The Intrepid for Fleet Week
Our military’s finest (or rowdiest) invade New York’s shores for Fleet Week (May 23-28). It’s not just about bars and people watching, there is fun for the family too! Climb aboard Intrepid’s Pier 86 for special performances, tall ship tours, movies and even the infamous military Tug of War. Expect added merriment this year since it’s the Intrepid’s 30th Anniversary.
Governor’s Island Park
Escape the crowds in The Hamptons with an easy day trip to Governor’s Island Park, which opens for the summer this Memorial Weekend. To kick off the season the park will feature sing-along performances, food and a special Family Fun Festival. Explore the storied, quaint plot of land that has gone from Lenape, Cacapeteyno and Pewihas Tribes to the Dutch to the Brits to the U.S. Army and now, during the warm months, New Yorkers! Take the ferry from Brooklyn Heights or Battery Park from 10AM – 7 PM to check out various arts, cultural and recreational programs, biking, a picnic or long walk. Governors Island is closed on Fridays however.
Why not settle in lush Prospect Park for Memorial Day? Their antique carousel (now 100 years old) is finally open and ready for thrills at only $2 a ride. For Monday, May 28 the Audubon Center will be free for admission. Ride your bike to the main green for a family feast or if your kid has a focused historical attention span, meander the 19th century Lefferts Historic House on a tour. We’ll be in Fort Greene Park or at Prospect Park’s Tennis Center warming up for Roland Garros!
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