In a city as big as New York, there are a lot of ways to relax and have fun during your time off work on Monday, September 3. Still need some ideas? Check out our list of the top things to do on Labor Day in New York City!


Brooklyn Bridge Pool Park

Summer isn’t over just yet, so what better way to spend Labor Day than cooling off at the pool? If you’re planning on doing other things, too, then you won’t mind the 45-minute timed sessions that the Brooklyn Bridge Pool allows visitors.

Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk

If you’re looking for fun and games on Labor Day, head over to Coney Island’s boardwalk and enjoy carnival games and amusement park rides. There’s also a beach nearby where you can swim and relax.

Central Park

Unwind and surround yourself by nature on Labor Day at beautiful Central Park, the most-visited park in the country. Get in a workout by renting a bike or learn about this iconic landmark by booking a guided walking tour. Or do both and book a guided bike tour!

West Indian Day Parade

Of course, there’s a holiday parade the Saturday after Labor Day, but, if you’re feeling festive, come party at the West Indian Day Parade! Drawing millions each year, this Carnival-style parade begins at 11 a.m. and showcases the rich, vibrant Caribbean culture.


Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Want to spend Labor Day at the beach? Bring the gang to Rockaway Beach to cool off and have some fun in the sun. Here, you can also have a cookout, play a game of volleyball, and stroll down the gorgeous boardwalk.

Astoria Park Pool

Enjoy swimming minus the sand on Labor Day at the Astoria Pool, which is the size of four olympic-sized pools! Pool hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with schedule pool cleaning from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. If you have kids, keep in mind that the mini pools will be closed on Labor Day.

Gantry Plaza State Park

Spend Labor Day in the great outdoors at Gantry Plaza State Park while walking around the park’s four piers and stunning gardens. The possibilities are endless with other amenities including picnic tables, basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table. If you stick around until dusk, you can also see the sunset on Manhattan’s skyline followed by a light show as skyscrapers illuminate the night sky.

Museum of the Moving Image

Couch potatoes and history buffs alike will enjoy visiting the Museum of the Moving Image on Labor Day. This interesting place chronicles the evolution of television, movies, and video games focusing on both pop culture and technological advancements.

Make the most of your day off and check out these things to do on Labor Day in New York City!

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