Spending A Weekend in NYC? Tourist Things to Do

Even though people love to poke fun at tourists, sometimes, it’s the only way to really learn about a city. Admit it–it can be fun to be the tourist! You can live in a city your whole life, and never experience all of the things that make it famous. Spend a weekend getting to know all of the little fun things about NYC.

  1. Hop-on-Hop-Off Bus Tour: Travel around the entire city with one easy bus fare. As you ride around, you’ll have a guide who will talk about all of the most interesting facts that you pass along the way. There are designated stops at popular tourist destinations so you can hit a ton of sites in one trip. After you’ve seen all you want to see at your stop, wait a few minutes for the next bus to arrive and continue your journey around the city. It’s the cheapest way to get around, and the easiest. You don’t have to figure out the subway system, and you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg going across the city in cabs. Plus, you get to learn tidbits while you ride. Win-win-win.
  2. Time Square: You can’t go to NYC without making the stop at Time Square. The iconic location is the central hub of the entire city. It brings together everything that New York has to offer. It’s the intersection of the entertainment district, news, Wall Street, and the neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan. The unique triangle design makes for gorgeous photos.
  3. Central Park Bike Tour: Spring is around the corner, and there’s no better way to spend an afternoon than riding a bike through beautiful Central Park. With a guided tour, you’ll learn about the history of the park and how it’s been influential for the city through the years. In the concrete jungle, it’s relaxing to find the greenery in the park.
  4. Empire State Building: The Empire State Building is 102 stories high, with 2 observation decks that give you a 360 degree view of New York City. It’s located in central Manhattan, giving you the best view of the city possible. It was built during the Art Deco age in 1931, and held the title of tallest building in the world for decades. You can recognize it as the building that King Kong swung from in the original 1933 film. Now, it is the 5th tallest building in the United States, and 28th in the world.
  5. The 9/11 Memorial: It goes without saying that 9/11 was one of the most devastating days in American history. When you visit this memorial, you’ll be awestruck with the overwhelming beauty, the size, and the sobering quiet that is present. It’s valuable to go and remember those who died that day, and pay tribute to the countless men and women who risked their lives to save others.
  6. MOMA: There are tons and ton of museums to visit in NYC, but one of the most unique is the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art). There are one-of-a-kind, original artworks located in this museum that you can’t see anywhere else. It’s a place where you can learn about culture, history, and explore what art means to you. You’ll see works from some of the great impressionists, cubists, surrealists, and non-objective artists of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century.

There are countless things that you can do during your time in New York. A weekend isn’t nearly enough to hit everything on the tourist to-do list, but this is a great place to start. Then, you can tackle everything else on your next weekend outing.

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