I live in New York and have lived here my entire life. I even went to undergrad and grad school in the lovely state.
However, visiting (and deciding what to do) in New York can be a pretty daunting task, especially those with only a few short days. The city is huge, with so much to do around every corner, and so much to see in a bunch of different neighborhoods.
Theres no possible way to see the entire city in a few days.
Take it from me, a girl with 26 years of New York Life under her belt. And I still haven’t done it all. Not even close.
But, lucky you. I’ve broken it down a little, giving you the top tourist attractions I feel every visitor to New York should experience.
1) See the Entire City from Top of the Rock
Standing on the Observation Deck of Rockefeller Center, you can see dramatic views of New York City, including Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Belvedere Castle, and the Empire State. Views you probably won’t be able to see anywhere else. With both indoor and outdoor viewing decks, you can hit this up no matter what the weather is.
2) See the making of Freedom Tower at Ground Zero
And also pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial, a national tribute of remembrance and honor to the men, women, and children killed in the terror attacks of September 11th, 2003.
3) Spend a day exploring Central Park
With over 250 acres of lawn, 24,000 trees, 150 acres of lakes and streams, it is impossible to cover the entire thing. I recommend renting a bike and cruising throughout as much as you can. Stop by the Loeb Boathouse and rent a rowboat for some added fun. Central park is gorgeous no matter the season.
4) Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Once across, spend the day lounging in Brooklyn Bridge Park. With gorgeous views of the New York City skyline, you won’t ever want to leave. And while you’re there, stop by Grimaldi’s Pizza to get a few slices. You won’t regret waiting on line- I promise.
5) See a Broadway Show in the Theatre District
Know how I said these are all must-do’s for a first time New Yorker? If you don’t do any of the above (shame on you!), then promise me you will see (at least one) broadway show during your time in the big apple. Just do it. Buy tickets here.