12 Best Things to Do in New York City as a First Timer
Have a picnic at Central Park. Before visiting the park, stop by a local sandwich shop or a grocery store to have a nice picnic on the grass!
Admire the view from the Top of the Rock. It has 3 different observation decks from where can see both the Empire State Building and Central Park!
Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It’s a beautiful Gothic cathedral with incredible mosaic windows, only a stone’s throw away from the Top of the Rock.
Pay your respect at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial is actually free to visit but you have to pay a small fee for entering the museum.
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge is insanely beautiful and offers an amazing view of both Manhattan and Brooklyn at the same time!
Explore the DUMBO area. It’s an acronym for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” and offers tons of sightseeing opportunities.
Watch a Broadway show. Some of the popular shows include Hamilton, Wicked and the Phantom of the Opera. Book your tickets well in advance!
Check out the Statue of Liberty. Make sure to set aside at least half a day as you need to take a ferry to a separate island (Liberty Island).
Learn more about the history of American immigration at Ellis Island. Your ferry ticket to Liberty Island also includes access to Ellis Island!
Stroll around Times Square. It’s one of the most famous squares in NYC and it’s filled with colorful billboards and moving pictures almost everywhere.
Visit the High Line. This super unique park is actually a repurposed train track that was rallied for by the local community. It offers amazing views!
Go for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s entirely free and offers some of the best views of the NYC skyline.
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