Top 10 things to do in New York

Aerial view of the Empire State Building during sunset.

New York has to offer hundreds of fabulous, fun and entertaining things to do no matter what you like; you’ll always find an exciting activity. Day, night, solo or family plan… “The city that never sleeps” is an open book for opportunities to explore.

It is almost impossible to reduce the list to just ten things to do. However, this time, I’ll show those things which are a MUST, especially if it’s your first time in NY.

Ready?… Be amazed by “The Big Apple.”

*Observation Have you noticed all the nicknames the city has? It is incredible! I´ve counted more than 10!.. My favorite? Gotham. Why? I loved Batman.

Here, you’ll find the top 10 things to do that you shouldn’t miss when visiting New York.

Top 10 Things to Do in New York

1. Look around Central Park

Central Park is not a regular city park; It has plenty of activities and things to see. So, when going to the park, you should plan it. What do you want to do? How will you go over it? Walking? Bike riding?

Inside Central Park, you will find:

-European-style gardens.

-A lake and reservoir.

-An outdoor theater.

John Lennon’s memorial.

A statue of Alice in Wonderland.

Central Park’s Zoo.

-The Ramble.

All seasons are great to enjoy the park; whether to see it cover by snow or have a picnic on the green grass in Spring, Central Park is vital when you visit NY.

2. Visit the Statue of Liberty + Ellie Island

The Statue of Liberty symbolizes American history as a welcoming land of freedom and opportunities for immigrants and a strategic point to see the metropolis.

The tour will allow you to revise a bit of America´s history in Ellie Island, enjoy a ferry trip and visit the Statue of Liberty’s premises. You might learn about who gave the Statue as a present to this country, how it was built (part by part) and, at the Island, you’ll experience first-hand how immigrants entered and lived.

*Tip: when booking a tour, check if it allows you to enter the statue and visit Ellie Island. Some tours just circle the Island.

3. Enjoy the Empire State View

You’ll probably recognize the Empire State Building for same famous movies or TV series such as An Affair to Remember, Sleepless in Seattle, King Kong, Gossip Girls, and more.

Be sure to visit the 86th-floor observation deck to enjoy the incredible 360-degree view of the city.

*Tip: if you have the possibility of visiting it during sunset, you’ll be able to see the city with daylight and, then, how it looks at night (it is opened until 2 a.m)

4. Walk along Time Square

Time Square is the hub of excitement, lights, and shopping. Here, you can find the best shops and restaurants not to be missed. From clothes to candy stores, Times Square is bright and musical all year long.

There’s a lot to see and do at Time Square that it is not just a passing-by thing to do!

5. Go up the Top of the Rock

This observatory is located at the top of the Rockefeller Center which is a complex of 19 different buildings between 48th and 51st Street in Midtown.

You’ll be able to enjoy a panoramic view of some NYC skyscrapers like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the One World Trade Center.

6. Remember 9/11 (Memorial)

The 9/11 memorial is a simple wide-open plaza in Lower Manhattan which keeps alive the memory of those who lost their lives on September, 11th. The memorial is free.

What is more, the National September 11th Museum recounts the tragic events of that dark day in American history. Divided into three sections, the museum exposes the lead-up, the day and the afterward as well as some testimonies and relics from the attack.

7. Cross over the Brooklyn Bridge

As a New York icon, the Brooklyn Bridge is a magnificent example of urban design. It is visited for millions every year because of its view of Manhattan, the East River, and the Brooklyn waterfront.

Tip: You can cross it by bike or walking. If you choose the last option, try to stay in the pedestrian area because cyclists tend to move quite quickly.

8. Visit the Grand Central

The Grand Central Terminal is one of the NYC art beauties. You´ll discover a new concept when it comes to terminals as it is adorned with Tennessee-marble floors and Italian-marble ticket counters. Moreover, the ceiling depicts the constellations.

Fun Fact: commuters complained about the ky being backward (as if you look down from the above. But It was claimed to be intentional. Was it? What do you think?

Today, it is used by commuters to go to northern suburbs and Connecticut. No matter if you are not taking a train, this stations deserves your admiration.

9. Have a Picnic at the High Line

The High Line offers a pleasant green space for those who want to stroll, sit and picnic 30 feet above the city. You can also enjoy a lovely view of Manhattan urban landscape and the Hudson River.

Tip for romantics: this could be an ideal place to stroll on a balmy night to see the light-up city an, maybe, the stars.

10. Watch a Broadway Musical

Between the 42nd and 53rd street, you’ll find what is known as the Theater District. (including Time Square) or “The Great White Way.”

Here, you can find 40 professional theater which consistently hosts a variety of plays and musicals most of them known worldwide.

*Tip: Look for that musical or play you would like to see and book tickets in advance. Because of their high demand, sometimes it is not so simple to get tickets when you are in town.

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New York never sleeps; you’ll find these ten things to do plus so many others. No matter when you go to NYC, it always has something great to offer its visitors. Enjoy the Big Apple in all its sides.

I leave you these songs to get yourself into NYC’s atmosphere a bit more!

“Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys “New York City” by Lenny Kravitz

Thank you for reading!