10 best things to do in New York City

Rich history, famous landmarks, and an ever-changing skyline have made New York one of the most influential cities in the world. If it’s your first time in New York, then it’s obvious to feel lost amidst the countless attractions. We have shortlisted the top 10 things to do in New York City to prioritize your sightseeing in the city.

Visit the dazzling Times Square

The vivacious square in Manhattan remains bubbling with tourists around the year. Your visit to New York will stay incomplete if you don’t visit Times Square. Markedly, this place beautifully portrays the city’s eclectic vibe. New York has earned the nomenclature of a city that never sleeps. You will never be alone when you visit Times Square irrespective of the time of the day.

Times Square
Times Square

New York Dinner cruise

Indulge your taste buds in premium gourmet meals while enjoying sensational skyline views, and top-class entertainment by going on one of New York’s dinner cruises. You can marvel at attractions like the Chrysler Building, The Empire State Building, The Brooklyn Bridge, and The Statue of Liberty while cruising around lower Manhattan.

Big Apple Helicopter Tour

Enjoying the grandeur of Manhattan’s skyline from a 15-minute helicopter tour can be an exhilarating experience. You will get to see the Statue of Liberty

while flying above the Hudson River. Some other attractions of the Big Apple helicopter tour are the sprawling expanse of Central Park and the iconic Empire State Building.

Pay tribute at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Pay homage to the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks by visiting the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the 9/11 Reflecting Pools. You can learn about the fateful events of the attack from a broader perspective at the Reflecting Pools as it takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Watch a Broadway show

When in New York, you simply can’t miss classic Broadway shows like Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, or Lion King. Every year, Broadway welcomes new shows with the latest hits being Dear Evan Hansen, etc.

Walk through Little Italy

Located in Lower Manhattan this neighborhood was the residence of almost 1000- Italians in 1910. A big chunk of the Italian population left this place during the 20th century. If you are a history buff, then you need to pay a quick visit to Little Italy. Various famous movies like Leon: The Professional and The Godfather were filmed or based on Little Italy.

Bike ride through Central Park

The green oasis called Central Park can offer a much-needed respite from the concrete jungle. It’s best to explore the wide expanse of Central Park by bicycle. You can enjoy unparalleled sights like Strawberry Fields, Bow Bridge, and Belvedere Castle along the way. In addition, at the north of the park, you can see the beautiful Gothic Bridge, Harlem Meer, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir.

Cycling in Central Park appears to be amongst the 10 best things to do in New York City.
Central Park

Spend a day at Coney Islands

Coney islands located in Brooklyn can help you have a jolly good time if you are visiting the city with kids. You can ride the 100-year-old wooden roller coaster called the Cyclone at the Luna amusement park. Visitors can also bask in some “vitamin sea” at Coney Island Beach.

Visit the Grand Central Terminal

With 44 train platforms, the Grand Central Terminal is undoubtedly the largest train station in the world. It has been featured in several Hollywood flicks like I Am Legend, The Avengers, and Revolutionary Road, to name a few.

Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal

Take a ferry ride to Staten Island

The Staten Island Ferry ride can be enjoyed for free. You can relish the majestic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. The enormous ferry has multiple decks with both indoor and outdoor seating options. A one-way trip takes around 25 minutes while a round trip takes almost an hour.

Staten Island Ferry
Staten Island Ferry

To sum up, New York has massive geographical dimensions and a first-time visitor can’t cover everything. But with our list of the best things to do in New York City, your bucket list is bound to be satiated.

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Optimistic Travelers is a popular travel and lifestyle blog which focuses on travel, travel tips, lifestyle, food and drinks.  Optimistic Travelers is run by me (Nik) and my husband Sam. I come from a background in Pharmaceuticals however; travelling writing has always been my passion. Sam has a background in Information and Technology, Sam fell in love with photography and blogging a few years ago. Well seasoned traveler, nowadays he is the official photographer of optimistictravelers.com and I tend to do the writing and editing. We both are self-driven Optimistic Travelers with a strong interest in lifestyle, adventure, food and obviously travel. We are currently in Canada and loving it! Most of our time is dedicated to working on Optimistic Travelers and earn a good living from it.

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