New York City is jam packed with amazing things to see, eat and experience. That’s the best part about being a New York native – you never run out of new and exciting things to do. It’s the ultimate staycation city, so whenever you feel the need to get away, you don’t even have to leave the city limits. Go ahead – Take the time to do some touristy things you normally wouldn’t and ditch your normal spots to discover places you’ve never been.
Things to Do in New York City
Whether you’re new to the city of a veteran New Yorker, it’s vital to take time to explore all of the nooks and crannies of the Big Apple’s natural gem. Spend time in Central Park discovering something you didn’t know existed – admire the American Elm trees of The Mall, visit the Belvedere Castle atop Vista Rock, pay tribute to John Lennon in the Strawberry Fields or take the kids to see the Alice in Wonderland sculpture. If you want to see the whole park, make sure to take a guided bike tour or discover all the park has to offer on your own.
The Met is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the most visited museums in the world. Whether you are an art buff or not, MoMa is sure to please. While you’re at the Met, don’t forget to head to the rooftop garden before or after you admire the museum’s collections of artwork. The Rooftop Garden Cafe and Martini Bar make for the perfect afternoon rest stop with light fare and cocktails and a panoramic view of Manhattan.
For the most spectacular views of the entire city, visit the observatory at the top of the Rockefeller Center. Although this is a tourist staple, you can beat the crowds by visiting the observatory in the morning or during lunch hour. The Top of the Rock is the perfect place to admire the city from afar and take in the beauty of The Empire City.
The High Line was once a freight rail line that now serves as a 1.45 mile long public park. It is elevated above the streets on the West Side and runs from the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street. The park often hosts events such as stargazing, public tours and meditation. With eleven different access points to the park, stroll along The High Line for as long as you want and discover a new restaurant along the way.
If you live in NYC, most likely you don’t go to Broadway shows very often. Use your staycation time as the perfect opportunity to take the family to an acclaimed show in the Broadway capital of the world. There is an incredible variety of shows currently on Broadway so finding one the whole family will love won’t be a problem at all. We recommend The Lion King, Wicked or Matilda – the kids will love it.
Where to Eat in New York City
Docked at Pier 66 within Hudson River Park, The Frying Pan is a historic floating lighthouse in NYC. The Frying Pan was originally a United States Lightship. After being abandoned for 10 years, Lightship #115 sank in the Chesapeake Bay and spent three years at the bottom before being salvaged, restored and brought to its current location in NYC. Now, it provides customers with a vibrant nightlife full of history. Go to The Frying Pan for a casual dinner or after dinner drinks and some of the best views of the Hudson.
If you love food as much as we do, Smorgasburg will be your version of Heaven. The seasonal food market located in Brooklyn features a variety of local artisans and vendors who serve everything from Ramen Burgers to Filipino Spring Rolls. The festivities take place in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. so come with a big appetite. With more than 100 vendors and a waterfront view of Manhattan, Smorgasburg is the complete urban experience.
Named “the quintessential New York slice,” Joe’s Pizza is just as popular to locals as it is to tourists – yeah, it’s that good. The family owned pizzeria is still operated by its founder, Joe Pozzuoli .The original pizza joint is located on Carmine Street in Greenwich Village and it opened a second location on East 14th St. in 2013. We recommend the plain cheese slice – it’s the real deal.
Where to Shop in New York City
For the perfect mix of modern and classic, SoHo is your go to shopping neighborhood. Almost any retailer you are looking for can be found in SoHo. Its charming brick roads are adorned with upscale boutiques and hip shops alike. You’ll be able to find something special for every member of the family.
NYC is one of the best places in the world to scope out some vintage finds. Pilgrim New York supplies high end clothing designed and produced right in the city as well as rare and authentic vintage goods. The shop boasts the likes of Celine, Dior and Chanel in its apparel and accessories collection.