In the city that never sleeps, one is never lacking for things to do. The hard part is narrowing down what to do first! The big apple invites everyone to take a big bite and taste all the juiciness that makes it so unique. Many people flock to NYC for the musicals – seeing a show on Broadway simply cannot be beat. Some come for the museums, art galleries, and plays. After all, New York is “the place to be” for aspiring artists and writers. Is culture not really your forté? How about a bit of history? NYC is agog with historical places and fascinating stories to go with them. And let’s not forget architecture, parks, and gardens…you’ll have no problem choosing something fabulous during your New York City vacation.
The Statue of Liberty
Her full name is “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” and she was gifted to the U.S. from France way back in 1886. Recognized worldwide as a symbol of freedom, the 305-foot tall copper statue was modeled after the Roman goddess of Liberty and was designated a national monument in 1924. You can scale her 22 stories to take in the view from the torch and enjoy the rest of Ellis Island, as well; viewing original immigration documents and explore your own family’s heritage.
The Empire State Building
This is the skyscraper people identify with New York. Built in 1931, its 102 stories in midtown Manhattan made it the tallest building in New York for 40 years, until the completion of the World Trade Center’s North Tower in 1970. It is now the fifth tallest skyscraper in the U.S. and the 25th tallest in the world. Housing one of the world’s most popular observation decks, over 110 million people have visited the 86th floor to enjoy the phenomenal 360-degree view of Manhattan.
One World Trade Center
Standing on Ground Zero from the 9/11 attacks this 104-story building is the fourth tallest building in the world. It’s 1,776 feet tall; a direct nod to the year the Declaration of Independence was adopted. Complete with the One World Observatory, this uniquely designed structure has eight sides and is topped off by a 408-foot spire. Inside the observatory, visitors will be awestruck by the technology that offers an insider’s view on the construction of the building, a short movie about the energy of NYC, the 60-second elevator ride to the top, and the unique experiences of each individual viewing deck. Simply put, words cannot adequately describe this experience – you just have to go see for yourselves.
The default go-to for entertainment in NYC, Times Square has it all. Hotels, dining, shopping, entertainment, attractions, and events all beckon both tourists and natives, alike. Go shopping in the home stores of your most beloved brands. Pop into Caroline’s on Broadway for some deep-belly laughs. Take a selfie with your favorite movie or rock star – made of wax, of course, at Madame Tussaud’s. Complete your evening by enjoying a show in the Broadway theater district, a longtime tradition for anyone visiting New York.
New York has many beautiful parks and botanical gardens, all with their own flavor and shades of beauty. Central Park, one of NYC’s most talked about recreational areas, is an impressive 843 acres that was designed in the middle of the 19th century. It encompasses miles of beautiful rolling hills, walking trails, and bodies of water. It’s also home to Belvedere Castle, Friedsam Memorial Carousel, the Central Park Zoo, and many other easily recognized spots often featured in big-budget movies. Depending on the time of year, visitors will find many events going on including Shakespeare in the Park, ice-skating, and music and art festivals.
It wouldn’t be a New York vacation without taking in a Broadway show or three! With so many fabulous shows to choose from it won’t be hard to find one you will love. Some of the most popular shows are Book of Mormon, Hamilton and of course old favorites such as Wicked and Fiddler on the Roof. Some of the popular shows do book out quite far in advance so be sure to book your tickets before you leave to ensure you get to see your favorite shows.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
With so many museum and art galleries to choose from, you’re sure to visit more than one. The MoMA is one you cannot miss out on though. The Museum of Modern Art is not only a leader in presenting the very best of contemporary art, but it’s also a huge factor is what is defined as modern art. It’s also known for educating the masses about art, helping us to better understand the art it shares with the world and teaches us to think about art in ways we might not have otherwise considered. Visiting the MoMA is a true eye-opening experience that will also very likely broaden your mind.
New York City buzzes with life 24/7 and truly never does sleep. Make sure to book your New York accommodation in advance as hotels can be book up very quickly. There are so many places to visit and things to see you’re very likely to complete ditch any itinerary you come up with. There are cultural centers like the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. There are historical and architectural masterpieces like the Brooklyn Bridge and Carnegie Hall. There are endless sources of fun like Coney Island!