As you would imagine, New York, The City That Never Sleeps, has sights, sounds, smells and shows to keep you entertained from dawn ‘til dusk. With each corner of the city offering its own style and character, you can spend hours floating from one quarter to the next, stopping in cafés, museums, boutiques and bars along the way to find your favourite spot.
There are obviously a handful of classics that are must-sees during any trip to New York, such as visiting the Statue of Liberty, standing in the chaos that is Times Square and going up the Rockefeller Center or Empire State Building to get an awesome panoramic view of The Big Apple. Aside from these favourites, we’ve chosen our top things to do in New York so you can plan some spectacular sites and wonderous walks into your next trip.
A relative newcomer on New York's tourist scene, the High Line is a 1.45-mile (2.33km) walkway that threads its way through the city on former railway line. Roaming down the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an inventive use of old space, making a disused freight line into a lush green space. Travellers can use this stunning walk as a way of visiting cool areas of New York such as the Meatpacking District and Chelsea Market. It also offers wonderful views of the Hudson River. There are regular cultural attractions and art installations that pop up along the High Line so you're sure to enjoy an entertaining stroll.
If you want to spoil yourself to something unforgettable during your time in New York, there's no better option that seeing a show on Broadway. With all of the best musicals and plays gracing the stages of this fabulous area, with top actors to boot, you can't beat a night at the theatre in New York. If you don't mind what you see, look out for same-day tickets at the discounted TKTS booths around New York. However, if you know you want to watch something big like Hamilton or Wicked, you'll want to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
The sprawling green space of Central Park lies in the heart of Manhattan and is a great place to escape the concrete jungle for a few hours. This urban oasis plays hosts to weekend baseball games, romantic horse and carriage rides and even a zoo, so there really is something for everyone. Grab yourself some food and drinks to-go and find a tranquil spot to enjoy a picnic while you plan where you’ll visit next in NYC.
No trip to New York would be complete without a visit to at least one of the city's incredible museums and galleries. From the strange but stunning sculptures in the Guggenheim to the Met, MoMA and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, there are hundreds of museums and galleries to explore. Whether historic exhibits take your fancy or you'd rather enjoy some contemplative artwork, there is certainly something for you in this museum-lovers' city.
Once you've seen some of the top spots in Manhattan, you'll want to venture over to Brooklyn to see a different side of the state. With cool cafés, stylish rooftop bars and independent shops you'll be able to enjoy the laid-back, arty atmosphere of this burgeoning borough. Walk across the Williamsburg or Brooklyn Bridges, to witness the Manhattan skyline from afar, before stopping off for brunch in one of the trendy coffee spots such as Le Petit Cafe or Rabbithole. If you simply love the delicious flavours on offer in New York and don't want to stop at just brunch, you can drink and dine to your heart's content at Smorgasburg, a huge artisanal food market that runs in Brooklyn throughout the summer.
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