Things to do in New York City

Given its position as one of the world’s top cities, it is easy to see why there are thousands of things to do. Without a guide, your NYC holiday experience can leave you feeling flustered. To narrow down to the various attractions in Manhattan, it helps to use insider tips on this post.

One of New York’s most stunning traits is the numerous famous attractions that aptly define the city’s diverse culture. Make sure to look out for these obvious attractions: the Statue of Liberty which represents historic ties between the French and the Americans, and is accessible using the Ellis Island Ferry; Times Square, a prominent commercial intersection that is home to opulent boutiques, restaurants and entertainment spots and The Museum of Modern Art, home of contemporary art that acts as a bridge between historic events and present happenings. You should also check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art for some of the most interesting art exhibitions in New York.

Once you have ticked off these popular attractions from your list of things to do in New York, the next step entails finding those hidden gems that make the city come alive. Start off at Central Park, a park that offers views of lush flora and a perfect break from NYC’s fast pace. The best way to soak in the park’s beauty is to take a morning jog, or hire a bike and pedal away to the park’s stunning views. Make sure you take a photo at the iconic Bow Bridge too.

Saunter through the West Village to enjoy a simple and relaxed experience of the neighborhood’s quaint environment. Here, you can munch on delicious cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, or enjoy a cold one at Spotted Pig. Once you are full and energized, make your way to the Film Forum to catch up with the latest films.

Do not pass the opportunity to visit Empire State Building (ESB) one of the most iconic buildings in the city. The tallest building in the city, the ESB offers breathtaking views of the New York’s skyline from the viewing deck on the 86th floor. To get to the deck however, show up early as the queues can sometimes be long. Alternatively, purchase your tickets online to cut on queuing time.

Other prime attractions worth checking out include the National September 11 Memorial built to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attack, the Yankee Stadium for sport enthusiasts and Top of The Rock, a stunning open-air observation deck at the Rockefeller Center.

The best time to visit New York is actually any time. This is because even with extreme seasons, the city still reverberates with exciting events and things to do. Best known for its diversity and as a cosmopolitan city, there is absolutely no shortage of things to do in New York. Enjoy your stay in this amazing tourist destination, and take home with you memories of the Big Apple. If you are looking for a great place to stay we recommend the Excelsior Hotel New York or any one of the 30+ great NYC Hostels.

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