Top 7 Things to Do While on Vacation in New York City

Top 7 Things to Do While on Vacation in New York City


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The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty

Planning an Itinerary – Purchasing a CityPass Can Help You Decide

New York is filled with plenty of sites and attractions, all which can make it difficult to figure out where to begin a sightseeing journey. However, obtaining a discount CityPass will make it much easier to decide.

With the CityPass, you don’t have to stand in line to buy tickets as the Pass can get you into six attractions in the city at one low price. You can gain admission to such sites and tourist activities as:


– The Observatory of the Empire State Building;
– The American Museum of Natural History;
– Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty;
– The Guggenheim Museum; and
– The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Save a Pocketful of Money

Youth and adult passes are available which saves you from approximately $60 to $75 off the price of purchasing tickets separately. Plus, you have more time to view famous New York attractions as, again, you don’t have to stand in line in order to gain entry. So what are our top seven things to do in New York City?


1. Visiting the Observatory on the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building

Of course, you’ll want to visit the most famous skyscraper in the world – the Art Deco designed Empire State Building. The 102-story building is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan where West 34th Street intersects 5th Avenue.

Observatory on the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building
Observatory on the 86th Floor of the Empire State Building

The manmade monolith notably held the distinction as the tallest skyscraper in the world from 1931 to 1972. View the city, day or night, from the building’s observation deck on the 86th floor.


2. Visiting Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty

Naturally, a visit to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty should be included on your itinerary as well. The Statue, which has graced New York Harbor, since the latter part of the nineteenth century, is officially referred to as Liberty Enlightening the World. You can use your CityPass to gain access to the monument and Ellis Island by ferry.


3 A Visit to the American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History—another top attraction—showcases such fan-friendly exhibits as Tyrannosaurus rex and a fiberglass blue whale that spans 94 feet in length. You won’t want to miss the planetarium show at the Hayden Planetarium or the various exhibitions that are featured at the museum’s IMAX Theater either.


4. Viewing the Ancient Artifacts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is yet another top attraction. Collections include ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art and artifacts – collections that represent over thousands of years of cultural history.


5. A Visit to the Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum, whose building design is attributed to master architect Frank Lloyd Wright, houses and highlights the contemporary works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Camille Pissarro.


6. Visiting Central Park and the Central Park Zoo

You’ll find plenty in the way of activity by visiting Central Park too. While your CityPass will not cover this attraction, you no doubt will want to include it in your travel itinerary, especially a trip to the Central Park Zoo. The zoo, which is open winter and summer, 365 days a year, features over 130 kinds of animals, including polar bears. While in the park as well, familiarize yourself with the layout of the land by renting a bike or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride. Ice skate in the winter or find a spot to picnic in the summer in the 843 acre park.


7. Visiting Times Square and Seeing a Broadway Show

Of course, Times Square should be on your travel agenda as well. You’ll want to see the NASDAQ sign, the biggest LED signage in the world, which stands almost 40 feet high.

Times Square
Times Square

The square, located where Broadway crosses Seventh Avenue, is always a hubbub of activity. Take in a Broadway performance while you’re there.