BEST THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY
There are many popular tourists attractions and landmarks that immediately come to mind when thinking of New York City such as the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. However, the Big Apple has even more interesting activities for those who prefer adventures over sight-seeing that will make every day eventful while traveling.
See a Broadway Show
Broadway shows are theatrical and musical performances that take place in the evening and have an average duration of 2 hours long. Located in midtown Manhattan, specifically within the Theater District and Lincoln Center, there are over 40 theaters with the capacity to seat an audience of hundreds of people at a time. The shows are named after Broadway Street in New York, which was the first to light up the city with electric billboards. Popular show titles include Les Miserables, Wicked, and Mamma Mia.
Walk the High Line
The High Line is a former train track that was officially turned into a public walkway in 2009. Stretching almost 2 miles long, the elevated path overlooks various sections of the city. It was started as a nonprofit organization and still runs on community support and donations to keep it up and running today. There is a popular recreational section of the High Line with chairs to sit and enjoy the view. The pathway includes other experiences along the way such as overlooks, sundecks, and water features. There is an Italian restaurant called Santina that is open year-round when food vendors close up shop for the winter. If you visit in the spring, summer, or fall there are plenty of diverse eating choices that frequently pop up along the path.
Take a Ride at Coney Island
The Coney Island amusement park is located in Brooklyn and opens seasonally from Easter to Halloween every year. However, there is a public aquarium on the property and a few restaurants that are open year round, as well as the nearby beach and boardwalk connected to the area. There are various rides all around the park that open in the afternoon until nighttime or early morning, depending on the day. When Coney Island is open in the summer, there are fireworks that go off every Friday night from the beach.
EXPLORE ACTIVITIES IN CENTRAL PARK
Have a Picnic in the Park
There are many grass areas to stop and spread your blankets for a picnic in Central Park. The amazing weather in the spring and summer seasons makes it the perfect time to sit down and enjoy lunch while exploring all the other activities Central Park has to offer. Some popular areas to relax include the Strawberry Fields, which is a quiet area of the park that is dedicated to the memory of deceased Beatles singer John Lennon. If you’re on the west side of the park, you can stop by the Sheep Meadow, which was once a place for herds of sheep to run around freely through the park. Although the animals the field is named after inhabited the land for almost 100 years in the past, you will not need to worry about running into any actual sheep during your picnic.
Take a Boat Ride
The Loeb Boathouse in Central Park offers boat rentals beginning at 10 am, which are available all day until the sun goes down. Up to 4 passengers can ride in one boat at a time. Rentals are paid for at an hourly rate with a separate deposit. If you plan to rent a boat, make sure to have cash for this activity as no credit card payments are accepted here. Tickets can also be purchased for a private gondola ride with your own gondolier. These romantic rides depart onto the water and return to the boathouse in 30-minute intervals.
Trek through the Central Park Zoo
The Central Park Zoo is a wonderful family-friendly attraction to stop and enjoy while walking through Central Park. Some of the animals you can expect to see in different habitats throughout the zoo are leopards, bears, penguins, monkeys, and sea lions. The park is open to those who purchase tickets daily from 10 am to 5 pm. The Dancing Crane Cafe within the park offers guests healthy snack and meal choices for purchase. Visitors can choose to walk around all the exhibits observing animals behind the glass or step inside the 4D movie theater for a more interactive experience.
Wander into the Tisch Children’s Zoo
The Tisch Children’s Zoo is a special exhibit within the Central Park Zoo created specifically for young children. Friendly animals in a more open area are available for feeding during certain hours of the day. There are other activities for kids to participate in where they can jump and climb just like the animals they see and learn about during their trip. The children’s zoo also holds a cow in one of its exhibits, which can’t be found anywhere else in Manhattan.
Ice Skate at Wollman Rink (Winter)
One of the most popular winter activities in Central Park is ice skating at Wollman Rink. Open from October to April, visitors are able to rent skates at the rink as well as a temporary locker space. Special events take place here such as ice hockey games and skating lessons. Public skating hours vary and can be checked on Central Park’s website to ensure availability during your trip.
Enjoy Music and Theater Performances (Summer)
In the summertime, there is a variety of special seasonal events that take place in the park. Musical artists of all genres participate in performances including the annual Summer Stage Festival, which has a diverse lineup of different popular singers and musicians. Most of the performances that take place within this event are free or benefit concerts.
On the other hand, Central Park’s film festival begins every year in August and lasts for a week. It includes screenings of different movies and allows visitors to spread blankets out in the grass and enjoy the entertainment for free.
For those who enjoy live theater, Shakespeare in the park is another popular activity to do in Central Park in the summer. Guests can enjoy a show at sunset in the open Delacorte Theater, where actors and actresses dress up and perform Shakespeare plays for the public. Admission is free for all of these performances.