New York City is brimming with culture, great food, and exciting experiences. With Fordham campuses in both the Bronx and Manhattan, you have the opportunity to explore the bustling city streets and vibrant communities of both boroughs.

Check out our list of things to do in NYC!

1. Bronx Zoo: Free Wednesdays

Check out the largest urban zoo in the United States, just steps from our Rose Hill campus! The Bronx Zoo has more than 10,000 animals—and you can visit for free on Wednesdays. Just reserve tickets online after 5 p.m. on Monday. 

Every Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; The Bronx Zoo

2. West Side Fest 

What can we say? Manhattan’s West Side holds a special place in our hearts. Explore the area’s vibrant arts and culture with free festival access to museums and special events at Little Island, the Whitney Museum, Poster House, and more.

July 12 – 14; Various locations on the West Side of Manhattan 

3. Sunset Wednesdays at Wave Hill

Photo by Dave Sanders

Picture this: you, your besties, a picnic basket, and a view of the Hudson River at sunset. Wave Hill’s annual summer tradition brings exciting performances to their Great Lawn every Wednesday evening in July. 

Every Wednesday in July, 7 – 8 p.m.; Wave Hill, Bronx

4. Lincoln Center’s Summer for the City Series 

Man and woman dancing at Lincoln Center.
Photo by Sachyn Mital

Experience the magic of Lincoln Center all summer long! From swing dancing to musical theater storytime to performances for India Week, there’s something for everyone right next door to our Lincoln Center campus. Check out the schedule.

Various events through Aug. 10; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Manhattan 

5. Salsa Sundays at Orchard Beach

Did you know the Bronx is known as “El Condado de la Salsa” (The Borough of Salsa)? With a deep history in salsa and Latin jazz, there’s no better place to grab a few friends and practice your salsa moves. Head to the beach and dance the day away!

Every Sunday until Labor Day, 12 – 5 p.m.; Parking Section 5, Orchard Beach, Bronx


Giorgia Sabia is the communications coordinator for the office of University Communications at Fordham. She can be reached at [email protected] or (212) 903-2040.