Top 10 Things To Do In New York

Scouring flight tracker sites to find dirt cheap flights is one of my favorite past times these days as I have finally resigned from my 9-5 job and I am all excited to explore the world as much as I can, starting from June this year.

While checking flights for the UK, I could not ignore the Virgin Atlantic Airlines offers from India to New York. This is the second time we have moved to a new country. The first time was in 2013, to New York and believe me, everything feels like Deja Vu. The excitement, the jitters, the packing woes, just to name a few. We were in New York for six months but it was one of the best time ever. We have so many fond memories of the place.

I still miss the long walks on Fifth Avenue, to indulging in tasty street food at Downtown Manhattan.
Frantic shopping raids at the largest store of Macy’s to taking pictures at Times Square.
Spending evenings at Central Park to admiring the view of the city from the tallest skyscraper – Empire State.

Be it leisurely stroll, sampling street food,  getting awed with the mesmerizing view from the Empire State Building or whiling your time at the Times Square. NYC has no dearth of things to do and must-visit places. If you are planning a visit to NYC for a vacation.

We’ve shared our must-dos and must visit places in NYC in the post below.

1. Visit Central Park 

One of the best places to escape from the urban life. Every season adds a different magic to the park. We were there during winter and the park looked straight out of a winter wonderland. Kids shushing down the icy slopes in a wide variety of sledge and inflatables, frozen lake and a fresh blanket of snow covered the entire park in January which made the park look very much Instagram-worthy.

2. Love for Art & Museum 

NYC boasts of some of the finest art galleries and museums. If you love art and have an inclination towards history then we are sure you will have an amazing time. Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the latest addition MoMA showcasing some diverse painting, sculpture, art and displays are some of the museums you simply can’t miss.

Don’t miss out on the Broadway shows. From the Lion King to Mamma Mia, some of the great shows have been played here. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

3. Times Square

The most bustling square of New York — Times Square is along Broadway and Seventh Avenue, from 42nd Street to 47th Street. It is one stop destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment. Featured countless times in films, televisions and live events shows, it is one of the places I always wanted to visit. The vibe at Times square is insane. Any visit to New York City is incomplete without a visit to the Times square.

4. High Line

High Line is one of the hidden gems which is quite popular among locals and often overlooked by tourists. An elevated park which is a great place to slow down and enjoy the views of the bustling city below. The Park is built on a disused rail line and extends from Gansevoort Street to the 34th Street.

5. The View

Both Empire State building and Rockefeller Centre offer a mesmerizing and panoramic view of the City. As the sun sinks, the city is flooded with lights and the Hudson River meandering through the city looks stunning.

6. 9/11 Memorial & WTC

Visit Ground Zero which houses the 9/11 memorial dedicated to 3000 victims of the September 11 attacks. Visit the Underground Museum which houses the remnants of the twin tower and other artefacts from the debris.

7. Admiring Architecture Marvels

There are various places in NYC both old and new to admire. Starting from Grand Central Terminal to Statue of Liberty. Take a ferry ride to Ellis Island to marvel the beauty of the Statue of Liberty or just admire the starry ceiling of the Grand Central Station. Walk down the Brooklyn Bridge and admire the view of the New York City from there. The Brooklyn Bridge Park offers some stunning views of the Bridge with the city as its backdrop.

Top 10 Things To Do In New York

8. China Town 

The moment you visit China town you are transported to one of the bustling streets of China selling all kind of trinkets, candies, food, souvenirs, and snacks. No doubt it’s a veritable treasure trove and definitely an ordered chaos in action that you don’t want to miss in case you want a change in scene.

9. Binge on Food

It is also a gastronomical delight, from Ethiopian to Cuban cuisine, from Indian to Chinese, the city of New York has every possible cuisine from all over the world. From Micheline star restaurants to street food, the place is a foodies delight. If you are big on street food, then do visit The Halal Guys on 6th and 53rd, but be ready to wait in the queue for at least an hour.

10. Getting Lost Aimlessly –

The best thing you can do is getting lost aimlessly amidst the skyscrapers and be the part of the madness of the city that never sleeps.

Top 10 Things To Do In New York

We’ ve just scratched the surface,  there are a plethora of activities to do and see in NYC.

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    April 26, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Awesome list! I’m yet to visit the USA and obviously yet to see the Central Park. But I’ve already fallen in love with it seeing the location where the movie Vinnaithandi Varuvaya (orig of Ekk Deewana Tha) was shot! The night view of the city is just so awesome!

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    April 26, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Central Park during winter looks hella amazing. But I’m not sure winter is the time I want to be in NYC. Great list guys! This will be very helpful whenever we visit USA. Food culture is definitely something I’d look forward to in NYC.

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    Alice Chen
    April 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    NYC is one of my favorite cities in the world! It’s so vibrant and energetic. The 9/11 Memorial wasn’t up when I visited last but I definitely will go see it next time I’m in town!

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    Only By Land
    April 27, 2017 at 1:42 am

    This is a great points of interest list for NYC, did you book the cheap Virgin Flight out there after looking back through your memories? I have never heard of the High Line park, I will check it out next time I’m lucky enough to visit NYC. You guys took some cool pictures of the points of interest last time round!

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    Juliette | Snorkels to Snow
    April 27, 2017 at 3:32 am

    Yes, yes, yes to all of these! I have never been to New York but honestly, if I could go tomorrow, I would! All of these things you’ve listed would make it on to my NYC bucket list. I love getting lost aimlessly in places too! I think sometimes that’s often the best part of travel. Some people stress out when lost in a big city, but it’s quite fun when you can let go.

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    Iza c/o Kathy James (Walk About Wanderer)
    April 27, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I have been to NYC and visited the Times Square. I did some shopping and bought a jacket from H&M because it was so cold on that day. I wish that I could have planned my trip to NYC better because I did not have a chance to visit a lot of tourist destinations. I will be better in planning next time. I will remember your article.

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    Iza c/o Kathy James (Walk About Wanderer)
    April 27, 2017 at 4:58 am

    These are really great suggestions! I have been to NYC and visited the Times Square. I did some shopping and bought a jacket from H&M because it was so cold on that day. I wish that I could have planned my trip to NYC better because I did not have a chance to visit a lot of tourist destinations. I will be better in planning next time. I will remember your article.

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    Rosie Benton
    April 27, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Can totally relate to the checking sky scanner for cheap flights I do that on a daily basis! We visited NYC 5 years ago and I am so desperate to go back!! Thanks for all your recommendations, what an awesome list! Will keep your recommendations in mind for when we make it back.

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    Jitaditya Narzary
    April 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    While I have heard of most of these places, what I like here is the fact that you visited them in the winters. The snow covered Central Park is something that dreams are made of. Getting lost aimlessly is the best thing to do anyway in any place.

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    Abhinav Singh
    April 29, 2017 at 8:38 am

    New York is fascinating. I got interested in this megacity while watching the sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S. and countless Bollywood movies shot here. I want to feel its vibe and energy.

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    Chaitali Patel
    April 29, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Went to New York and loved it! The city is really something and its best to be experienced in person. I have done most of what you mentioned. Though I never got a chance to go to Central Park. 🙁 The elevated park sounds cool too… for next time! 🙂

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    May 1, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Totally agree with this post. NYC is a fantastic city and would love to go back again. Central Park is awesome during the summer and a great place to get away from the urban sprawl. My highlight has to be the boat trip across to Ellis Island and checking out the Green Lady 😉

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    Katie Featherstone
    May 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I’ve never spent any time in the US, but I would like to visit New York in the winter. The snow looks awesome! I love your night time views of the city. 🙂

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    May 1, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Truly wonderful places to see.

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    May 1, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Can you believe it, I still havent visited New york, yet….. i will get round to it, and the things you have listed are perfect for me. Thanks for sharing as now im off to check flights.

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    May 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    First of all congratulation of leaving your job ! Looks like you had great time in New York! Ive been there few times and I loved it every time! The only thing I always miss is High Line ! I definitely need to see it next time I go !

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    May 4, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    NYC is such a fun place to visit! I’ve got a lot of friends there so my experience is quite different. But I LOVE to visit in the fall. Such a lovely time of year there!

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    May 7, 2017 at 9:28 am

    I love New York. I’ve been to other big U.S cities too but, nothing compares. you could spend weeks in New York and never get bored.

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    Reebex | Recovering Hippie
    May 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

    I had a 12 hour layover in NYC a few years ago, and I really need to go back there, and for longer! I loved Time Square, and had dinner in China Town but I missed out on so many things like Central Park, The Empire State Building, and almost everything else on your list! Thank you for taking me with you on your walk down memory lane.

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    Adrenaline Romance
    May 7, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    “I wanna be a part of it! New York, New York!” Oh yes, what’s not to love at one of bastions of the USA! Would love to visit the 9/11 Memorial if we have the chance to visit there. The Freedom Tower looks really great!

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    Sapphire Kharyzma
    October 3, 2017 at 2:05 am

    I spent a huge majority of my life in New York City. Your post just brought back so many memories, thanks for sharing!

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    October 3, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Love this! I’ve only been to NYC once, but it was a while ago and I was with my really artsy-fartsy grandma, so we spent an entire DAY at the MET! I love a good museum, but not when I’m in uncomfortable shoes and then have to walk back to our hotel. I wish I could have spent more time getting wonderfully lost. NYC really is amazing!

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    October 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    This is awesome. New York is my favorite city on the East coast. It has so much to do and very vibrant. My favorite is Central Park. I love the running through it and watching the people.

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    October 3, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Central Park covered in snow looks amazing!

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    October 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    I’ve never been to New York but it really looks like a place I should visit. Not in winter, though. Would love to watch a Broadway show and visit the Central Park, of course.

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