The first time you go to New York, go ahead and be a sight-seer—everyone should visit the Statue of Liberty, the Met, Times Square, etc. But on a return trip, pick a neighborhood and go deep. You’ll find hole-in-the-wall bars, great delis, quirky shops… exploring the non-touristy side of New York is an incredibly rewarding experience for a traveler.
Consider including these sight-seeing activities into your weekend:
This is a huge park with multiple sites to explore. Make a day of it and check out these sites scattered amongst the 843 acres:
- Alice in Wonderland Statue
- The Arsenal: Karen’s Office with free museum on third floor
- Bethesda Fountain & Bow Bridge
- Central Park Zoo
- Conservatory Gardens
- Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial / The Dakota
- Wollman Ice Skating Rink
- Hard Rock Cafe: check out the free Music Museum downstairs
- Toy R Us: Take a ride on the giant indoor Ferris wheel, fun for all ages.
- TKTS Booth: Purchase discounted Broadway tickets here
- Take a seat on the red steps above the TKTS Booth and take in the entire view of Times Sqaure
Rockefeller Center (30 Rockefeller Center/30 Rock):
- Take a Tour of 30 Rock and learn about it’s rich hostory and place in architectural history
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Best views of the city, hands down.
- Home to Radio City Music Hall
- The Rink at Rockefeller Center: Ice-skating year round
- The Channel Gardens: Gorgeous gardens located around 30 Rock
- Home to NBC Studios: Take a tour or just enjoy their store
- Taping for The Today Show is located in front of 30 Rock
- Head one block East to 5th Avenue for killer shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue and so much more
Lower East Side