How to Create a Brag-Worthy Spring Break Right Here in NYC

So, you’ve put the finishing touches on your term paper and dropped off your last final before skipping out the door. 

What now? Are you sunning in Saint-Tropez? Clubbing in Miami? Saving sea turtles in Costa Rica?

Or, perhaps, you’re spending Spring Break in our favorite city?

If so, you’re in luck. 

No need to pack a bag, you can find all the elements of a turnt Spring Break without leaving the City. Get your cameras ready, from boating to back-floating, we’ve got you covered.

I’m on a Boat


Time to take to the open water! Okay, it’s not quite warm enough to throw on a bikini and bask on deck yet, but there are some fun boating opportunities this time of year.

The North River Lobster Company reopens for the season on April 14th with hour-long sails starting at 1 p.m. from Pier 81. Trips are $10, and “the only floating lobster shack in NYC” offers seafood and drinks (including buckets of beer) for purchase onboard.


Seafood not your thing? Hornblower Cruises & Events has an “Alive After Five” happy hour sail every Friday and Saturday that leaves from Pier 15 at 6 p.m. Cruises have DJs, plenty of Insta photo ops, premium bar packages, and a Build Your Own Burger bar starting April 15.

So just dance, dance, dance


There’s something about being out of town with a group of pals that makes dancing unavoidable. But, New York has some fun dance spots, so why not cut a rug here?

Output (74 Wythe Avenue – Brooklyn) is a massive converted warehouse in Williamsburg where you can catch electronic artists every weekend. There are several spaces inside and a popular rooftop, when it’s open. If there’s dance music, people will come, meaning lines can get long.

For a more intimate space, bOb Bar (235 Eldridge Street) in the Lower East Side is a blast. There’s usually a good mix of old school hip hop and current jams. This place gets packed, and it can be an odyssey to get to the bar, so you’re gonna need to tag team it to get your drank on.

Pool full of liquor, Imma dive in it


What’s Spring Break without a pool party? Room Mate Grace (125 West 45th Street) is a boutique hotel in Midtown with an indoor pool that’s less than four feet deep. Why so shallow? Because there’s a pool bar where you can order cocktails without taking off your two-piece.

The space hosts a lot of private parties, so call ahead to make sure it’s available.

You get a line, I’ll get a pole


Need something safe to tell Grandma when she asks what you did over your break? Do something outdoorsy. Catch-and-release fishing is allowed without a license at the Harlem Meer (Central Park) if you borrow a pole and bait from The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. Try for a largemouth bass!

I like it like that ‘cause the girls playin' beer pong in the back

What’s more fun than drinking? Playing games while you’re drinking! Sure, darts and billiards are a great way to mix it up at the local pub, but we’re talking Spring Break here (and beer only tastes better after there’s been a ping pong ball in it).

Wicked Willys (149 Bleecker Street) is a fun spot with a vacay vibe. Not only do they have beer pong tables, but they also have tasty frozen drinks. Yeah, there’s a cover, but there’s also live bands, DJs and/or go-go dancers, depending on when you arrive.


Off the Wagon (109 Macdougal Street) is another option when you’re ready to bro out. There’s beer pong, but there’s also half-price happy hour until 8 p.m. Monday—Friday. ‘Nuff said.

But now we on the rooftop


You don’t have to be in Laguna Beach to find rooftops with dramatic vistas. Bar Hugo on top of SoHo’s Hotel Hugo (525 Greenwich Street) has fantastic views of the Hudson River. Take in the hues of the evening sky during their daily happy hour from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

If you would like to get a little higher (spring break forever), make a reservation for a meal at One Dine on the 101st floor of One World Trade Center (285 Fulton Street). The menu changes seasonally, and the views are obvs breathtaking.  

[Feature Image Courtesy Instagram] 

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