New York is a hustling, bustling, iconic destination, it regularly welcomes more than 50 million visitors each year! In New York you can find art, entertainment, adventure, food – you name it. Explore the many tourist attractions, stop by a street-side vendor for a a bagel and soak in the charm of the city as you walk around Manhattan downtown; the list is endless!
If you want to get your bearings, see the iconic sights and get to know the city then these are my top fifteen must things to experience in New York City.
1. See a baseball game
A must-do experience to have when visiting New York City is attending a major league baseball game. This was one of my favourite things to do, buy an iconic Yankees hat and a hot dog and you are set for the night! I loved the entertainment including the song “take me out to the ball game…”.
2. Enjoy Times Square by night
Located at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square is truly the heart and soul of New York, the liveliest place to be. It’s very touristy, very busy and very bright!
3. Rent a bike to explore Central Park
There’s nothing quiet like a morning spent cycling around Central Park. You can rent a bike and explore its green meadows, pretty bridges, ice-skating rink, baseball and tennis courts and the Central Park Zoo, one of the most popular New York attractions.
4. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
This iconic bridge is one of New York’s most recognized skyline images. There’s a dedicated walkway for pedestrians and bikers so you can leisurely stroll and sight-see at the same time.
5. Watch a Broadway show
This one is a must, Broadway in New York is positively amazing. Try and get to a few shows if you can!
6. Check out The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
A trip to one of the most visited museums in the world and the largest art museums in the US is sure to be a worthwhile experience. Find out more about The Met here.
7. Buy a hot dog or pretzel from a New York food cart
I don’t need to explain this one, buy the hot dog, eat the hot dog, welcome to New York 🙂
8. Stroll through Washington Square Park
Wahington Square Park is one of the most popular New York parks, it is located in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan and is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic. Watch a cultural performance, spend a relaxed evening by the fountain or make the most of the photo opportunities the Washington Arch offers.
9. Catch a New York cab
I love the iconic cabs in New York, you can’t leave this city without saying you caught one of the yellow NYC cabs.
10. See the sunset from the Top Of The Rock
You will most likely have seen the amazing photos that tourist take at the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center). The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is one of the top New York City attractions with the best views from Central Park to Manhattan’s Midtown and Downtown, check it out here.
11.Walk on the High Line along the Hudson River
On Manhattan’s West side, the High Line park follows an elevated, abandoned train track. Here a a park grows and allows guests to enjoy an amazing view lush gardens and pretty pathways. It’s accessible from Gansevoort Street to West 30th and is the ideal spot for a coffee, afternoon tea, taking some photos or simply checking out some New York sights. I even took along a book and propped myself on one of the seats along the High Line to spend the afternoon.
12. Go shopping at the Chelsea Market
Conveniently located adjacent to one end of the High Line Park, The Chelsea Market is a must-see for market, design and food lovers. Spend an hour or two here after visiting the High Line.
13. Visit Magnolia Bakery for the greatest cupcakes ever
Best cupcakes ever. ever. Go check it out to see for yourself!
14. Get to know the locals
When I visited New York last year I stayed with a local and loved it, she showed me many places that I usually wouldn’t have seen as a tourist. One of my most favourite things we did was volunteer for a her local soup kitchen, it was an amazing local experience that I will never forget, I met so many interesting and lovely people.
15. Check out the Brooklyn Flea Market (Sundays only)
Take the New York Ferry Service, at Wall Street (Pier 11) and head to Williamsburg for a visit to Brooklyn Flea. This outdoor market has everything from vintage clothing, antiques and accessories made by locals. You can spend a few hours wandering around, exploring, shopping and eating!
Happy exploring x