The bright lights of Times Square, the world-famous art institutions, the green expanse of Central Park and exciting annual events all beckon visitors from around the world to New York City each year. And of course, there’s so much more to do and see in each of the five boroughs. Experience the magic of a Broadway show and take in the breathtaking views of our world-famous skyline from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck or the East River Ferry. Visit our renowned museums and galleries, take a bike ride on some of the City’s hundreds of miles of new bike lanes and enjoy countless sumptuous restaurants and stellar shopping experiences. Whatever your taste or interests, New York City truly offers something for everyone.
TV Show Tapings
Attending the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City is fun and free. The wait for tickets is often long, so it’s best to write in for tickets as far in advance as possible. Still, many shows have standby options if you’re willing to wait in line. Click here for the addresses and schedules of TV shows—and your chance to say hi to people back home on national television.
Dining in New York City is always an exciting, authentic experience, whether it’s a casual brunch, a four-course meal or a late-night snack on the run—after all, the City’s dining scene comprises world-class chefs, experienced mixologists and local hometown cooks who are constantly pushing the culinary boundaries. Celebrity chefs showcase innovative new restaurants, while the City’s many international eateries dish out tastes to intrigue any palate. Whether you are in the mood for traditional coal-oven pizza, fresh hand-pulled Chinese noodles or juicy dry-aged steak, New York City has it all. Check out nycgo’s dining section for more information on where to eat.
While you’re in the City, you’ll certainly want to visit our most famous landmarks, but don’t forget to wander through the boroughs’ historic neighborhoods, such as Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Heights, Coney Island and Astoria. With endless options of places to visit, you’ll have no problem filling all your free time with things to do. Plus, getting around NYC is easy—you can take a cab, rent a bike, hop on a boat or a bus or take the subway to wherever you want to go. Make sure to bring your spouse and children and take advantage of all the family-friendly sights and activities.
NYC is the ultimate shopping destination. Discover one-of-a-kind handcrafted wares on the streets of the West Village and SoHo, savor delicious imported Italian delicacies on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx or explore Queens and Brooklyn boutiques. Head to a museum gift shop and bring home a signature piece of NYC culture or browse designer stores along Fifth Avenue in Midtown. The City is the perfect place to shop till you drop—without dropping all of your hard-earned cash. Click here for more details.
Additional Fun Activities
New York City comprises several islands, and its waters are home to an extensive ferry system to take you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers between boroughs. Perhaps the best-known ferry is the Staten Island Ferry, one of the City’s transportation and sightseeing treasures. It’s primarily a commuter route between Staten Island and lower Manhattan, and it’s also a wonderful 5.2-mile, 20-minute mini-cruise with great views of the Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor and Lower Manhattan—plus it’s free. Other fun aquatic shuttles include New York Water Taxi, traveling to the New York Mets’ Citi Field and other City sights; NY Waterway, which ferries fans to Yankee Stadium, in addition to harbor and sightseeing cruises; and Statue Cruises, operating direct service from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
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