Top Ten Things To Do In New York

Top Ten Things To Do In New York

It’s no secret why New York is called “The City That Never Sleeps” With countless stores, restaurants, museums, galleries and more, there is no shortage of things to do in New York City. Whilst in my previous post I touched on several places Jack and I ventured during our stay in New York I thought I would make a Top Ten List based on our experience and places we would certainly recommend exploring even if you are only visiting for a short stay:

Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium is home to the 27-time World Series Champions, New York Yankees! The stadium tour, allows you to get up close to historic baseball artefacts alongside visiting the monument park and batting practice grounds. The tour is very fascinating and a great insight into the love America has for sports, especially baseball.

Tip: Tours between, 11:00am – 1:40pm


Brooklyn Bridge

Heading over to Brooklyn was honestly one of my favourite things we did on our trip to New York. The Brooklyn Pier gives you not only a view of the Brooklyn Bridge but also the Manhattan skyline. The walk across the bridge is roughly twenty minutes, but if you don’t fancy walking both ways the subway is only around the corner. I would also suggest heading to Shake Shack on the pier as they do incredible milkshakes. I would recommend Strawberry!


Central Park

Located in the centre of Manhattan, Central Park is a sprawling 840 acres and home to Belvedere Castle and The Central Park Zoo. You could spend all day exploring Central Park; it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. A great place to feed the ducks, enjoy a delicious meal, rent a bike or even simply take a relaxing stroll. At Christmas Time there is a great market full of independent sellers and local produce.


9/11 Memorial Museum and Memorial Fountains

The 9/11 Memorial Museum and Memorial Fountains were constructed in honour of all those who suffered due to the events that unfolded on September 11th 2001. The Memorial Fountains stand as a representation of the original Twin Towers that once stood and are a tribute to all that lost their lives. The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as an educational base to the after effects of the implications of the attacks alongside a representation of the strength shown by all involved.


Madison Square Gardens: The All-Access Tour

Home to the New York Knicks Basketball and the New York Rangers Ice Hockey; the all access tour gives you a glimpse into all areas of the arena, exploring the boxes, checking out the Knicks and Rangers dressing rooms, along with some fascinating background information on the difference events that Madison Square Gardens have hosted.


The Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum

I was a little apprehensive about going to The Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum but it was somewhere Jack really wanted to check out. I was so surprised at just how interesting everything was, we actually lost track of time wondering around. One of the best bits was listening to stories from the veteran volunteers. Hearing all about the time they spend aboard makes you appreciate life.

Tip: Last Entry is 1-hour prior to Closing


The Empire State Building Observatory 

The iconic Empire State Building soars over a quarter of a mile above Manhattan and offers expansive views of the Manhattan Skyline. There are two observations decks one on the 86th floor and the second on the 102nd floor. Both offer impressive views and interesting facts about the building’s history and importance.

Tip: Observatory Opens at 8am-2am

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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is perhaps one of the most recognisable American icons. There are several ways you can head out to visit the lady herself, we opted for the Circle Line Downtown, Liberty Cruise. Heading up the river with Circle Line also allowed us additional views of The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and The One World Trade Centre before circling around Ellis Island and Lady Liberty.


Rockefeller Centre Tour & Top of The Rock Observatory 

The Rockefeller Centre Tour celebrates a rich history and the ambitious vision of John D. Rockefeller. The Rockefeller Centre consists of nineteen building with the Top of The Rock Observatory building set in the centre. All the building are actually linked underground. In addition to housing NBC, Radio City Music Hall and Christies Auction House, the tour is fascinating and also hosts a wealth of art that has been integrated into each building. The Top of The Rock Observatory overlooks all the buildings with a spectacular view of the New York Skyline.

Tip: Last Elevator 11:00pm

The Natural History Museum

After seeing Night At The Museum heading over The Natural History Museum was high on our list of must see and I can honestly say we were not disappointed. You could spend all day easily wondering round exploring all it has to offer. My favourite floor by far was the dinosaur artefacts. For your reference, they are on the top floor!




  1. August 13, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    Oh wow I’ve always wanted to visit New York! Great list of things to do 😊 I’ve always dreamed of heading for a stroll through central park!

    Sophie |

  2. loudoestravel
    September 16, 2018 / 2:51 am

    Fabulous list of things to do in New York! Hopefully I’ll be able to visit sometime soon!

    Louise Grace

  3. Michelle Huddleston
    November 6, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    Glad I found this! We plan to go on an adventure-school trip and would love to include New York!

    • November 6, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      If you want some more tips check out my full 7-Day New York Travel Guide also! You’ll love New York

  4. November 7, 2018 / 4:38 am

    It has been years since we’ve been to New York but we have a trip planned for the end of December. This is a great list for us to keep in mind.

    • November 7, 2018 / 8:52 am

      You’ll love it!! The festivities are pretty special at Christmas time 😊

  5. November 7, 2018 / 2:02 pm

    I would love to visit the Yankee stadium and Rockefeller Center. I went to New York a couple of times in my life and I’ve seen quite a lot, but not nearly everything! Putting both on my list for next time (whenever that may be!)

    • November 7, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Both worth a visit. The only thing we found with visiting Yankee Stadium was that it was very cold when we visited due to the fact most of the stadium is outside

  6. November 7, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    Planning on taking a trip to New York at the beginning of 2019. I’ll be sure and check out your recommendations! Thanks 🙂

    • November 7, 2018 / 7:52 pm

      Check out my full guide if you want to see everything we got up too and some good eateries also!

  7. November 7, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    We did a trip this summer as my son attends a military academy there. We loved the 911 memorial and highly recommend seeing this one.

  8. November 7, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    I wish to visit. But I think I will never 🙁

    • November 7, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Never say never! We dreamt of going to New York for several years before actually took the plunge and booked it

  9. 21flavorsofsplendor
    November 7, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    We love visiting NYC for little couple getaways. We visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Memorial Fountains that last time and love it.

  10. November 8, 2018 / 1:17 am

    I am sooo jealous! I have wanted to go to NYC for so long! This just made me want to go so much more.

    • November 8, 2018 / 8:02 am

      It’s worth the wait!! We had been on and off looking at NY for a few years and booked it on a whim 😊

  11. November 8, 2018 / 3:33 am

    I have always wanted to visit Central Park; from seeing it in movies and the like I am determined to plan a visit to New York in the coming future. Thanks for the insight on the “must see” locations i will be using this in the future.

  12. alison
    November 8, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    I love NYC and just don’t get there enough. I think my kids go more than I with my parents. What fun suggestions, I would love to see yankee Stadium.

  13. November 8, 2018 / 11:39 pm

    I’ve been to NYC, but didn’t get a chance to check out all of these places. I may have to add them to my list for the next trip.

    • November 9, 2018 / 8:19 am

      We still felt like there was more to visit even after all we packed in. We would love to head back sometime in the Spring one day

  14. November 9, 2018 / 2:29 am

    I am glad you wrote this I have visited a few of these places. However, your list reminds of that I have not yet visited the Empire State building or Madison Square Garden or the Intrepid. I will try to remedy that situation this Christmas season.

  15. November 9, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Visiting New York is on my must do list. One day I will get there and I love your list of places to visit.

  16. November 9, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    NYC is the best place to visit, especially this time of year! Seeing your pics makes me so excited…we’re actually flying out to head to NY today 🙂

  17. November 11, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    I’d love to visit NYC and see each of those spots you’ve mentioned (even the Yankee Stadium, even though I’m a huge Twins fan… MN!)

  18. November 12, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    I would give a lot to visit a NY! I bet there is more things to do than 10 but yours selection looks really interesting

    • November 12, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      Lots more! This is just a snapshot. Check out my full 7 day itinerary to see what else we got up to

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