Summer fun doesn't have to mean hitting the beach every weekend. From a cupcake crawl and night fishing to biking excursions, upscale dining and spa treatments, we found countless ideas on Travelzoo that are sure to keep you entertained all summer long. So if you're looking to escape Long Island for a night or want to plan a fun day trip, check out these can't-miss deals in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens that won't break your budget.
Downtown Cupcake Crawl
The deal: For $35, enjoy a cupcake crawl with six cupcake tastings from top-rated bakeries in Downtown Manhattan. (Regular $50)
Where: Sugartooth Tours (various locations)
When: Now through Aug. 30
What's included: A three-hour tour, which includes six stops with tastings at each bakery. The licensed NYC tour guides share cultural and culinary history along the way. You'll sample cupcakes from well-known bakeries as well as some hidden gems.
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Deep Sea Fishing
The deal: For $22, try an evening deep sea fishing excursion on a charter that takes off from Sheepshead Bay. (Regular $44)
Where: Midnight Fleet (Pier 1 Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn)
When: Now through Oct. 11, 2014
What's included: One ticket to the Magic Hour evening fishing tour. The price includes fresh bait, but rod and tackle are an additional fee. The tours are from 5 to 9 p.m.
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An Italian Picnic
The deal: For $39, enjoy a four-course Italian picnic in Central Park or wherever you’d like to go. (Regular $90)
Where: Pappardella (316 Columbus Ave. at 75th Street, Manhattan)
When: Now through Sept. 27
What's included: A picnic for two with a checkered tablecloth, one antipasto platter with cured meats, cheeses and charred vegetables, two pasta salads, two sandwiches, Italian bread served with olive oil on the side, two lemon bars, assorted biscotti and two bottles of water.
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Afternoon Spa Escape
The deal: Spend an afternoon relaxing and save up to 60 percent on spa packages. ($45 vs. $85)
Where: SKN Spa (698 10th Ave., Manhattan)
When: Now through Nov. 1
What’s included: Spend a quiet afternoon treating yourself to spa treatments. For $45, get a 60-minute basic facial. For $65 (regular price up to $115), get an hour-long massage (choose from signature, organic, Swedish or aromatherapy).
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Rooftop Cocktails and Appetizers
The deal: For $39, plan a night out with cocktails and appetizers at a Lower East Side hot spot. (Regular $88)
Where: Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow St., Manhattan)
When: Now through Sept. 21
What's included: A night out for two including two appetizers (up to $16 each), such as French dip dumplings or rock shrimp tempura, as well as four cocktails or glasses of wine or beer (up to $14 each).
Get the deal: Hotel Chantelle
Classic Arcade Games
The deal: For $15, spend the afternoon playing classic arcade games. (Regular $30)
Where: Chinatown Fair (8 Mott St., Manhattan)
When: Now through Oct. 15
What’s included: Receive credit to play classic arcade games such as “Ms. Pac-Man” and air hockey. Games are priced between $0.37 and $1.12 a play. Get the deal: Chinatown Fair
French Bistro Dinner
The deal: For $49, enjoy a romantic dinner for two with wine. (Regular $108)
Where: Cantine Parisienne at The Nolitan Hotel (40 Kenmare St., Manhattan)
When: Now through Oct. 4
What's included: Choose from hors d'oeuvres, soups or salads, such as salmon tartare or burrata (up to $16 each), two entrees, such as steak frites or duck leg confit (up to $24 each) and two cocktails, beers or glasses of wine (up to $14 each).
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The deal: For $35, flex your creative muscles during a two-hour Paint Nite event in Manhattan or Brooklyn. (Regular $65)
Where: Paint Nite New York (Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn)
When: Now through Dec. 1
What's included: A two-hour party lead by local artists. Instructors provide all the necessary art materials, as well as step-by-step instruction for painting city skylines, beach scenes and colorful landscapes. Most events are held in bars around the city.
Get the deal: Paint Nite New York
Bike Central Park
The deal: For $10, bike through Central Park and enjoy an ice cream treat. (Regular $21)
Where: Central Park Sightseeing (56 West 56th St., Manhattan)
When: Now through Sept. 30
What’s included: An hourlong bike rental for one person. The deal also includes ice cream, a drink, a helmet, a lock and an illustrative map.
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Upscale Japanese Dining
The deal: For $49, try Japanese fine dining and save 55 percent on drinks and appetizers for two. (Regular $108)
Where: Megu (Two locations: 845 United Nations Plaza between 47th and 48th streets and 62 Thomas St., Manhattan)
When: Now through July 9
What's included: Head to the midtown or TriBeCa location and receive two appetizers, like yellowtail carpaccio or tuna tartare (up to $24 each) and four cocktails, glasses of wine or beers (up to $15 each).
Get the deal: Megu
Golf Lesson with PGA Pro
The deal: For $129, spend an afternoon teeing off with a PGA professional during a private lesson. (Regular $250)
Where: The Golf Center at TCR (2600 Netherland Ave., Riverdale)
When: Now through Nov. 1
What's included: Play nine holes at the course of your choice with personalized instruction from a PGA pro. For $99, get an hour of personalized instruction at The Golf Center at TCR.
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Excursion
The deal: For $25, you can spend the day searching for humpback, finback and minke whales, as well as dolphins and marine birds. (Regular $45)
Where: American Princess Cruises (Riis Landing at State Road and Heinzelman Road, Rockaway / Breezy Point)
When: June 18-Aug. 28; Wednesday through Friday
What's included: Head out on a four-hour whale-and dolphin-watching cruise on a vessel featuring a large deck, cabin seating and a cash snack and drink bar. Tours depart at 12 p.m.; go with a friend and save more: $45 (regular $90)
Get the deal: American Princess Cruises