Don't let the lethargy of summer heat keep you inside.

Keep yourself busy and your schedule packed with activities, whether it's chilling by the pool, hitting an amusement park or kayaking in the East River.

Here are our NYC musts for this summer:

Eat and drink on the water

The breeze coming off the East River will
The breeze coming off the East River will cool you down while you enjoy a drink or a meal. Some of our favorite bars and restaurants to watch the sun set include Grand Banks (Pier 25), The Frying Pan (Pier 66A) and Greenpoint's The Brooklyn Barge (3 Milton St.). (Credit: Jason Burke)

Get out on the river

Get up-close and personal with the city's waterways
Get up-close and personal with the city's waterways this season with a little kayaking. Hit up the Downtown Boathouse, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, Red Hook Boaters or Kayak Staten Island to enjoy free kayaking programs. Each location offers water activities on a walk-in basis, so no need to make an appointment when you're in the mood to get out on the river. (Credit: Brooklyn Bridge Park )

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge at night

Summer nights let you finally enjoy some pretty
Summer nights let you finally enjoy some pretty spectacular nighttime city views without standing in the cold to see them. Avoid the onslaught of tourists and bikers during the day, and head to the Brooklyn Bridge for a late-night stroll, where you'll see the skyline lit up in all its glory. (Credit: Getty Images / Henny Ray Abrams)

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Take your workout outside

Bryant Park, Central Park, the High Line and
Bryant Park, Central Park, the High Line and Socrates Sculpture Park all offer outdoor workout classes through the summer. They're free, which might help give you the motivation you need to pick up a new hobby, like fencing, tai chi or group yoga. (Credit: Angelito Jusay)

Buy something unique at a flea market

Spend the day outside and discover something you
Spend the day outside and discover something you didn't even know you wanted. Expect to find one-of-a-kind jewelry, eclectic decor for your apartment, and some of the markets have food, too. Start with LIC Flea & Food or Manhattan's Grand Bazaar NYC, but there are plenty of spots to check out. (Credit: Grand Bazaar NYC)

Enjoy a movie under the stars

For a chill evening, head to your piers,
For a chill evening, head to your piers, parks and rooftops with a blanket and watch a movie. While the screenings at Coney Island, Bryant Park and Randall's Island have come to an end for the season, there are still plenty of options at nycgovparks.org. (Credit: Etienne Frossard)

Enjoy a scoop (or two) of ice cream

Ice cream in the city is almost as
Ice cream in the city is almost as diverse as its residents. Aside from the Mister Softee trucks manning the street corners, there's plenty of oddball flavors to eat your way through this summer. Stop by some of our favorite ice cream shops, like East Village's Sundaes & Cones, Williamsburg's Davey's Ice Cream and DUMBO's Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. (Credit: Sundaes and Cones)

Hit up a ball game

Grab your friends and those bleachers tickets and
Grab your friends and those bleachers tickets and cheer on the Mets or Yankees with a beer in hand. And don't forget to check out our favorite eats at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field. (Credit: Getty Images / Nick Laham)

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Drink on a rooftop

There are so many amazing rooftops in this
There are so many amazing rooftops in this city, you could spend every weekend at a different one and still not see them all. Every rooftop's vibe, view and cocktail menu is different, but they all come with that natural high from fresh air, city lights and the unbeatable feeling that you're on top of the world. Here are some of our favorites. (Credit: Loren Wohl)

Cool off at a pool

Summer in the city can be sweltering, especially
Summer in the city can be sweltering, especially if you're hot, stuffy apartment lacks an A.C. unit. Thankfully, the Parks Department's 56 outdoor pools are free. No matter your borough, there's a public pool nearby. (Credit: NYC Parks )