50 THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY | Top Attractions Travel Guide

Our recent week in New York City was an action-packed one. We decided to set ourselves a challenge to see and do as much as we possibly could, and that gave way to this travel video guide which highlights 50 of the top attractions. In a city like New York this means we barely scratched the surface, but hopefully this video will highlight the cornucopia of possibilities that is the Big Apple.

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We try our best to cover all of the top attractions including fine arts, entertainment, festivals, dining, architecture and museums as well as focusing on lesser known off the beaten path attractions to cover all forms of tourism. If you only have time to visit only one city in the United States it ought to be NYC, USA:

50 Things to do in New York City Top Attractions Travel Guide:

1 Grand Central Terminal
2 The High Line
3 Meatpacking District
4 Greenwich Village
5 Brooklyn Bridge
6 Williamsburg
7 Street Art in Williamsburg
8 Prospect Park
9 Dumbo
10 New York Style Pizza
11 Bryant Park
12 New York Public Library
13 Staten Island Ferry
14 Statue of Liberty
15 Battery Park
16 Little Italy
17 Little Korea
18 Chinatown
19 Coney Island
20 Mermaid Parade
21 The Cloisters
22 Harlem’s Apollo Theatre
23 Soul Food in Harlem at Sylvia’s
24 World Trade Center Memorial
25 Trinity Church
26 Wall Street
27 Lincoln Center
28 Ride a Bicycle
29 Watch a New York Yankees baseball game at Yankee Stadium
30 MET Museum (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
31 Flatiron Building
32 Washington Square Park
33 NYU (New York University)
34 National Museum of the American Indian
35 Museum of Natural History
36 Times Square
37 MOMA (Museum of Modern Art)
38 Roosevelt Island Tramway
39 Fifth Avenue Shopping
40 Rockefeller Center
41 Empire State Building
42 Carnegie Hall
43 Central Park
44 Strawberry Fields
45 Street Food
46 Catch a Broadway Theatre Performance
47 Madison Square Garden
48 African Burial Ground
49 Columbus Circle
50 Take the Subway Metro

Most journeys begin at Penn Station or Grand Central, and if you arrive at the later you’ll be wowed by the building. The Meatpacking District was once home to markets, slaughterhouses, and packaging plants, but times have changed. Today you’ll find a mixture of trendy restaurants, clubs and boutiques. The Village used to be a bohemian neighborhood that drew artists and musicians, but today you’re more likely to find upper middle class families living here. Completed in 1883, Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. Williamsburg has become popular given its lower rent prices. University students and young professionals have been flocking to this part of town.
You can walk along the riverfront for a great view of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the Manhattan skyline. During the summer months, Bryant Park also becomes a popular hangout spot people looking to relax and even work on their tans. The Staten Island Ferry is free of charge and this makes it really popular with visitors who want to catch a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty from a distance. Battery Park is located on the southern tip of Manhattan. Having both lived in South Korea, we were thrilled to come across Manhattan’s own Little Korea. Coney Island is all about good old fashioned fun. The Cloisters will make you feel like you’ve travelled over to Europe. Central Park is massive and there are so many places to visit within its boundaries. We managed to visit Belvedere Castle, the Great Lawn, Shakespeare Garden, The Ramble, The Jackie Onassis Reservoir, the Alice in Wonderland Statue, and we still left feeling like we barely scratched the surface.

And that concludes a look at our very busy week in New York City. I’m still shocked we managed to cover so many attractions, but the great thing about this city is that distances aren’t very long and there’s always something really cool worth checking out around each corner. Have you been to New York? What are your favorite things about this city? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Live here in New York and we border around Queens. Honestly, New York is such a great place! Don't listen to what others tell you that we are rude, we can just get a bit impatient 😜 also I had gone to the city a BUNCH of times and did a lot of this. We have gone to the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Strawberry Fields, pretty much every where on this list… but we have NEVER gone to lower Manhattan. Tho we do plan to go during this April Break…. 💖💖 this video does show what to do in Lower Manhattan tho (during those parts of the video)

  2. Go to fraunces tavern. It is the oldest building in Manhattan. It served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War and where said goodbye to his generals at the end of the Revolutionary War.

  3. NYU doesn't have a real campus as much of the classrooms are scattered around the city. So while there is a small "campus" for administration and a few classrooms, most of it is in places like: over a deli

  4. One week we went to Queens, Harlem, Brooklyn, Bronx. And yes Unlimited subway is a must. Great eats, kool treats. Canal and always 😍 love ❤️ the street artists at Grand Central station. Roses Pizza at Penn Station NYC is a must on the bucket list for the city never sleeps

  5. New York is my favorite place in the world.The only problem with New York is that it is so hard to find a restroom, when you urgently need to go…Not like most other major cities in the world, the subway stations usually do not have an open restroom, and cannot find many public restrooms throughout the city.Other than that, New York is a really awesome city.  Once you have lived there, you won't want to live in any other parts of the world any more.

  6. Great list! A few of my own notes:
    1. See the WTC Museum, and get tickets in advance online to avoid a possibly lengthy wait to get in.
    2. PLEASE don't buy knockoffs! It's illegal, dangerous, and you're enabling child labor.
    3. See at least one Broadway show! There's nothing like it!
    4. Watch your wallet and purse in Times Square. Pickpockets regard it as easy pickings there. Ladies, take only a bag that zips closed – nothing open. And keep it in front of you with your arm over it. Better yet, wear it cross-body style.
    5. DO spend 2-3 hours in the Ellis Island Museum. You'll be surprised at how difficult it was to be allowed to enter the US back then. It's a good educational opportunity if you have kids.

  7. I was in Times Square with my grandfather when I was a little girl, and he was telling me about how you could easily find someone who you know there- and we bumped into one of his colleagues.

  8. I'm going back to New York tomorrow! I used to visit my aunt there a lot but now she has moved. My mom and I are excited to buy clothing and eat lunch there.

    -Don't stand in the middle of the sidewalks
    -Don't take a taxi in Manhattan or a yellow taxi (THEY CHARGE YOU A LOT!)
    -Explore more than just Manhattan
    -Do NOT go to central park at night
    -Don't take the 1 train to the Bronx unless you wana get mugged
    -Stay away from the Monks in Times Square they will try to give you something and then fool you and make you pay them
    -Don't stare at people on the train
    -If you wana see street performers, go to 42nd st train stations or 34th st D train station
    -Bryant Park is lame
    -14th st where the 4 train station is, is where the party is at
    -Don't take pictures with the Elmo's and minions in times square they will charge u for a picture
    -We NY people aren't rude we're just in a rush!
    -For the best shakes you will ever taste, Visit BLACKTAP NYC
    -Chinatown is a shit town visit at your own risk
    -Expect to see many homeless people but don't feel bad that you didn't give them money because there are A LOT!
    -Use the Train since its the most cheapest form of transportation (Download an app of the train map)
    -Times Square Dallas BBQ's is one of the worst places to eat, STAY AWAY!
    -SoHo has a lot of clothing stores if you're interested in buying any
    -Don't dress or look too Tourist-ee
    -Visit Times Square only once for one day, its too crowded and there's really amazing nothing there.

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