Things to do in New York City
Welcome to New York City
New York City is one of the most visited places in the world—and for good reason. The city’s diverse population makes it a cultural capital for art, music, food, and much, much more.
Top 15 attractions in New York City
Statue of Liberty
Empire State Building
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The Dakota Apartments
One World Observatory
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
New York City St. Patrick's Cathedral
New York Harbor
Top activities in New York City
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
NYC One World Observatory General Admission Ticket
New York Dinner Cruise
Niagara Falls in One Day from New York City
New York CityPASS
Washington DC Day Trip from New York City
The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York
9/11 Memorial Museum Admission Ticket
New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience
New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
Taste of NYC Helicopter Tour
Circle Line: New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
Bateaux New York Premier Dinner Cruise
Big Bus New York Hop-On Hop-Off Open Top Tour
Explore our promoted experiences
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
- 7 hours
- Free Cancellation
Washington DC and Philadelphia in One Day from NYC
- 15 hours
- Free Cancellation
Recent reviews from experiences in New York City
All about New York City
When to visit
New York City is one of those rare cities where every season has unique attractions:
Summer weather means the perfect time to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, or even take a visit to the iconic Coney Island.
Chilly fall temps bring the changing foliage; renting a car for “leaf peeping” upstate is a great way to experience the Hudson Valley.
Winter activities center around the holiday season, with the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and skating rink topping travelers’ lists.
Spring thaw is an ideal time to experience the blooming trees of Central Park or even the Highline, if you can catch a break between rain showers.
Walking: New York is a great walking city and relatively straightforward, given each borough’s numbered streets and grid layouts. Exploring by foot is ideal in the bustling neighborhoods with great shops, restaurants, and cafes tucked away in the city’s many corners.
Subway: New York is big, which means walking to and from destinations may not always be feasible. That’s where the city’s subway comes in. Single-fare tickets on the many different subway lines can bring you to virtually any part or borough and runs around the clock.
Taxi: New York is known for its famous yellow taxis. They are easy to flag down by waving your hand (look for taxis with the roof light on for vacancy). Uber and Lyft have large networks in New York, so if you are looking for a guaranteed ride, then apps are a safe bet.
New York City is known for its wealth of fun dive bars and legendary pizza slice shops. No matter which attraction or neighborhood you end up visiting, there’s a good chance you are within walking distance to a notorious NYC establishment. If you’re walking the Williamsburg Bridge, or exploring Chinatown, you can’t miss 169 Bar—a local favorite adorned with leopard prints, color lights, palm trees, and a hits-only jukebox.
A trip to Times Square isn’t complete without stopping by Joe’s Pizza on Broadway. Originally a Greenwich Village shop, Joe’s went on to expand to multiple locations throughout the city—and for good reason. The owner has been at it since 1975, slowly perfecting the art of the slice, landing Joe’s on numerous Top 10 lists in a competitive pizza city.