New York City is an amazing place to visit. It has so much history, culture, food, and fun. If you haven’t been there before, then you should definitely plan a trip soon. There are a list of things to do in New York
– Here are the top 10 bucket list items that I think everyone needs to experience at least once in their lifetime:
1. Visit Times Square
This is one of those places where people go just for the sake of going. There are hundreds of stores, restaurants, bars, clubs, movie theaters, and even museums within this area. You could easily spend your entire vacation here if you want to shop till you drop or party all night long. The best time to come would be during the Christmas season because it will be packed with tourists and shoppers looking for gifts. Make sure you check out Rockefeller Center too!
2. Take A Tour Of Brooklyn Bridge
One thing we can never get enough of when traveling is taking pictures in front of beautiful landmarks & bridges. So head over to Brooklyn bridge and take some photos near its iconic twin towers. Also, make sure to watch the sunset behind them as well. Another great idea would be visiting both sides of the bridge. On the way back from Brooklyn, stop by Wall Street and feed into Lower Manhattan.
3. Walk Around Chinatown And Shop For Antiques In Nolita
No matter what city you travel to, chances are you need to eat Chinese food. We were lucky to have visited China Town while we were staying in Hong Kong last year. That was probably my favorite part of our whole trip. When eating street foods, don’t forget to try baozi, which is a steamed bun filled with meat/veggies, etc., dumplings. To find delicious Asian snacks, walk along any random alleyway in the Chatham square neighborhood. Try local favorites like Momofuku’s pork buns, ramen noodles, fried rice dishes, and other authentic Americanized Chinese cuisine.
4. Explore Central Park
The second most recommended item on the list is exploring Central Park. From carriage rides to boating around its lake, there is always something interesting happening in CP. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes & bring lots of water. Be ready to fight off crowds though!
5. Ride Up At Empire State Building
Next up on the list is riding the elevator to the 86th floor of the empire state building. While walking through its observation deck, make sure to look down towards Greenwich Village & Little Italy neighborhoods. Both these areas are quite famous among travelers due to their abundance of attractions. Don’t forget to bring warm clothes since it gets cold inside the elevators sometimes.
6. Walk around and take in impressive street art
Catching art on the street is a far more visceral experience than seeing it on a museum wall. For proof, check out the Bowery Graffiti Wall on the corner of Houston and Bowery to see what world-class street artist is currently on display (past artists have included Banksy, JR, and Shepard Fairey) or peep the rotating lineup of artists at Coney Island Art Walls.
7. Be a shutterbug at Photoville Festival
Photoville is back in its 10th year and the second to bring photography to every borough of New York City. The free, outdoor, pet-friendly photography exhibition is heading to NYC Parks as well as Brookfield Place, the Alice Austen House (Staten Island), the Lower East Side at the Abrons Arts Center, and Times Square.
8. Eat At WAFELS & DINGES Cafe In Brooklyn
Wafels & Dinges Cafe has been serving waffles and ice cream for almost 100 years but only recently did they add hot dogs to their menu. This place is awesome because not only does it serve amazing breakfast items but also lunch and dinner options. It’s located right next to the Barclays Center so if you want to grab a bite before going to an event, this is your best bet. They even deliver via UberEATS. A few top locations include Central Park, Times Square, the Museum of Natural History, and Bryant Park. You can also find the flagship sit-down restaurant in East Village.
9. Visit Williamsburg
The Museum of Modern Art is one place you really cannot miss when visiting New York City. Museum of Natural History, Written by Francesca MacKana from Homeroom Travels. The Museum of Natural History has been around for nearly 150 years.
If you’re looking for something different to do while exploring New York, then make sure to check out the Museum of Natural History. Located just off Central Park South, the museum houses some incredible exhibits that will keep you entertained for hours.
10. See Claudia Weiser’s Rehearsal Space
A new, reflective and immersive artwork at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street Park section. The piece was created by renowned sculptor Claudia Weiser who uses mirrors to reflect light onto her sculptures. She wanted to create a space where people could come together and enjoy each other’s company at Brooklyn Bridge Park. There are benches throughout the area which makes it perfect for taking photos with friends.