The first official day of summer is on Friday (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City. (By the by, for those of you who live in hot climes and want to get away, it’s a great time to visit the Southern Hemisphere.)
Here are 20 summer must-dos from I Heart contributors in 20 cities around the world:
Nat Geo’s Washington D.C. (USA): Take in some free outdoor jazz at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden (Fridays from 5:00-8:30 p.m.), take a dip in the Capitol Skyline pool, wander in and out of the many free (and air-conditioned) museums, or see D.C.’s last remaining wetlands (and blue herons) at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.
Jasmine’s Mumbai (India): Wear lots of sunscreen and eat anything flavored with fresh mango.
Annie Fitzsimmons’s New York City (USA): Ride a bike from Central Park to Coney Island. Just outside Prospect Park in Brooklyn, you pick up Ocean Parkway, America’s oldest bike path, which will take you there.
Larissa and Michael’s Philadelphia (USA): Take in a Phillies baseball game. We love our Fightin’ Phils, and have set records for the most continuous sellout crowds. The ballpark is beautiful, the food good, and the atmosphere electric. I’d recommend going to one of the night games around Independence Day (July 4) when there are fireworks after the game.
Megan and Natalie’s Seoul (South Korea): Take a dip in one of the many outdoor pools that run along the River Han for some much needed relief from the sweltering heat.