What are the best things to do and see in New York and not miss anything? How to visit New York in 4, 5 or 6 days? Times Square, Manhattan, Wall Street, Statue of Liberty: we know all these must-sees of the New York City. But there are also plenty of other unusual places to visit and original things to do in New York. Let’s discover our TOP 40 tings and must-sees to do and visit in New York, as well as our tips, advice and good spots where to eat and where to sleep for a trip to New York. 100% successful.
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1. TOP 40 best and original things to do in New York
Big Apple. New York is the largest city in the United States. It is also one of the most visited cities in the world.
The 5 boroughs of New York. New York City is made up of 5 “boroughs“, boroughs or districts: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island. Where to go to visit the must-sees of the New York City?
Manhattan. The borough of Manhattan is New York’s most densely populated borough, but also the city’s most famous neighborhood. This is where you will find the main must-sees for visiting New York in 3 days of travel. However, if you are going to visit New York in 4, 5, 6 days or a week (itinerary for 7 days), you will be able to discover other neighborhoods and places of the “Big Apple”.
1.0 Manhattan or best place for visiting New York
Synonyms. New York and Manhattan are almost synonyms. When we think of New York, we always think of Manhattan without knowing it. Times Square, Central Park, Broadway… but also all the images of popular American series are largely filmed in Manhattan. For example, Friends or Sex in the City. It is therefore for all these reasons that Manhattan is the absolute must-see in New York.
Divided into 5 main parts. To visit New York, it is important to understand the different parts of Manhattan. They go from south to north as follows: Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, Upper Manhattan, Harlem, Washington Heights. Each of these parts has its own vibe and interest. Here is a short summary:
- Lower Manhattan: the oldest part where the financial district of New York is located, but also a little more unusual places to visit in New York. We will talk about it below in our TOP 40 best things to do in New York City.
- Midtown Manhattan: this is where the main things to do in New York are. There are many skyscrapers in this part of Manhattan, including the Empire State Building, as well as Times Square and the MoMA museum of modern art.
- Upper Manhattan: where Central Park is located.
- Harlem: the part considered for a long time as the most dangerous of Manhattan. Today there is much less crime than before, and Harlem shows itself in a new guise.
- Washington Heights: located quite north of Manhattan, this part is the least touristy of Manhattan.
We talk about it in more detail in our blog post with some nice addresses (hotels and apartments to rent for visiting New York in 3, 4, 5 or 6 days): Best places where to stay in New York.
1.1 Visiting Times Square
Symbol of New York. Times Square is one of the main places that most symbolize what you expect when you want to visit New York. Large illuminated billboards, stores, lots of people, Naked Cowboy: excitement at its peak! It is clearly the most touristic place in the city. We will see later other places that show more the life of New Yorkers.
By day and by night. Times Square is an interesting place to visit in New York both: during the day and by night. Indeed, at nightfall, this square is transformed to show itself from another angle.
Shops to visit? Some of the most iconic stores in Times Square include M&M World, Disney Store, Hershey’s Chocolate World. These are somewhat magical stores in New York to visit with the children or awaken your child’s soul! Here you can also discover limited and special collections in the stores of the most famous brands in the world such as Levis or Foot Locker.
Who is Naked Cowboy? This artist has been walking for years in boxers with a guitar, boots and a cowboy hat in Times Square. Over the years, it has become an iconic attraction in Times Square all on its own.
1.2 Visiting The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from New York
Offered by France. The Statue of Liberty in New York is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located on Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was offered to New York as a sign of friendship to celebrate the centenary of the American Declaration of Independence. The Statue of Liberty is one of the must-sees of the New York City.
Immigration Museum. Besides the Statue of Liberty, this is another very important and interesting place to visit in New York to understand its history. Visiting this museum is highly recommended. This is clearly a highlight of a trip to New York.
How to visit? In order to get to Ellis Island to visit the Statue of Liberty and the Immigration Museum, it is necessary to take a ferry. For simplicity, you can take tickets for the statue and for the museum including return transport. In general, this type of ticket also includes an audio guide, which will accompany your visit and make it interesting. Here is an example: see the prices for museum tickets + return ferry + audio guide. Count a good half-day for this visit. In addition, you can also take the New York CityPASS for more savings and time savings. We talk about it at the end of this TOP 40 things to do in New York.
Ferry cruise without visiting the museums. If you are short on time, or if you are going to visit New York in less than 4 days, you can also not visit Ellis Island, but only take a ferry cruise around the Statue of Liberty. Fares for the ferry alone are a little lower: check availability and book this cruise.
1.3 Summit One Vanderbilt: thing not to be missed in New York
Unforgettable experience. This incredible attraction to do in New York is located on the One Vanderbilt skyscraper, which is 427 meters high. It is not just an observation deck with a spectacular view of New York. In addition to the view, Summit One Vanderbilt offers a true artistic experience.
Interactive and fun activity. Once at the very top, we discover quite astonishing installations: mirrors, silver balloons, quite astonishing ceiling and floor. Discover more information and book tickets here: see photos, prices and availability for the Summit One Vanderbilt experience. Rates vary depending on the day of the week and the time of day. Count 1h30-2h for this visit.
What to choose? Summit One Vanderbilt is a whole new perspective on New York City. But there are plenty of other places known for years that can also offer you an exceptional view of New York. For example, Empire State Building, which is located right next to it, or One World Trade Center. We will talk about it in more detail later in this TOP 40 of the best things to do in New York. The strong point of Summit One Venderbilt is to offer an experience in addition to the view.
1.4 One World Trade Center Observatory
The tallest skyscraper in New York. The One World Center skyscraper was built after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Nicknamed Freedom Tower, this skyscraper bears the same name as the northern twin tower of the World Trade Center, destroyed during these attacks. Today, One World Trade Center is the tallest skyscraper in Manhattan. A stone’s throw from the skyscraper is the National September 11 Memorial Museum (see below).
Breathtaking view. Located in the heart of Manhattan, this skyscraper is very visited. There are three types of tickets to climb the tower. The first gives a skip the line for the purchase of tickets on site. The second ticket gives priority access to climb the tower, but with an entry time to choose. And finally, the third ticket allows priority access with a totally flexible entry time: skip-the-line tickets with no fixed time. Find the dates and times: choose the skip-the-line ticket to visit One World Observatory.
Thing not to be missed. If you are going to visit One World Observatory in New York, one thing you cannot miss is Sky Portal. It’s a glass platform you can walk on! Compared to Summit One Vanderbilt that we saw above, this is a real plus for One World Trade Center Observatory. Especially, if you like thrills!
1.5 Visiting the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York
A poignant visit. If you saw the 9/11 attacks when they happened, this tour will be even more poignant for you. In this memorial, we can discover the testimonies of this tragedy which took the lives of 3000 people. You can also see what has remained of the two towers. Commentaries are available in French, in order to better understand the images, testimonies and exhibits.
To be reserved in advance. Entrance tickets must be reserved in advance: a week in advance is recommended. Count about 1h or 1h30 of visit. Find practical information and reservation of tickets in advance and without waiting on this link: skip-the-line tickets to visit the 9/11 memorial. The visit to the 9/11 memorial is one of the visits to do in New York, if you come to visit the city in 4, 5 or 6 days. It is therefore part of our TOP of the essential things to do in New York. To save time and money, the tour is also included in the New York CityPASS.
1.6 Strolling through Central Park New York City
New York spirit. Located in Upper Manhattan, Central Park is a place absolutely inseparable from New York. This 341-hectare park is the green salmon of Manhattan. It is one of the TOP of the must-sees to visit in New York during a trip of 4, 5, 6 days or more. Come here to discover the life of New Yorkers and even to have a mythical picnic with a view of the buildings of Manhattan.
Visiting New York’s Central Park Zoo. Visiting this zoo is a great activity to do in New York for 2-3 year olds who don’t have a lot of stamina. Do you know the cartoon Madagascar? And yes, the heroes do come from this zoo! You can buy tickets on site, or here: book tickets for the Central Park Zoo.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A very pretty Gothic cathedral located not far from Times Square and Central Park. You can, for example, see it when you visit the heart of Manhattan, before going to Central Park.
1.7 Visiting the American Museum of Natural History in New York
Close to Central Park. Just across from Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the museums to visit in New York with the family. You can easily spend half a day there. On site, there is a large cafeteria, which is convenient for lunch. This museum is quite popular. Skip-the-line tickets are highly recommended. This museum is one of New York’s must-sees for many visitors.
Night at the museum. Do you know the movie “Night at the Museum“? And yes, it is in this museum that it was filmed!
1.8 Visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
The MET. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most visited museums in the world. It is located on Fifth Avenue, which runs alongside Central Park. Thus, you can group these two visits, in order to save time in travel. It is all the more interesting to do if you are going to visit New York only in 3 or 4 days. Here you can see American art, European art or contemporary art, as well as objects from antiquity and ancient Egypt.
When to visit The MET? Fridays and especially Saturdays are the busiest days. Also on Sundays, but only after 11 a.m. If your trip to New York falls on a weekend, then you can, for example, visit The MET on Sunday when it opens. Wednesday and Thursday, especially in the morning, are the quietest days.
1.9 New York helicopter tour: an original activity to do in New York
Spectacular! If you want to mark your trip to New York, the helicopter tour is definitely the activity to do in New York. You will love this unique moment of your trip. You will be impressed to see the island of Manhattan from such a height.
Visiting New York from the sky. The helicopter tours offered have different durations. Usually 15 minutes, 20 minutes or 30 minutes. The longer the ride lasts, the higher the price. Helicopter tour prices are quite high compared to other activities. It’s up to you to see according to your budget and your choice of visits to do in New York: discover the prices and dates for a tour of Manhattan Island by helicopter. This activity is considered one of New York’s most unusual activities.
1.10 Visiting Bryant Park in New York
At the foot of the Empire State Building. Located in the heart of Manhattan, Bryant Park is a small, relaxing and friendly corner of greenery. Sometimes you can see concerts or open-air theatrical performances here.
Must-see in winter. If you are going to visit New York for the holiday season, visiting Bryant Park is clearly a place to discover in New York. The park is transformed into an ice rink and a Christmas market.
1.11 Relaxing at Madison Square in New York
“Iron”. The Flatiron building is an office building located in Midtown Manhattan. The term flatiron means iron. We thus better understand the link between the name and the astonishing triangular shape of this building. An unusual building not to be missed in New York!
1.12 Discovering the world-famous district of Manhattan: SoHo
Crowded and calm at the same time. The SoHo district is one of the most popular areas of Manhattan, and therefore of New York. A part of SoHo is very lively: it is here that you can find many shops and luxury boutiques. For example, on Broadway. Another part of SoHo is more residential, and therefore quieter. SoHo is one of the must-sees neighborhoods in New York.
Best shopping. If you are looking for shopping in New York, one of the most interesting places is Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. This large outlet with more than 200 stores is located 50 minutes from New York (shopping tout trip from NY).
1.13 Seeing the atypical architecture of SoHo
Cast-iron Buildings. The architecture of SoHo is atypical. For example, it is here that we find the most buildings made of cast iron. In fact, the same cast iron was used for factories and for residential buildings. The Cast-iron buildings are a must see in New York in the SoHo district.
Where to walk? These iconic New York buildings can be seen on many streets in SoHo. For example, Green Street, Broome Street or Mercer Street. It is certain that your walk in these streets will remind you of scenes from famous American films. You can also take a walking guided tour of the SoHo neighborhood so you don’t miss a thing.
1.14 Strolling through Chinatown and Little Italy
Chinatown. New York’s Chinatown is exotic and begins its history in the 18th century. The best-known Chinatown streets are Mott Street, Canal Street, Doyer Street and Pell Street. The last two are more alleyways, in contrast to the main avenues of Manhattan. New York is a cosmopolitan city par excellence. It is in these neighborhoods that we perceive it even more.
Little Italy. Discover a little corner of Italy in the middle of Manhattan… or not. Mulberry Street is the best known, but over the years it has gradually lost its charm and authenticity.
1.15 Taking a walk in the High Line Park to visit New York differently
Unusual New York. Like the Coulée verte in Paris, the High Line Park is a suspended park on the site of the old, unused railway line. Taking a stroll here is a great way to see New York from a new perspective. We pass over the main avenues of New York discovering this unusual side of New York.
1.16 Visiting New York’s Little Island
Surprising. Little Island is a park on the water! Built on stilts, this park is located not far from the High Line. An excellent original visit to do in New York to feel off the beaten track! If you like to walk, you can add this visit to your program. If your stay in New York is for a short time, this is not an absolute must-do in New York. On the other hand, it is clearly something not to be missed in New York if you come here for more than 5 days. Discover our ideas for itineraries further down in this post.
1.17 Visiting the original structure of Vessel in New York
Surprising. Located at the northern end of High Line Park, you will be surprised to discover this original structure: The Vessel with its 154 interconnected staircases and 80 observation platforms. The visit can be quite quick: allow about 40 minutes. A completely unusual and original visit to make in New York to mark your trip!
1.18 Discovering the NY Chelsea Market
Warm environment. Welcome to New York’s Chelsea Market! This place is perfect for discovering a little bit of local life. Here, there are small shops, bakeries and very nice restaurants to eat in New York. Visiting New York’s Chelsea Market is also a great opportunity to get off the beaten track. It is an essential activity for those who wish to visit New York in a different way.
Close to High Line. Chelsea Market is not far from High Line Park. It is therefore possible to group these two visits into one, and even into three, if we add the Vessel to it at the very beginning of the ride. In any case, whatever your itinerary, this market is a must-see in New York!
1.19 Visiting the Greenwich Village neighborhood in New York
Charming residential area. For visiting New York in 4, 5 or 6 days, you will certainly want to leave the noise and stress of the buildings sometimes. It is in the district of Greenwich Village that you will find a little sweetness and calm. Pretty houses, tree-lined alleys, small shops and restaurants: you will love this less touristy and more authentic district of New York.
Friends. One thing not to miss in New York if you are visiting the Greenwich area is the Friends apartment! Of course, especially for fans of the series.
1.20 Visiting MoMA
Pop art and contemporary art. In the Museum of Modern Art, you can discover the works of American artists such as Andy Warhol or Roy Lichtenstein. In addition, the works of great world-famous painters are exhibited here. For example, “The Starry Night” by Van Gogh, or “The Three Musicians” by Picasso. In addition to contemporary art, there are poor impressionists from Monnet and Matisse.
When to visit New York’s MoMA? It is the weekend that there are the most visitors, especially on Saturdays. Otherwise, on weekdays, except Friday, visitors are less numerous after 4 p.m. You can buy tickets on site, or in advance: book tickets with an audio guide.
1.21 Empire State Building
Mythical skyscraper. The Empire State Building is one of the most famous places in New York, thanks in particular to many Hollywood films such as, for example, King Kong. Built in the Art Deco style in the heart of Manhattan and inaugurated in 1931, Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world for a long time. This skyscraper is still considered a must-see in New York today. Many visitors choose to visit the Empire State Building: it is the most famous and it is located in the heart of New York.
Outdoor platform. The view of New York is amazing! The big plus of Empire State Building is its open exterior platform. There are therefore no windows, and the photos are at the top. However, there is a grid. As the Empire State Building is one of the most touristic places in New York, there can be a lot of waiting.
Tickets. There are several types of skip-the-line tickets to go up the Empire State Building. Some give quick access to the checkouts, and therefore directly to the entrance of the tower, without going through the checkouts. In addition, prices at sunset are higher. Find out more here: tickets and times to climb the Empire State Building.
1.22 Visiting the Financial District of New York City
Wall Street. The largest Stock Exchange in the world is in front of you! For visiting New York in 4, 5 or 6 days, visiting the business district of New York allows you to feel the financial power of the United States and its spirit. Not far from Wall Street is a bronze bull statue, a symbol of abundance and tenacity. Rubbing the nose of this bull would bring fortune.
The fearless little girl. Installed in front of the New York Stock Exchange, this statue is “a symbol of our journey towards equality”, according to the president of the NYSE. Initially, the statue was facing the bull of the New York Stock Exchange, and gradually became a real attraction in the New York business district.
1.23 Visiting the West Village neighborhood of New York
Residential and bohemian. West Village is one of the must-sees neighborhoods in New York, if you come to spend more than 4 days here. Compared to Midtown Manhattan, this area is much quieter, but still quite dynamic. It is an area of New York where many American celebrities live.
Sex and the City. Almost everywhere in New York, you can find references to American series. And here, in West Village, it is the turn of the famous series, and later films “Sex and the City“. If you are coming to New York with friends, this guided tour around the series could really be really cool.
1.24 Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City
Mythical and free. What to do in New York to feel its atmosphere? Walk the Brooklyn Bridge! It is the most beautiful and well-known bridge in New York. It is clearly one of the essential things to see and not to miss in New York!
How long does it take? The bridge is 2 km long. To cross the Brooklyn Bridge, allow 30 minutes, including photos and short breaks. It is a very nice walk to do in New York, especially at the end of the afternoon.
1.25 Walking in the Brooklyn Bridge Park
Manhattan from another angle. When you cross the Brooklyn Bridge, you can take a walk in the park which is located right next to the bridge. From Brooklyn Bridge Park you will discover a very nice view of Manhattan, but also of the Manhattan Bridge! This urban oasis is certainly to add to your sightseeing itinerary (see our trip planning ideas below). A place to visit during the day, at the end of the day or in the evening!
1.26 Best spots for a brunch in New York
Some good spots. Discover delicious pancakes at Clinton St. Baking Company! This is a very nice American bakery-restaurant in Manhattan. Another place you can eat in New York is The Grey Dog. Here, you will find very good American dishes. Another American restaurant that we could recommend is Bubby’s. The atmosphere is great, the service and the food too. Later in this post, we give other addresses not to be missed in New York.
1.27 Discovering Smorgasburg Market in Brooklyn
Hipster. This open-air market is a great place to visit in New York! Visiting the Smorgasburg market is an off-the-beaten-track and unusual thing to do in New York, and to experience more of local life. An activity to do absolutely in New York to feel another atmosphere, totally different from Manhattan.
Williamsburg. Smorgasburg is located on the banks of the East River with a direct view of Manhattan. Moreover, this market is not far from the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn. It is a trendy and quite trendy area of New York. For a short stay, if you visit New York in less than 5 days, visiting this district is not essential.
1.28 Street art in New York
Bushwick. This is Brooklyn’s street art district! If you appreciate urban art, visiting this neighborhood is one of the best things in New York. Some time ago this district was considered rather dangerous, but today it now has a young and trendy side.
Guided tour recommended. In order to visit Bushwick, it is best to take a guided tour. Thanks to the guide you will discover the street art of Bushwick without getting lost.
1.29 Visiting the New York Public Library of New York City
Unusual thing to do in New York. The New York Public Library Reading Room is simply awe-inspiring. It is located not far from Summit One Vanderbilt. So you can enjoy Summit One Vanderbilt by also aiming for this magnificent library! Big plus of the visit: it’s free!
1.30 Spending an evening on a New York rooftop
A must-see in New York. Rooftops are part of New York’s DNA. The views from the various buildings and skyscrapers are incredible. It is therefore an excellent opportunity to enjoy the view of New York, but also to spend a superb evening. Rooftop prices are higher than elsewhere, but it is often worth it. For example, here is a good address with rather decent prices: Top of the Strand Rooftop Bar. You will also find other addresses further down in this post.
Good to now. Taxes and tips must also be added to the posted rates. Tipping in New York is between 15 and 20%.
1.31 Seeing a musical on Broadway
The classics. Among the most popular and well-known musicals, there is of course The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King or Alladin. A nice evening in perspective that could clearly mark your trip to New York! The ideal is to book tickets in advance, even before leaving for New York.
1.32 New York from the Top of the Rock
Rockefeller Center. Top pf The Rock Observation Deck is located in Rockefeller Center, less than an 8-minute walk from Times Square. The views from Top of the Rock are some of the best in New York! Here, you can see Central Park even better than from the Empire State Building. As usual, if it’s sunny, the sunsets are just splendid!
Tickets. Almost the same as for the other observation platforms in New York. The only big difference is that the price is the same at all times. There is therefore no surplus for sunset times. Find out more here: photos, prices and ticket reservations for Top of the Rock.
1.33 Seeing a basketball game in New York
NBA. There are two highly ranked local teams. On one side, the New York Knicks who play at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in Manhattan. And on the other, the Brooklyn Nets who play at the Barclays Center (Brooklyn). The Madison Square Garden is located in the heart of New York City (round building in the photo below). If you are going to visit New York in 4, 5 or 6 days, it is quite possible to see an NBA game. More than a match, it’s a real show that you will see!
Buy the tickets. Buying tickets at the last minute is not an option if you definitely want to see an NBA game in New York. So, it is best to book tickets in advance.
1.34 Having a drink in a speakeasy in New York
Speakeasy. From 1920 to 1933, it was forbidden in the United States to manufacture and sell alcohol, Prohibition. Solutions to circumvent this law have emerged. One of them was the famous speakeasies bars. On the other hand, it was very difficult to locate these bars, because the entrances were hidden. This same principle of bars exists today all over the world, and of course also in New York. But this time just for this original and fun side. For example, Please Don’t Tell. Attention: it is important to reserve a table in advance to be sure to have one.
1.35 Visiting the Guggenheim Museum in New York
Modern and contemporary art. Another highly visited museum in New York! Among the permanent collections are the Guggenheim Collection, the Thannhauser Collection and the Kandinsky Collection. The architecture of the museum is amazing inside and out. You can find out more about the temporary exhibitions on the museum’s website. In general, there is little waiting, so it is not necessary to book tickets in advance.
1.36 Experiencing gospel in Harlem
Gospel. Feeling the spirit and energy of gospel music live is a real experience to live. It is in the Harlem neighborhood that many visitors come to attend Sunday mass within the local religious community.
Harlem: neighborhood of New York to visit? The reputation of the Harlem neighborhood is not the best, although it is changing and improving. The part closest to Central Park is different from the one further out. Moreover, from one street to another, the atmosphere changes enormously. Therefore, in order to visit this district, it is best to take a guided tour.
1.37 Visiting Roosevelt Island by cable car: unusual thing to do in New York
Off the beaten track. Roosevelt Island is little known and little visited. However, access to this island near Manhattan is rather original. Take the cable car to discover this quiet little island of New York, away from the noisy life of Times Square.
Good to know! The cable car is included in the public transport card. This is an unusual activity to do in New York if you are going to come here for more than 5 or 6 days.
1.38 Seeing a baseball game in Bronx
Yankees. The New York Yankees is an important American baseball team. In order to attend their match, you have to go to the Bronx. This area of New York is not a tourist area. Few visitors come here. On the other hand, it is a district where the locals live.
Botanical Garden. In Bronx, there is also an activity to do in New York: visit the botanical garden. It is not an essential activity, but to do if you are going to visit New York for more than 6 days.
1.39 Visiting the Bronx Zoo in New York
Largest Zoo in the United States. If you are going to visit New York with the children in more than 6 days, the visit of the Brox Zoo should be part of your itinerary. You can see more than 8000 species here. More than 2 million people visit this zoo every year. A good activity to do with the family in New York!
1.40 Visiting the Queens borough of New York
Neighborhood to visit? The Queens neighborhood is the second most populous neighborhood in New York. And it is here that we find the most ethnic and cultural diversity. Very extensive, Queens is not a tourist district. Very few travelers come here. As we were able to in the introduction, it is in Manhattan that the main essential things to do in New York are located. Therefore, if you visit New York in less than 6 days, Queens is not necessarily an essential district to visit.
2. What to do in New York with a City Pass: pros and cons
Pros. For visiting New York in 4, 5, 6 days or more, you will see that the list of activities will grow. Besides, there are must-sees in New York that you will definitely visit, especially on a first trip to New York. For example, visit the Statue of Liberty or climb a skyscraper for a panoramic view of New York. Thus, the New York CityPASS can be a very good solution, which will allow you to save money and save time.
Cons. Sometimes the City Pass is not interesting. Most of the time, this is the case when the places to visit of your choice are not all in the list of the City Pass, or if there are places which do not interest you at all. Before choosing the City Pass and deciding if it is right for you, check the list of places offered, and do a little calculation to assess whether you are winners or not.
City Pass for 5 attractions. One of the most popular passes is the one that includes visits to 5 New York attractions of our choice. This pass is valid for 9 days and allows you to save 40% on New York must-sees. Finally, the account is quickly made, because in general we do at least 5 attractions in New York. For example, here are the 5 must-visit attractions included in the pass: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial and Museum, Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, and American Museum of Natural History. The top activities to do in New York for a great trip! Find more information here: New York CityPASS for 5 attractions.
Even more attractions. If on your list of things to do in New York you have more than 5 attractions, see if other passes are not advantageous for you. For example: this pass with 95 visits. The ideal is to first decide on your itinerary, evaluate your budget, then choose your pass.
3. Visiting New York in 3, 4, 5 or 6 days: planning & tips
Now that we have seen the TOP 40 must-sees and more unusual things to do in New York, here are some ideas for itineraries or schedules for a trip to New York.
Pay attention to the time difference. Jet lag, or jet lag syndrome, can greatly influence your trip. However, it depends a lot on each person.
3.1. Itinerary for visiting New York in 3 days
What to do in New York in 3 days? Here is a program of visits to give you some ideas for visiting the essentials, but also for discovering more unusual New York. This is just one of many possible suggestions. Here, the days are rather changed.
First day of travel in New York
- Going to Times Square
- Taking a walk to Bryant Park
- Visiting the New York Public Library
- Seeing the Empire State Building
- Going to the top of One Vanderbilt: an experience in addition to an incredible view of New York (see photos)
Itinerary for second day of trip in New York
- Visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (tickets + audio guide in French + ferry)
- Taking a walk in the High Line Park
- Seeing the original structure of Vessel
- Visiting New York’s Little Island (optional)
- Visiting the neighborhood of Greenwich
- Going to Chelsea Market
- Visiting the National September 11 Memorial Museum (tickets to be purchased in advance)
- Seeing one of the best view of NYC: One World Observatory (optional)
Third day of trip in New York:
- Taking a helicopter tour to see New York from the sky (book online)
- Visiting Saint Patrick’s Cathedral
- Going to Central Park
- Visiting the American Museum of Natural History in New York and/or the MET: we strongly recommend to take skip-the-line tickets in order to save time.
- Seeing a show on Broadway
3.2. What to do in New York in 4 days?
Fourth day of trip in New York:
- Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge
- Chilling in Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Going to the Smorgasburg market (week-end only)
- Discovering street art in Brooklyn (guided tours to discover street art)
- Having a drink in a speakeasy in Manhattan or on a rooftop
3.3 What to do for visiting New York in 5 days?
5th day of trip in New York:
- Exploring Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy
- Visiting MoMA
- Seeing the Flatiron building
- Taking a cruise with dinner in the evening (book tickets)
3.4 Best things to do for visiting New York in 6 days
6th day of trip in New York:
- Visiting New York’s Financial District
- Going to the Top of the Rock
- Visiting the West Village district (optional for a trip with friends: immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the “Sex and the City” series)
- Seeing an NBA game at Madison Square Garden
Also discover a detailed itinerary for a 7-day trip in New York!
4. Best places and hotels to visit New York
Midtown, Upper & Low Manhattan are perfect neighborhoods for a stay in New York. When looking for your accommodation, therefore prefer the southern part of the island and the heart of the island. Places that are north of Central Park are not the best for a trip. Here are some examples of good places to visit New York with family or for a romantic getaway.
Visiting New York by foot. In the heart of Manhattan, the Hilton Garden Inn hotel is very well located for visiting New York. Just 10 minutes from the Empire State Building and an 8-minute walk from High Line Park, this hotel is ideal for sleeping in New York with the family.
Our crush. Discover this excellent address: Luxury Studios Lower East Side. These are studios where you really feel in New York. Another cool place to stay in New York is this B&B located a stone’s throw from High Line Park: Chelsea Pines Inn.
Discover our post about: the best places in Manhattan where to stay during a trip to New York.
5. Best spots in New York: restaurants, rooftops, brunches
Johny’s Luncheonette: a good address for brunch or breakfast in New York! Only a few minutes walk from Empire State Building. The rates are quite correct for New York.
Refinery Rooftop: a nice place in the heart of New York to go out at night. The view is not completely clear for all the tables, but the atmosphere is really cool.
The Smith: a good typical place to eat in New York close to Central Park! It is a chain with several addresses in Manhattan.
230 FIFTH Rooftop Garden Bar and Restaurant: another perfect rooftop for a drink with a spectacular view of New York! in addition, with rather reasonable prices.
Urban Vegan Kitchen: a very good vegan restaurant located in the Greenwich district of New York.
Dead Rabbit: This bar is a great place to have a drink in New York.
In our TOP 40 best things to do and visit in New York, we have included the absolute must-sees in New York, but also more unusual places in New York. While visiting New York in 4 days, you have to take more into account the time difference which can slow down your discovery of the city. Manhattan is home to the majority of New York’s must-sees. Among the things not to miss in New York, there are of course Times Square, Empire State Building, Central Park, the 9/11 memorial. However, Brooklyn is also interesting to visit, if you are going to visit New York in 5 or 6 days. In order to discover New York life, do not hesitate to visit New York differently. For example, by discovering the more unusual side of New York, in the Chealsea covered market, on the High Line or even on Roosevelt Island.