New York City, NY: songs have been written about it; movies have been made about it; and millions of people have visited it. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world and I’ve spent some time writing down what I think are ten things that you really shouldn’t miss when visiting New York City.
- Ten Things Not to Miss in New York City, NY
- Further reading: Is One World Trade Center Worth Visiting?
- Further reading: New Year’s Eve in New York City
- If you would like to visit more than one of the attractions above, consider getting yourself a New York City Attractions Pass.
Ten Things Not to Miss in New York City, NY
10. Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is one of New York City’s many icons. The best time of year to visit it is around Christmas time, when the huge Christmas tree is lit and people are skating on the rink.
You can get tickets to the Top of the Rock here.
9. Cocktails in a Rooftop Bar
Forget going up the Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center. Drinking cocktails in a rooftop bar is what you really want to do. The views are pretty much the same and usually there is a spectacular view of those two famous skyscrapers.
8. 9/11 Memorial
The National September 11 Memorial is located at the site where the Twin Towers once stood. Now it’s a park with about 250 trees and two large square pools that lie at the very location of the towers.
You can get tickets to a tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum with priority access here.
Further reading: Is One World Trade Center Worth Visiting?
7. Play on Broadway
There’s no activity more ‘New York’ than attending a play on Broadway. Make sure to go check the ticket offices at Times Square, as they always have discount tickets on offer.
You can purchase tickets to a variety of Broadway plays here.
6. American Museum of Natural History
Home to 32 million (!) artifacts, this museum is impossible to see in a day. Honestly, I think it’s even impossible to see it all in a whole week. It consists of 45 exhibition halls and therefore it’s best to focus on a few halls and subjects, rather than rushing to see everything.
5. Staten Island Ferry
A totally free activity, the Staten Island Ferry runs between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island and passes by the Statue of Liberty, offering exceptional views of the Manhattan skyline on the way. I say: don’t waste your money on ferry tickets to Liberty Island, but hitch a free ride on this one!
4. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The more than impressive Met is gigantic and filled to the brim with masterpieces from all across the globe, spanning a period of about 5,000 years. Its vast collections include paintings by European masters, sculptures from Ancient Greece, and modern art.
Further reading: New Year’s Eve in New York City
3. Stroll through Central Park
Central Park features a zoo, theater, playgrounds, restaurants, bars, huge grassy lawns, ponds, lakes, etcetera. Absolutely make sure to go for walk through Central Park when staying in New York City.
2. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Another free activity, the Brooklyn Bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. From Manhattan you can take the subway to Brooklyn and walk back across the bridge. The views of the skyline are phenomenal.
A fun way to visit the Brooklyn Bridge is a guided bike tour of Brooklyn.
1. Times Square
Times Square is probably my favorite place in the entire city. I’m fascinated by the flashing neon lights, the bright advertisements, the hustle and bustle, and the amount of activity that is going on all day every day. Located in the middle of Manhattan, this is also a great area to stay.
If you would like to visit more than one of the attractions above, consider getting yourself a New York City Attractions Pass.
I wrote this post in collaboration with Hipmunk, a great online source of hotels in New York City.