Enjoy the city as New Yorker!
New York City is a fabulous place with a vibrant energy and an incredible amount to do. It doesn't matter if you're into art, food, dancing, books, music, or shopping, there's plenty to keep you occupied. Whether you're visiting or you just moved here, the following are 10 Fun things to do in New York.
10 Fun Things To Do in New York
1. Have a picnic in Central Park
Central Park is 843-acres of a green oasis right in the middle of a city, and it's only shut down for 5 hours a day (from 1am to 6am) so there's plenty of time for you to have a picnic while the sun is shining.
The park stretches from 59th to 110th Streets, and from Fifth to Eighth Avenues. Admission is free, as are many of the activities to do in the park, but some, such as skating on Wollman Rink, cost money.
2. Try traditional NYC foods
There's so many delectable eats to grab around NYC, such as getting pizza at Grimaldi's, John's of Bleeker Street, or Lombardi's. Stop over at Halal Guys -- which originally started as a single food cart that has now expanded to four carts and two stores – for their delicious platters. While you're at it, don't forget to buy some famous NYC bagels.
3. Visit the Empire State Building
Located on 5th Avenue and 34th Street, the Empire State Building features two observatories that offer 360-degree views – one on the 86th floor and another on the 102nd floor.
They're open 8am to 2am, so whether you want a view of NYC during the day, at sunset, or when the dark sky is lit up with city lights, you can do just that.
There are several ticket prices available.
4. Visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
There's a reason that MoMA is one of the most beloved and respected museums in the world for modern art. It's an experience you don't want to miss. They're open Saturday through Wednesday from 10:30am to 5:30pm, and on Friday until 8pm. Ticket prices vary.
5. Explore Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal isn't just a place to go to catch a train, it's also where you can go shopping at one of their 68 stores or grab food from one of their 38 dining options. The Holiday Fair is also a wonderful experience. The terminal is located at 89 East 42nd Street.
6. Stop by the High Line
The public High Line park sits on an elevated historic rail line that runs from West 34th Street between 10th and 12th Avenues to Ganesvoort Street.
It's an ideal place to walk around, sit and read a good book, have a snack, or people watch. Hours vary by season.
7. Do a shopping tour of major stores
Whether you just want to explore the aisles or you want to go home with armfuls of bags, stop by some of the major stores in NYC, such as the Bloomingdale's flagship store at 1000 3rd Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman at 754 Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz at 767 Fifth Avenue, Strand at 828 Broadway, Tiffany & Co. at 727 5th Avenue, and the Macy's flagship store at 151 West 34th Street.
8. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
Going to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is a sobering and humbling experience.Both are dedicated to honoring the memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The memorial is open from 7:30am to 9pm every day and admission is free. Admission costs to get into the museum vary.
9. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
More than 4,000 pedestrians cross the Brooklyn Bridge on a daily basis. The views are amazing and allow for some great picture opportunities, plus it's an excellent chance to embrace some of New York's history as you make your way over the bridge that opened all the way back in 1883.
10. Visit Times Square
Times Square can get seriously packed, but it's something to experience if you come to the city. The bright lights, traffic, and people running from one place to another creates quite the atmosphere, and there's plenty of places to shop, eat, and people watch. Times Square is located from West 42nd to West 47th Streets, just head right up 7th Avenue.
There's so many other things to do throughout New York City, including seeing a Broadway play, going to flea markets, going to the Bronx Zoo, and visiting the New York Botanical Garden. Whatever you choose to do, there's no doubt you'll have an incredible time.