Top 10 Things You Must Do in NYC
New York City is packed full of must-see sights and unmissable experiences, and with so much choice it can be hard to decide what to see. Travellers with plenty of time in the city might be able to take their time, but if you are only in the city for a weekend, before a New York cruise, for example, picking the top sights to see can be a challenge. To help make the most of your time, here are the must see and do things in the Big Apple. Take a look!
Things You Must Do in NYC
The lungs of New York, Central Park is a glorious, green masterpiece of lakes, trees, meadows and exciting discoveries. You can find Strawberry Fields where John Lennon is commemorated, a bronze statue of Alice in Wonderland, and the marvellous Central Park Zoo. There’s even a skating rink, for the more athletic visitor, but just strolling around its leafy paths is a delightful experience.
You will have seen the empire state building in movies and it is the more famous skyscraper to climb in the city, but Rockefeller Centre has a few major advantages. For starters, the crowds tend to be smaller, but most of all, you get a view that includes the Empire State Building, as well as the gorgeous cityscape laid out in front of you. Seeing New York from the sky is a truly breathtaking experience, and should not be missed.
Possibly the most famous, and certainly the most iconic landmark in New York City, the Statue of Liberty is pretty much mandatory for any and all visitors. You can take a boat across to Liberty Island and get right up close, but another option is to hop on the Staten Island Ferry. You’ll get a front row look at Lady Liberty, a charming vista of the New York harbour, and a peak at the famous Ellis Island. Best of all, the whole ride is free of charge!
Brunch is a New York institution, and every trip to the Big Apple should include at least one long, lazy, indulgent brunch with as many mimosas as you can handle! There are great brunch spots all over the city, especially in Brooklyn, but Miss Lily’s is one of the finest, and you can make reservations in advance and skip the queue of hungry diners waiting for their avocado toast!
The bright lights of Broadway attract almost everyone who comes to NYC, and with good reason. A Broadway show is one of the best theater experiences you can have, and there is always something stunning, enjoyable or thought-provoking to see. With over 40 mainstream theaters clustered around Times Square, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and seeing some of the world’s finest actors tread the boards is a real treat.
While Manhattan usually takes the spotlight, New York actually boasts some pretty special beaches, which are well worth a look when you are in town. Whether you choose the retro joys of Coney Island, the vast stretch of sand and boardwalk at the Rockaways, or the more far flung charms of Jones Beach, swimming and sunbathing is just as much a part of a New York holiday as the sights of the city.
Baseball is America’s pastime, one of the most popular sports in the country, and New York boasts two brilliant teams and atmospheric, historic ballparks. Whether you side with the Yankees or the Mets, and head to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field, you are guaranteed a genuinely authentic all-American experience, and a great day out.
- Indulge your artistic side
New York boasts some of the best art galleries in the world, with some of the most important and extraordinary artworks located in the city. Take some time to hit up the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim, and don’t miss out on the cities amazing museums either! The American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of the City of New York and the Louis Armstrong House Museum are all fantastic.
New York is one of the world’s great food capitals, and showcases the best of cuisine from across the globe in a microcosm of gourmet delights. Whether you want to grab a pastrami sub from Katz’s or a slice of pizza from Paulie Gee’s, or prefer the elegance and sophistication of Le Coucou in Soho or Roberta’s in Brooklyn, a good chunk of your time in the city MUST be spent enjoying its culinary delights.
Finally, the HighLine is a real NYC gem. An oasis of peace and tranquility right smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle. This gorgeous park elevated on old railway lines offers stunning views across the rooftops of New York’s concrete jungle, and is a wonderful way to take a break and view some of the public art plastered on the surrounding buildings.
Have you been to New York? What are your top things you must do in NYC?
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