New York. We’ve seen it in the films and read about it on many a travel blog, so we probably have a fairly good idea of what to expect; bright lights, yellow taxis and A LOT of people. The “city that never sleeps” is big, loud and absolutely packed with sights to see and places to visit. With that in mind, we’ve put together this guide of the eight things you simply have to do when visiting the Big Apple.
Stroll through Central Park
The most famous and most visited park in America, Central Park is a day out in itself. Home to, amongst other things, an ice skating rink, carousel and a zoo, the picturesque park is an extremely popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
Enjoy the view from the Empire State Building Observatory
Another of New York’s most popular tourist destinations, the Empire State Building has been visited by over 110 million people since it was officially opened in 1931. The observation deck located on the 86th floor offers an incredible 360-degree view of the city.
Visit Times Square
Located in Midtown Manhattan, the iconic Times Square has become synonymous with New York City. Instantly recognisable by the many illuminated neon signs, known as “spectaculars”, which are displayed all around the square, it has been the site of the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop for over one hundred years.
See a Broadway show
After taking in the sites of Times Square, you can head over to Broadway, New York’s theatre district, to catch one of the many shows. While tickets to a Broadway show can be pricey, many theatres offer discounted same-day tickets for people who are willing to queue. A daily lottery also takes place for certain performances, offering front row tickets at very low prices.
Ride the Staten Island Ferry
The twenty five minute ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island is described as one of New York’s best bargains, which makes sense as it’s actually free! As well as providing a free source of transport, the ferry ride also gives tourists the chance to take in the beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as the Statue of Liberty.
Explore the Bronx Zoo
The world-renowned Bronx Zoo is the headquarters of the Wildlife Conservation Society and is the largest metropolitan zoo in the US. It is home to a fantastic variety of wild animals and exhibitions and even features rides, including a monorail, and a children’s zoo.
Take in some culture at The Met
The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds over two million works, making it one of the largest museums in the world. It was first opened in 1870 but was moved to its current location on Fifth Avenue in 1880. It is home to an impressive selection of works ranging from ancient to modern art and features famed pieces by Manet, Matisse and Van Gough.
Greet Lady Liberty
The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and democracy in the US, was gifted by the people of France in 1886 and is perhaps New York’s most recognisable landmark. Located on Liberty Island, visitors have the option of entering the pedestal, where a museum is located, or climb the staircase within the statue all the way up to the crown.