New York City is known as a global powerhouse, and Wall Street will immerse you in the center of the American economical marketplace, while a visit to the United Nations will enable you to understand the heavy influence this city has on international affairs.
They call New York City “the city that never sleeps,” and maybe that’s because there is just so much to do and so little time to do it all! We know you want to experience all of the hustle and bustle without getting overwhelmed so we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do that will give you the real Big Apple experience.
1. See a Broadway Show
If you don’t take at least one trip to see one of the award-winning theatrical performances then you are seriously missing out. There is nothing more New York than Broadway. From classics that have been on the stage for years to newer shows, there’s so much comedy, drama and singing to see!
2. Visit a Museum
This city is home to some of the greatest museums in the country. From the internationally famous art museums to the tiny, niche galleries, there are experiences for every taste. Walking Museum Mile will give you an idea of what’s out there. Head to the Museum of Modern Art or or try the Museum of Natural History. If you’re looking for something a little strange or if you've got the kids in tow, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium is a great stop.
3. Experience nature in the middle of the city
New York City has some of the most beautiful public parks in the nation, and iconic Central Park has everything you could want and more. Enjoy lush greenery right in the center of the city. Make a day of it and pack a picnic, a book and a Frisbee. Take a walk through Central Park Zoo to see some of the wilder residents of NYC. You can always count on penguin feeding or a sea lion show.
4. New York Style Pizza
Other states may claim to have the best pizza, but any self-respecting New Yorker knows that it’s all about the huge slices of New York-style pizza. While many local joints will claim to have the best, we prefer Uncle Paul’s Pizza for a gourmet slice.
5. Coney Island
Head to Coney Island for a spin on the teacups at one of the amusement parks, see the Mermaid Parade, or check out a circus sideshow. Leave some change in your pockets for the gift shop and a famous Coney Island frank.
6. Go Shopping
Welcome to one of world’s shopping destinations. If you’re looking for it, you can find it in NYC. Check out upscale shopping on Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue, or head to FAO Schwarz for some toy browsing. With so many flagship stores here, you’ll have no problem finding gifts for those back home. If big stores aren’t you thing, there are plenty of unique boutiques to visit too.
7. Grand Central Station
Even if you don’t need to take a train ride, you need to go to Grand Central Station. It has everything from shopping to dining to some of the greatest architecture in New York.
8. Head to Times Square
You’ve seen it on TV when you watch the ball drop on New Year’s, but seeing it in person is an entirely different experience. Feed your sweet tooth at the impressive Hershey’s Store, check out deals on Broadway tickets or browse trinkets that street vendors are selling.
9. Hang out with some celebrities
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is a staple to any NYC visit. Assemble with the Avengers and hang out with Lady Gaga. From pop stars to historical figures, you can always get a photo op with these celebrities.
10. Take a Tour
If you can imagine a tour for it, odds are it exists in NYC. From Mafia tours to walking and biking tours of the city, to tours of local breweries you’re sure to find something that will interest everyone. Our favorites include Bike and Roll New York, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, and Free Tours by Foot.