If you’re planning your first trip to the city that never sleeps, you’re probably already thinking of all the famous sights you need to see and all the things you need to do while you’re there. There’s so much to see and do in New York that it’s almost impossible to pack it all into a single trip. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t explore some of the most important sights and activities, even if you’re only staying for a few days. We’ve put together an awesome guide to help you plan your first trip to NYC!
Start With a Bus Tour of Manhattan
To start out, you’ll want to get your bearings and start to get to know the city. The best way to do this is to see it all go by from your comfy seat on a double-decker bus. Head to 42nd and Eighth Avenue and hop on a Gray Line bus tour. You’ll have a few options, all of which are fun and informative, but the Uptown Tour is one of the best, with stops at Central Park and Lincoln Park, along with other places, on the way north to Harlem.
Check Out Times Square and Broadway
After you get done with your bus tour, you’ll be just a block west of Broadway and Times Square. Whether or not you plan on catching a Broadway show, later on, go ahead and take a walk to see this incredible area. You’ve seen Times Square in movies and on TV, but nothing compares to how big and bright it is in person.
While you’re in Manhattan, you’ll no doubt want to head over to 34th Street and go east to see the Empire State Building. The view from the top is breathtaking, but the wait to get to the top can be a bit long.
See the Statue of Liberty
If you’ve never been to New York before, you absolutely must go and see the Statue of Liberty. Take either a 4 or 5 train to Battery Park one morning. Then you can take a 10:00 AM ferry ride to the Statue. If you want to get into the museum and up to the observation deck, you can reserve a pass at StatueofLibertyTickets.com before you get there.
Check Out Prospect Park
Manhattan definitely doesn’t have a monopoly on the things you’ll want to see and do in New York. In fact, according to some New Yorkers, if you’re going to check out only one park in the city, Central Park isn’t the one to see. In fact, the best park in town, according to many Brooklynites, is Prospect Park, adjacent to the attractive Park Slope neighborhood.
Get Some Delicious Grub in Park Slope
While you’re in the neighborhood, don’t forget to stop in at one of the many delicious local restaurants in Park Slope. You’ll be able to choose from all kinds of foods at all kinds of price points. It’s all delicious, so take a stroll through the neighborhood and see what grabs your attention.
Experience Coney Island
Finally, don’t miss a chance to take a trip to Coney Island. The beach is beautiful, and the amusement parks are tons of fun. Plus, you can check out the New York Aquarium while you’re there.
These are just a few of the things you won’t want to miss on your first trip to New York City. Check them out and then fit as many more sights and attractions into your trip as you can. Then plan your next trip to the Big Apple so you can see and do even more!