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Top 20+ FUN Things To Do
in New York City
— Spring, S
ummer, Fall & Winter

We've put together some of our favorite Things To Do in New York City anytime of the year. Watch the video above to get an overview (click on bottom right of video screen to see larger version). Then click on a link below for more info. Have FUN!

  1. New York City Double-Decker Bus
    "Hop-On Hop-Off" Tour
  2. Top of the Rock Observation Deck
    and Rockefeller Center
  3. Central Park & Central Park Zoo
    Bryant Park Ice-Skating
  4. NYC Museums & Art Galleries
  5. Empire State Building
  6. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  7. Manhattan Island Cruise
  8. Greenwich Village & Food Tours
  9. Chinatown & Little Italy
  10. Times Square & Pedestrian Plaza
  11. Broadway Shows
  12. Restaurants, Delis & Pizzerias
  13. NY Bars & Nightclubs
  14. NY Sports Games/Yankee Stadium
  15. Brooklyn Bridge - FREE
  16. South Street Seaport
  17. Shopping and Flea Markets
  18. Grand Central Station & Market
  19. Staten Island Ferry - FREE
  20. TV Show Tickets - FREE
  21. Concerts & Special Events
    at Madison Square Garden
    and Radio City Music Hall
  22. St. Patrick's Cathedral
  23. National 9/11 Memorial & Museum,
    One World Trade Center & Observation Deck
  24. Fun NYC Sightseeing Tours,
    Harbor Cruises, Walking Tours, Biking Tours, Day Trips & Excursions

1. Double Decker Bus Tour
Take a New York City "Hop-On Hop-Off"
Double-Decker Bus Tour
on the first day of your trip so you can see everything — then go back to the places that you want to spend more time visiting. The tour gives you the option of staying on the bus, or hopping on and off at your leisure.

2. Top of the Rock
Wait til you see the NYC views from the
"Top of the Rock" Observation Deck.
Try to get there before the sun goes down, so you can see the city go from sunset to twilight and have the skyline light up before your eyes — WOW!. The "open-air" deck is located on the 70th Floor at Rockefeller Plaza.

Rockefeller Center
Afterward visiting Top of the Rock, walk around Rockefeller Center — the popular year-round attraction is a fun place for eating, shopping and people-watching. During winter months, the famous sunken plaza Ice-Skating Rink is filled with ice-skaters — spectators can watch from above. While you're in the area, cross the street and visit St. Patrick's Cathedral.


3. Central Park
You can spend a few hours, a full day, or several days seeing everything there is to see in Central Park, depending on your schedule — and most of it's FREE!

If your time is limited, enjoy a cocktail at the Waterfront Bar & Grill, overlooking Central Park Lake, trees, rowboats and city skyscrapers— it has a lovely European feel to it.

If you have more time, rent a Row Boat or Kayak... During Summer months, take a romantic Gondola Ride on the lake. Enjoy Ice-Skating at Wollman Rink during Winter months. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides around Central Park are available year-round.

Visit Belvedere Castle and enjoy a picnic lunch, overlooking the Turtle Pond and Great Lawn. Check out the polar bears, penguins, sea lions and endangered monkeys at Central Park Zoo.

Explore the park on foot and see its Famous Sculptures — our favorites are Romeo & Juliet and Alice in Wonderland. See Shakespeare "under the stars" shows for free. Visit Strawberry Fields and the beautiful "Imagine" mosaic — a tribute to John Lennon.

Bryant Park & Free Ice-Skating
Bryant Park is a fun place to visit year-round. During winter months, New Yorkers and visitors flock to The Pond at Bryant Park — it's Manhattan's only FREE admission ice-skating rink. People come here during the holidays to see the annual lighting of the tree, featured entertainment and the Holiday Shops — a European-inspired open-air market.


4. Museums & Art Galleries
Visit one or more of New York's amazing Museums — it's educational, FUN and a great way to keep cool on hot summer days. Some of NY's most popular museums include the American Museum of Natural History, The Guggenheim, and The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

We also recommend a visit to The Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio) — watch the unaired Star Trek pilot. See classic performances on The Ed Sullivan ShowElvis Presley's 1956 debut and the Beatles 1964 U.S. debut — which incidentally are the two most requested shows in the museum. Listen to Abbott and Costello's famous radio broadcast of Who's on First.

5. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Get great New York City views from the building's 86th floor Observatory. If you're thinking of "popping the question," it's a fun place to propose :)

6. Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island
If this is your first visit to New York City, be sure to visit the Statue of Liberty — one of the world's most recognizable icons. Note: On July 4, 2009, the crown at the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public for the first time since 9/11.

Visit Ellis Island and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum — one of the nation's most popular historic sites.

Buy the NY Explorer Pass and Skip the Ticket Line in Battery Park before you board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — the lines can be extremely long on weekends, holidays and during peak season!


7. Manhattan Island Cruise
Enjoy a three-hour cruise around Manhattan Island — see amazing views of the NYC skyline, cruise by the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island... FUN for the whole family!

8. Greenwich Village
Greenwich Village is a fun place to explore on foot — its tree-lined streets are dotted with historic townhouses, quaint little cafés, neighborhood restaurants, nightclubs and specialty shops.

Take a FUN Food Tasting/Cultural Walking Tour of Greenwich Village and other New York City neighborhoods.
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9. Chinatown & Little Italy
New York's Chinatown is a FUN place to explore, eat, shop, and people-watch! Enjoy Dim Sum and Peking Duck — the area is dotted with little restaurants, dim sum parlors, tea houses, fruit and fish markets... there's even a famous Ice Cream Factory!

Little Italy is within easy walking distance from Chinatown — it's home to cozy outdoor Italian restaurants and cafés. New York City's biggest and longest-running outdoor festival, the "Feast of San Gennaro" takes place in the heart of Little Italy every September.


10. Times Square
and Pedestrian Plaza

Times Square is a FUN place to visit anytime of the day or night! If your time is limited, go at night — there's nowhere in the world quite like it! Several sections of Times Square are now closed to traffic... all year round. The popular Pedestrian Plaza has little red tables and chairs dotted about the area (and permanent bleacher seats) — it's great for people-watching!


11. Broadway Shows
A Broadway Show is a "must-see" whenever you visit NYC. Enjoy fabulous Theater, Shows and Musicals.
Find the Best Shows on Broadway
and Buy Tickets

12. Restaurants, Delis & Pizzerias
There are so many great Restaurants and Delis in New York City. Our favorites include: Carmine's (Theater District), Ellen's Stardust Diner (near Times Square), Carnegie Deli and Stage Deli, John's Pizzeria (Theater District) and John's Pizzeria (Greenwich Village), Chin Chin, Dock's Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Grimaldi's Pizzeria (Brooklyn), Monster Sushi, Ancora Ristorante (Financial District), Tao, Uncle Nick's Greek Cuisine (on 9th Ave, near Theater District and Restaurant Row)... to name a few.
Bon Appetit!

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13. Fun NYC Bars & Nightclubs
New York City has no shortage of Fun Bars and Nightclubs.

Fun Baby Boomer Bars in NYC

14. NYC Sports Games
Yankee Stadium... and more!

New York City is a FUN place to see a Sports Game. Get tickets in advance of your trip before the games sell out

Click to Find and Buy New York Sports Tickets - Yankee Stadium... and more!


15. Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge is New York's oldest and most famous bridge — and one of the most photographed bridges in the world. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge anytime of the year — it's FUN and it's FREE! And the Manhattan skyline views are absolutely spectacular.

16. South Street Seaport
South Street Seaport is a thriving waterfront community with magnificent old sailing ships and a multilevel complex of shops, outdoor cafés and restaurants, live entertainment, and a summer food market — popular with New Yorkers and tourists alike!

17. Shopping & Flea Markets
New York City is one of the planet's GREAT Shopping destinations — people come here from around the world just to shop! Don't miss Bloomingdale's and Barney's. Go "bargain-hunting" on Canal Street in the Lower East Side and get designer discounts at Century 21. Head over to Times Square and South Street Seaport for Souvenir shopping. FAO Schwartz and Toys R Us (the world's largest toy store) are well worth a visit — FUN for kids and big kids too!


18. Grand Central Station & Market
Grand Central is so much more than just a train terminal — the New York City landmark is a fun destination for tourists and locals... and definitely worth a visit if you haven't been there yet. The massive station houses a large food court, a wonderful gourmet food market, numerous stores and specialty shops, and a variety of fun restaurants and bars. On December 9, 2011, Apple opened one of its biggest stores at Grand Central, overlooking the historic main concourse of the terminal.

19. Staten Island Ferry
If you don't have time to visit the Statue of Liberty or take a three-hour harbor cruise, take the Staten Island Ferry. The 5-mile, 25 minute ride is a FUN way to see lower Manhattan's harbor, bridges and skyline and get great views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island — for FREE.

20. TV Show Tickets
If you're planning a trip to New York City, and have extra time, get FREE Tickets to your favorite TV Talk, Comedy or Cooking Shows, including;

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Late Show with David Letterman
  • The View
  • Anderson
  • Rachel Ray Show
  • Dr Oz

We've seen several shows and it's a lot of FUN. Be sure to carry valid ID.

Selected TV Show Tickets are sometimes given out free of charge, following the
NBC Studio Tour.


21. Concerts & Special Events
— Madison Square Garden
— Radio City Music Hall

During your visit to New York City, see a Concert at Madison Square Garden.
Enjoy FUN Shows and Stage Door Tours at Radio City Music Hall.

22. St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral, an iconic NYC national landmark, is visited by over five million people annually. Enjoy a Free Guided Tour of this stunning cathedral, located at 5th Avenue (between 50th and 51st Sts), across from Rockefeller Center.

23. National 9/11 Memorial & Museum — One World Trade Center
— Observation Deck at 102nd floor
The National 9/11 Memorial opened on September 12, 2011. Visitor passes are free and can be reserved up to six months in advance. The 8-acre Memorial Plaza features over 400 oak trees surrounding the Memorial pools — and an interactive Memorial Museum. One World Trade Center, a 1,776-foot-tall skyscraper at Ground Zero opened late 2014. Its 104 floors makes it the tallest skyscraper in New York. The World Trade Center Observatory opened to the public on May 29, 2015. Located on the 102nd floor, the observation deck offers breathtaking views of NYC.


24. Fun NY Sightseeing Tours, Harbor Cruises, Private & Custom Tours, Walking Tours, Biking Tours, Day Trips & Excursions
Save time, money and hassle. Book FUN Guided NY Sightseeing Tours, Harbor Cruises, Day Trips & Excursions prior your trip — before they sell out!

New York Explorer Pass
Sightseeing Discount Card
Save up to 40% or more compared to buying individual tickets with the New York City Explorer Pass: Choose up to 7 Great Attractions! Skip the lines on major attractions — lines can be extremely long on weekends, holidays and peak season!


We hope you enjoy our recommendations. Have FUN on your trip to New York City!


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New York City at night - view from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Plaza, NY

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck - 70th Floor of Rockefeller Plaza, NYC

Rent Row Boats at Loeb Boathouse on Central Park Lake, New York City

Belvedere Castle in Central Park, New York

"Imagine" mosaic - John Lennon's tribute at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, NYC

The Empire State Building and Manhattan Skyline and Harbor,  NYC, New York

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, New York

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People lining up for luch at the famous John's Pizzeria of Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, NY

Pizza in Greenwich Village, NYC

David outside the Stage Deli in New York City

Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge - Pedestrian Walkway gives visitors great views of Manhattan skyline, New York City, NY

Staten Island Ferry - enjoy great views of the NYC Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Rides are FREE. Staten Island Ferry, New York City, NY

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Jimmy Choo where Carrie buys her shoes

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South Street Seaport

Sex in the City Tour - Carrie's stoop in Manhattan, New York

Outdoor Restaurants and Cafes in Little Italy, New York City, NY

Fruit Stalls in New York City's Chinatown, NYC

St Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, NY

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