10 of the best things to see and do in New York City
Having spent several years as a student at the College of Mount Saint Vincent herself, Student Experience Coordinator at Kings New York Jocelyn Vega shares her personal recommendations for the best things to see and do in this world-famous city.
1. Visit the Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is the world’s most famous office building. It’s a historical landmark, where you can learn so much history about NYC and its evolution.
2. Explore Central Park
Anyone who spends time in New York needs to visit Central Park. This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall is in the center of Manhattan, and many of the city’s most notable attractions are next to/ within limits to the Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Museum of Natural History). This park is 843-acre green space to exercise, dine, go to the zoo, and more.
3. Try out New York’s most famous food
New York is well known for its pizza, bagels, cheesecake, general Tso’s chicken, street meat, and much more. Explore the city to find different cuisines of New York.
4. Go for a walk on the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge or The High Line
Brooklyn Bridge is a 1.6-mile bridge that overlooks the Manhattan skyline. It’s a beautiful view and has amazing food and art all on the bridge. The High Line (pictured above) is a rails-to-trail park with city views on the lower west side of Manhattan.
5. Visit the Edge
The Edge is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere located at 30 Hudson Yards. It’s a beautiful location to overlook New York City and feel like you're floating in the sky with 360-degree views.
6. Explore the city's Museums
New York City has many historical Museums and landmarks. Some are very well known, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and others less so — there is the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum at FIT, and a must for anyone with a sweet tooth...the Museum of Ice Cream!
7. Take a trip to Times Square
No visit to New York would be complete without a trip to Times Square, New York. In Times Square there is so much you could do. There are restaurants, theaters, museums, stores, and much more!
8. Visit Harry Potter New York
If you are a Harry Potter fan you must stop and visit the official Harry Potter store. There they have magical shopping, wand shopping, and even a Butterbeer bar...
9. Go to a Broadway show
New York is home to Broadway and has many shows like The Lion King, Wicked, Hamilton, Waitress, and more. New York also offers off-Broadway. Off-Broadway shows include The Play That Goes Rrong, Jersey Boys, Winnie the Pooh: the musical, and Romeo and Bernadette.
10. Enjoy New York’s many festivals
New York has many festivals and events each year. Some of the most popular include the Feast of San Gennaro (September 19th), Hong King Dragon Boat Festival (June 3rd), Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (December 1st), and the Times Square Ball Drop.