Neighborhood: Washington Heights
Address99 Margaret Corbin Dr

Pools and beaches may be the undisputed pantheons of hot weather activity, but The Cloisters will have you rethinking whether museums deserve a spot on summer's short list.

Found in under-appreciated Fort Tryon Park, The Cloisters is an outdoor branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art that spotlights medieval art and architecture, enclosed in peaceful gardens that were made for roaming. Marvel at stained glass and learn about the famed unicorn tapestries before taking off into the painstakingly maintained medieval gardens and digging into the picnic we suggest you pack prior to the occasion.

If you're slacking on your homemade grub game, stop by Café Trie, a small eatery overlooking the garden where you can share a cup of coffee and sit back while your girl sings your praises.