9 Touristy Things to do in New York City ...

Emily

It’s no surprise that there are so many touristy things to do in New York! I absolutely love New York City, and each time I go there, I find new things to do. However, I love to fall back on cliché activities. Here are some of my favorite touristy things to do in New York:

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1

Stand in Times Square

Stand in Times Square Visiting Times Square is probably one of the most touristy things to do in New York! But all the lights and energy is what the city is all about! It’s the perfect place to grab a big slice of pizza and an amazing photo op!

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Visit the Statue of Liberty

Visit the Statue of Liberty Unfortunately, I haven’t been here yet, due to New York City’s unpredictable weather. But there are always tours available, whether you prefer ferries or helicopters. And I’ve heard that you can actually go up the statue, but make sure that you have reservations! While you’re there, there is a museum on Ellis Island that is filled with history about immigration.

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The Statue of Liberty is a must-see when visiting New York City. Located on Liberty Island, it stands at a whopping 305 feet tall and is a symbol of freedom and democracy. The statue was a gift from France to the United States and was dedicated in 1886.

Visiting the Statue of Liberty is a great way to get a unique view of the city. There are several ways to get to the statue, including the Statue Cruises ferry, which departs from Battery Park in Manhattan or Liberty State Park in New Jersey. You can also take a helicopter tour of the statue.

Once you’re there, you can take a self-guided tour of the grounds or go up to the pedestal and crown, where you can get an amazing view of the city skyline. To go up to the pedestal and crown, you must reserve tickets in advance.

Also located on the island is the Immigration Museum. This museum tells the story of the millions of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in search of a better life in the United States. It is a great way to learn about the history of immigration in the United States.

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See a Show on Broadway

See a Show on Broadway I’m not a huge show person, but every single time I visit New York City, I have to go catch a Broadway show. They are absolutely amazing and every play that I have seen before Broadway just pales in comparison. The effects and singing and choreography are jaw dropping. I recommend The Book of Mormon, The Lion King, and Newsies. They are super entertaining!

4

Cross the Brooklyn Bridge

Cross the Brooklyn Bridge Try taking a nice stroll across this mighty structure. There are beautiful views of the sun setting, and if you walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn, stop by Grimaldi’s for amazing pizza!

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Take in the View from the Empire State Building

Take in the View from the Empire State Building The view from the 86th floor observation deck is absolutely breathtaking. This is always a tourist hot spot, though, so prepare to wait in line. The best time to come here is at around 8:30 AM, lunch, or dinner hours.

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Shop on Madison Avenue

Shop on Madison Avenue If you’re looking to get some shopping done, look no further! Madison Avenue has every single store, and there are amazing selections! I always spend hours on end here! I love to start at one of my favorite places, Lilly Pulitzer, and then head down to other bigger stores, like J Crew.

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Ride the Roosevelt Island Tramway

Ride the Roosevelt Island Tramway This is an awesome form of air travel, without the pain of booking a flight. The views of Manhattan are absolutely amazing!

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Stroll in Central Park

Stroll in Central Park Who hasn’t heard of Central Park? A quick stroll in Central Park will make you forget that you’re in one of the largest (and greatest) cities in the world! After all, who knew there could be so much nature in New York City? Perhaps you could take a romantic carriage ride with your significant other, or head over to the zoo!

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Explore the West Village

Explore the West Village This is a quaint little area to hang out. Highlights include the Jefferson Market Courthouse. The shops along Commerce and Bleecker are absolutely amazing! You can also join the long line outside Magnolia Bakery, or if you’re not feeling like cupcakes, you can head to the Spotted Pig.

These are all fun things to do in New York City. Going to all these places has really given me a good feel of the city, but there’s so much more to explore! What is your favorite place in New York City? Do you like any of the tourist ‘traps’?

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