Top Things to Do in NYC

Remember that a trip to NYC doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is worth doing your research to find the best things!

Remember that a trip to NYC doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is worth doing your research to find the best things!

A bus tour of the city

Bus tours are a great way to get acquainted with a place. New York City is a massive city, and if it’s your first time visiting it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why I think a bus tour is so perfect! Doing a bus tour lets you see the best sights of the city without having to navigate through complicated public transportation or crowds. You can even take some great photos with 360-degree views on the top of the double-decker bus, and these are way better photos than if you had to wait in line with everyone else off the bus. Book a bus tour at!

Top of the Rock

Most NYC newbies think the best views of NYC are from the top of the Empire State Building. Actually, that’s not the case. The best views are from the top of the Rockefeller building in Rockefeller Plaza. This building is high, but not as high as others in the area, which actually makes for a better view. The main perk of Top of the Rock is that you can get a perfect photo of the NYC skyline with the Empire State Building!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as the MET, is probably the greatest museum in the world. With seemingly endless art exhibits and displays from all over the world, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. You can easily spend several days in the MET and not even see everything it has to offer! The MET is something I visit every-time I’m the city since it’s impossible to get tired of it! A little known secret about the MET is that the entry is actually free. At the entrance, they list a “suggested donation,” but you are not obligated to pay anything.

The New York City Public Library

Whether you love libraries or not, the New York City Public Library will blow you away. It’s basically a museum in itself, it’s so lovely. While some parts of this public library are only open to NYC residents, most of it is open daily to the public at no charge. There are rows and rows of impressive collections and first-editions, but the most impressive rooms look like a scene out of Harry Potter.

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is a staple of New York City, but a lot of tourists don’t take advantage of it. It’s easy to find with a location in downtown Manhattan. The ferry leaves the dock every half-hour, and it’s rarely ever crowded except during rush hour. The Staten Island Ferry is a roughly 20-minute ferry ride that offers spectacular views of the New York Harbor, NYC skyline, Ellis Island, and even the Statue of Liberty. There’s no need to take an expensive boat tour when this is available to tourists and locals alike for free!

Enjoy the best of New York City

When it comes to exploring the Big Apple, you can’t really go wrong. Mix some of the most popular attractions with unique finds that are off the beaten path to have an unforgettable experience. Remember that a trip to NYC doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is worth doing your research to find the best things!

Have you been on a trip to NYC?

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  1. I am New Yorker through and through. So your advice here as a New Yorker is spot on and just perfect for the first time visited 😉

  2. I went once, many years ago in high school. Planning another trip their for our anniversary next year. Thanks for the great tips!

  3. I have never been to NYC but I will always dream and I know one day I will be able to visit.

  4. I wish I knew about the ferry boat. I paid way to much money for a tour boat when I went to NYC.

  5. I’d want to do all of these! I was in NYC years ago and want to go back with my kids. We’d shop and eat our way through the city.

  6. I have been to NYC but have to admit that I haven’t tried any of these. We do have an upcoming plan, will add these activities on the list for sure.

  7. New York is somewhere I would love to go one day and I keep hearing all about these amazing things to do there. I have to admit right now I wouldn’t know where to start!

  8. I’ve never been to the States so this sounds like it could be a great choice to visit thanks for this. I’ll make a note of your suggestionss.

  9. Oh how fun…it looks like you had a blast. This is definitely a place worth visiting.

  10. New York City is my favorite city ever! Your tips for the first time visitor is awesome. I love that you included the public library. It is truly a gem in the massive city that never sleeps. Evelyn, PathofPresence

  11. this sounds like so much fun. I love NY I was there last year in the fall and it was incredible. your tips are all wonderful for a first time visitor. my brother lives in boston and goes often.

  12. I haven’t been to NY in years and can’t wait to go with the girls. They are older and will enjoy the experience in a different level. I agree, doing your homework before arriving will help make the trip so much more enjoyable and smooth.

  13. I’ve been to NYC too many times. I still have to try the bus tour and top of the rock. Thanks.

  14. I went to New York in my college years! It was such a fun time, I cant even imagine how much you must’ve liked it. Everyone seems to like it there. Thanks for sharing.

  15. New York is an absolutely fantastic city to explore. The tour bus is definitely a must, especially those hop on hop off ones where you can get out and explore and then come back when you need too.

  16. I have never been to NYC. The tour bus will give a lot of help. Pinned this post.

  17. Being a native New Yorker these are top spots to see when you go there. There is so much it can be overwhelming. It’s true that the city never sleeps! Great post!

  18. I love NY! My bestie lives there…and while I often complain that it smells, I really love it. Great tips.

  19. NYC Is on my list of places to visit in 2018. This article is very informative and much needed. Thanks for sharing!

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