This is a good time to take that trip to New York City you've been thinking about if you want to see one famous museum before it sails away for an overhaul. While you're in town, there are plenty other summer attractions around the Big Apple.
A museum setting sail? the former Navy aircraft carrier moored in the Hudson River on Manhattan's West Side, is closing in October to be towed to a nearby shipyard for renovations. Until then, you can explore this warship that was commissioned during World War II and see its aircraft displays, including a Concorde supersonic airliner.
From the Intrepid, it's a four-block walk south along the Hudson to the dock of the where you can catch leisurely scenic cruises on New York Harbor or around the entire island of Manhattan. They also offer cruises in the evening when the city lights up against the night sky. If you prefer dry land, has a variety of tours, including some on open-top double-decker buses.
That walk you follow from the Intrepid to Circle Line is part of stretching along the West Side.
Turn away from the river and walk a few blocks east to Times Square, where TKTS, run by the has discounted tickets for many Broadway and off-Broadway shows. There is always a line, you must pay by cash or traveler's checks (no credit cards), and tickets are limited. And if you're a repeat TKTS customer, remeber that the booth has moved while its original home in Duffy Square is renovated. The new temporary TKTS outlet is just outside the New York Marriott Marquis hotel on West 46th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.
Get an advance look at the area from the photography collections at and read some historical background at "Times Square: Then & Now." And there's a whole set of to show you what the crowds look like.
Get help picking out other places you want to see by visiting the city's official guide, and clicking on "Visitors" for maps, events, neighborhood guides and special offers. They'll link you to hotel and restaurant directories, show you what's playing on Broadway, and give you tips on the ultimate New York experience: shopping. Click on "Things to Do" to search for museums, television show tapings and things you can do for free. And first-time visitors definitely need to spend time reading through the "Getting Around" section.
Along with sightseeing, take in this year's a series of free and ticketed performing arts shows running through August. If you miss the shows, just enjoy the huge oasis for strolling, jogging and relaxing in the middle of Manhattan. It's also the home of Shakespeare in the Park, run by with plays scheduled into September.
Nearby has Mostly Mozart running through Aug. 26. And in Lower Manhattan you can find something to enjoy in the with a wide variety of events taking place into September. Click on "Downtown Info" at River to River for a map that includes the World Trade Center site.
Take a D train subway out to the south shore of Brooklyn and take in on Surf Avenue, opposite the New York Aquarium, which overlooks the beach. That subway station also is the connection to the oceanfront amusement park that's been a New York attraction since the 19th century.