There’s no place in the world quite like New York. Energetic, romantic and full of incredible sights, you’ll never be stuck for things to do in this unforgettable city. From must-do tours to culture, food and parks, our quick guide to what to do in New York is packed with inspiration to help plan your perfect trip.
Incredible architecture on every corner
One of the main New York attractions that draws visitors from all over the world is the iconic buildings and architecture in this city. From the huge steps and columns of the Metropolitan Museum of Art all the way to the towering Empire State Building, visiting these momentous structures is your first port of call.
Tick off the classics like the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Waldorf Astoria. For outstanding modern architecture and a real look at New York’s progressing personality, be prepared to be blown away by 432 Park Avenue, One World Trade Center, and the Museum of Modern Art. For architecture out of this world, visit the World Trade Center PATH Station and the Guggenheim.
Explore New York’s green spaces
Once you’ve had your fill of architecture and grabbed a bite to eat in Times Square, it’s time to explore the vast Central Park. In autumn, the leaves blanket the ground and in winter you can ice skate on the rink. During spring and summer the park is the perfect place for a picnic and a coffee in the sunshine.
No trip to the Big Apple is complete without visiting the Statue of Liberty, which has to be right at the very top of anyone’s list of things to do in New York. Book a cruise or hop on the ferry and get up close to the big lady herself, a gift from the French and the first thing millions of ‘huddled masses’ saw as they sailed into New York through the centuries. Back in Manhattan, take a stroll along the High Line, New York’s elevated park. This old freight line has been transformed into a park and boardwalk with the greatest view. Find a bench and watch the buzzing city below.
Plenty for children and teenagers too
Both the Bronx zoo and Central Park zoo are filled with wonderful animals and the New York Botanical Garden is really one of the most beautiful things to see in the city. For families, New York attractions just get better and better with Madame Tussaud’s wax works and Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is another New York attraction that’ll blow the kids away. Stargaze in the Planetarium and watch a space show in the IMAX, all at the American Museum of Natural History.
Get trendy in Brooklyn
Manhattan is an island and its many bridges are always on ‘What To Do in New York’ lists. These fantastic pieces of structural engineering shouldn’t be skipped in taxis, so stroll the mile-long stretch of the Brooklyn Bridge for incredible views either side. Once you’re in Brooklyn, there’s so much to see and do, from exploring the famous flea market to getting cosy in a street café. Stroll through the indie centre of Williamsburg with its arthouse cafés and boutiques for a unique souvenir.
When you need a break, stop for a tasty New York snack
Knowing what to do in New York can be overwhelming when you’re surrounded by so much. So when you’re not sure what to do next, it might be time for food. This is a great time to head over to the Rockefeller Center, one of New York’s historic landmarks. Here you can gaze out over the city from the observation deck before tucking into a gourmet sandwich from Cucina & Co in the Rockefeller Plaza, or sipping an elegant cocktail in Bar65 if you really want to splash out.
With its world-class museums and art galleries, its blend of historic and modern architecture and its buzzing shopping and dining districts, there are so many things to do in New York. With ferry rides, movie location tours and science exhibitions, the list of New York attractions just goes on and on. Whether you’re in town for a weekend or a week, we know you’ll find lots to entertain you and have memories that’ll last forever