SUBURBAN INSIGHTS | Summer-in-the-Suburbs

Aug 4, 2023

August is here! Don’t let summer slip by without diving into some of our favorite summertime activities across the towns!

For our latest edition of Suburban Insights, Director of Strategy and Emerging Markets Patti Natiss shares her picks for end-of-summer fun. These towns – and amazing seasonal activities – are a great way to test drive the NYC suburbs and get a taste of what life could be like post-move. Enjoy! 

While A+ schools, an easy commute, and plenty of outdoor space typically top city-goers suburban must-have lists, considering the summertime vibe of your future town is definitely important. Why? Because you want to ensure your expectations and warm-weather plans (relatively) align. Think about it. If you plan to spend summers at home, relaxing at the pool, you don’t want to be the only ones – and in plenty of communities, kids head to camp, and while others hunker down at vacation homes or hit the road for weeks or months at a time. 

Our advice? Even if you aren’t planning a move right now, check out these amazing activities in a few sought-after suburbs. Not only will you get a sense of what summers could be like, but you’ll have a chance to mix and mingle with your (could-be) neighbors. 

Don’t miss: Concerts, festivals, and community events

What’s a great way to get to know your neighbors? By soaking up a little summer fun, together. Check local calendars – or ask your Suburban Jungle Strategist – for the latest in towns you’re exploring. 

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Considering Westchester? Pelham hosts concerts every Monday night at Gazebo Park, or head to Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck and catch a movie under the stars. Movies are scheduled monthly and run into September. In the Rivertowns, Dobbs Ferry hosts live jazz concerts on Wednesdays through August 23. Concerts held at Waterfront Park on the Hudson River. Got a young music lover in the family? Get there at 5:30pm for Jitterbug James, followed by the full performance at 6:30pm. 

And if you’re Long Island-bound? In Port Washington, residents and guests can enjoy evening concerts every Saturday at North Hempstead Beach Park. Grab a blanket, some snacks, and go! 

That said, it’s not just town-hosted events that make some suburbs a seasonal standout. Plenty of organizations host annual summertime events. Longford’s Ice Cream Festival in Rye serves up cotton candy, strawberry soda floats, pink ice cream, face painting, entertainment, and more. At the Greenwich Polo Club, you can catch a public polo match every Sunday at 1pm. Check out the website for specific ticketing information. 

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Don’t miss: Best-in-class beaches

If your idea of summer is being beachfront as much as possible, August is your month. In Long Island towns like Garden City or Rockville Centre, you can join other families at private beach clubs like Sun and Surf or Atlantic Beach Club to swim, play tennis and pickleball, or dive into fun ongoing events like dueling piano night or Halloween in July. 

Another Greenwich go-to? Tod’s Point. Explore 26 miles of beach, check out the local sailing school or stay for the kite flying contests, concerts, kayaking, and paddleboarding. 

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Don’t miss: Days on the water 

Another perk of having amazing beaches in the NYC suburbs? There are many opportunities to spend time on the water. If boating is a suburban must, schedule a visit to the American Yacht Club in Rye. This popular club hosts a family sailing competition every summer. Exploring Connecticut? Rent a boat at the Greenwich Water Club and take in the incredible sights. 

Those are just a few of the many ways to close out summer in the suburbs. Check in with your Suburban Jungle Strategist for more recommendations based on your town strategy and other must-haves. 

Need help finding the towns that do summer right? Schedule your free session with a Suburban Jungle strategist today.

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