8 Essential Experiences Every Visitor to New York Should Have!
New York is the city that never sleeps, with new experiences, foods and culture to absorb on every avenue and at every time of the day! One of the biggest challenges for any visitor to New York is finding the time to cram in as many sights and experiences as possible, so take a look below at some of the essential experiences that every visitor should have.
1. View the City from the Sky
No visit to New York is complete without a trip to the top of a skyscraper. There are a number of skyscrapers to consider, with ‘Top Of The Rock’ at the Rockefeller Center giving magical views of New York City. Visit around sunset and watch the twinkling lights of the city come into play.
2. See the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island
Take a short boat trip to Liberty and Ellis Island where you can get up-close-and-personal with Lady Liberty herself, walk around the island and even purchase tickets to go inside her head! After your time on Liberty Island, take a boat directly to Ellis Island, where you can learn all about historical immigration to the east coast of the USA.
3. Have Fun in Times Square
Times Square is a vibrant place to visit in Midtown Manhattan. Take in all the bright lights, grab a famous hot-dog and watch a Broadway show. Don’t forget that you can grab much cheaper tickets at the TKTS booth in Times Square – where they sell daily unallocated seats at a fraction of the face-value.
4. Eat Brunch Like a New Yorker
It seems like every New Yorker has brunch – especially at the weekend! There are literally hundreds of brunch restaurants all across the city, all offering different experiences. Unlimited Mimosa’s? Smoked Salmon Bagels? A rich New York coffee? There is a brunch for everyone. A really great spot is Bobby’s in downtown Manhattan – where they serve hearty portions of eggs, pancakes and the best smoothies ever created. Yum.
5. Walk The Brooklyn Bridge
After eating your weight at brunch, head for a stroll across one of the worlds most famous bridges, Brooklyn Bridge. Taking 25 minutes each way, you can enjoy some great views of the Manhattan skyline and even head into Brooklyn for some unique rooftop bars.
6. Row a Boat in Central Park
After all that walking around, take a seat and let your arms do all the work! Hire a boat for around fifteen US dollars and spend an hour (or two) taking in the natural beauty of Central Park. The easiest way to grab a boat is to head to Loeb Boat House, a short walk from Bethesda Fountain.
7. Get Your Culture on at the Guggenheim
The Guggenheim is one of the most famous art galleries in the world. Head inside and enjoy internationally curated art that will leave you wanting more. Don’t forget to check their website for the latest installations and upcoming features.
8. Stroll Across the High Line
One of New York’s best walkways has recently been extended. The High Line is a disused overground rail track that has been transformed into an oasis of greenery and artistic spaces. Don’t forget to take you camera, as there are some great areas of the city to see from this unique viewpoint.