What to do on your next tour to NY?

New York is a huge state with a lot of activities to fill a vacation. You could drive up to the border where the US shares Niagara Falls with Canada. Or you could check out the Peekskill mountains for a romantic getaway. There are also beaches that border the ocean along the iconic Coney Island, and plenty of beautiful forest land. 

But of course, the thing you need to see in NY is the Big Apple. The attractions of New York City range from artistic to glitzy to just plain fun. There should be something for everyone, no matter what you or your groups’ taste is. Here are some suggestions for the top things to do on a trip to NYC. 

Central Park

The massive park starts near Columbus Circle, bordering the 5th Ave shops and tip of Broadway. In warmer weather, you can visit outdoor attractions like small boat rides and the zoo. The park itself is also just full of wonderful photo spots. In the winter, you can take a ride on a carriage or warm up inside the park’s museums. 

New York’s New Gambling Scene

New York now has legal sports betting, adding a new level of thrill to the already-exciting idea of seeing a Rangers game at Madison Square Garden or baseball at Yankee Stadium. You can download convenient apps from reliable betting services like BetMGM New York to place wagers on live games, then watch in real-time as your bet is on the line. 

If you’re looking to get away from the city, New York has several casinos that also offer sports betting. These often have hotels attached so that you can make a whole weekend of it. In fact, the Turning Stone Resort is hosting part of the 2022 World Series of Poker.  

Times Square & Broadway

The center of NYC is the humongous Times Square. The major subway lines converge in Times Square or a few blocks away in Grand Central, making this a convenient pit stop in an NY tour or even a good entrance/exit point. Aside from just taking in all the huge billboards and costumed characters, you’ll find a wealth of shopping diversions like Disney, Hard Rock, Sanrio, M&M, Forever 21, and Levi’s. 

Located all around Times Square are several Broadway theaters. Mainstay shows like Phantom of the Opera are surefire entertainers, and you find a cluster of exciting new shows around the 44th street area. Mixed in are some smaller theaters worth looking at, like Circle in the Square and Second Stage. The TKTS booth located under the red stairs in Times Square offers discounted last-minute tickets to several shows. 

Rockefeller Center

A few blocks up from Times Square is Rockefeller Center, another shopping hub and tourist attraction. This is always a great place to visit during a holiday trip for the Christmas tree and ice skating rink. The square is also a wonderful shopping destination, with a Lego Store, several high-end fashion shops, and Nintendo NY. Top of the Rock offers a scenic view of the city from the tall building that towers above Rockefeller. 

And there’s more downtown! The Empire State Building has tours and its own scenic view, and the Village has many independent theaters and LGBTQ friendly bars. Macy’s on 34th is known for its window displays, and following 5th Avenue from there will take you to the upscale shopping district. The Harry Potter store is a popular new attraction, also located downtown near the Empire State Building. Pick a handful of these to visit, and you’re sure to have a great NY experience! 

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