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Things To Do By Yourself In New York City

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New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. The city does not get this attribute without reason. After all, there is so much to see and do in the city that you would not be able to sleep.

So, if you are in NYC, what are the things you must experience before you leave? And if you’re flying solo, check out my post with the best tips for traveling alone here.

NYC has a handful of destinations that people worldwide visit every year. You may have heard of some of them, while others may be new to you. Starting from Liberty Island, Broadway, to Central Park, there is much to do. So let’s get into the best places I paid a visit to during my time in the Big Apple.

New York’s Most Recognizable Symbol – The Statue of Liberty

When you think of New York City, the Statue of Liberty is probably one of the first things that come to mind. The almost 152-foot-tall monument is a remarkable historic site.

You can stop at Battery Park in southern Manhattan to get the best view of the impressive statue. Liberty Island also does the view justice, and you can see the monument up close by taking a boat ride to the island. However, pre-book your tickets if you plan to go inside the statue since they sell out quickly during peak seasons.

On the way to the statue, you can stop at Ellis Island and check out the National Immigration Museum.

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The Statue of Liberty

New York’s Statue of Liberty Crown is a Must-See

If you are an appreciator of unique and beautiful views, The Crown may be a place you want to visit. Therefore, the natural display of the city is an attraction that you might want to clear out your afternoon plans for.

Depending on when you want to go, you need to make a reservation at least four to six months ahead of time.

The Statue of Liberty Crown the view from the window
The Statue of Liberty Crown the view from the window

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge is an inspiration to a large part of America’s culture. It is a historic place to visit, but it also gives a beautiful view of the city from on top of the East River. It spans from Manhattan to Brooklyn and takes the crown of being the world’s first steel suspension bridge.

There is a constant flow of people on the bridge throughout the day and night, making it a vibrant place. To see the Brooklyn Bridge in all its glory as a tourist, you must stroll over its wooden walkway. Thankfully, only pedestrians and cyclists walk over this path, and you can take your time taking in the scenery from that unique location.

Before you begin your walk or ride over the Brooklyn Bridge, you should know where the road to the bridge starts. Water’s edge is your starting point, and you can begin your tour of the East River view from there. While walking, you may stop at the first pillar to look at the viewing platform.

Brooklyn Bridge

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Though there is an air of tragedy along with this location, it is a site where visitors go to pay their respects. The 9/11 Memorial is a tribute to the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and during the attack on the previous World Trade Center in 1993.

The Memorial houses the largest artificial waterfalls in North America. These sights are surrounded by a peaceful array of trees and greenery. At the Memorial Museum, you can find memoirs that tell the story of 9/11.

Book your tickets early to explore this historical landmark. The Memorial and the Museum are hard to miss, and you can pay your due respects while taking in the scenery.

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9/11 Memorial and Museum

The One World Trade Center, America’s Tallest Skyscraper

The One World Trade Center building features some of the best views of New York City from its observation deck at the top. This newly constructed trade center draws all visitors in with the view it offers from 1,776 feet off the ground of NYC. While you reach the top, you can enjoy a visual experience showing the transformation of New York over the years.

One World Trade Center’s Observatory resembles a pyramidal structure from the ground. And you can identify the glass building’s unique exterior on the Manhattan skyline.

To enjoy the view and the center’s interior, purchase tickets beforehand. As an added measure, be sure to check the security protocols of the building before your visit.

One World Trade Center

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is known for more than just its looks from the outside. The 102-story establishment also has a rich history and interior attractions to offer. It is the most iconic landmark in New York, with cultural influences constantly drawing tourists to it. Also, the view from the building at Sundown is something you can not miss.

The two observatories of the ESB let you see up to 80 miles across the skyline of NYC into New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Its 86th Floor Observatory is the highest place for you to enjoy an open-air observation deck at 1,050 feet up. But, then, the Top Deck on the 102nd floor is an excellent competitor to the view as it stands 1,250 above ground.

As you can imagine, the line of people wanting to see these views is not short. Consider buying a Skip the Line ticket. This ticket is suitable for use for an entire year, and it can let you bypass the line quickly.

Emire State Building
Emire State Building

New York City Public Library

The Beaux-Arts style makes another appearance in the main branch of the New York Public Library. This architecture is yet another influence on many media in the US.

The Stephen A. Schwarzman building is the main branch of the library. This building houses a vast space, with the Main Reading room running as long as two city blocks.

Public Library

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is a name all too familiar to New Yorkers who commute and travel across their city. The terminal is also known as Grand Central Station. The building’s architecture follows the Beaux-Arts style, and it is a sight for sore eyes. This famous landmark started its services in 1913 as a terminal for the subway and train station.

The Grand Staircase will give you a chance to enjoy the view of the concourse. Do not miss out on the celestial scene that the restored ceiling of the terminal presents. Also, the streets outside of Grand Central are not worth missing, either.

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Grand Central Station

Visiting New York City for a Basketball Game is a Fantastic Experience

The heart of New York City is in its basketball games. Everyone in NYC grows up playing this sport.

The New York Knicks are just one of the numerous teams who call Madison Square Garden home. So, check out “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” arrive an hour earlier and grab a bite at the Stadium. There are numerous restaurants inside Madison Square Garden where you can eat on game night.

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New York Knicks in action

New York City Famous Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller center is a one-stop location for anything you could ask for in a city. Adorned with shops, sights to see, restaurants, and visit for a unique experience. Aside from Top of the Rock, there are many things to do at this complex.

The outdoor skating rink at Rockefeller Center is famous during the winter months. However, the peak season to visit is Christmas. This is because nobody wants to miss Rockefeller’s world-famous Christmas tree. In addition, you can walk the underground area with stores, restaurants, and a subway station that can all consume your time throughout your visit.

Rockefeller Center at Christmas time

Top of The Rock – Place with the Best Views of the City

Top of the Rock refers to the peak of the Rockefeller Center, an observation deck to feast your eyes from. The observation deck takes up the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors of the 70-story tall skyscraper, which you can visit day and night.

You may enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Schedule a second visit for the evening just as an extra attraction since the deck is open until midnight and offers spectacular views of the New York City skyline.

tourist on top of the rock looking at the city around
The most beautiful views of the city are from Top of the Rock

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Another architectural marvel in New York City is the St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The grand interior and exterior of the cathedral boast the peak of Gothic Revival style. In addition to being a home for believers, it is also a turist destination for visitors who come to marvel at its beauty.

The great halls of the cathedral have a seating capacity of 2,400.

St. Patrick's Cathedral in new york
St. Patrick’s Cathedral

New York Radio City Music Hall

When you visit Radio City Music Hall, you can witness the Art Deco greatness that is the home of the Rockettes. The building hosts significant events like the Grammy and Tony Awards. When it first opened, this entertainment venue was the world’s biggest indoor theater. Besides, the hall is hard to miss since it is located right by the Rockefeller Center.

Radio City Music Hall

Broadway – The Epicenter of New York’s Entertainment Scene

Broadway is a place that needs no introduction and is the only reason to visit New York City for many people. The name Broadway is a way to refer to Broadway Theater. It is in the Theater District going to Broadway Street. Because of its popularity, paying a visit means you would have to book your tickets way before you plan to be there.

Broadway Theater features the best stage performances, but it is also historically rich. It sits beside the playhouses Shubert and the Booth.

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Desperate Housewives in da city!

New York City Liveliest Neighborhood – Times Square

Times Square is undoubtedly on top of the list for most people that plan to visit New York City. The city’s bustling life gathers under the light and lively atmosphere. You can see the bright and vivid billboards lined up across the square. However, the most popular attraction of the New Year’s Eve event at Times Square is known as the “ball drop.”

Even though all views of Times Square make it seem like it’s always in motion, you can also just sit down on the red bleachers and enjoy the scenery before moving on to other attractions nearby. For example, consider visiting Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum for wax replicas of famous public figures. From there, you can also get a great view of Times Square.

times square and crowded city car passing by
Times Square

New York City Museums

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City – Great Place to see Modern Art (MoMA)

Museum of Modern Art comes to astound you again with its art collection as you move from the world of natural wonders. Additionally, the Museum of Modern Art is better known as MoMA, and it houses some of the most beloved works of modern art. Whether you are an amateur or someone with experience, the art pieces inside this building can not be missed.

The Museum of Modern Art boasts a rich collection. Works from Jackson Pollock, Edward Munch, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Claude Monet are only part of what is on display. In addition, the tickets to the museum are cheap. And so you can easily fit the location into your list of places to check.

MoMA

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is a must-see place for anyone who appreciates nature in all its forms and shapes.

The museum presents everything that makes our natural environment intriguing with eight permanent exhibition halls. This museum is all about fossils, animals, the natural environment, and the amazing things that science has discovered.

American Museum of Natural History dinos
T-Rex

Central Park

The 2.5 miles long and half a mile wide park in the center of New York City is what lets the city breathe.

You can enjoy nature at Central Park through the walkways. But what appeals to people most are the Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, Central Park Zoo, and the Lake. The best part of all of it is that most of the locations in the park are free for residents and visitors.

Central Park with the fountain in the background
Central Park fountain

Yankee Stadium

The Yankees Stadium is the home of the Yankees baseball club—which won 27 world series titles. The stadium is as historic as it is incredible to see.

A 25-minute metro or taxi journey from Midtown Manhattan will get you to the stadium in time to see a game.

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Yankee Stadium

Fifth Avenue

If you are one to look out for shopping locations wherever you visit, Fifth Avenue is a haven just for you. Top designers have set their flagship stores in this area. So, if there is any brand or designer on your mind, you might as well look for it on Fifth Avenue.

If you don’t want to shop, you can just take a walk down Fifth Avenue and still enjoy it. The area is bustling with life, and the best site to walk along is between 60th and 40th Street.

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Fifth Avenue in New York

Conclusion

New York City promises you the time of your life if you get the chance to visit one day. With so many famous tourist attractions, it can be hard to choose where to start. But, in my opinion, the ones I’ve listed here in this article are an absolute must for any NYC tourist.

Have fun and – “Welcome to New York! It’s been waiting for you.”

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