Are you planning a trip to NYC and wondering what the 10 best things to do in New York are? If you are a first time visitor to New York here are some of the popular must-see tourist attractions and some of the cool, off-the-beaten-path things to do in New York. I’ve teamed up with Travel Planners to bring you some ideas on the 10 best things to do in New York for your next New York Holiday.
This iconic park is the green heart of New York. Spanning a huge 843 acres, Central Park is where Manhatten comes to exercise, relax, picnic and to soak up a little nature. There are several attractions to visit in the park, including the Central Park Zoo, the Great Lawn and the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. There is also canoe and bike hire in the beautiful urban oasis, perfect for the outdoor lovers!
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The gigantic Metropolitan Museum of Art [most commonly referred to as The Met], is the largest art museum in the United States. It’s a fantastic place for visitors to the city to absorb some incredible pieces of art. No matter what your arty tastes are, there are many collections, spanning a variety of world cultures, artistic styles and historical timelines. You could spend hours wandering the halls taking in all the Islamic, Greek, Egyptian, Indian and Byzantine artworks. General admission is $25 for adults, $12 for students, children under 12 go in for free.
The High Line
If you are looking for A quirky activity in New York City, then you might want to check out the High Line. This elevated and renovated trail is a 1.45-mile-long green space in NYC that was created on a former New York Central Railroad. It is certainly one of the most unique parks in NYC, with wildflowers, art installations and the most Instagrammable views of New York skyline! If you are wondering how to get to the High Line NYC? You can take the 1 or C train to 23rd Street and then take a stroll up to Tenth Avenue.
Scott’s Pizza tours
You can’t possibly experience New York without having a slice or three of New York style Pizza! But where is the best place for Pizza in New York? Why not save yourself hours of research and be guided by the pizza experts? Scott’s Pizza tour is a hugely popular pizza tour in NYC, learn more about New York’s pizza culture, history and obsession whilst experiencing NYC through the eyes of a pizza loving local. The Original Crosstown Pizza Walk is $55 and meets in Little Italy on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays. You’ll hit up 3 pizzerias as you wander around a range of downtown neighbourhoods!
Top of the Rock Observatory
For the most unforgettable views of the NYC Skyline, you need to head to the Top of the Rock Observatory in Rockefeller Plaza. The observation centre is located at the top of Rockefeller Center and offers Instagrammable, panoramic views of New York City. From the observatory, you can see some of the most iconic NYC sights including Central Park, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the One World Trade Center. If you purchase your tickets online for the top of the rock, you will avoid waiting in line at the box office. Tickets cost $36 for adults and $30 for children. If you are visiting at sunset, tickets cost an extra $10.
A visit to the iconic Times Square is an absolute must during a trip to New York, it’s a hub of Mahahatten activity at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. Times Square is definitely an entertainment destination like no other in the world. Prepare yourself for some sensory overload with bustling streets, flashing lights and honking cabs as you wander around one of the most famous places in the USA. Spend some time taking some city snaps, shop at well-known stores such as NHL Store Hershey’s Store, and Forever 21, or grab a drink at a popular bar. You can also purchase tickets to the hottest Broadway shows here, so get your glad rags on an get exploring this vibrant neighbourhood.
Brunch in Brooklyn
One simply must Brunch in New York’s most hip borough darlings. Weekends in Brooklyn are full of trendy New Yorkers seeking out the best Brooklyn brunching spots with the most instagrammable plates. You might have to book ahead if you want a seat at a popular spot. Some of the best places for brunch in Brooklyn include Superfine, Bread and Spread and Buttermilk Channel. You can take the subway to get to Brooklyn but I highly recommend walking across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan into Brooklyn for incredible views of the city.
Chelsea Market is a mix of shopping, office space, TV facility and fantastic food hall. Located in the uber-cool Meatpacking District at 75 Ninth Ave, it’s a great place to pick up trip souvenirs or grab some world-class street food. Choose from a huge selection of food including bratwurst, tacos, seafood, gelato or perhaps peruse the wine shop if you fancy a cheeky imbibe. Chelsea Market is open 7am to 9am Monday through Saturday and 8am until 8pm on Sunday. There is also the opportunity to climb up to the High Line from the far end of the market, a nifty way of combining the two activities.
New York City has many popular and traditional comedy clubs across the city. Some of the best comedy clubs in New York include the Comedy Cellar, Dangerfield’s and the Gotham Comedy Club, where you can watch some side spitting acts. Catching a show at an improv comedy club, however, is a unique comedy experience in New York and is highly recommended. Head to the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, for off the wall sketch shows, bizarre improv and solo shows every single night. The club has also played host to several celebrities performing routines as well as being the launching pad for many ‘Saturday Night Live stars’.
As well as being a major foodie destination in New York, Chinatown also has a range of shops and stalls selling all manner of Chinese goods including teas, souvenirs, eastern medicines, lanterns, fans and the occasional live eel. Take your time exploring the neighbourhood to find some basement restaurants serving traditional dim sum, cheap massages, karaoke bars and quirky speakeasies. My top tip is to hunt down restaurants that only have Chinese menus, these tend to be the most authentic and reasonably priced eateries in China town.
When planning your trip to NYC why not use Travel Planners travel tool to explore New York? You can click on the tool below to discover the almost endless list of places to visit and experiences to be had in New York. Click on each borough to start exploring cutting-edge cool shops, cafes and arty boozers in Brooklyn, gritty hip-hop culture of the Bronx, and upmarket luxury and show-stopping music and theatre in Manhattan. Check out the tool below and let me know what you think!
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