This post covers the best things to do in New York City, including a top 10 list, free things to do, nighttime activities, things to do with kids as well as showing you the best neighborhoods and foods.
- Take a Sightseeing tour
Many people visiting NYC will look into taking a bus tour, particularly a hop-on-hop-off tour but there are many different options.
Check out comparison guide on NYC bus tours to see which, if any, may be right for you: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/new-york-bus-tours/
- See a Broadway Show
There are dozens and dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays to name here. See what’s playing when you are in town.
Learn how to save money on Broadway tickets through lotteries and other discount options: https://freetoursbyfoot.com/get-cheap-broadway-tickets/
- View the Stunning New York Skyline
For incredible vistas and panoramic views, you will want to visit one of the three observation decks: The Empire State Building, One World Observatory (Freedom Tower) or Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.
Each has its own vantage point, as well as different prices of admission, varying wait time, and opening/closing hours.
Don’t forget one of the best (if expensive) options: a helicopter tour.
If you want to stay closer to the ground or prefer to not pay the entry fees of the 3 observatories, you can still get incredible views of the city, and in some cases for free.
- Visit the 9/11 Memorial + Museum
Located in a simple, spacious wide-open plaza in Lower Manhattan, this memorial to the lost lives of 9/11 is an essential feature of New York City. The memorial is free to visit.
The National September 11th Museum documents the tragic events of 9/11 through artifacts, documents, and films does have a cost. https://freetoursbyfoot.com/911-museum-tickets/
- Eat Real New York Food
There are plenty of great places to eat in New York City and you don’t have to spend a lot of money for some of the world tastiest foods.
We offer suggestions of where to find the best
versions of iconic New York foods, such as pizza, bagels, pastrami or knishes,
as well as restaurants that will suit your mood, budget, and location.
For an authentic New York dining experience, eat a
meal al fresco on Mulberry Street at the best Little Italy Restaurants.
New York Delicatessen
There are very few real delicatessens left in NYC, the
kind where you can get a great pastrami sandwich 6 inches tall. Fortunately, we
still have Katz’s.
A Harlem institution is Sylvia’s.
For inexpensive, delicious food in one of NYC’s most exotic neighborhoods, try these restaurants in Chinatown.
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