Top 5 Things to do in New York City

I love New York. There is something quite infectious about the city that never sleeps. What that is though, I couldn’t say. On first glance, New York is a chaotic, badly maintained city. The roads are unkempt and in need of improvement, the streets are packed with people; stubborn and in their own worlds, and the weather is far from predictable and yet, I cannot help but love this city.

Every time I have visited New York I have been drawn in by it’s charm. The stunning architecture, incredible shopping and even better foodie culture. It is a city that offers everything for anyone and everyone. I love it.

Trying to come up with my top 5 things to do in New York was really, really hard as there is so much to do in this exciting and liberating city. I have therefore gone for the top 5 things for first timers in New York City, as this made narrowing down the list a little easier. So, here we go…

1. The Empire State Building

There are 3 key vantage points for New York, Top of the Rock, One World Observatory and this, the Empire State Building. They all offer incredible views but the historic standing of the Empire State makes it win, in my opinion. It gives a full 365 degree view of Manhattan. You can get the detail of the roads below and then also get a true feeling of the grandeur of New York. You also get to stand outside, which makes for much better pictures!

2. The Statue of Liberty

I’m sorry, but you simply cannot visit New York without taking a trip to this infamous lady. The boat ride is special enough, with the incredible view of Manhattan shrinking into the distance as you approach Liberty Island. The Statue of Liberty herself is beautiful and if you book far enough in advance you can go inside the pedestal and even the crown!

3. Watch the Yankees Play

This was a highlight of my most recent trip to New York. I’ll admit, I have no clue when it comes to Baseball, but the atmosphere at one of these games is electric. I had so much fun cheering with the crowd, dancing to the musical interludes and eating a months worth of calories in one sitting!

4. Bar 65/The Rainbow Rooms

For a different skyline view and experience I highly recommend a trip to either Bar 65 or the Rainbow Rooms at the Top of the Rock. The view from here of Manhattan at night is stunning. Add in a few cocktails and some yummy food, all whilst admiring this view, and you are on to a winner. Love this place.

5. The Brooklyn Bridge

Last but by no means least, is my favourite thing to do in all of New York City, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. It takes about 40 minutes to walk depending on your pace and the number of pictures you want to take. It is busy, i’ll get that out of the way first but there is such a good atmosphere amongst everyone making their way across. The views towards Brooklyn in one direction, and Manhattan the other, are incredible. When you have finished, reward yourself with the incredible view of the bridge from Dumbo park below.

So there you have it, my Top 5 Things to do in New York (for first timers). What are your top 5? I would love to know in the comments below! I have also made a video of my top 5, so check that out for even more of my favourite New York City spots. 

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  1. June 1, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    I’ve been to the Statue of Liberty. It was worth it for the experience, but its certainly not my favorite thing to do in the city. I’ve been several times, as I’m lucky enough to live within driving distance. Some of my tops include seeing Wicked (definitely my favorite experience), visiting the top of the World Trade Center before it was destroyed (I want to go see the memorial someday), and visiting Ellis Island (some of my ancestors came through there and I’m a bit of a history geek). Thanks for sharing your favorites, I’ll have to add them to my list of things to do next time I’m in the city!

    • girlgoesto
      June 2, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      Oh wow, so jealous that you live so close to New York! I did Ellis Island last time I visited and it was so interesting, it’s just so hard to narrow down to just 5, there’s so much to do!

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