New York – 10 Best Things To Do
New York is one of the most incredible cities in the world and definitely a place everyone must visit at least once in their life. New York, also known as the “Big Apple,” is the largest city in the U.S. with a population of over 8.5 million people. With so much to see and do, it never gets boring! Here is a list of my top 10 best things to do in New York.
1. Central Park
Central Park is massive! There are so many things to do in the park. From carriage rides, boat rides, and playing baseball, to having a picnic… but taking a bike ride through central park is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Not only is it a great workout, it’s also a great way to see the entire park in an hour! My favorite time of the year to visit is during Fall when all the leaves starts to change colors.
2. The High Line
The High Line is an old railroad track that has been turned into a public park which goes from 14th street up to 34th street. The first section was opened in 2009 and the last section opened at the end of 2014. The High Line park walkway is almost 2 miles long and has views of the river looking into New Jersey. Throughout the park, many buildings have been built surrounding the park, which also provides character to the area.
3. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in the world. The Bridge is 2 miles long and connects lower Manhattan to Dumbo, Brooklyn. It can take up to 40 minutes to walk. Start from Manhattan and walk over to Brooklyn during sunset, to see the best views of the city from both sides. You will end up in Brooklyn Bridge Park with a beautiful skyline of Manhattan lit up.
4. Broadway Show in Times Square
The only place to watch the best theatrical shows in the world, is of course Broadway! New York is where the main casts are and where these amazing shows tend to originate. Broadway is a street that runs up and down Manhattan and all the shows are located on Broadway in Times Square. It is a great way to catch a show and explore the bright lights and crazy streets of Times Square.
5. Flatiron District
I love visiting the Flatiron District! This area has a few great things to do such as walking through Madison Square Park, which usually has unique art installations throughout the year that you can see. The Flatiron Building is another must-see! It is also located in Flatiron across the street from Madison Square Park. The structure is a triangular building that was built in 1902 and was the tallest skyscraper in the city upon completion at the time. After a walk through Madison Square Park and admiring the Flatiron Building explore Eataly! Eataly is an Italian marketplace that has many great restaurants and food stalls.
6. Top of the Rock
Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building has great panoramic views. If you had to choose one, I would recommend Top of the Rock, because it has a better 360 view of Manhattan. Top of the Rock is located on top of the NBC building and once there, you will get a view of Central Park along with a downtown view with the Empire State Building!
7. One World Trade Center Observatory
Let me tell you, I have been to many observatory buildings all over the world and out of all of them, the One World Trade Center is still my absolute favorite. From the observatory, you will embark in a series of beautiful views of Brooklyn, New Jersey, and all of Upper Manhattan. It took 10 years to build the World Trade Center and it is one landmark not to be missed! It’s currently the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere and one of the tallest buildings in the world.
8. Grand Central Station
Grand Central is one of the busiest train stations in the world and one of the nation’s most historical landmarks. The design of the building is beautiful and worth a visit! There are great options for food and I always enjoy people watching from the main concourse.
9. Visit a Museum
New York is known for its art and beautiful museums. With over 10 museums just in Manhattan, it really is hard to choose. They are all amazing! However, choosing which museums to visit definitely depends on what you’re interested in. There is something for everyone. My favorite is one of the newer museums in the city, The Whitney Museum of American Art. It is located in the Meatpacking District and displays paintings, drawings, sculptures and many exhibits throughout the year.
10. Go Shopping
New York is the center of the fashion world next to Paris and London. Anything and everything you want can be found in New York. From high end fashion designs to smaller boutiques and thrift stores. Shop till you drop around the 5th Ave flagship shops or go to Soho if you’re looking for smaller boutique shopping.
About the Author:
Christine Tran grew up in sunny Los Angeles, spent three years in New York before moving to San Francisco. She is a part-time travel blogger who enjoys touring the world and has a case of wanderlust. She hopes to inspire others who work full time but make an effort to live a life of adventures. Her favorite things to do during her travels is finding beautiful sunsets, panoramic views and eating authentic cuisines.
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