12 BEST Things to Do in NYC 🗽

If you're going to visit New York City and want to make sure you hit up the best spots, then this list is for you! Feel free to visit any of these 12 amazing places while on your trip in NYC and you will feel like accomplished!

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1. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

To learn more about the immigration history of NYC and to see the iconic Statue of Liberty, get tickets here: https://www.cityexperiences.com/new-york/city-cruises/statue/

If you don't want to buy a ticket, you can still see the Statue of Liberty from Battery park.

*Another cool way to view the Statue of Liberty (and my favorite way!) is by taking a cruise. Check out our favorite sunset cruise here: https://fareharbor.com/embeds/book/sail-nyc/?sheet=329800&asn=laurenray&full-items=yes&flow=608606

2. Empire State Building

When you think of New York, it's hard not to think of the Empire State Building! Built in 1931 in the art deco style, you can view the exhibits & observatories on the 86th & 102nd floors. Tickets here: https://www.esbnyc.com/

3. Central Park

To get away from the city life and crowds, you can always head to Central Park. It's a park of 840 acres, pedestrian paths, ballfields, carousel, boat rentals & a reservoir. If you get the chance to visit in the Fall, you won't be disappointed. If you'd like to take a tour, there are many options here: https://www.centralparknyc.org/activities?category=tours

4. Brooklyn Bridge

Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is a great free activity to do that grants a very rewarding view of Manhattan, especially if you start from the Brooklyn side. The entire walk is 1.3 miles and takes about 60 minutes to walk it.

5. Broadway Show

I HIGHLY recommend going to at least 1 broadway show while in NYC. A great way to get an amazing seat at a great price, is to head to TKTS at Times Square when they open at 3pm to get tickets. They don't always have tickets to every show, but every time I have gone I've been able to get an amazing seat to the show of my choice at a discounted rate. The line may seem long, but it goes fast.

6. 9/11 Memorial & Museum

This is one of the most impactful museums and memorials I have ever been to. I highly recommend going because you learn so much more than you think. It's really sad but really important. It's free to see the memorial but costs money to go in the museum. Tickets here: https://www.911memorial.org/visit/visit-museum-1

7. Grand Central Terminal

If you want to see a beautiful beaux-arts landmark or take a train to Connecticut, definitely head to GCT. Open to the public in 1913 and has more than 750,000 visitors ever day, you will have fun exploring the numerous passages and its many iconic shops and restaurants.

8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Better known as "The Met", this is a fantastic museum to see some fantastic art and historical objects. A MUST-SEE is the Temple or Dendur! New York State residents pay what they want, for everyone else tickets are available here: https://engage.metmuseum.org/admission/?promocode=48954

9. The High Line

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. - Google It really is fun to walk along the old railway and to see New York from this angle, plus it's free!

10. Wall Street

Wall Street is the area of the financial industry and the firms within it. It's cool to visit here and see where the NY Stock Exchange is and the building where George Washington was inaugurated all those years ago.

11. Natural History Museum

From dinosaurs to outer space this is a really cool museum that showcases natural wonders. It has some amazingly retro mannequins displaying history and those are really fun to look at. Timed Tickets are required for entry here: https://tickets.amnh.org/select

12. The Green-Wood Cemetery

This cemetery was once a Revolutionary War battlefield, but is now a 478-acre cemetery on a hill in Brooklyn overlooking Manhattan. The views from here are epic. Also the historical tombs are so cool, I highly recommend a walk through here.

*Bonus Tip: a great way to see almost all of these sights in 1 place is to go to the @topoftherock observation deck and see them from above. Their observation deck is 3 levels and it’s outside. Ticket are available here:https://www.topoftherocknyc.com/ticket-menu/

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