New York City is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. It is one of the rare places where you never know what you might find or whom you might meet on every street corner. From bustling and fast paced Times Square to upscale and elegant 5th Avenue, New York City is truly a place where there is something for everyone. Even if New York City is a place you call home or you have been to the city so many times that nothing seems new to you, take the opportunity to be a tourist for the day and engage in some of the most popular activities in the city. Here is a guide to the top 10 things do and see in New York City.
1. Take a stroll through Central Park. Central Park is one of New York’s most famous attractions. On any given day visitors will see people jogging, bike riding, having a picnic, enjoying a carriage ride, or simply basking in New York’s beautiful summer weather. Located on over 800 acres, Central Park is one of New York’s many beauties.
2. Visit the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic symbols of New York City. Many visitors buy tickets to the observation deck on the 86th floor as well as the more intimate observation deck on the 102nd floor where they can see breathtaking views of the entire city. Tickets are a bit pricy, but the visit is worth the price.
3. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, commonly referred to as the Met, is one of my personal favorite places to visit in New York City. The museum’s many gorgeous exhibits include its Egyptian wing with its Temple of Dendur, as well as its American wing and its beautiful period rooms featuring classic pieces of furniture. One of the museum’s unique attributes is that it is the home of the annual Costume Institute Gala, commonly referred to as the Met Gala. Each year, the Met Gala is the unveiling of the museum’s fashion exhibit, which is usually on display from early May to August.
4. Visit Bergdorf Goodman. Bergdorf Goodman is home to some of the highest end shopping in New York City. Even if you can’t afford to buy anything in the store, enjoy the atmosphere and looking at the beautiful- and expensive- clothes and shoes.
5. Visit Macy’s Herald Square. Don’t feel bad if you couldn’t afford to buy anything from Bergdorf Goodman. Make your way to Macy’s Herald Square and you might feel more at home. This Macy’s is certainly not your average Macy’s. Its recent renovation was meant to give shoppers the sense of shopping at an upscale store, and once you step inside you might feel as if you are shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue.
6. Take a train from Grand Central Terminal. One of New York City’s historic landmarks, Grand Central Terminal is so much more than a train station. Even if you are not taking a train, there is so much to see and do. From the beautiful architecture and the gourmet restaurants to shopping or simply people watching, you can find yourself spending hours at Grand Central Terminal.
7. Visit the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular attractions for New York City tourists. Visitors can purchase tickets to climb all the way to the top of the crown.
8. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. If you visit New York City on a beautiful day, you will see thousands of people, both tourists and locals, taking a stroll or riding their bikes across the Brooklyn Bridge.
9. Visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is one of New York’s most beautiful botanical gardens. It features various exhibits, including exhibits for children.
10. Visit Times Square. I saved the best (in my opinion) for last. Times Square is the heart of New York City. The streets of Times Square are always alive. From restaurants to street performers to the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, there is never a dull moment in Times Square. If you are up for braving the cold, visit Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the ball drop.