50 Things to Do in New York City! Epic NYC Summer Travel Guide!

Our recent week in New York City was an action packed one. We decided to set ourselves a challenge to see and do as much as we possibly could, and that gave way to this video guide, photo essay and travel guide which highlights 50 of the top attractions.

In a city like New York this means we barely scratched the surface, but hopefully this video will highlight the cornucopia of possibilities that is the Big Apple.

50 things to do in New York City Travel Guide
50 things to do in New York City Travel Guide

50 Things to do in New York City Travel Guide

People walking around in Grand Central Terminal in New York City
People walking around in Grand Central Terminal in New York City

1) Grand Central Terminal

Most journeys to New York City begin at Penn Station or Grand Central Terminal, and if you arrive at the later you’ll be wowed by the building.  This commuter railroad terminal located at 42nd street and Park Avenue serves commuters traveling into the city from various locations in New York State receiving over 21 million visitors annually.

Many affectionately and colloquially refer to it as Grand Central Station and if you’re a fan of Hollywood movies you’ll recognize the terminal from numerous films.  For a great photo or video walk up the steps to a higher vantage point and marvel at the volume of people scurrying around.

Designed by Reed and Stem and Warren and Wetmore, the terminal opened in 1913 and remains one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture. Over the years, it has witnessed countless stories. From its role in the development of NYC’s transportation network to its near-demolition and subsequent preservation efforts.

One of the most epic and somewhat hidden features of Grand Central is the Whispering Gallery. Located by the Oyster Bar, this acoustic marvel allows you to whisper into one corner and have your voice heard clearly on the opposite side.

Tips for Visitors

  • Take a Guided Tour: To gain deeper insights into Grand Central’s history and architecture, consider joining a guided tour. Tours are available through the Municipal Art Society or audio tours via the official Grand Central app.
  • Explore the Details: Don’t rush. Take time to notice the smaller details, like the hidden acorn motifs or the Tiffany glass clock.
  • Enjoy the Food: Treat yourself to a meal or a snack. The Grand Central Oyster Bar is a classic choice, but there are plenty of other options to suit all tastes and budgets.
Colorful graffiti during a walk along the High Line in New York City, America
Colorful graffiti during a walk along the High Line in New York City, America

2) The High Line

A relatively new attraction in New York City is the The High Line, which is an old section of rail tracks that used to run from Chelsea all the way to the Meatpacking district. This linear public space has been reclaimed and and re-purposed into a walking park.  Stretching out over 1.6 kilometers, the former west side line tracks run from Gansevoort Street through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.

We enjoyed the elevated views of the various neighborhoods we passed along with all of the opportunities to snap photos and occasionally sit down on a park bench just to rest.

Throughout the park, you’ll encounter fascinating art installations, sculptures, and murals that add a creative flair to your walk. Additionally, the park provides unique vantage points for admiring the architecture of the surrounding buildings. You’ll enjoy panoramic vistas of the Hudson River, the city skyline, and iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building.

One of the best things about The High Line is that it’s free and accessible to everyone. There are multiple entry points along the route, many of which are equipped with elevators, making it easy for visitors with strollers or mobility challenges to enjoy the park.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Your Route: With multiple entry and exit points, plan your route in advance to ensure you see all the highlights and conveniently access nearby attractions.
  • Respect the Space: The High Line is a public park, so be mindful of other visitors. Stick to the paths, don’t pick the flowers, and keep noise levels low to maintain the peaceful atmosphere.
  • Check for Events: Visit The High Line’s website to check for special events or guided tours that might enhance your visit.
Photo of some closed stores and a bicycle in the Meatpacking District of New York City
Photo of some closed stores and a bicycle in the Meatpacking District of New York City

3) Meatpacking District

The Meatpacking District was once home to markets, slaughterhouses, and packaging plants, but times have changed. Today you’ll find a mixture of trendy restaurants, clubs and boutiques.  This Manhattan borough runs from West 14th Street south to Gansevoort Street and is now the home of many young professionals and hipsters.  We particularly enjoyed just wandering around without any specific purpose or aim.

The preserved cobblestone streets and historic buildings offer a glimpse into its gritty past, while the boutiques and posh eateries showcase its contemporary appeal. This unique blend creates an atmosphere that’s both nostalgic and cutting-edge.

Two of NYC’s iconic attractions are located in the Meatpacking District: The High Line and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The High Line, an elevated park built on a historic freight rail line, offers stunning views of the city and the Hudson River. The Whitney Museum, dedicated to contemporary American art, features works by some of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Meatpacking District is easily accessible by subway, with the A, C, E, and L lines stopping at 14th Street/Eighth Avenue. It’s a pleasant stroll from nearby neighborhoods like Chelsea and Greenwich Village.

Tips for Visitors

  • Explore Beyond the Main Streets: Venture off the main roads to discover hidden gems, including quaint cafes, boutique shops, and art galleries.
  • Visit Early or Late: To avoid the crowds, visit popular spots like the High Line and the Whitney Museum early in the morning or later in the evening.
  • Check Event Listings: The Meatpacking District frequently hosts events, including art openings, food festivals, and street fairs. Check local listings to see what’s happening during your visit.
Greenwich Street Village Historic District Sign Post in New York City
Greenwich Street Village Historic District Sign Post in New York City

4) Greenwich Village

The Village used to be a bohemian neighborhood that drew artists and musicians, but today you’re more likely to find upper middle class families living here. The streets are shaded and quiet, and it’s a nice place for a casual stroll.  Referred to by locals as simply “the Village”, the exorbitantly high housing costs have caused artists to flee to SoHo, TriBeCa and more recently Williamsburg and Bushwick.  Home to many celebrities, you might spot Uma Thurman, Edward Norton or Matthew Broderick who live in the village.

Often simply known as “The Village,” a neighborhood that embodies the spirit of bohemian New York. It’s the birthplace of the Beat Generation, the epicenter of the 1960s counterculture movement, and a nurturing ground for artists, musicians, and writers.

From iconic pizzerias like Joe’s Pizza to gourmet eateries and hidden speakeasies, the culinary scene here is diverse and exciting. Whether you’re craving a classic New York bagel, international cuisine, or an artisanal cocktail, Greenwich Village has plenty to offer.

Greenwich Village is also synonymous with music. It’s home to legendary venues like The Bitter End and Café Wha?, where icons like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and Bruce Springsteen once performed. Even today, live music fills the air, with countless bars and clubs offering performances every night.

Tips for Visitors

  • Take Your Time: The Village is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Take your time to wander, explore, and soak in the atmosphere.
  • Explore Off the Beaten Path: Venture beyond the main streets to discover hidden gems. The side streets often hide the most interesting finds.
  • Join a Walking Tour: To learn more about the area’s rich history and culture, consider joining a walking tour. Knowledgeable guides can offer fascinating insights and stories.
Audrey Berger ‘That Backpacker’ taking a photo walking along the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
Audrey Bergner ‘That Backpacker’ taking a photo walking along the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City

5) Brooklyn Bridge

One of the things I had always dreamed about doing in New York City was to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge.  Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Spanning 486 meters it as the first steel-wire suspension bridge ever constructed.  You’ll want to set aside a decent chunk of time to walk across the bridge slowly as the views of New York City (and especially Manhattan Island) are phenomenal.

Designed by John A. Roebling and completed by his son Washington Roebling, the bridge was the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time of its opening. The Gothic-style stone towers and intricate cable designs make it a symbol of New York City’s resilience and ambition.

From the bridge, you can see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the entire Manhattan skyline. The East River flows below, with boats and ferries adding to the dynamic scene. Whether you visit during the day, at sunset, or at night when the city lights up, the views from the Brooklyn Bridge are simply unparalleled.

The Brooklyn Bridge’s epic nature lies in its function and form. It connects two of New York City’s most dynamic boroughs: Manhattan and Brooklyn. This pedestrian-friendly bridge spans 1.1 miles and allows you to easily traverse between the bustling city center and the more relaxed, artsy vibe of Brooklyn.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Your Route: Decide whether you’ll start from Manhattan or Brooklyn and plan your transportation accordingly.
  • Be Mindful of Cyclists: The pedestrian path is shared with cyclists, so stay to the right and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Take Your Time: There’s no rush. Take your time to enjoy the views, read the informational plaques, and absorb the experience.
A busy weekend flea market with lots of people in Williamsburg New York City
A busy weekend flea market with lots of people in Williamsburg New York City

6) Williamsburg

Williamsburg is one of the more popular neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It definitely has a very young feel as we spotted lots of twenty something year old’s roaming the streets enjoying spot flea markets, independent restaurants and art galleries.  Considered to be the new ‘it’ spot Williamsburg has become quite popular given its lower rent prices. University students and young professionals have been flocking to this part of town for years.

The neighborhood is renowned for its diverse community, which brings together artists, musicians, young professionals, and longtime residents. This mix creates a vibrant atmosphere that is both welcoming and dynamic. Walking through Williamsburg, you’ll encounter an array of cultures and styles from street art to indie boutiques.

Tips for Visitors

  • Explore Beyond Bedford Avenue: While Bedford Avenue is the main thoroughfare, the side streets and less-known areas often hide the most interesting finds.
  • Join a Walking Tour: Consider joining a walking tour to learn more about Williamsburg’s history, art, and culture. Local guides can provide fascinating insights and stories.
  • Check Local Listings: Williamsburg is known for its events and festivals. Check local listings or community boards to see what’s happening during your visit.
Street art and graffiti mural on a wall in Williamsburg Brooklyn New York City
Street art and graffiti mural on a wall in Williamsburg Brooklyn New York City

7) Street Art In Williamsburg

For those who love to marvel at urban street art and graffiti be sure to check out the impressive tasteful murals along Bedford, Fillmore, and Roebling of Williamsburg.  It is the perfect way to spend a morning after feasting on a local brunch.  This area reminded me a lot of the Le Plateau neighborhood in Montreal and if we had another week to spend in the city, I would have definitely chosen to stay here.

One of the most enduring aspects of Williamsburg’s street art scene is its constant evolution. The walls are ever-changing, with new pieces appearing regularly. This dynamic nature means that no two visits are the same. The anticipation of what you’ll find next adds an element of excitement to your exploration. Popular spots like the Bushwick Collective and the walls along Bedford Avenue are particularly photogenic.

Williamsburg is easily accessible by subway. Take the L train to Bedford Avenue, the neighborhood’s main artery. Alternatively, the G train stops at Metropolitan Avenue and Nassau Avenue.

Tips for Visitors

  • Join a Walking Tour: To get deeper insights into the street art and its creators, consider joining a walking tour. Local guides can share fascinating stories and help you discover hidden gems.
  • Respect the Art: Remember that street art is a form of expression and a gift to the community. Avoid touching the artwork and respect the spaces it occupies.
  • Engage with the Community: Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with locals or artists. They often have great stories and recommendations.
A travel photo from Prospect Park in New York City
A travel photo from Prospect Park in New York City

8) Prospect Park

This is a massive park located in Brooklyn and it was designed by the same landscape architects who brought Central Park to life.  Under-rated compared to Central Park (I actually met New York residents who have never visited), it is a much quieter park to enjoy relaxing, exercise, tanning or a picnic.  Spread out over 583 acres, some of the highlights include the Long Meadow, the Picnic House, Litchfield Villa and the Boathouse.

Completed in 1867, Prospect Park has been a vital part of Brooklyn’s community for over 150 years. Historic landmarks like the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch at Grand Army Plaza and the Lefferts Historic House are distinct landmarks.

One of my favourite features of Prospect Park is the sheer variety of activities it offers. You can rent a paddleboat on the lake, go horseback riding at the Kensington Stables, or explore the Ravine, Brooklyn’s only forest. The park also features playgrounds, sports fields, and the Prospect Park Zoo.

Throughout the year, the park also hosts food festivals, farmers’ markets, and community events. The park is conveniently located and easily reachable by subway. The 2 and 3 trains stop at Grand Army Plaza, while the B, Q, and S trains stop at Prospect Park station.

Tips for Visitors

  • Explore Different Areas: Prospect Park is vast and diverse. Make sure to explore different sections, including the Long Meadow, the Ravine, and the Boathouse.
  • Join a Tour: Guided tours are available for those interested in learning more about the park’s history and natural features. Check the Prospect Park Alliance website for schedules and details.
  • Respect the Environment: Keep the park clean by using trash bins and recycling stations. Respect wildlife and plants, and stick to designated paths to preserve the natural beauty of the park.
World Cup soccer flags hanging from an apartment building in DUMBO, Brooklyn New York City
World Cup soccer flags hanging from an apartment building in DUMBO, Brooklyn New York City

9) Dumbo

The historic district of DUMBO, which stands for down under the Manhattan bridge overpass, is a fantastic place to go walking along the riverfront for up close and personal views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the Manhattan skyline.  As one of the top art districts in all of New York City, you’ll find a section of art galleries as you wander around.

Dumbo is home to some of NYC’s most iconic photo spots. The view of the Manhattan Bridge framed by red brick buildings on Washington Street is a must-see (and must-snap). This view, often featured in movies and TV shows captures the essence of Dumbo.

The cobblestone streets and 19th-century warehouses evoke a sense of history. While the contemporary art installations, trendy cafes, and boutique shops add a modern twist.

Dumbo is easily accessible by subway, with the F train stopping at York Street and the A and C trains stopping at High Street-Brooklyn Bridge. Ferries also provide a scenic route to Dumbo, with NYC Ferry’s East River route stopping at the Fulton Ferry landing.

Tips for Visitors

  • Explore Beyond the Main Streets: Dumbo’s charm extends beyond its main thoroughfares. Wander the side streets and alleys to discover hidden gems, from cozy cafes to unique shops.
  • Join a Walking Tour: To gain deeper insights into Dumbo’s history and culture, consider joining a walking tour. Knowledgeable guides can provide fascinating stories and background information.
  • Check Event Listings: Dumbo frequently hosts events, from outdoor movies and concerts to art festivals and food markets. Check local listings to see what’s happening during your visit.
Eating a slice of New York style pizza in Brooklyn
Eating a slice of New York style pizza in Brooklyn

10) New York Style Pizza

You can’t come to New York and not have a slice of authentic New York style pizza. I can’t think of a better place to have it than in Brooklyn where you can order it by the slice along with a can of soda.  What is unique about New York style pizza?  It is known for its large, thin and wide bendable yet crispy shape.  It is typically hand tossed and is light on sauce compared to Chicago deep dish pizza.  Be sure to add plenty of oregano, garlic and Parmesan cheese to spice it up!

The secret to New York style pizza lies in its crust. Thin yet sturdy, the crust is the foundation of the perfect slice. It’s crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and just the right thickness to support the toppings without becoming soggy. From pepperoni and sausage to more adventurous options like buffalo chicken or white clam, there’s a slice with your name on it.

Places like Lombardi’s, the first pizzeria in the United States, and Di Fara, known for its meticulously crafted pies. Visiting these iconic spots allows you to taste the legacy and passion that has made New York pizza famous.

One of the best things about New York style pizza is its affordability. Start with some of the city’s most renowned pizzerias:

  • Lombardi’s: Located in Little Italy, this historic spot is known for its coal-fired pies.
  • Di Fara Pizza: In Midwood, Brooklyn, this pizzeria is legendary for its perfect crust and fresh toppings.
  • Joe’s Pizza: With locations in Greenwich Village and beyond, Joe’s is famous for its classic New York slice.
  • Prince Street Pizza: Known for its thick, square slices and spicy pepperoni, this Nolita spot is a must-visit.

Tips for Visitors

  • Fold and Eat: The proper way to eat a New York slice is to fold it in half lengthwise and enjoy.
  • Try Different Styles: Don’t limit yourself to just one pizzeria. Each has its unique style and flavor profile.
  • Ask Locals: For insider tips and hidden gems, ask locals where they go for the best slice.
People lying on the grass at Bryant Park in New York City
People lying on the grass at Bryant Park in New York City

11) Bryant Park

We were kind of tired from a long day of walking and we decided to take a little break at Bryant Park. Low and behold we found that they have free board games that anyone can use throughout the day.

You’ll catch friends, couples, and families playing games like chess, dominoes and scrabble. During the summer months, Bryant Park also becomes a popular hangout spot for people looking to relax and even work on their tans.

Be sure to sprawl out on the great lawn, one of the most impressive features of the park, serving as a ‘lunchroom’ for nearby office workers and fatigued pedestrians.

Out of all of the parks I visited in New York City, this was my favorite for relaxing and people watching.

The park hosts a myriad of events and activities that cater to all interests. From yoga classes and fencing lessons to concerts and film screenings, the park’s calendar is packed with free public events. The Winter Village, complete with an ice skating rink and holiday shops, is particularly popular.

Tips for Visitors

  • Check the Event Calendar: Bryant Park hosts a variety of events and activities. Check the park’s website for the latest schedule to make the most of your visit.
  • Explore Nearby Landmarks: Combine your visit with a trip to the New York Public Library or a stroll through Times Square, both of which are just steps away from the park.
  • Arrive Early for Popular Events: For popular events like movie nights and winter skating, arriving early can help you secure a good spot.
Man texting on his cellphone outside of the New York Public Library
Man texting on his cellphone outside of the New York Public Library

12) New York Public Library

After visiting Bryant Park, you’ll want to pop into the New York Public Library for a look at its beautiful interior.  If the nearly 53 million item collection doesn’t impress you, wandering through the specific theme rooms certainly will.  Originating in the 19th century, this is easily the top library in the United States if not the world.

Designed by architects Carrère and Hastings, the library’s grand facade, adorned with Corinthian columns and guarded by the iconic marble lions, Patience and Fortitude, is instantly recognizable. Inside you’ll find the marble-lined Astor Hall, the majestic Rose Main Reading Room, and intricately carved woodwork and chandeliers that exude old-world elegance.

The NYPL offers a range of interactive exhibits and guided tours that enhance the visitor experience. The library’s exhibitions often feature rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts. Free daily tours of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building offer an in-depth look at the library’s architecture, history, and collections, led by knowledgeable guides.

The NYPL’s main branch is located in Midtown Manhattan. The 7, B, D, F, and M subway lines stop at 42nd Street-Bryant Park, and the 4, 5, 6, and 7 lines stop at Grand Central Terminal, just a short walk away.

Tips for Visitors

  • Take a Tour: To fully appreciate the library’s history and architecture, join one of the free guided tours.
  • Explore Exhibits: Check out the rotating exhibits to see rare and unique items from the library’s collections.
  • Respect the Space: Remember that the library is a place for study and reflection. Keep noise to a minimum and respect other visitors.
Views of downtown Manhattan Island from the Staten Island Ferry in New York City
Views of downtown Manhattan Island from the Staten Island Ferry in New York City

13) Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is free of charge and this makes it really popular with visitors who want to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from a distance.  In service 24 hours, 365 days a year the 8 kilometer scenic journey takes approximately 25 minutes each way.  Make sure to get in line early in order to snag an ideal spot for snapping photos and videos.

As you glide across New York Harbor, you’ll get unobstructed vistas of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the iconic skyline of Lower Manhattan. The photo opportunities are endless.

The ferry ride itself is relaxing and enjoyable. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas, so you can choose to stay warm inside or enjoy the fresh air on the deck.

Moreover, riding the Staten Island Ferry offers a glimpse into the daily lives of New Yorkers. Commuters use the ferry as a practical mode of transportation. Sharing the space with them provides an authentic local experience. It’s a chance to see the city away from the typical tourist routes.

The Staten Island Ferry terminal in Manhattan is located at Whitehall Terminal, easily accessible by subway. You can take the 1, R, or W trains to South Ferry Station, the 4 or 5 trains to Bowling Green, or the J or Z trains to Broad Street.

Tips for Visitors

  • Arrive Early: Arriving 15-20 minutes before your desired departure time ensures you get a good spot on the ferry.
  • Choose Your Spot: For the best views, head to the right side of the ferry when departing from Manhattan (starboard side) and the left side when returning (port side).
  • Explore Staten Island: Consider exploring Staten Island before returning. The island has its own attractions, such as the Staten Island Museum and Snug Harbor Cultural Center.
The Statue of Liberty as viewed from the Staten Island Ferry in New York City
The Statue of Liberty as viewed from the Staten Island Ferry in New York City

14) Statue of Liberty

If you want to get a closer look at Lady Liberty, you’ll have to buy tickets to Liberty Island. If you make reservations well in advance, you can even climb to the viewing platform inside the crown; however, we decided to go with the free option of viewing her from the Staten Island Ferry.

The Statue of Liberty (French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture as a gift to the United States from France on October 28th, 1886.  Considering I share the same birthday, I’m only 95 years younger than Lady Liberty 😉 

Tips for Visitors

  • Book in Advance: Pedestal and crown tickets are limited and highly sought after. Booking a few months in advance is recommended.
  • Arrive Early: Getting an early start can help you avoid long lines and ensure you have ample time to explore both Liberty and Ellis Islands.
  • Plan for Security: Security screenings are mandatory before boarding the ferry, so allow extra time for these procedures.
  • Explore Ellis Island: Don’t miss the chance to visit the Ellis Island Museum. It’s a moving and educational complement to your visit to the Statue of Liberty.
The Universal Soldier memorial statue located in Battery Park New York City
The Universal Soldier memorial statue located in Battery Park New York City

15) Battery Park

Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Manhattan. It is home to a few different memorials and you’ll also catch a lot of visitors hanging out in this area as they wait to catch the Staten Island Ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island.

Wandering around the park you’ll notice ‘The Sphere’ which was damaged but not destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.  In another section of the park, Hope Garden is a memorial dedicated to AIDS victims.

Named after the artillery batteries that were positioned there to protect the city, the park has played a pivotal role in New York’s development since the colonial era. It’s home to several historical monuments, including Castle Clinton, which served as America’s first immigration station before Ellis Island.

Battery Park is easily accessible by subway, with the 1 train stopping at South Ferry, the 4 and 5 trains at Bowling Green, and the R and W trains at Whitehall Street.

Tips for Visitors

  • Explore the Gardens: Don’t miss the perennial gardens, which feature a variety of colorful flowers and plants throughout the seasons.
  • Check the Event Schedule: Look up Battery Park’s event calendar to catch free concerts, movie nights, or special performances during your visit.
  • Combine Visits: Pair your trip to Battery Park with a visit to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island for a full day of exploration and discovery.

16) Little Italy

Little Italy may be slowly shrinking, as expanding Chinatown takes over, but it’s still a great place to grab some Italian food & a gelato for dessert.  Today the neighborhood mostly caters towards tourists.

In the heart of Lower Manhattan, Little Italy offers a slice of Italian heritage in NYC. It’s a living testament to the waves of Italian immigrants who settled in New York in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area is adorned with Italian flags, street art depicting Italian icons, and family-owned businesses that have been passed down through generations.

The food in Little Italy is legendary. Iconic restaurants like Lombardi’s, America’s first pizzeria, and Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, serving traditional Italian desserts since 1892, provide ample opportunity to satisfy your cravings.

The neighborhood is home to several historic landmarks that add to its epic charm. The Church of the Most Precious Blood, an Italian national parish, stands as a spiritual and cultural cornerstone of Little Italy. Meanwhile, the historic Mulberry Street has been featured in countless films and TV shows.

Little Italy is easy to reach. The B and D trains stop at Grand Street, and the N, Q, R, and W trains stop at Canal Street. The 6 train also stops at Spring Street, all of which are a short walk from the heart of Little Italy.

Tips for Visitors

  • Try Multiple Eateries: Don’t settle for just one restaurant. Sample appetizers at one spot, main courses at another, and dessert at a bakery for a full culinary experience.
  • Join a Food Tour: A guided food tour can provide deeper insights into the neighborhood’s history and culinary offerings. Plus, you’ll get to taste a variety of dishes.
  • Check Event Schedules: Look up any ongoing or upcoming events in Little Italy to enhance your visit with local festivities.
Korea Way and West 32nd Street sign post in Little Korea New York City
Korea Way and West 32nd Street sign post in Little Korea New York City

17) Little Korea

Having both lived in South Korea, we were thrilled to come across Manhattan’s own Little Korea. We seized the opportunity and found a restaurant serving kimchi, pajeon, and kimchi bokkeum bap.  The food was as authentic as anything we tried in Korea and we ended up coming back several times before our time in New York City expired.

Little Korea offers a deep dive into Korean culture without leaving Manhattan. It’s a place where you can experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of South Korea. The area is packed with Korean BBQ joints, bakeries, karaoke bars, and shops selling everything from K-pop merchandise to traditional Korean beauty products. It’s a cultural immersion that engages all the senses.

Little Korea is conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan. The B, D, F, M, N, Q, R, and W trains all stop at 34th Street-Herald Square, just a short walk from the heart of K-Town. The 1, 2, 3, A, C, and E trains also stop nearby at Penn Station.

Tips for Visitors

  • Try BBQ and Bingsu: For a quintessential experience, enjoy a meal at a Korean BBQ restaurant and finish with bingsu at a dessert cafe.
  • Book Karaoke in Advance: If you’re planning to visit a popular karaoke bar, it’s a good idea to book a room in advance, especially on weekends.
  • Explore Beyond Food: Take time to explore the shops and cultural spots. Stores like Koryo Books and Beauty 35 offer unique finds that you won’t want to miss.
Welcome to Chinatown sign in New York City
Welcome to Chinatown sign in New York City

18) Chinatown

If you’re looking for a bargain, Chinatown is a fun place to visit. The storefronts usually spill onto the sidewalks. It’s one of the few places where you can haggle on the price of things or enjoy dim sum.  Home to the largest enclave of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere it is located nearby Little Italy and Little Korea.  What is fascinating is that this is just one of six Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City.

Food is at the heart of Chinatown. The neighborhood is renowned for its diverse and delicious culinary offerings, from dim sum to hand-pulled noodles and Peking duck. Whether you’re dining at a bustling banquet hall or grabbing a snack from a street vendor, the flavors of Chinatown are unforgettable.

Chinatown is accessible by subway,. The B, D trains stop at Grand Street, the 6, N, Q, R, W, J, and Z trains at Canal Street, and the F train at East Broadway. Buses and taxis are also convenient options.

Tips for Visitors

  • Explore Beyond the Main Streets: Wander off the beaten path to discover hidden gems and quieter spots.
  • Try Dim Sum: Enjoy a traditional dim sum brunch at one of Chinatown’s many teahouses.
  • Learn Some Basics: A few phrases in Mandarin or Cantonese can go a long way in enhancing your experience and interactions.
Uncle Sam on stilts walking during the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island New York City
Uncle Sam on stilts walking during the Mermaid Parade on Coney Island New York City

19) Coney Island

Coney Island is all about good old fashioned fun. You can ride roller coasters, stroll down the boardwalk, enjoy some beach time, and then head over the Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. We happened to be here during a parade, which explains why the streets were so busy. And that’s our next tip – if you’re here in June, don’t miss the Mermaid Parade!

Coney Island has been a beloved destination for over a century. Its classic amusement parks, such as Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, evoke a sense of nostalgia with their vintage rides and attractions. The boardwalk, lined with food stands and arcades, brings back memories of simpler times and summer days spent by the sea.

Coney Island is home to some of the most iconic amusement rides in the world. The Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster that first opened in 1927, is a must-ride for thrill-seekers. The Wonder Wheel, a giant Ferris wheel with both stationary and swinging cars, offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the city skyline.

The D, F, N, and Q trains all stop at Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, which is a short walk from the beach and boardwalk. Buses also serve the area, and there is parking available for those who prefer to drive.

Tips for Visitors

  • Ride the Classics: Don’t miss the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel for a true Coney Island experience.
  • Explore the Aquarium: The New York Aquarium is a wonderful place to learn about marine life and enjoy interactive exhibits.
  • Enjoy the Food: Try a Nathan’s hot dog and explore the various food stands for a full culinary experience.
  • Stay for the Fireworks: If you visit on a Friday night, stay for the fireworks show for a spectacular end to your day.
Has anyone seen any good seamen parader at the Mermaid Parade located on Coney Island New York City
Has anyone seen any good seamen parader at the Mermaid Parade located on Coney Island New York City

20) Mermaid Parade

New York City hosts numerous parades, festivals and events throughout the year but none quite as quirky as the Coney Island Mermaid Parade.  Celebrating the beginning of summer this events attracts participants and spectators by the thousands.  You’ll notice paraders and spectators decked out in marine costumes that put Halloween to shame.  It’s a lot of fun and it is entirely free; however, just make sure to arrive early in order to snag a good spot because the streets fill up quickly.

Held annually since 1983, the parade features thousands of participants dressed as mermaids, mermen, sea creatures, and mythical beings, making it a must-see spectacle for both locals and tourists. Participants go all out with their costumes, adorned with sequins, shells, body paint, and intricate accessories.

The Mermaid Parade takes place in Coney Island, which is easily accessible by subway. The D, F, N, and Q trains all stop at Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue, just a short walk from the parade route. Buses and taxis are also convenient options for getting there.

Tips for Visitors

  • Join the Fun: Consider dressing up in a sea-themed costume to fully immerse yourself in the experience.
  • Explore Coney Island: After the parade, take the time to enjoy the other attractions Coney Island has to offer, such as the amusement parks, the boardwalk, and the beach.
  • Stay Hydrated: With all the excitement and the summer heat, it’s important to stay hydrated. Bring water or purchase drinks from vendors along the parade route.
Outside of the Cloisters located in New York City, USA
Outside of the Cloisters located in New York City, USA

21) The Cloisters

Tucked in the northwest end of Manhattan is The Cloisters.  This building was built in the Medieval architectural style and it is home to some lovely sculptures and paintings.

The Cloisters will make you feel like you’ve traveled over to Europe as it is a peaceful retreat from Manhattan’s busy streets.

Located in Fort Tyron Park, it is actually a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art home to over 5000 pieces of exhibiting art, artifacts and architecture from Medieval Europe.

Constructed from parts of European monasteries and abbeys that were shipped to New York, The Cloisters’ architecture is as impressive as the art it contains. The cloistered gardens, arcaded walkways, and Romanesque chapels create an atmosphere of historical authenticity and tranquility. It’s a rare opportunity to experience medieval architecture without leaving the United States.

Perched on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, The Cloisters offers breathtaking views. The surrounding Fort Tryon Park, with its lush greenery and winding paths, enhances the sense of escape. The museum’s gardens, modeled after those found in medieval monasteries, are meticulously maintained.

Tips for Visitors

  • Take a Guided Tour: Guided tours are available and highly recommended for gaining deeper insights into the collection and architecture.
  • Explore the Gardens: Don’t miss the chance to stroll through the medieval gardens, which are beautifully designed and meticulously maintained.
  • Check the Schedule: Look up any special exhibitions or programs happening during your visit to make the most of your time at The Cloisters.
Apollo Theater signboard located in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, USA
Apollo Theater signboard located in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, USA

22) Harlem’s Apollo Theatre

The Apollo Theater is one of the most famous music halls in New York City located at 253 West 125th street in Harlem.  Its halls have opened for many famous performers over the year and it is a noted venue for African-American performers attracting 1.3 million visitors annually. Amateur Night is on Wednesdays, and it’s great for spotting upcoming talent.

The Apollo Theater has a storied past that dates back to 1934. It has played a pivotal role in the careers of countless artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, and Michael Jackson. The theater is a historic landmark, reflecting the cultural evolution of Harlem and its impact on American music. Visiting the Apollo allows you to walk in the footsteps of legends.

The Apollo Theater is easily accessible by public transportation. The 2 and 3 trains stop at 125th Street, just a short walk from the theater.

Tips for Visitors

  • Book Tickets in Advance: Popular events, especially Amateur Night, can sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to book your tickets in advance.
  • Explore Harlem: Take some time to explore the surrounding neighborhood of Harlem, which offers a rich array of cultural landmarks, restaurants, and shops.
  • Arrive Early: Arriving early gives you the chance to soak in the theater’s ambiance and possibly enjoy some pre-show entertainment or refreshments.

23) Soul Food in Harlem at Sylvia’s

While in Harlem we wanted to try some soul food and we heard some great things about Sylvia’s chicken.  We ended up having smothered chicken, candied yams and peach cobbler that melted in our mouths.

Soul food, for those unacquainted, is a popular African-American cuisine closely related to Southern United States food.

Some popular dishes worth trying include fried-chicken, hog jowl, black-eyed peas and sweet potato pie.

Founded in 1962 by Sylvia Woods, known as the “Queen of Soul Food,” this iconic establishment has been serving up delicious, hearty dishes for decades. It’s a cultural and culinary journey that captures the essence of Harlem.

Sylvia’s is located at 328 Malcolm X Boulevard (Lenox Avenue), between 126th and 127th Streets. The 2 and 3 subway lines stop at 125th Street, just a short walk from the restaurant.

Tips for Visitors

  • Make a Reservation: Sylvia’s can get busy, especially on weekends and during special events. Making a reservation ensures you won’t have to wait long for a table.
  • Try the Classics: Don’t miss out on signature dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens. These staples are what make Sylvia’s legendary.
  • Enjoy the Ambiance: Take your time to soak in the atmosphere, read the history on the walls, and enjoy the lively vibe of the restaurant.
World Trade Center Memorial building in New York City
World Trade Center Memorial building in New York City

24) World Trade Center Memorial

We stopped by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum located at the World Trade Center site on the former location of the Twin Towers.  The memorial remembers victims and rescuers.

The two reflecting pools, set in the footprints of the original Twin Towers, feature cascading waterfalls that create a serene and contemplative atmosphere. The names of the nearly 3,000 victims are inscribed on bronze panels surrounding the pools, allowing visitors to pay their respects in a personal and meaningful way. This solemn site offers a space for quiet reflection and a chance to honor those who were lost.

The memorial’s design, by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker, is both powerful and symbolic. The vastness of the reflecting pools creates a striking contrast to the bustling cityscape around it. The Survivor Tree, a Callery pear tree that survived the attacks, stands as a symbol of resilience and hope.

The World Trade Center Memorial is located at 180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007. The A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5, E, R, and W subway lines all stop at the Fulton Street Station, which is a short walk from the memorial.

Tips for Visitors

  • Purchase Tickets in Advance: For the museum, purchasing tickets online in advance can save time and ensure availability.
  • Join a Guided Tour: Guided tours provide deeper insights and are available for both the memorial and the museum.
  • Respect the Space: Remember that this is a place of reflection and remembrance. Maintain a respectful demeanor, and be mindful of others who may be grieving or reflecting.
Trinity Church in downtown New York City
Trinity Church in downtown New York City

25) Trinity Church

Located at 75 Broadway in lower Manhattan, Trinity Church holds one of the oldest burial grounds in Manhattan and is the final resting place of many historic figures.  This historic parish is nearby Wall street.

Trinity Church, founded in 1697, has witnessed the evolution of New York City from its colonial days to the bustling metropolis it is today. It has played a significant role in the city’s history, serving as a place of worship, a refuge, and a symbol of resilience. The church’s graveyard is the final resting place of notable figures such as Alexander Hamilton, a Founding Father of the United States, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

The current structure, completed in 1846, is a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Designed by Richard Upjohn, Trinity Church features soaring spires, intricate stained glass windows, and detailed stone carvings.

Trinity Church is located at 89 Broadway, at the head of Wall Street. The 4 and 5 subway lines stop at Wall Street, just steps away from the church. The R and W lines also stop at Rector Street, which is a short walk to the church.

Tips for Visitors

  • Join a Guided Tour: Guided tours are available and provide valuable insights into the church’s history, architecture, and notable figures buried in the graveyard.
  • Attend an Event: Check the church’s schedule for concerts, lectures, and other events that might coincide with your visit.
  • Respect the Space: Remember that Trinity Church is an active place of worship. Be respectful of services and those in prayer, and maintain a quiet and reverent demeanor.

26) Wall Street

Coming to New York City we had to visit Wall Street.  This is where millions (or should I say billions) are made and lost.

It was originally the site of a literal wall built by Dutch settlers in the 17th century and has since evolved into the epicenter of global finance. Walking down Wall Street, you can almost feel the pulse of history, from the early days of trading under the Buttonwood Tree to the modern hustle and bustle of today.

Two of Wall Street’s most iconic sculptures, the Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl, add to its epic nature. The Charging Bull symbolizes the strength and resilience of the American economy, while the Fearless Girl stands as a symbol of female empowerment and equality. These sculptures have become cultural landmarks.

Wall Street is easy to reach. The 2, 3, 4, 5, J, and Z subway lines all have stops nearby. The Wall Street station is right in the heart of the Financial District.

Tips for Visitors

  • Join a Walking Tour: Guided walking tours offer in-depth knowledge and can help you discover hidden gems and historical anecdotes.
  • Visit the Museum of American Finance: This museum provides a comprehensive overview of the financial history of Wall Street and the broader economy.
  • Respect the Area: Remember that Wall Street is a working financial district. Be mindful of those who are there for business.
Sculpture outside of the Lincoln Center in New York City
Sculpture outside of the Lincoln Center in New York City

27) Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is a space that celebrates the performing arts as it is home to the opera, the ballet and the theater.  Art aficionados will love the possibilities the Lincoln Center offers.

Lincoln Center is home to some of the most prestigious performing arts organizations in the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet. Attending a performance here means witnessing top-tier artistry and productions that set global standards. Whether it’s a stirring opera, a captivating ballet, or a powerful symphony, the performances at Lincoln Center are unparalleled.

The architecture of Lincoln Center is inspiring. Designed by a team of renowned architects, the complex features stunning venues such as the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall), and the David H. Koch Theater.

Lincoln Center is located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. The 1 subway line stops at 66th Street-Lincoln Center.

Tips for Visitors

  • Book Tickets in Advance: Popular performances can sell out quickly, so it’s wise to book tickets ahead of time.
  • Take a Guided Tour: Guided tours provide insights into the history, architecture, and operations of Lincoln Center, enriching your visit.
  • Explore the Area: The surrounding Upper West Side is home to many great restaurants, shops, and attractions, making it worth spending extra time in the area.
New York City Citi Bike rental bicycles parked at a station
New York City Citi Bike rental bicycles parked at a station

28) Ride a Bicycle

While I wouldn’t recommend biking Manhattan’s congested streets, Central Park really is a great place for a bike ride. If you’re looking to cover a lot of ground, you can pick up a bike from one of the many rental shops or the city’s Citi bike share system where you can unlock a bicycle from any station, ride wherever you want and return to any station 24/7.

Biking gives you the freedom to explore NYC at your own pace. You can weave through different neighborhoods, stop spontaneously at interesting spots, and cover more ground than you would on foot. Whether you’re cruising through Central Park or cycling along the Hudson River Greenway, the sense of freedom and adventure is unparalleled.

Safety Tips

  • Wear a Helmet: Always wear a helmet for safety.
  • Follow Traffic Rules: Obey traffic signals and bike lane markings.
  • Be Aware of Pedestrians: Yield to pedestrians and be cautious at crosswalks.
  • Stay Visible: Use lights and wear bright clothing, especially when biking at night.
Yankee Stadium located in the Bronx, New York City
Yankee Stadium located in the Bronx, New York City

29) Watch a baseball game at Yankee Stadium

Baseball has often been referred to as New York’s game and no team in the history of Major League Baseball is more celebrated than the New York Yankees.  They’ve won more World Series championships than any other team and you can watch them play live during the summer months at Yankee Stadium.

Yankee Stadium is steeped in history. The New York Yankees, one of the most successful franchises in sports history, have called this stadium home since 1923 (with a new stadium opening in 2009). Legends like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, and Derek Jeter have graced this field. Walking into Yankee Stadium, you can almost feel the echoes of historic moments and legendary games.

The atmosphere at Yankee Stadium is electric. From the moment you arrive, the buzz of excitement is palpable. The energy of the crowd, the sounds of vendors hawking hot dogs and peanuts, and the unmistakable crack of the bat all contribute to an unforgettable experience. Whether it’s a regular-season game or a playoff showdown, the passion of Yankees fans is infectious.

Yankee Stadium is located at 1 East 161st Street in the Bronx. The 4, B, and D subway lines provide direct access to the stadium, making it convenient to reach from anywhere in the city.

Tips for Visitors

  • Buy Tickets in Advance: Popular games can sell out quickly, so it’s best to purchase tickets in advance through the Yankees’ official website or reputable ticket vendors.
  • Explore the Stadium: Arrive early to visit Monument Park, check out the Yankees Museum, and take in the sights and sounds of the stadium.
  • Stay Hydrated and Protected: Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated, especially during summer games. Water bottles are allowed if they are unopened and factory-sealed.
Audrey Bergner ‘That Backpacker’ sitting on the steps outside of the MET Museum in New York City
Audrey Bergner ‘That Backpacker’ sitting on the steps outside of the MET Museum in New York City

30) MET Museum (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Even if you’re not into museums a trip to the MET (the Metropolitan Museum of Art) is highly recommended.  As the largest art museum in the United States, it has a permanent collection of more than two million works.  You find displays from Ancient Egypt, Byzantine and American modern art just to name a few.

Admission to the Met is by suggested donation only, meaning you can give as much (or as little) as you’d like although a recommend fee of $25 is shown at the counter.

The MET itself is a work of art. Its grand Beaux-Arts façade, designed by Richard Morris Hunt, is iconic, while the museum’s interior features stunning galleries, grand staircases, and exquisite architectural details. It is home to some of the world’s most famous and celebrated artworks. Imagine standing before Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” contemplating the delicate beauty of Vermeer’s “Young Woman with a Water Pitcher,” or marveling at the grandeur of the Temple of Dendur.

The MET is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, between 82nd and 86th Streets. The 4, 5, and 6 subway lines stop at 86th Street, a short walk from the museum.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Your Visit: The MET’s collection is extensive, so it’s a good idea to plan your visit in advance. Focus on a few key areas or exhibitions that interest you the most.
  • Use the Map and Guide: The museum provides detailed maps and guides to help you navigate the galleries and find specific works or exhibitions.
  • Take Breaks: With so much to see, it’s important to take breaks. The museum’s cafes and benches offer perfect spots to rest and recharge.
The Flatiron building in New York City
The Flatiron building in New York City

31) Flatiron Building

This triangular shaped skyscraper is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. If you approach the building from a certain angle it looks 2-dimensional.  Located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, it is easily one of the most iconic landmarks in all of New York City.

Its unique triangular shape and Beaux-Arts style have made it a symbol of the city since its completion in 1902. Designed by Daniel Burnham, its narrow, triangular form creates a striking silhouette against the Manhattan skyline.

Its narrow, wedge-like shape makes it one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. The way it fits into the triangular plot of land creates an illusion that it’s almost paper-thin from certain angles.

The Flatiron Building is located at 175 Fifth Avenue, at the intersection with Broadway and 23rd Street. The N, R, and W subway lines stop at 23rd Street, just a short walk from the building.

Tips for Visitors

  • Explore the Area: The Flatiron District is home to many other attractions, including the Museum of Sex, Eataly NYC Flatiron, and the New York Life Building. Take some time to explore the neighborhood.
  • Enjoy the Park: Madison Square Park, located just across the street, is a great spot to relax, people-watch, and enjoy the views of the Flatiron Building.
  • Check for Events: The Flatiron Plaza often hosts events, markets, and art installations. Check local listings to see if there’s something special happening during your visit.
Entrance of Washington Park on a gorgeous summer day in New York City
Entrance of Washington Park on a gorgeous summer day in New York City

32) Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park is popular with families looking to cool down during the summer months. There is a large fountain where kids like to climb and splash around. The park is also known for its arch which is reminiscent of that in Paris.  As crazy as this sounds Washington Square Park is just one of 1,900 public parks in the city.

Washington Square Park has long been a cultural hotspot. From the Beat Generation in the 1950s to today’s eclectic mix of artists, musicians, and performers, the park has always been a gathering place for creative minds.

The Washington Square Arch, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, is a landmark that dominates the park’s northern entrance. Erected in 1892 to commemorate the centennial of George Washington’s inauguration, the arch is a symbol of history.

Located in Greenwich Village, Washington Square Park is bordered by Waverly Place, 4th Street, University Place, and MacDougal Street. The park is easily accessible via the A, C, E, B, D, F, M, and 1 subway lines.

Tips for Visitors

  • Engage with Performers: Take the time to watch and engage with the street performers. They are a big part of what makes the park so special.
  • Explore the Neighborhood: Greenwich Village is full of charming streets, historic buildings, and unique shops. Spend some time wandering the area around the park.
  • Stay Safe: As with any busy urban area, keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings, especially if visiting at night.
Ivy covered faculty building at New York University
Ivy covered faculty building at New York University

33) NYU (New York University)

And while you visit Washington Square Park, you can also take the opportunity to swing by the New York University campus.  As you meander about you’ll spot such buildings as the La Maison Française.

Home to over 50,000 students from all corners of the globe, the university fosters a dynamic and diverse community. The NYU campus is an eclectic mix of historic and modern architecture. From the Gothic Revival style of the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library to the sleek design of the Kimmel Center for University Life, the buildings are quite impressive.

Founded in 1831, NYU has a storied history that includes notable alumni such as Martin Scorsese, Lady Gaga, and Jack Dorsey. The university has been a witness to and a participant in major historical events and cultural movements.

NYU’s main campus is centered around Washington Square Park, easily accessible by subway, bus, or taxi. The A, B, C, D, E, F, M, and 1 subway lines all have stops nearby.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Ahead: Check the NYU website for tour schedules and special events. Some tours require advance registration.
  • Explore Beyond the Campus: Greenwich Village has a lot to offer. Take some time to visit nearby attractions such as the Stonewall Inn, the Comedy Cellar, and the numerous art galleries and theaters.
  • Stay Informed: Follow NYU’s social media channels for updates on events, exhibitions, and performances that might coincide with your visit.

34) National Museum of the American Indian

The National Museum of the American Indian has a fascinating collection, and the best part is that admission is free of charge.  In my opinion, this is the most under-rated museum I visited in New York City.

Situated in the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in Lower Manhattan, the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) offers a captivating journey through the rich histories, diverse cultures, and artistic expressions of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. With an extensive collection of artifacts, artworks, and historical documents, the museum offers a unique opportunity to learn about the traditions, stories, and contributions of Indigenous communities from Alaska to South America.

The National Museum of the American Indian is located at One Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan. Subway lines (4, 5, 1, R, and W) are nearby.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Your Visit: Spend some time on the museum’s website before your visit to familiarize yourself with the exhibits and events. This will help you make the most of your time at the museum.
  • Explore the Surroundings: Take advantage of the museum’s prime location by exploring the nearby attractions. A visit to the NMAI can be part of a full day of sightseeing in Lower Manhattan.
  • Engage with the Staff: The museum’s staff and docents are knowledgeable and passionate about Native American culture. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or join a guided tour for deeper insights.
American Museum of Natural History pedestrian crossing in New York City
American Museum of Natural History pedestrian crossing in New York City

35) American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is located in the Upper West Side, and it has an extensive dinosaur collection. This is the perfect attraction for families visiting the New York City together.  Located nearby Central Park, this celebrated museum is visited by over million annually!

The AMNH boasts over 45 permanent exhibition halls filled with a staggering array of specimens and artifacts. Whether you’re fascinated by the towering dinosaur skeletons, the dazzling gems and minerals, or the intricacies of human cultures, there’s something here to captivate everyone. The museum’s depth and diversity make it an endless well of discovery.

The AMNH is located at Central Park West and 79th Street. It’s easily accessible with the B and C lines stopping at 81st Street, right next to the museum.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Your Visit: The museum is large, so it’s a good idea to plan which exhibits you want to see in advance. The museum’s website and mobile app offer maps and exhibit guides to help you navigate.
  • Take Breaks: With so much to see, it’s important to take breaks. The museum has several cafes and seating areas where you can rest and recharge.
  • Explore the Surroundings: After your visit, take some time to explore the Upper West Side and Central Park. There are plenty of dining options and other attractions nearby.
Crowds at Central Station in New York City
Crowds at Central Station in New York City

36) Times Square

We are now in Times Square – the busiest intersection in all of New York City. If you’re going to be visiting I recommend you come at night time when all of the lights are on and hoards of people come out to play.

Times Square has often been nicknamed “The Center of the Universe” and “The Crossroads of the World”. An estimated 330,000 people pass through daily.

Times Square is the beating heart of the Broadway theater district. With more than 40 theaters in the vicinity, it’s the perfect place to catch a world-class show. From long-running musicals to the latest hit plays, Broadway offers a diverse range of performances that cater to all tastes.

The lights of Times Square are legendary. Massive digital billboards and LED displays light up the night, creating a spectacle that’s visible from blocks away. This sensory overload of lights, colors, and moving images creates an epic, almost surreal environment. It’s a sight that must be seen to be believed.

Times Square is located at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. It’s easily accessible by subway, with several lines (1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and S) stopping at the Times Square-42nd Street station.

Tips for Visitors

  • Stay Alert: Times Square can be overwhelming, and the crowds are dense. Keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Explore Beyond the Main Area: While the main intersection is the highlight, don’t miss the surrounding streets, which also offer interesting shops, theaters, and attractions.
  • Plan Your Visit: If you’re planning to see a Broadway show, book your tickets in advance. Also, check out nearby attractions and dining options to make the most of your visit.

37) MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)

MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) houses modern and contemporary art including works of design, sculpture, photography and illustrated books.  It is a treasure trove of history related to the history of modern and contemporary art.

MoMA houses an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art, featuring masterpieces by iconic artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol. The museum’s diverse collection spans painting, sculpture, photography, film, design, and more.

Standing before van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” or Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” is an experience that transcends mere viewing; it’s a moment of connection with the groundbreaking artists who reshaped the world of art.

MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Several lines (B, D, F, M, E) stopping nearby.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Ahead: Check the museum’s website for current exhibitions and programs. Some popular exhibitions can draw large crowds, so consider visiting during off-peak hours.
  • Explore the Gift Shop: MoMA’s gift shop offers a fantastic selection of art books, prints, and unique souvenirs. It’s a great place to find a memento of your visit or a gift for an art-loving friend.
  • Take Your Time: With so much to see, it’s important to pace yourself. Take breaks in the museum’s many seating areas, and don’t rush through the galleries. Allow yourself time to fully appreciate the art.
Aerial views of New York City on the Roosevelt Island Tramway crossing over a bridge
Aerial views of New York City on the Roosevelt Island Tramway crossing over a bridge

38) Roosevelt Island Tramway

A fun and adventurous way to get over to Roosevelt Island is to take a cable car from Manhattan.  This tramway runs from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island and the ride lasts 3 minutes. You get a fantastic aerial overview of the city, but it’s also slightly unnerving if you don’t like heights!

As you glide over the East River, you’re treated to panoramic vistas of Manhattan’s skyscrapers, the Queensboro Bridge, and the river itself. The sight of the city from this vantage point is truly unique and offers a fresh perspective on New York’s urban landscape.

The tramway offers a novel and exciting way to travel. It’s an experience that combines the thrill of a cable car ride with the convenience of city transit. The tram ride is smooth and quick, taking just about 3 minutes each way, but it’s an experience that lingers in your memory long after.

The tramway station is conveniently located at 59th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. You can reach there by metro (take the N, Q, R, or W to Lexington Avenue/59th Street or the 4, 5, 6 to 59th Street). Once you arrive, follow the signs to the tram entrance.

Tips for Visitors

  • Best Time to Visit: For the most spectacular views, consider riding the tram at sunset or after dark when the city lights up. Early mornings can also offer a peaceful and less crowded experience.
  • Explore Roosevelt Island: After your tram ride, take some time to explore Roosevelt Island. Visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, the historic Smallpox Hospital ruins, and enjoy the scenic waterfront paths.
  • Check the Weather: The tram ride is best enjoyed on clear days when visibility is high. Check the weather forecast before you go to ensure you get the best possible views.
Versace store with American and Italian flags on Fifth Avenue in New York City
Versace store with American and Italian flags on Fifth Avenue in New York City

39) Fifth Avenue Shopping

Fifth Avenue is a shopping Mecca. The street is lined with prestigious high-end boutiques, and it’s considered to be one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world.

Fifth Avenue is synonymous with luxury, elegance, and style. It boasts an unparalleled collection of world-renowned retailers. From high-end fashion houses like Gucci, Prada, and Louis Vuitton to iconic department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, the avenue is a paradise for fashion enthusiasts.

Fifth Avenue is also a feast for the eyes. Buildings like the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and the New York Public Library add a layer of historical and architectural significance to your shopping journey. These landmarks provide the perfect backdrop, making your shopping experience even more memorable.

Fifth Avenue runs through the heart of Manhattan. The N, Q, R, and W subway lines stop at Fifth Avenue/59th Street, and the 4, 5, and 6 lines stop at 59th Street/Lexington Avenue.

Tips for Visitors

  • Plan Your Route: Fifth Avenue is long, and there’s a lot to see. Plan your route ahead of time, prioritizing the stores and landmarks you most want to visit.
  • Check for Sales: Many stores have sales and special promotions, especially during holidays and at the end of each season. Check online or call ahead to see if you can take advantage of any discounts.
  • Take Breaks: Shopping can be tiring. Take breaks at one of the many cafes or parks along Fifth Avenue. The area around Rockefeller Center is perfect for a quick rest.

40) Rockefeller Center

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is located on the 70th floor and offers 360 degree unobstructed views.  The center, consisting of 19 buildings has been declared a National Historical Landmark.

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck provides breathtaking views of the city skyline, while the Rockefeller Plaza is famous for its seasonal ice skating rink and the towering Christmas tree during the holiday season. These attractions are quintessential New York experiences that shouldn’t be missed.

Rockefeller Center is located between 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Midtown Manhattan. You have multiple options with the B, D, F, and M lines stopping at 47-50 Streets Rockefeller Center.

Tips for Visitors

  • Book Tickets in Advance: For popular attractions like the Top of the Rock and the NBC Studio Tour, booking tickets in advance is recommended to avoid long lines and ensure availability.
  • Explore Beyond the Main Attractions: Take time to discover the hidden gems within Rockefeller Center, such as the Channel Gardens, the underground concourse with its shops and eateries, and the public art installations.
  • Check the Event Calendar: Rockefeller Center hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Check the official website for the latest information on exhibitions, performances, and special activities during your visit.

41) Empire State Building

The Empire State Building, a 103-story skyscraper, was the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years. While it has been surpassed many times since, it still boasts some of the best views of New York City.

Standing at 1,454 feet tall, the Empire State Building offers some of the most spectacular views in New York City. From the 86th-floor open-air observation deck and the 102nd-floor indoor observatory, you can see the city’s sprawling skyline, the Hudson and East Rivers, Central Park, and even neighboring states on a clear day.

Completed in 1931, its construction was a marvel of modern engineering, completed in a record-breaking 13 months during the Great Depression. The building’s history is filled with fascinating stories, from its early days as an office building to its role in popular culture. The Art Deco design, with its elegant lines and iconic spire, adds to its timeless appeal.

The Empire State Building is located at 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets with several lines stopping nearby at the 34th Street-Herald Square station.

Tips for Visitors

  • Download the App: The Empire State Building offers a free app that provides a guided tour, with information about the building and the views from the observation decks. It’s a great way to enhance your visit.
  • Plan for Security: Like many major attractions, the Empire State Building has security screenings. Arrive a bit earlier to account for this, and avoid bringing large bags to speed up the process.
  • Combine with Other Attractions: If you’re planning a full day of sightseeing, consider purchasing a New York City Pass, which includes entry to the Empire State Building and other major attractions at a discounted rate.

42) Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall is a concert venue and it often plays host to classical performances.  Located just two blocks south of Central Park between 56th street and west 57 street, it is considered one of the most prestigious venues for classical and popular music.

Carnegie Hall is synonymous with musical excellence. It has been graced by legendary performers such as Tchaikovsky, Louis Armstrong, and The Beatles. Attending a performance here means witnessing world-class artistry in a venue renowned for its acoustics and grandeur.

The Italian Renaissance design, with its ornate moldings, plush red seating, and grand chandeliers, creates an ambiance of elegance and sophistication. The hall’s three distinct performance spaces – the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall – each offer a unique and intimate concert experience.

It is accessible via several subway lines, including the N, Q, R, W, and F trains.

Tips for Visitors

  • Check the Calendar: Carnegie Hall’s schedule is packed with diverse performances. Look for special events, premieres, or rare appearances that might align with your visit.
  • Plan Your Evening: Make a night of it by dining at one of the many excellent restaurants near Carnegie Hall before or after the performance.
  • Explore Nearby Attractions: Take advantage of Carnegie Hall’s central location to explore nearby attractions like Central Park, Times Square, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Ivy covered Belvedere Castle located in Central Park New York City
Ivy covered Belvedere Castle located in Central Park New York City

43) Central Park

Central Park, also known as the lungs of New York City, is massive public park located in Manhattan with a plethora of different entrances. It is almost like a bit of a maze. If you really want to see the park properly you’ve got to come several times and you’ve got to enter from different entrance points.

We managed to visit Belvedere Castle, the Great Lawn, Shakespeare Garden, The Ramble, The Jackie Onassis Reservoir, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, and we still left feeling like we barely scratched the surface.

Spanning over 840 acres, this urban oasis offers a serene escape from the bustling streets of Manhattan. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park boasts lush meadows, wooded paths, and tranquil bodies of water.

Central Park is also home to iconic landmarks. The Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, with its stunning views and intricate carvings, is a popular gathering spot. The Central Park Zoo offers a delightful experience for families. Other notable attractions include the Conservatory Garden, Belvedere Castle, and the Great Lawn.

Central Park stretches from 59th Street to 110th Street and from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West. It’s easily accessible from various points in Manhattan. The subway is a convenient option, with several lines stopping near the park. Major entrances include Columbus Circle at 59th Street, the entrance near the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 81st Street, and the Harlem Meer entrance at 110th Street.

Tips for Visitors

  • Download a Map: Central Park is vast, and having a map can help you navigate its many paths and attractions. The official Central Park app is also a useful tool for exploring.
  • Join a Guided Tour: Several guided tours, including walking, biking, and even horse-drawn carriage tours, are available. These tours offer interesting insights into the park’s history and landmarks.
  • Check Event Schedules: Central Park hosts numerous events throughout the year. Check the official website for schedules of concerts, theater performances, and special events to enhance your visit.
Flowers and flower petals outside of the John Lennon Strawberry Fields Imagine Memorial in Central Park New York City
Flowers and flower petals outside of the John Lennon Strawberry Fields Imagine Memorial in Central Park New York City

44) Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields is a section of Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. This was a place Lennon used to frequent, and travelers from far and wide stop by to leave a rose and pay their respects.

Named after The Beatles’ song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” this serene area offers a peaceful retreat and a place of reflection amidst the hustle and bustle of New York City. Located near West 72nd Street, close to the Dakota Apartments where Lennon lived and tragically died, Strawberry Fields is an essential stop for fans and visitors alike.

Designed as a “quiet zone” within Central Park, Strawberry Fields provides a serene and contemplative environment. The area is beautifully landscaped with elm trees, flowers, and shrubs, creating a natural sanctuary where visitors can relax and reflect.

Strawberry Fields is located near the West 72nd Street entrance to Central Park with the 72nd Street station (served by the B and C lines) just a short walk away.

Tips for Visitors

  • Respect the Quiet Zone: Strawberry Fields is designated as a quiet zone. While music and conversations are welcome, be mindful of maintaining the peaceful atmosphere.
  • Combine with a Park Visit: Make the most of your visit by exploring other nearby attractions in Central Park, such as the Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, and the Central Park Zoo.
  • Join a Walking Tour: Consider joining a guided walking tour that includes Strawberry Fields. These tours often provide interesting insights into John Lennon’s life and the history of the area.
Street food vendors outside of the MET Museum in New York City
Street food vendors outside of the MET Museum in New York City

45) Street Food

For a quick bite grab some street food in New York City.  It’s easy to find especially outside of major tourist attractions such as the MET.  My personal favorite was the giant pretzel!

You can find anything from classic New York hot dogs and soft pretzels to authentic tacos, falafel, dumplings, and even gourmet lobster rolls. Each food truck and cart offers a unique slice of the city’s culinary landscape, making every bite an adventure. You can enjoy a Korean BBQ taco, followed by a Belgian waffle, and finish with an Italian cannoli, all within a few blocks.

Some street food vendors have become NYC legends. From the Halal Guys on 53rd and 6th to the Wafels & Dinges trucks scattered across the city, these vendors have built loyal followings and critical acclaim.

Tips for Visitors

  • Go Early or Late: To avoid long lines, try to visit popular food trucks and carts either early or late in the meal periods. This also ensures the freshest food.
  • Be Adventurous: Don’t stick to familiar foods. Street food is all about trying new things, so be adventurous and sample dishes from different cultures.
  • Follow the Crowds: A long line is usually a good sign. Popular vendors attract crowds for a reason, and the wait is often worth it.
Mama Mia and Majestic Theatre on Broadway in New York City
Mama Mia and Majestic Theatre on Broadway in New York City

46) Catch a Broadway Theatre Performance

You can’t come to New York without taking in a musical. There are so many different ones to consider you can choose from Mama Mia to Phantom of the Opera.

Stretching through the heart of Manhattan, the Broadway Theatre District is home to more than 40 theatres showcasing some of the finest productions in the world. From dazzling musicals to powerful dramas, catching a Broadway show is a quintessential New York experience.

Broadway is the pinnacle of theatrical excellence. The performances are top-notch, featuring talented actors, breathtaking set designs, and captivating storylines. Whether you’re watching a long-running classic like “The Phantom of the Opera” or a contemporary hit like “Hamilton,” the sheer quality of Broadway productions is unmatched.

Broadway theatres are centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, making them easily accessible from anywhere in the city. Many theatres are within walking distance of each other, Times Square, and other major attractions, allowing you to combine a show with dining, shopping, and sightseeing.

Tips for Visitors

  • Matinee Performances: Consider attending a matinee performance if you prefer a daytime show or want to save some money on tickets.
  • Explore the Theatre District: Arrive early to explore the vibrant Theatre District. There are plenty of restaurants and bars where you can grab a pre-show meal or drink.
  • Stay for the Curtain Call: Don’t rush out as soon as the show ends. Stay for the curtain call to show your appreciation for the performers and enjoy the final moments of the Broadway experience.

47) Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is home to the New York Rangers NHL hockey team. This building is one of the most famous in the whole world for sports, entertainment, concerts, shows, performances and other events.

Often referred to as “The Garden,” is one of the most iconic venues in the world. It has been a cultural and entertainment hub since it first opened in 1879. The Garden’s versatility is one of its biggest draws. You can catch a New York Knicks basketball game, cheer on the New York Rangers hockey team, or be part of a sold-out concert by a world-famous artist.

The venue also hosts boxing matches, wrestling events, and special shows like the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. No matter your interests, there’s always something happening at Madison Square Garden that will captivate and entertain you.

Tips for Visitors

  • Arrive Early: Arriving early not only allows you to avoid long lines but also gives you time to explore the venue and soak in the pre-event atmosphere.
  • Explore Nearby: Take advantage of The Garden’s central location by exploring nearby attractions, dining spots, and shops before or after the event.
  • Check the Schedule: Make sure to check the event schedule and any specific entry requirements or restrictions ahead of time to ensure a smooth experience.
Lady city on a park bench outside of the African Burial Ground in New York City
Lady city on a park bench outside of the African Burial Ground in New York City

48) African Burial Ground

This is a memorial site to the unnamed free and enslaved Africans who were buried here. It was only rediscovered in 1991.

It is the final resting place for over 15,000 Africans who lived and worked in the city during the 17th and 18th centuries. Visiting this monument offers a deeply moving experience and an important historical perspective.

The visitor center features exhibits that delve into the history, archaeology, and anthropology of the site. Through artifacts, interactive displays, and informative panels, visitors can learn about the daily lives, struggles, and achievements of the African community in early New York.

The African Burial Ground is located at 290 Broadway, close to several subway stations including Chambers Street, Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, and Foley Square. It’s easy to reach by subway, bus, or on foot if you’re exploring the nearby area.

Tips for Visitors

  • Respect the Space: Remember that the African Burial Ground is a sacred site. Maintain a respectful demeanor and consider the significance of the space and those interred there.
  • Guided Tours: Take advantage of the guided tours offered by park rangers. These tours provide invaluable insights and a richer understanding of the site’s history.
  • Plan Ahead: If you’re interested in attending a specific program or event, check the schedule in advance and plan your visit accordingly.

49) Columbus Circle

The cool thing about this intersection is that it’s the point from which all official distances from New York City are measured.

Columbus Circle is one of the most recognizable landmarks in New York City. The towering statue of Christopher Columbus at its center, perched atop a grand pedestal, is an impressive sight. This historic monument, erected in 1892, commemorates the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s voyage to America, adding a touch of historical significance to your visit.

Reaching Columbus Circle is simple. Take any of the A, B, C, D, or 1 subway lines to the 59th Street – Columbus Circle station.

Tips for Visitors

  • Time Your Visit: Consider visiting Columbus Circle in the late afternoon. This allows you to enjoy shopping and dining before taking a leisurely evening stroll through Central Park.
  • Explore Beyond: Don’t just stop at the Circle. Venture into the surrounding areas like the Upper West Side or Midtown to get a broader sense of the city.
  • Check for Events: Keep an eye out for any events or performances happening at the Circle or in Central Park. There’s often something exciting going on that can add an extra layer of enjoyment to your visit.
If you see something say something tell cop advertising on the steps of a New York City metro station
If you see something say something tell cop advertising on the steps of a New York City metro station

50) Take the Subway Metro

One of the best ways to get around New York City is of course by Metro.  If you want to really explore New York City, we recommend picking up a MetroCard so that you can zip around the city with no restrictions. It’s cheap and it’s efficient.

With over 472 stations and 665 miles of track, it’s the lifeline of the city, connecting all five boroughs and bustling with energy day and night. Riding the subway is an essential New York experience. It offers a glimpse into the daily lives of New Yorkers and the vibrant culture of the city.

The NYC Subway is iconic. From its historic stations and famous subway maps to its distinctive trains and the characteristic “stand clear of the closing doors, please” announcement, the subway is embedded in the city’s identity. It’s also one of the most efficient ways to get around, allowing you to explore vast parts of the city quickly and affordably.

Tips for Visitors

  • Mind the Rush Hour: Try to avoid traveling during rush hours (8-10 AM and 5-7 PM) if you want a more relaxed ride. The trains can get very crowded during these times.
  • Stay Alert: Keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings. The subway is generally safe, but it’s always good to stay vigilant.
  • Enjoy the Performances: Many stations feature live music and performances by talented artists. Take a moment to enjoy these mini-concerts—they’re a delightful part of the subway experience.
  • Explore the Art: Many stations are home to impressive public art installations. Stations like 14th Street/Eighth Avenue and 81st Street/Museum of Natural History have stunning artworks worth checking out.

Final Thoughts: New York City

And that concludes a look at our very busy week in New York City. I’m still shocked we managed to cover so many attractions, but the great thing about this city is that distances aren’t very long and there’s always something really cool worth checking out around each corner.

Have you been to New York? What are your favorite things about this city? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. says: Brody

    Although I traveled a lot to New York I expected to find here all the places I know but I was surprised by some places
    It really is a vibrant area

  2. Wow! An amazingly comprehensive list, this one. Kinky Boots on Broadway was, I have to say, the best time for me being it was my very first theatre attendance. Times Square was so crowded, it made me nervous. Missed pizza in Brooklyn, but it’s on my bucket list now.

    You should definitely think about creating itineraries.

    Thanks, Samuel!

  3. says: Nick

    Great list – One of our favourite things to do was visit the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. Rode bikes across the Brooklyn bridge and then across to the brewery; great day!

  4. says: paris taxi

    You have no idea how helpful this was! I am planning a trip for NYC in about a year and while I had a few ideas in mind of things to do, I didn’t have enough. So many of these look to die for, but I’ll have to break it down s little bit. Fabulous ideas!

  5. says: Joarder

    Since last few days, I was searching for the tourist attraction places in NY. Found nycgo.com, about.com and many more, but was confused which spots should pick for future plan. Your post is just simply solve my problem.

    I particularly highlight few among these 50, Staten Island Ferry, Central park, Roosevelt Island Tramway, Trinity Church, Williamsburg and the Street Art, and the Brooklyn Bridge. Thanks for sharing such nice experience and also solve my problem too 🙂

  6. says: Anne

    Lower East Side! Tenement Museum tours to learn about the immigrants, a walk around the neighborhood; Katz’s Deli on Houston St.; Falafel Shop (tiny) on Rivington St. and lots of art galleries.

  7. Great list! Although I’m sad to say I’ve done not even half of these. To be fair, I was only in NYC for a couple of days, a few years ago. Still, it’s one of those places I know I’ll definitely visit again. Next time I’ll even have more of an idea of some of the cool stuff to do!

  8. says: todd

    Wow, I did not realize that there is so much to see and do in New York. I am going there soon, for my first visit. I only thought of the famous tourist attractions, like Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. I did not think of all the neighborhoods or parks that are there to see. I would love to walk across the Brooklyn bridge or take a scenic tour on the Staten Island ferry. There is so much to see in NYC that a week does not seem long enough. Thanks for sharing and for all the pictures.

  9. says: Ivana

    I am from Macedonia, and i have been to US last year for 4 months as a student. I still regret that i couldn’t see NYC not even for a moment. I ve been to Atlantic City, Philadelphia, DC and some other places, but i didn’t go to New York. I so much hope i will have the chance to go there at least for one more time, and finally visit the city that never sleep.

  10. says: Ron

    I’m going to New York with my girlfriend next year. I’ve been to most of the places listed above but my girlfriend’s last time there was when she was very young. Can’t wait to do these New York things with her next year! Also, I haven’t seen the High Line and the street art in Williamsburg before. Great list!

  11. Awesome list of NYC attractions here Samuel! We just got back from the Big Apple and experienced several of these though I have to admit the most amazing aspect of NYC is the cultural diversity that is present there and this is portrayed in the variety of attractions on offer. It’s disappointing that Little Italy is slowly shrinking but wandering down Mulberry Street and then grabbing dinner at one of those Italian restaurants is a memory I will continue to cherish.

  12. says: Matias


    I traveled to New York few months ago and i did almost everything that you mention in this list.

    You can also practice fishing in Central Park, they will provide you everything you need 🙂


  13. says: Sigurdur Bjorgvinsson @redheadexplorer

    Great Post! I wish I had know about these place when I was in NY. I had no idea there were so many great attractions in the city. Next time I am there I will for sure taste that pizza!

  14. says: Kendra Granniss

    I love the Highline especially. Don’t forget to stop by Astoria (my neck of the woods) for the best Greek food in NYC and New York’s oldest beer garden!

  15. says: armida trentino

    Wow it’s such a very nice. Thanks for sharing this amazing things to do in New York. I searching online New York tourist attraction places, I got a site Trip Hobo.

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  16. You certainly covered a lot of information in this post! There are so many things going on in New York at all times, you could probably create one of these for each week haha 😀 One of my favorites is the RI tram, it is such a great thing for people to do that I think most New Yorkers have not even ridden on yet!

    1. Thanks Chanel! I agree with you. On certain days we had to decide to be doing one thing when we had about four other things to consider. I’m hoping we can come back in the fall.

  17. says: trekking atlas mountains

    That’s a very interesting article! I really enjoyed reading it; it’s worth reading because it has lots of information! keep up the great work!

  18. says: Ernest Brown

    WoW! This post re kindled my spirit to visit New York again. I was there last year but didn’t stay that long but having to read these things to do in New York, I’d love to spend a month if I had the chance.

  19. says: Catherine

    So many things to do! Would love to visit Little Italy, Little Korea and Chinatown. Though I’d be more than happy with just a short journey on the subway!

    1. Thanks Catherine! If you had to choose between the three I’d suggest Little Korea for the food 😉 New York was just a fascinating experience and I enjoyed everything including those long rides from Northern Manhattan into the central areas.

  20. says: Mike

    Oh my gosh, New York City is huge on my bucket list of cities I want to visit, Samuel! Of course, the World Trade Center Memorial would be right at the top to start off with. Then I would want to go in search of one of the mermaids to accompany me for some New York Style pizza! 🙂

  21. Sam and Audrey, you have really outdone yourself this time! 50 attractions, it must have been so hectic for you both. Excellent job on the video editing, everything looks so sharp and I hung in for the entire 16 minutes, which is a feat for me considering how busy I am these days!

    1. Thanks James! That is quite the feat as you are indeed a very busy man 😉 Initially I had the goal of 40 (since 35 was the highest we had done before in Prague) but once we got past that threshold with a day and half to go I started pushing for 50. Poor Audrey…LOL

  22. says: Dan B

    Yikes, must have been a busy week! I think you could spend a lifetime in New York and never have enough time to soak it all in. You could probably spend a week in any one of the museums!

    1. Thanks Dan! It was one heck of an insane week but in a good way 😉 I agree with you that many of the attractions we highlighted could/should be properly appreciated for longer than just a day or afternoon.