8 Fun Things to Do in New York That’ll Make You Never Want to Leave
New York City might not be known as the greatest city in the world, but there’s no denying that it’s one of the most iconic. From its vibrant art scene to its diverse culture, this city has something for everyone, and it doesn’t take long to fall in love with it—even if you’re just visiting! When you think of things to do in New York, you immediately think of museums and shows and Central Park, but there are plenty of smaller adventures you can get into while still seeing all the Big Apple has to offer.
1) Central Park
What could be more fun than a full day of exploring Central Park with your family and friends? One of NYC’s most popular attractions, Central Park offers everything from hiking trails to a zoo—and even an ice-skating rink! With so much activity at your fingertips, it’s hard not to have a good time. If you plan on spending all day exploring, pack plenty of snacks (and maybe even lunch) for everyone.
2) Times Square
Times Square is a one-of-kind attraction. It’s not only a major tourist attraction, but also an important meeting place for locals and visitors alike. Whether you want to visit Mickey Mouse at Disney or tour Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, Times Square has it all. One of its most popular attractions is actually an outdoor digital screen—largest of its kind in the world—where people gather around for free entertainment such as live sports and holiday events.
3) Grand Central Terminal
Head over to Grand Central Terminal and enjoy a coffee on their patio! Grand Central is one of my favorite places, and I can’t wait for spring so I can spend hours sitting under those bright blue awnings. People watching, reading, or just people-watching with a good book—it’s an all-around great experience. If you want to add some spice, head over during your lunch break and order from any of these delicious nearby restaurants!
4) Rooftop Bars
With views of iconic skyscrapers and an unbeatable atmosphere, NYC’s many rooftop bars are perfect spots for your next night out. From relaxed cocktail joints like Air to club-like hangouts like Penthouse, there’s a rooftop bar for every vibe. For an aerial view with a downtown party scene, head over to Hudson Terrace or Up&Down. Need more options? We’ve got them! Here’s our guide on where to drink at NYC’s best rooftop bars.
5) Soho House
Every Soho House is beautifully designed and fully-furnished with a kitchen, living room, media room and dining areas. They come with staff on hand 24/7 who will help you get settled into your home away from home. And they’re quite affordable: rooms at Soho House Chelsea start at $560 per night (minimum stay is five nights), while prices for weekends range from $615-$745 per night.
6) Hidden Bars
NYC has some great hidden bars that are known only by their customers. These spots are often unannounced and unmarked and if you happen to stumble upon one while out on a whim, chances are you won’t find it again on purpose. The drinks here tend to be a bit pricier than your average bar but what is life without a little adventure?
7) Museum of Natural History
One of NYC’s most famous museums, the Museum of Natural History features a planetarium, an aquarium and something very few museums have: dinosaurs. Kids will love it and so will you. Don’t worry about getting lost—there are signs at every turn!
8) Central Synagogue
The Central Synagogue, on Lexington and 54th Street, is a large synagogue, built originally in 1872. It was designed by Henry Fernbach and Anson Conger Goodyear and then rebuilt from 1901-1902. The building is significant because it’s one of three synagogues with important stained glass windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The interior features an elaborately decorated ceiling that is particularly beautiful when illuminated during evening services; stained glass panels throughout depict various religious scenes.