It’s true that The Big Apple never sleeps; energetic, romantic and full of incredible sights, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in New York. From history, art and culture to incredible food and drink and world-class shopping, our guide to New York is essential reading before you go.
Places to go
A walk across the famous mile-long Brooklyn Bridge is a great way of getting the best view of this iconic city. Once you reach Brooklyn, you can soak up the indie vibes in Williamsburg with its trendy shops, cafés and galleries, explore local flea markets, or relax with a drink in a boho bar.
There are some New York attractions you simple can’t afford to miss: check out the views from the top of the Empire State Building, tick off the Flatiron Building, the Waldorf Astoria, and the Chrysler Building, or explore some of New York’s modern architecture at the Museum of Modern Art and One World Trade Center. Don’t forget a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you can marvel at the exhibits as well as the huge columns and steps.
A trip to New York isn’t complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty. Book a ferry to Ellis Island and get up close to the big lady herself, a gift from the French and the first thing millions saw as they sailed into New York through the centuries. Or, if you’re short on time take a trip on the free Staten Island Ferry that passes close to the statue. Once you’re back on the mainland, why not stop off for a bite to eat in Times Square before heading for Central Park? In the winter months there’s a huge open-air skating rink here, while in the spring and summer it’s the perfect spot for a coffee or picnic in the sunshine.
New York has plenty to keep kids of all ages entertained. Take them to Central Park Zoo or the Bronx Zoo, head for Madame Tussaud’s waxworks or explore the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The American Museum of Natural History is a must-see for budding stargazers, with a planetarium and an IMAX theatre screening space shows.
Places to visit
Days out in The Big Apple can be overwhelming, so if you need time out to plan what the best things to do in New York are, why not head for some food while you study the map? The Rockefeller Center is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, with stunning views of the skyline from the observation deck. Tuck into a delicious gourmet sandwich at Cucina & Co. If you’re grabbing food on-the-go, a bagel and lox (served with salty capers and onions) on the Upper West Side is a must.
With its world-class galleries and museums, vibrant nightlife and family-friendly attractions, there’s so much to see and do in New York that one visit simply won’t be enough.