New York is America’s city with the most. It has the highest population, greatest diversity of ethnicity and culture, strongest influence on global commerce and the longest list of things to see and do. The Big Apple is also a big player in worldwide fashion, entertainment, education, finance and technology.
If you’re planning a trip to New York City, we’ll tell you right now: There’s more to do than you’ll likely have time for, even if you have a couple of weeks. Plan ahead with this guide that will help you identify your top priorities for what to see and do.
Take in the Top 10
Do you want to see all the “biggies” on your first trip to NYC? These are the top New York City attractions:
· The Statue of Liberty
· Ellis Island
· Central Park
· Time Square
· The 9/11 Memorial
· Madison Square Garden
· Wall Street
· The Empire State Building
· Rockefeller Center
· Coney Island
If you want to dig a little deeper into favorite things to do in New York, these suggestions will get you started.
Find your Muse in World Class Museums
The Metropolitan Museum of Arts with more than 2 million works from around the world and through the centuries is just the most prominent museum in the city, but it’s not the only one. If you visit the MMA, you’ll want to be sure to see the Greek and Roman galleries, the gallery of 19th century European masters and the American Wing. They’re just the beginning of this amazing collection.
Consider stopping by the Frick Collection housed in the Fifth Avenue mansion designed by the renowned Carrère and Hastings and once owned by industrialist Henry Clay Frick where you’ll enjoy works by Rembrandt, Goya, Holbein, Titian and many others. If you’re still looking for inspiration, check out The Cloisters that features statues, paintings and tapestries from medieval French monasteries, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Museums of Arts and Design, the Museum at Eldridge Street or the Museum of Modern Art.
Be Awed by a Great Performance
NY, NY is home to Broadway where great stories come alive on stage. Standard fare includes time-honored favorites and exciting new shows for each season. Over at the Metropolitan Opera (The Met), ancient dramas are played out in song. You’ll also enjoy the Philobulus Dance Company at the Joyce Theater, Swan Lake at the New York City Ballet, jazz and more at Lincoln Center and shows in a range of genres at Carnegie Hall.
Plan an Eclectic Mix of Fun
We told you that you’ve have a hard time fitting it all in when you visit New York! Your opportunities include browsing an amazing array of shops, picnicking in one of a dozen well-manicured parks, enjoying professional and college sports, eating the creations of Michelin-starred chefs, sampling cosmopolitan nightlife, hanging out in Greenwich Village and enjoying some of the finest architecture in North America.
It’s impossible to exhaust all the NYC has to offer, and that’s why it’s a regular destination for many. Don’t try to do it all; just pick a few favorites and enjoy them to the full!