New York City is America’s most iconic metropolis and the home of the ultimate American dream which also makes it a tourist’s paradise. There is so much to do that you could spend a lifetime in the city and not see it all. I’ve been to New York a couple of times, both with family, and during each trip we fully embraced the tourist mentality. Here are my top five favorite tourist activities in the Big Apple:
Visit Top of the Rock
This. Place. Is. Awesome. If you don’t do anything else during your trip to New York, please oh please visit Top of the Rock. Top of the Rock is the observation deck at the top of the Comcast building, or 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Seventy floors up, you get panoramic views of the city, including a birds-eye view of Central Park as well as a breathtaking perspective on the Empire State Building. The Top of the Rock is arguably the best view of the city since you are able to see the city in its entirety.
If you want more information on or would like to purchase tickets for Top of the Rock visit their website here.
See a Broadway Show
Broadway performances are home to the world’s best actors, props, music, and entertainment. They can be a bit pricey but in my opinion, seeing one is worth every penny paid. The simple fact that you get to experience some of the best talent on Earth performing makes a Broadway experience worthwhile, but when this expertise is combined with excellent plot lines and expert storytelling, it culminates into a magical event that has to be seen to be understood.
Being a fan of musicals, both Broadway performances that I saw while in the city were just that: musicals. But if you’re not so into musical theatre, there are definitely options for you, too. Broadway shows come in a vast variety and there’s something for everyone.
If you would like to see what's playing, check prices, or get more information, visit their website here.
Take a Ferry Ride to the Statue of Liberty
Seeing the Statue of Liberty in all its glory up close and personal is something that even my teenage brothers enjoyed during our time in NYC. It’s also affordable depending on which ferry you take and whether or not you actually exit the boat.
During our planning stage, we decided to purchase tickets to Big B Tours and the package that we chose included a Statue of Liberty ferry ride. However, you don’t have to book this entire package in order to see Lady Liberty. To gather more information on these ferry cruises, click here and here.
Stand in Awe of Times Square
Times Square is New York City’s iconic expanse of concrete jungle filled with lights, video screens, and action. All of the NYC hubbub that you’ve imagined takes place in this grand square. Visit the shops, hop on a bus, eat at a restaurant, or all the above – the options are endless in Times Square. Simply people watching is worth a hang out in this legendary part of the city.
Get Lost (Literally) in Central Park
Central Park also plays an important role if you’re trying to be a tourist in New York City. You can spend days in the park and still not see all of its hidden nooks and crannies. The trails in the park are endless and typically lead to super cool hidden gems like the Balto statue, the Central Park Carousel, the Statue of Alice, the Bethesda fountain, the turtle pond, and more. Bonus points: hop in a pedicab and cruise the paths with an informal tour guide.
What are your favorite hot tourist spots in New York City? I'd love to hear about your experience!
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