Top 10 Things To Do In New York

Top-rated tourist attractions and must-see places

“There is something in the New York air that makes sleep useless.” – Simone de Beauvoir

You must be thinking what in the world the above famous French writer must be thinking when she said those words. Well, it turns out that the above line is true to its core. If you are in New York then you really need to forget what sleep is, as there are hundreds of activities one can do at practically any point in time.

I grew up watching several movies and shows which had New York as their primary shoot location and I was intrigued by this city’s lifestyle, infrastructure and there is just something different about this city. It became one of my dream destinations to visit while being young.

New York is easily the best big city tourist destination that you can visit comfortably with friends, family and loved ones. It has something to offer to everyone.

Today we are going to explore this wonderful city with my list of Top 10 things to do in New York through some budget-friendly options.

1. Empire State Building

One of the most iconic buildings on the planet, taking just 11 months to be completed in 1931. It was the highest building at its time of completion touching 1454 ft. It is hard to imagine the NYC skyline without mentioning The Empire State Building. It has been featured on several TV shows and movies.

There is an observatory on the 86th floor and another one on the 102nd floor where you’ll see some of the most extraordinary views of New York. While you’re on your Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour, be sure to hop off at the Empire State Building for a visit. No trip to New York would be complete without a stop here!

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2. Times Square

Times Square is a major tourist destination in New York. No one would want to miss this hugely popular and heavily crowded intersection in midtown Manhattan. Times Square is sometimes referred to as “The Crossroads of the World” and “The Center of the Universe.”

The square is carefully lit up and adorned with billboards and is one of the most visited tourist destinations not just in NYC but in the whole world, receiving over 350,000 people in a single day while most of them are tourists.

Times Square is famous for its New Year celebrations, many people visit here just for the famous New Year celebrations and to shop nearby.

3. Statue of Liberty

No New York tourist attraction list ever misses The Statue of Liberty and I also do not beg to differ. Perhaps the most iconic place in New York and in the whole USA. It has been shown as the symbol of USA and New York takes the pride.

Fancy a closer look at the Statue of Liberty and the iconic Manhattan skyline right from the water? Well, I’ve got a tip for you, prebook the cruise ride with and directly head out to the cruise without wasting any time.

The Liberty Cruise is relaxing, fun, and informative and offers an unbeatable way to see the sights while enjoying the ride! It will let you see the beautiful view of New York which will surely be imprinted upon your long-term memory.

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4. Bronx

The Bronx is the famed borough of New York. The home of New York Yankees resides in the Bronx. If you want a lifetime experience of classic American baseball with the classic American hotdog then you should definitely visit the Yankees Stadium. It is a year-round destination offering versatile space suitable for corporate events and conferences, trade shows, film shoots, fundraisers, awards dinners and social events.

The Bronx zoo has hundreds of species which will make you go awe in admiration of natures beauty. The Bronx is a vast precinct of New York and you can plan a Sightseeing Tour with and enjoy the experience.

5. Brooklyn Bridge

It’s not an ordinary river crossing rather it signifies the rich New York history. This marvel of engineering was the first structure that ever crossed the East River. It links Manhattan and Brooklyn since 1883. It took 14 long years for this marvel to become a reality.

The Brooklyn Bridge remains a powerful sight well over a century after its construction and today it offers a great scenic experience! Once you visit you may remember it from dozens of movies and shows which often portray this bridge as the poster of New York.

You can book a Brooklyn Bus Tour and experience the sites of this iconic borough including Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Barclays Center and the stunning view of the Manhattan skyline from across the river.

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6. Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in NYC located on the 42nd street with Times Square in the near vicinity. Madame Tussauds is mainly based in London with other several small museums in the major cities of the world. New York location opened in 2000 with five floors of attraction space and over 200 figures. It has quickly become a popular destination in New York City.

They house in very identical wax figures of famous personalities, sometimes they are so much similar that one can’t differentiate between a wax figure and the personality itself! With new figure launches every couple of months, Madame Tussauds gives you the ultimate celebrity experience in the heart of Times Square.

So if you’re visiting Times Square, which you should, then also visit Madame Tussauds as they are very near to each other and it will be worthy of your time. Don’t miss the new Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience featuring Marvel’s legendary superheroes and a thrilling 4D theatre finale!

7. Central Park

Central Park

Upper Manhattan is the uppermost territory of NYC. Uptown is mostly made up of residential areas and world-famous museums. If you’re out to gain some knowledge and have loads of fun then uptown is a big yes.

How can someone not visit the Central Park! It is the place where always some activity is going on and you can relax, have a picnic with loved ones. The quite gentle breeze of this beautiful park will leave anyone mesmerized. There is a tonne of greenery here and you can take a guided tour of this park.

A delightful way to spend a warm summer day is by going on a bike ride through Central Park and enhance your NYC experience! All-day City passes include 2 hours Bike Rental. With two hours to ride, you’ll be sure to get your fill of sights, nature, and beautiful Manhattan scenery.

8. American Museum of Natural History

This museum is located on the Theodore Roosevelt Park which is just across the street from the Central Park which means you can hang out and chill at the Central Park and then just go across the street to see one of the biggest museums in the world.

AMNH has over 33 million artefacts from plants to samples of meteorites and has always been a museum lovers’ holy grail. You and your loved ones will surely find something and most probably more than one topic to talk about and bond.

My personal favourite is the Hayden Planetarium – the world’s most technologically advanced, which offers an absorbing three-dimensional tour of the universe and a multi-sensory re-creation of the Big Bang. Being a space geek myself I found that just being there would make the mind go miles and miles an hour thinking about deep space and its origin. So when your double-decker bus tour gets there—hop off and check it out!

9. Shakespeare Garden

Shakespeare Garden is located in Central Park near the American Museum of Natural History. This garden is among the few spots in NY which very few people visit. So one thing I can assure is, you will feel calmness among elderly trees and the gentle rustling of the leaves.

This garden has quotations from the plays of Shakespeare which a literature lover can easily and enjoying comprehend, and for those who do not know much about Shakespeare and his plays well, it’s always fun to learn new stuff and surely more fun when you stroll in the luscious greenery with your loved one.

This garden is a hot spot for lovers and is deemed as a popular wedding spot by many New Yorkers.

10. Luna Park

This list would have been surely incomplete if I had not mentioned the famed Coney island. Luna Park is the newest amusement park made in Coney island, opened in 2010 they’ve been entertaining kids and adults with their world-class rides.

I remember going there all hyped and as soon as I saw numerous rides my inner child came to life after a long hibernation with a feeling of joy and expected adrenaline rush I could anticipate. I was nothing but happy just being there among so many, who were also probably having the same feeling!

They had a ride they called “Big Momma” of Coney island, I gathered up all my courage to go on this mother of all roller coaster rides that I’ve been before. It dropped from 85-foot and my heart just came into my mouth with a feeling of a free-fall. Of course, it was not literally a free fall but also not less than a jaw-dropping experience!

So that was my list of Top 10 Things To Do In New York! Of course, there are plenty of other things and places to visit which cannot be covered in just one article! Check out this space and I will be back soon with more interesting things to do in NYC.

That’s all for now. Hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful for your next trip to New York. If you’ve been to this wonderful city, please share your experience or favourite spot in New York with our readers. As usual, your questions and comments will be much appreciated!


  1. This aritcle is very helpful for me as it gives brief information about newyork.
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  2. I have never been to New York and this website has inspired me to travel there. What a great site and the information you shared taught me so much about this famous city
    Amazing except for luna park. I get terrified just looking at roller coasters lol

    1. Thank you for the compliment Vicki. I’m so glad to know that you are inspired to visit New York after reading this. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Going to New York is on my wife’s and my Bucket List of places to go. Thanks so much for sharing this info, as I’m going to bookmark your page for when we do our trip.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Dave. Glad you found the article informative and useful for your trip to NYC.

  4. Great information for someone who has never visited NYC! I’d also recommend the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx for those who choose to head up that way 🙂

    1. Thank you Christen. Glad you liked the article and found it useful. Botanical Garden is another great spot to hang around indeed. As I mentioned, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do in NYC, it’s just not possible to cover all of them in one article. Hence our TOP 10 🙂

  5. The man behind this article (yash vagela) wrote incredibly about New York , it helped me a lot 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻Thku

    1. Thank you for stopping by Akash. Indeed Yash has done a great job with this article.

  6. Man, I’ve always wanted to go to the NY.

    This is a great overview for someone like me, who is interested in going to the city for the first time. When I travel to new places I always want to hit up the touristy spots first, and then drift off to the unmarked terrain of the city.

    Thanks for sharing, this was definitely a guide to follow.

    1. Glad you liked the post and found it interesting. Thank you for stopping by Emonne.

  7. I’ve been to New York about a year ago and visited most of those places, except Shakespeare Garden and American Museum of Natural History. Was planning to visit New York again and thanks to your post I know more places that I have to visit!

    1. Thank you for stopping by Dan. Much appreciated. Glad you found the information useful for your next trip to NYC.

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