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Top 8 Things to do in New York

There is always something to do and see in New York City and it is impossible to experience them all but here is a list of the ‘Top 8 Things to do in New York’ to get you started.

March 12, 2019

Regardless of the time of day or night, or the season of the year, there is always something interesting happening in New York.  It would be impossible to create a single list of all the best things to do in New York, but we had to start somewhere so we created the following list of ‘Top 8 Things to do in New York’ – here you go:

1.  Take a Harbor Cruise
New York Harbor Cruises are a great way to learn about New York while enjoying some time on the water. There are numerous options for taking a Harbor Cruise around Manhattan including, sightseeing cruises, romantic dinner cruises, and special event cruises are among the top choices.  Also, during the holidays, there are special New York Harbor Cruises for 4th of July, New Years Eve and Christmas Dinner Cruises and more.

During some Harbor Cruises you’ll see several New York Landmarks including; Colgate Clock, the Brooklyn Bridge, Battery Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and much more. 

Dinner cruises are another popular choice for enjoying a New York Harbor Cruise. Dining, dancing, and drinks are features of this Activity in NY. Of course, the highlight of a nighttime Harbor Cruise is the chance to see the beautiful city lights as you take in the City skyline. 

Aerial View of Central Park
Visit Central Park

2.  Visit Central Park
Central Park is perhaps the most popular New York attraction.  This 840-acre park opened in 1857 which is the first time a section of land was set aside for a public park. More than 150 years later, the Park continues to provide a green space in the middle of the City where both locals and guests can go to spend a day enjoying the outdoors.

During the summer, enjoy some time on the water by renting a rowboat.  Simply walking around Central Park is another option. Explore the many gardens and tree stands, including the largest grouping of American Elms in the world. Children will be thrilled for the chance to ride the carousel which was added to Central Park in 1951 and features antique wood carved and hand painted horses from 1908.

During winter months, ice skating in Central Park is a hugely popular Thing to do in New York.

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Experience the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center

3.  Visit Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center
Top of the Rock is an observation deck 70 stories above Rockefeller Center.   From the observation deck visitors will take in amazing panoramic views of the New York skyline including Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, the Chrysler Building and more on clear days.

The Top of the Rock observation deck is not a popular as the Empire State Building but as such, Top of the Rock is often less crowded.  Also, Top of the Rock is located within Rockefeller Plaza where there are many more New York attractions; Radio City Music Hall.

You can enjoy a memorable dinner at the Rainbow Room restaurant.  Tours are available for 30 Rock where top television programs "Saturday Night Live" or "The Tonight Show” are taped.  During winter months you can see the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree and enjoy a day of ice skating at the Rockefeller Ice Skating Rink.

Man Putting a Pizza in the Over
Enjoy a Food Tour

4.  Enjoy a Food Tour
New York is the food capitol of the world.  One of the best ways to appreciate the amazing variety of cuisines available in the estimated 20,000 New York Restaurants is to take a Food Tour.  There are many options for Food Tours that can focus on a certain food type, like the New York Pizza Food Tour, or there are food tours that are specific to a designated neighborhood where you can take a tour of several various restaurants located in specific neighborhoods like Chelsea, Meatpacking District, Chinatown and others.

5.  Frick Collection
The Frick Collection is home to a wonderful collection of permanent exhibits, and it also hosts exciting temporary exhibits which provide an opportunity see, for example, works that are rarely on display in the United States such as The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer and The Goldfinch by Fabritius.

Another splendid feature of The Frick Collection is the building itself. This New York Museum is housed the former home of the Henry Clay Frick, and it is one of the few Gilded Age mansions that still stand in New York City.

Brooklyn Bridge in NYC
Walk across Brooklyn Bridge at sunset

6.  Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883 and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge is spans 1600 feet across the East River.   You can choose to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn or from Brooklyn to Manhattan or both.  You can time your walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at dusk to make for a great photo-opportunity and a sunset shot.  When you arrive on the Manhattan side you are very close to Chinatown for a great dinner – Roasted Duck or Dim Sum anyone?

New York Public Library
Visit the New York Public Library

7.  Visit the New York Public Library
Visit a library?  Yes!  The New York Public Library is not a typical library.  The Library was created in 1895 with the collections of the Astor and Lenox Libraries and a trust from Samuel J. Tilden with a goal to, "establish and maintain a free library and reading room in the city of New York." 

The New York Public Library offers daily tours where visitors can view amazing books and artworks including the Gutenberg Bible paintings, murals and beautiful architecture throughout the library.  In addition to the impressive book collection, the library features interesting exhibits that are also free and open to the public.

8.  Visit Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall is an entertainment venue located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and is part of the famous Rockefeller Center. 

A visit to Radio City Music Hall is one of the most popular things to do in New York.  Radio City Music Hall is located at 1260 Avenue of the Americas at Rockefeller Center in the heart of midtown Manhattan.

Tours of Radio City Music Hall are available to enjoy the history and behind the scenes look at this amazing entertainment venue, nicknamed ‘Showplace of a Nation.’ 

Radio City Music Hall has some of the most memorable and iconic performances and most recognizable names in entertainment including Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, and comedian Dave Chappelle.  Popular shows being presented at Radio City Music Hall include NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, the Daytime Emmy Awards, NFL Draft, MTV Music Awards, Tony Awards, and the annual favorite “Christmas Spectacular” featuring The Rockettes which began in 1933.

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