New York City is one of the most iconic and most visited cities in the entire world. We have both visited NYC dozens of times and there is just something about this place that always seems to be humming with life 24/7. So, yes it’s true that this is the city that never sleeps. The list we have for you here is a must do list that you shouldn’t sleep on. We hope you enjoy and these are only a handful of activities that we think are imperative to visiting.
1. Go See the Infamous Skyline.
This is an absolute must do when first visiting NYC, no exceptions. Once you have seen the amazing view at a number of different angles then you can truly be satisfied with your travels here. Here are a few different places as to where you can check out the amazing view:
Observation Deck of the Empire State Building is probably the most thought of because it’s been featured in many movies. We suggest that you visit the Empire State building in the warmer months because it is outside but if you’re up for the cold then that’s the true experience.
The One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower is the newest addition to the skyline views when the doors opened for visitors in May of 2015. This building is also taller than the Empire State Building making it the tallest building in the United States.
Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center is another option of this amazing view of the city. The prices are similar to those of the Freedom Tower.
Brooklyn, Ellis Island and Liberty Island also have great views of Manhattan
Another option altogether would be to ride a helicopter tour if you are up for spending the coin for it.
2. Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
This bridge is also one of the main points of interest that someone would associate with NYC since it has been established since 1883. We suggest that you walk across around sunrise because you will get an amazing picture, zero crowds and a peaceful morning time of the present.
3. 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero
The event that occurred on 9/11/2001 will forever be a devastating loss for the United States as a whole. When you visit the Memorial, you truly feel the sense of community that has helped New York rise again even stronger than ever before. Visiting the Memorial is free and there is a museum with artifacts and pictures next door.
4. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
These two attractions are a huge and vital part of history for the United States and we feel as though this should be on your bucket list to see once in your lifetime. Plus, you get a great view of Manhattan when your on the ferry leaving towards Liberty Island.
With these tours, you are taken all around Manhattan and to Brooklyn with an impressive view the whole way. This is not a huge must but, riding a Double Decker allows you to hop on and off at the many destinations along the route to see more. We think this is a fast and great way to see a city and hear all about its history all at the same time. Also, booking online can save you some cash!
With over 1.3 square miles to roam around, Central Park is loaded with amazing artifacts, statues and pieces of art that help shape the city’s history and whats better than greenery in the middle of a concrete jungle?!
7. Watch a Broadway Show in Times Square
Even better than watching a movie since the live actors bring the energies of their characters alive. Broadway in NYC is again another classic thing to do when you visit and the shows are seasonal. Last Broadway show that we saw was the Lion King and they completely blew us away!
8. Walk the High Line
The High Line is an elevated green space that was created on top of a the former New York Central Railroad railway that runs about a mile and a half along the westside of Manhattan. This clever repurposing has brought another gem to the NYC streets and also brings a sense of community for the New Yorkers. Walk along the High Line to have a unique view of the city and of all the displayed murals and other art exhibitions that lay throughout.
9. SNL, Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon Late Night Shows
We know that these are near impossible to get into to watch but there are some good chances of being able to participate. These late night shows are all filmed in Manhattan and they are worth the shot of requesting or being placed on a waiting list to have the opportunity to go.
10. A Museum Visit
Visiting a museum in NYC, whether its the MOMA, MET, Guggenheim or so many others, is highly recommended because the quality of these museums are some of the best in the world. Even though museums may not be your thing, I’m certain that you will spend your time wisely at several of the popular museums here. For instance, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the United States and is extremely well known due to the MET Gala that is held here annually. The MET would easily take about a week to fully download all of the art that is displayed here so the ticket prices are well worth the visit. To see a list of the top ones to go to we recommend this article from Thrillist.
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