Things to do in New York (More than just Times Square!)

New York has earned its reputation as the city that never sleeps. It’s a city of many things; acceptance, diversity, busy, and loud. It’s also known as the ‘melting pot’ due to the mixture of so many cultures. I loved my experience in New York, there were so many things to do (outside of Times Square!). If you’d like to check what’s going on while you’re visiting, take a look at this New York calendar. I’d recommend anyone to visit the Big Apple, so below I’ve listed my favourite things to do in New York.

Empire State Building

One of the icons in New York City, this observation deck offers a view of the city including the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and so much more. If you’d like to save a few dollars visiting attractions, the Empire State Building is included in the New York Pass. The view from the top can stretch up to eighty miles on a good day which makes for a great photo opportunity! 

Night time in New York
Night time in New York

Rooftop Bar

You won’t want to spend your entire holiday running from one tourist spot to the other, so I’ve included this in the list. If you’ve had a long day and you’re looking to grab a few drinks, head to a rooftop bar so you can relax in style. 230 Fifth has an unparalleled view of Manhattan with a huge rooftop garden.

Rooftop Bar at night time
Rooftop Bar at night time

New York Knicks Basketball Game

There’s almost always a sports game that you can attend. In New York, you’re actually spoilt for choice. I went to see a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden, it was a great opportunity to see a basketball game and try some of the more traditional stadium snacks (obviously beer and a hotdog). Once the game finishes head to a sports bar like Smithfield Hall nearby or Tonic Bar closer to Times Square. It’s easy to buy tickets for Basketball games in New York. Check out the schedule in advance, book your tickets and you’re all set.


Edge Observation Deck

Visit the highest outdoor observation deck in New York, and admire the city from a 360-degree view. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a selfie while being surrounded by the sloping glass panes and panoramic view. 

Things to do in New York
Things to do in New York

Helicopter flight above Manhattan

I would 100% recommend a helicopter tour above New York. As you guys know, I’m a big fan of experiences outside of my comfort zone (like my experience as a Chinese pirate) so I went for the No Door Helicopter Tour! If you’d like to book this for yourself (with or without doors), take a look at a helicopter Tour above New York. Trust me, it was an awesome and unforgettable experience.

Things to do in New York
Things to do in New York

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