10 Best Touristy Things to do in New York City

10 Best Touristy Things to do in NYCAccording to the New York Times, last year 56.4 million tourists flocked to the streets of New York City to soak in some of the infamous concrete jungle. I have visited NYC nearly a dozen times now and every time I visit I find it never ceases to amaze me. I have to admit the word “touristy” makes me cringe, but if there’s any city other there that can bring justice to that word it’s New York. Here are my 10 “touristy” things you shouldn’t miss in NYC.

Explore Chelsea Market

IMG_0063The Chelsea Market is an indoor wonderland full of amazing food, coffee, and shops. They pride themselves on being “a neighborhood market with a global perspective”. What that means is that not only are you going find the best food and gifts, but the best variety from all over the world.

Related: A NYC Gem: Chelsea Market

See a game at Yankee Stadium

100_2684The Yankees are sacred in New York and Yankee Stadium is truly a magical place. Hop on the D train and take it all the way to The Bronx, buy yourself some bleacher seats and soak in America’s favorite pastime.

Related: Ballpark Diaries: Yankee Stadium 

Visit Ground Zero

IMG_4275The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is truly a beautifully done memorial in honor of all the victims of 9/11. Visiting the memorial is free of charge, but visiting the museum will cost an adult $24.

See a show on Broadway

I have seen shows all over the country, but my favorite shows have always been ones I’ve seen in New York City. Because NYC is the home of Broadway you’re always almost always going to get the best cast members. Getting tickets to a show in The City can be tricky, especially if you’re looking to see a show on the weekend. Your best bet is to plan in advance the show you’d like to see. Some shows like Wicked have been on Broadway for years, while others change out after a few months. Check here to see what shows are playing when you’re in town and what the best ticket options are.

Walk through Times Square

DSC01216Literally tourist headquarters, but believe me when I say it is someplace every one should see at least once in their life. Lights as bright as the sun, people in costumes, people singing and dancing and pounding on buckets in the streets. Your head will be spinning, in a good way.

Visit Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center describes itself as an NYC landmark. Over the top Christmas displays and the packed ice skiing rink are just the beginning for this place. Pay $32 for an adult ticket to visit Top of the Rock and get a 360 degree view of the entire city from 70 stories up.

Check out the museum scene

IMG_7151NYC is home to some of the best museums in the entire world, and there’s about a million to choose from. the MET, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and the American Museum of Natural History are some of the most popular, but are only the beginning. Check here for a complete list of all of the museums NYC has to offer.

Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

One of the most iconic symbols of not only NYC, but of America as a whole. Visiting the Statue of Liberty and hearing the stories of people arriving by ship to the “New World” was truly inspiring. This is another attraction I would recommend planning out in advance. National Security limits the amount of people that can be visiting The Statue at one time so it’s highly recommended that you arrange your tickets in advance, especially if you are looking to visit The Crown of the Statue as these tickets are ONLY available when purchased in advance.

Stroll through Central Park 

IMG_7149Central Park is massive and has such a variety to it. The list of things you will see during even a short walk through the Park is endless. If you’re a movie buff you’ll love walking through the park and trying to pick out the movie scenes that were shot in each spot. Click here for a list of some of the most famous spots for filming in Central Park.

Stroll though Wall Street and take a picture with The Bull

IMG_4284On an average day, over 10 trillion dollars will flow through the US Financial System, the majority of those financial transactions will be done on Wall Street, which is also home to the New York Stock Exchange.

See a show at Radio City Music Hall

IMG_9995Radio City Music Hall gets a lot of attention around this time of year because of their Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes, but this place is special any time of the year. I saw Bon Iver in concert at Radio City and cannot rave enough about how much we enjoyed the concert and the venue.

If you’re looking for more information on the best of NYC straight from a New Yorker check out my good friend Kaitlyn’s website.

Have you done any of these touristy things in NYC? Which one was your favorite?

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  • I’ve done all of these things except for The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island and the Yankees game (I’ve taken the Staten Island Ferry to see the SOL but never up close.) I absolutely love New York City and look forward to our trip there every year. There is so much to do and I absolutely love exploring all of the different restaurants. You could visit a million times and still never eat at each place.

    • carrie

      I was going to include food in on this post, but i decided it needed it’s own post, so that will becoming at a later date. haha 🙂

  • I’d add take a tour on the red bus! When we lived in the City, we used to occasionally do touristy things on a weekend. The red bus was our favorite. And – EATING!!! My favorite thing to do in NYC!

    • carrie

      the red bus tours yes! i actually have never taken a bus tour in NYC so i didn’t feel at liberty to recommend one, but i’m glad to hear they’re good, especially if you lived in the city and are a fan of them!

  • Awww so many memories from our last trip there!!! I say this all the time, but we need a reunion asap.

    • carrie

      yes we do! i’m thinking florida?!? say yes! 🙂

  • I’ve been to NYC so many times and haven’t done a lot of these! I want a bull photo.

    • carrie

      it’s actually funny because right before i got my picture taken by the bull there was a group of asian tourists there and they choose to take a picture with the other end of the bull, as in with the bull’s balls. interesting. haha.

  • Yes yes yes! Love all these recs and thanks for the shout out girl 😉 <3

    • carrie

      you betchya! come to Florida!!

  • I looooved going to Central Park and sadly we didn’t stay long enough – I was a child on a tour lol I need to pin this list for when I bring my boyfriend to New York! It’d be amazing 🙂

    • New York is never ceases to amaze me! I like mixing up my visits with a few touristy things and of course, so more local low-key things. So happy to hear this post was helpful for you! 🙂