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Four top things to do when visiting New York City

NYCI’m not long back from a jaunt to New York, one of my favourite places to visit. This was my third trip to the city that never sleeps, and even so, I still came home with a load of things still on my ‘to do’ list!

New York has a bit of everything; shopping, greenery, culture and business buzz. One of the many things I love about it is by simply walking just a block or two, you’ll come face to face with an area with a completely different look and feel from the one you started in.

Clearly I still have loads to see, but here’s my list of some of the best things to do when in the Big Apple.

Explore Central Park

I’d be super impressed if you explore Central Park entirely in just one trip as it really is huge, but make sure you spend some time in some part of this lush park. It’s got hills, play areas, tennis courts, boating lakes, waterfalls – even the zoo is inside the park!

If you struggle to walk long distances but want to see a good chunk of the park then I’d recommend picking up a licensed horse-drawn carriage to take you on a tour. These guys can be found along Fifth Avenue and I really enjoyed hearing so much about the park’s history and highlights as we sat back and took in the scenery.

horse-drawn carrige
Take a horse-drawn carriage around Central Park.

 Watch a sport

I’m well known for not being a lover of sports, however, there’s something special about being at a home game and soaking in the atmosphere.

On my latest trip I went to the Yankee Stadium and watched my first ever baseball match. I had no idea what was going on, but I made some new friends, got into the spirit and also hugely enjoyed waving my foam hand about. Yes, it’s the simple things…

Yankees Stadium!
Yankee Stadium!

Go on a cheesy TV/movie tour

Hey, it might be tacky, but if you love the show/film, why not head out on a tour to see all those locations you know and love? I’d still like to try out a Sex and the City tour, but there are some other cool ones that show you locations from tonnes of shows and films including Friends, Gossip Girl and the Sopranos.

You can also head to the studios themselves – NBC has its very own studio tour on offer – or make your own tour by heading out to locations from shows and movies you enjoy.

I did this myself and during my stay in NYC I had breakfast at Pastis (from Sex and the City), snacked at Rice to Riches (Will Smith went there in Hitch) and also visited the fire station that was used as the Ghostbusters HQ. Geeky, but you know what, I loved it!

Visit the big tourist locations

The queues may be huge, but if you’re in New York City you just have to see the Statue of Liberty, visit Grand Central Station and go to the top of either the Rockefeller Centre or the Empire State Building.

A more sombre experience, it’s also worth visiting Ground Zero, where you can pay your respects and see the work that’s taken place to rebuild this area.

I also think if you get the chance, grab the metro to Brooklyn and then walk back to Manhattan via the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.

These are my top ‘must-do’s’ for visitors to New York, what would you add to this list?

Times Square
Times Square

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

3 Comments

  • Ania

    This really makes me want to go again – it’s been too long! One thing I still really want to do is go to/walk along Brooklyn Bridge.

  • Keri

    Me too! Every time I’ve gone to NYC I’ve wanted to do that, but for some reason or other I never have! Last time a torential rain storm stopped me. Still, it’s a good reason to go back… 😉

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