What To Do if You’re in New York for a Day
If you have a bucket list, odds are traveling and seeing the world is one of the list-toppers. A city that frequently appears on the must-see list of a lot of people, or which a lot of people wish to see at least once in their lives is New York City. If you are one of these people and you have finally gotten the chance to visit New York City, lucky you. If you are still looking for space in your busy schedule, one thing you should know is that it is possible to see a lot, if not most of the sights which New York City has to offer in a day.
On the day of your sightseeing adventure, you have to wake up early, because you have a lot of ground to cover. Be sure to leave your hotel with your wallet, a map, a bottle of water, your phone, and lots of extra cash. All of this can be packed in a chic and ultra backpack. A backpack is the best accessory for your day out, because it just sits on your back, and you don’t have to go through the trouble of dragging a handbag or a briefcase around New York.
There is a long and almost endless list of places you can go and things you can do on your day out in New York City. It is, after all, one of the most scenic cities in the United States. Your day promises to be fun-filled, full of adventure, and absolutely memorable.
Take a Walk Through Times Square
Times Square is inarguably the busiest and most bustling part of New York City. It’s the perfect blend of packed crowds and flashing lights, and many New York City locals try to avoid it. Your New York City experience is not complete if you have not walked through Times Square. If you are a fan of an overload of sensory material, then the crazy mix which Times Square offers is perfect for you.
Visit Central Park
Make your way to Central Park, the pride of New York, designed by Calvert Vaux and Law Olmstead. It is a green oasis in the heart of New York City, and it might just be the most renowned public park in the world. The massive and expansive space which is 843 scenically landscaped acres consists of 36 arches and bridges, about 20,000 tresses, 58 miles of walking paths, meadows, and bodies of water. Every imaginable outdoor leisure activity is also available, such as baseball, lawn bowling, nature walks, concerts, picnics, and ice-skating. It is a must-see sight if you’re a New York City tourist.
Stroll Through West Village
Since the 19th Century, West Village, a neighborhood of charming brownstones all clustered along streets lined with trees, has not experienced much change. Navigating all of West Street requires a map because it is one of the Manhattan areas that deviates from the perfectly planned street grid. Must-visit spots on West Street are Magnolia Bakery, where the best cupcakes are sold; Spotted Pig, a gastropub; and Jefferson Market Courthouse.
Go on a subway ride, and tour Lower Manhattan
You definitely have to partake in a quintessential rite of passage which New York City locals go through – a subway ride. Hop on the nearest downtown train and have a feel of New York travel the way the locals experience it. Locate the stop that’s closest to City Hall. This will give you the best chance to feast your eyes on the breathtaking architecture of one of the oldest civic buildings in the United States that’s still functioning.
Take a stroll on the Brooklyn Bridge
East of City Hall is Brooklyn Bridge, one of the noblest and most recognized landmarks in New York City. It spans over the East River and it serves as the connector between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Wouldn’t you like to take a 40-minute walk on a boardwalk that’s elevated above the roadway while you take in breathtaking views?
Visit the American Museum of Natural History
New York is home to the largest and most prestigious natural history museum in the world. It also doubles as one of the most remarkable sights in New York. The 45 exhibition halls at American Museum of National History are made up of four city blocks. They also hold over 30 million sea, land, and even outer space artifacts.
Visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York is definitely filled with museums and love and art. Frank Lloyd Wright’s museum is nautilus-like, and it’s widely known for its popular architecture as well as its superior collection of art and shows that are well curated. It was opened shortly after Wright’s death in 1959, and the Guggenheim has been dubbed as one of the 20th Century’s greatest buildings.
Be sure to take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry
About 70,000 people ride on the free ferry to Staten Island daily, and you definitely have to be one of them. Staten Island is one of New York’s outer boroughs. You don’t have to pay a dime in order to get mind-blowing views of the Lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island. All it takes is a 25-minute ride across New York Harbor.
Museum of Modern Art
Both enthusiasts and novices are almost always awestruck by the masterpieces they get to see at the MoMA, such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Apart from the amazing artwork, one of the main attractions of the museum is the building itself. A maze of glass walkways lets you view the art from many angles.
With these activities, it’s totally impossible to not have the complete New York experience all in one day. Be sure to refuel regularly, and get a lot of rest after your exciting day.