South Street Seaport, NYC

If you are looking for something to do when you are in the NYC area, consider walking the South Street Seaport.  You don’t need to make plans ahead of time nor do you need dinner reservations.  Just show up and you can stop in at one of the restaurants on Pier 17.  Or stop for a drink at an outdoor cafe and enjoy people watching like they do in Paris.

The South Street Seaport is kind of a quick fix to turn a blah day into an uplifting one.  Dance music is filtered onto the pier, which makes it easy to get into salsa dance mode.  The people dancing adds to the festive mood, while the lights twinkle from  the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges’ backdrop.

The Seaport and Pier 17 has a rich and diverse history, the same as Wall Street or Central Park. It’s a cultural marketplace of Lower Manhattan and a gateway to the harbor. The neighborhood offers attractions, shops and restaurants for every taste. It’s easily accessible by subway, car, ferry or bus. The Seaport Museum, concerts, street performers, boating and bike rentals add plenty of activity for everyone to enjoy.

Hartland Brewery

This restaurant/brewery on the corner of South Street and Fulton Street is a favorite for many  reasons.   If you’re in the mood for taste-testing a variety of flavored beers brewed right in New York City, this is the place to sample them all.  For $12.95 you’ll get six select beers made from different ingredients, such as Cornhusker Lager: malts and flaked sweet corn; or, Red Rooster Ale: caramel and Munich malts, an ale with toffee and toasted nut character. My favorite is Farmer Jon’s Oatmeal Stout, their award winner, which is a creamy stout with hints of espresso and elegant dark chocolate.   Make a plan this summer to enjoy the culture and diversity of South Street Seaport with family and friends.