It’s finally summer; time to take all those vacations you’ve been dreaming about. If New York City is on your list of vacation destinations (and it should be), you’re in for a treat. The Big Apple in the summer is sweeter than ever when you add sunshine and warm weather to the eclectic mix of attractions. If you’re only in the city for a few days, looking for things to do in New York, and want to get in some of everything while you’re there -- culture, sightseeing, food, sunshine -- here are five ideas for must-do activities that capture the best of the city.
- Food on Foot Tours: You haven’t experienced New York until you’ve experienced its cuisine. And I don’t just mean the bagels (although you’ll want to grab one of those, too). Since New York is the melting pot of the world, it makes sense that the city is similar to one big, all-inclusive buffet. You can choose from several tours, like the Midtown Mix or the World Famous Sweet Tooth Tour as you walk around like a true New Yorker.
- Statue of Liberty Express Cruise: Okay, this seems like a no-brainer, but if it’s your first time in New York -- or maybe even if it’s not -- you’ll want to see the Statue of Liberty. The great thing about this cruise tour is that it gets right to the point. In one hour, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Skyline, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge, while the tour guide covers 400 years of NYC history.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art: With so many amazing art museums in NYC, it’s hard to pick just one. But hands down, The Met is an absolute must-see. Although you probably won’t be able to explore ALL of it in one afternoon, you’ll definitely find something appealing to you. The Met’s two-million-piece art collection from around the world has something for everyone, art-lover or not. Even if you’ve already been, it’s worth another visit.
- Empire State Building: Whether you’re at the top looking down, or on the ground looking up, the Empire State Building will leave you with a sense of awe. This skyscraper is the most famous in the world and always inspires pride in its onlookers. Plus, the Empire State Building gives you an appreciation for both architecture and history, and it’s even a quite romantic sight to behold. So whatever brings you to NYC, you’ll find it here.
- Central Park: Of course, you’ll need to at least take a stroll through Central Park. Go on a free walking tour or relax and enjoy a picnic like a real New Yorker. Throughout the summer, Central Park hosts tons of free concerts, so check their schedule ahead of time to see what shows you can catch. If you have time, also snag some free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park.
More Attractions in New York City
The American Museum of Natural History
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Bodies: The Exhibition
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