The best things to do in New York City
Welcome to the city that doesn’t sleep…
If you are planning a trip to New York City, then you need to have a plan. The city is huge and there are so many options that you can get overwhelmed with everything if you just jump in without a clear idea of what you want to do while you are there. It isn’t easy to get everything in, but it is possible with a clear plan. Here are some of the best places to visit when you go to New York City. Anyone visiting the city for the first time will usually make these stops a part of their agenda. And you should, too.
Liberty is waiting to see you
One of the most iconic parts of New York City is the Statue of Liberty. You can find it even on the New York State license plates. It is where immigrants used to come on their way into America, and it is an important symbol of the United States. If you miss out on seeing the statue, you may survive, but you may not be able to handle the number of questions you get about why you didn’t see it. You will need to take a ferry to get to the island and depending on what is happening with construction and repairs, you might even get to climb up inside of the statue. This is definitely one stop you don’t want to miss. Or, you can take a sightseeing cruise around New York City and see the Statue of Liberty just from the cruise.
Take a rickshaw tour of Central Park
Another iconic stop in New York City is Central Park. It is one of the best known parks in the world and it has some amazing places that you can look at and see. However, you may want to look into taking a rickshaw tour because the park is large and it can take hours to see completely. With Central Park Rickshaw Tours, you can see most of the park and even stop to explore different aspect more if you want. This will let you see the park comfortably while still making good time in your exploration.
Take a ride on the subway
While it may seem intimidating to ride the subway in New York City, a ride on the subway is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to most points of the city. It is also an important experience if you want to say you have experienced New York City completely. Make sure that you know which line you are looking to take. If you are staying at a hotel, they should have someone who can help you plan your route in the best possible way to get where you are going. You can purchase a subway pass or pay each time your ride depending on which will work best for your needs on your trip.
See a show on Broadway or off Broadway
New York City offers some of the best shows that you can see, so why not look into seeing one of these shows on your trip? If you do decide to see a show, then you will need to make your plans early depending on what show you want to see. Some shows, such as “Hamilton,” are sold out for months or even a year or more out. This is really only a problem if you have a specific show that you want to see. If you keep your options open, then there are plenty of shows you can choose from. Take some time to look online and see what you can find out about the shows that are out there. then buy your tickets.
Hang out at the top of the Empire State Building late at night
It is a popular cliche in various movies, but you could try to recreate one of your favorite movies scenes at the top of the Empire State Building if you wanted to. You could also just visit the building for the sake of visiting it. Especially because you will have a better view of everything is you make your visit during the day rather than late at night. Of course you can get a great view of all of the lights at night as well. Regardless, there are a lot of great options when you visit the Empire State Building.
Remember 9/11 at the memorial
The construction of the National 9/11 Memorial is completed and now you can go and visit the site where the Twin Towers were attacked and one of those immense building was destroyed killing nearly three thousand people. It not only remembers those that died, but also those who risked their lives in an effort to save as many people as possible. The Memorial is open daily and is free to the public so you don’t have to worry about the expense of this stop on your trip. It is a great way to show your support for those who were involved in this tragic event and to remember those who were killed.
Get some culture while you are in the city
New York City boasts some of best museums in the world and also has a large variety of options that you can choose from as you look to find the best fit. You can look for fine historical art galleries as well as modern art or galleries focusing on specific forms of art. If you are interested in exploring more art options, then you can also look into the various smaller galleries were you can see some of the newer art that is happening in the city right now.
See if you can spot a celebrity
While there are millions of people moving around in the city, there is still the chance that you might see a celebrity if you keep your eyes open. If you are looking around at Times Square, you could catch the filming of one of the Morning shows or hang outside of the Rockefeller Center just in case Jimmy Fellon happens to be walking around outside. If you keep your eyes open, you never know who you might encounter. Don’t get your hopes too high, but you never know what might happen if you are aware of your surroundings.
Hit up the night life
While New York City never stops, it is well known for the great options that exist for the night life. Go to a club after a show or go on a bar crawl and see how many different places you can see in one night. With such a diverse city, it is easy to find something that you like. Don’t be afraid to give something new a try as well.
Make your way to New York City
A trip to New York City is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives because there is so much to see and do while you are there. It truly is a microcosm of the world that surrounds us. Not only can you experience the biggest city in New York State, but you can also have experiences that are similar to those around the world. This will be a great choice for your travel plans so that you can see the world in one single trip. Be sure to plan for some of the great stops mentioned above, but also look into other areas you might be interested in such a sports venues or various cuisines that you may be interested in trying. The city has so many great options. Make your plans to go there today.
TIP: before you visit this bustling city for the first time, read about some surprising facts about New York City.