to ending, even if the good weather isn’t. In fact, September has some of the best weather in New York City, since it isn’t too hot and humid, yet hasn’t really started raining yet.

Take advantage of your last few weeks with the family to try some of these NYC family activities going on during the end of August and beginning of September.

Free Carousel Rides at Prospect Park

During the month of August, Prospect Park is giving away free carousel rides on their historic carousel. Prospect Park is the most famous park in Brooklyn. Apart from the carousel, Prospect Park has several lakes, a river, and miles of walking and bike parks. Next to the carousel, you’ll find the Prospect Park Zoo, which is another great option for the whole family.


Where? Prospect Park Carousel (35 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

When? August 23 and 30; 12pm – 6pm




NYPD Community Fair

Meet New York City’s finest up close and personal at this community fair. It can be just to introduction your police officer- loving daughter or son has been looking for. And they’ll also have music giveaways to make it a little extra fun.


Where? Hamilton Fish Recreation Center; 128 Pitt St., Manhattan (20 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

When? August 23; 1pm – 5pm


community fair


Battle of Brooklyn Neighborhood Walk

Learn about a battle that happened right on our very doorsteps…over 200 years ago. While the battle was a victory for the British army, we all know how the Revolutionary War ended. See the path of the battle, where the main defenses were, and how it impacted the city on this walking tour through Prospect Park and Park Slope Neighborhood. Walking shoes are highly recommended.  


Where? Grand Army Plaza; Brooklyn (40 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

When? August 25; 2pm – 5pm




Piano in Bryant Park – Frank Owens

Mondays don’t have to be so bad. Bryant Park is making sure of that by bringing jazz, ragtime, and stride pianists to perform every week this summer. This week you can find Frank Owens, the pianist, arranger, composer, and musical director known for The David Letterman Show, The Wiz, and several BBC Show of the Weeks.


Where? Bryant Park; Manhattan (15 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

When? August 27; 12:30pm – 2:30pm


Bryant Park


Bryant Park Shakespeare Macbeth

Where else can you find a full production of Shakespeare for free with no tickets or dress code needed? This version of the famous Macbeth is supposed to be Gangs of New York-esque, so come ready to relax and enjoy.


Where? Bryant Park; Manhattan (15 min drive from The Lombardy Hotel)

When? August 31; 7pm – 9pm


Staying in New York City – About The Lombardy Hotel

The Lombardy Hotel, due to its convenient Midtown Manhattan location, is constantly surrounded by the hustle and bustle of New York. We are minutes away from activities and sites around Manhattan and Brooklyn, so you can be confident that you won’t get stuck in NYC traffic on your NYC explorations. Our rooms are ready for you, whether you are here on business, with your friends, or on a family vacation.

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