25 Things to Do in New York City

Looking for culture? New York is often called the Melting Pot thanks to its abundance of culture and diversity. Wanting a little excitement? Known also as the City that Never Sleeps, New York City’s legendary nightlife is just as impressive as the  endless experiences to be had by day. 

1. Experience a Broadway Show or Off-Broadway Show in the Theater District. 
2. Take a guided tour of the Empire State Building.
3. Explore the Museum of Modern Art which features approximately 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance artworks, architectural models and drawings, design objects, and films.
4. Hop on a Ferry to Ellis Island and see the Statue of Liberty. You’ll need to book a ticket to go inside Lady Liberty. And due to limited capacity, you’ll need to book in advance to go up to the crown.
5. Relax and enjoy the pituresqué views from Central Park. 
6. Take in all the sights at Rockefeller’s famed observatory Top of the Rock in 360° panoramic views of the city. 
7. Shop high-end stores, including New York’s iconic Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue (aka Millionaire’s Row). If it’s not in your budget, don’t worry, 5th avenue is known for its incredible window displays, which makes window shopping even better.
8. Catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at the most famous department store in the world, Macy’s Herald Square. 
9. Visit the 911 Memorial & Museum located at the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum uses media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, to share the stories of loss, recovery, and hope.
10. Check out the Bronx Zoo which spans more than 265 acres and is home to over 6,000 species.

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11. Cheer on your favorite team at a sporting event. 
12. Explore the culture and cuisines in Chinatown, and then bargain shop on Canal Street.   
13. Catch a concert at Madison Square Garden. 
14. Ring in the New Year The Times Square Ball Drop.
15. Catch a free ferry ride to Staten Island for food, festivals, shopping, and even a lighthouse museum.
16. Glide on the ice at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. 
17. Immerse yourself in entertainment and history at Radio City Music Hall and if you plan your visit around the holidays, see the Rockettes!

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18. Satisfy your hunger or just your sweet tooth at Serendipity 3. There’s even a section on the menu reserved for Guinness World Records. 
19. Delight your inner child at FAO Schwarz in Rockefeller Center. 
20. Experience shopping, dining, gardens, historical statues, and more in Union Square. Or catch a chess game in Washington Square Park. 
21. Watch Amateur Night at the Apollo and help decide who will be good or be gone in as the interactive audience. The Apollo has helped stars like Ella Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hill, H.E.R, D’Angelo, Jazmine Sullivan, Machine Gun Kelly, and more get their start.

Photo By: The New York Times

22. See the Classic Nutcracker or a reimagined version. With shows in and around NYC, there’s something for everyone.  
23. Lunch at The Original Soupman in NYC. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll know to have your order and money ready, hence, “No Soup For You!”
24. Make time for Broadway Tea at The Palm Court located in the Plaza Hotel. You don’t have to stay at the Plaza Hotel to enjoy sweet and savory treats inspired by past Tony winners. 
25. Get comfortable at the Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club & Restaurant in Greenwich Village which is proclaimed as one of the premiere jazz clubs in the world. 



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