25 Ultimate Things to Do in New York City

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Consider this your New York City bucket list.

In NYC, there are fun things to do around every corner—from the must-see tourist attractions to the off-the-beaten-path local gems. Consider these the best in New York City.

For some, New York City is the center of the universe. It’s home to some of the world’s best restaurants, hotels (Related: The Best Hotels in New York City), museums, boutiques, and bars. Constantly evolving, New York is a different city every time you visit. Yesterday’s hot spot is today’s eye roll, so everyone who wants to know where to go and what to see needs an expert guide. Pick any of these must-see sights, and let the sleepless city do the rest. From seeing world-famous art at The Met to people watching in Central Park to eating pizza in Brooklyn, this list of the best things to do will have you falling in love with New York.

See Some of the World’s Most Important Art at the Met Museum
New York City is home to some of the finest art museums in the world. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, you could spend a week browsing 5,000 years of human creativity—from the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur to Warhol’s Mao—and still not see everything. The museum is New York’s version of the Louvre, where you’ll see Renaissance masterpieces alongside pre-Columbian artifacts. With a constantly evolving collection and special exhibits, there’s no “been there, done that” when you’re talking about the Met. It’s worth a visit on every trip to New York, whether it’s your first trip or your fiftieth.

Be Dazzled by Billboards in Times Square

Hands down, Times Square is the most frenetic part of New York City, a cacophony of flashing lights and shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that many New Yorkers studiously avoid. If you like sensory overload, the chaotic mix of huge underwear billboards, flashing digital displays, on-location television broadcasts, naked cowboys, and Elmo clones will give you your fix.

  1. Art Museums
  2. Times Square
  3. Empire State Building Skyline and One World Trade Center
  4. Incredible Modern Art at MoMA
  5. Brooklyn & The Brooklyn Bridge
  6. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  7. American Museum of Natural History
  8. Central Park
  9. 9/11 Memorial
  10. The High Line
  11. Whitney Museum of American Art
  12. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  13. Grand Central Terminal
  14. Coney Island
  15. Ferry to Staten Island
  16. Broadway Shows
  17. Pizza at Di Fara and Totonno's
  18. Opera and Ballet at Lincoln Center
  19. Washington Square Park and the West Village
  20. Eat Food From the Far Corners of the World
  21. Hipster Hype in Williamsburg
  22. Bushwick’s Experimental Performing Arts 
  23. African American Culture and History in Harlem
  24. Sip Fancy Cocktails at a Speakeasy Bar
  25. See New York City by Boat

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