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Top 5: Amusement Parks Near NYC

Top 5: Amusement Parks Near NYC

Few things are as exhilarating as the loop-the-loops of a rollicking roller coaster or a splashy plunge down a sky-high water slide. Sure, New York City has Coney Island and a handful of rides at other parks, but if you subscribe to the bigger-is-better mentality when it comes to theme parks, you're going to have to get out of town to find the best chills and thrills.

Top 5: NYC's Best Private Pools (and How to Get In)

Top 5: NYC's Best Private Pools (and How to Get In)

As temperatures rise, so does our desire to paddle around in a lovely swimming pool, preferably with a cool cocktail in hand and a gorgeous view all around. Unbeknownst to many a city dweller, several of New York City's finest private pools are actually accessible to the public … for a price. We've rundown our five favorites below. Save us a lounge chair!

Top 5: Best Spots to Watch Fireworks in NYC

Top 5: Best Spots to Watch Fireworks in NYC

From twinkly shimmers of cascading light to spectacular booming explosions, Independence Day fireworks are among the most beautiful sights of summer, beloved by both young and old. But, did you know that fireworks were intended to be a part of our Fourth of July celebrations even before the ink was dry on the Declaration of Independence?