Booked your vacation in the Big Apple? It’s a smart choice. New York is, after all, one of the top five most popular tourist destinations in the world. But, with so much to do, it can be hard to know where to start. You’ll need to plan your trip in advance and make a list of priorities that you don’t want to miss. That way, you’ll make the most of your visit.
So, what goes on the priority list? Here are four to consider…
New York is a busy city. From the bright lights and big crowds of Times Square through to the constant gridlock on the roads, you can’t fail to notice the action-packed nature of the city that never sleeps. The fact that it’s full of life is one of selling points of New York – but everyone needs a little break from time to time. That’s where Central Park comes in. An 843-acre gem in the heart of Manhattan, it’s the ideal spot for a walk, cycle or jog away from the hustle and bustle. In the summer you can sunbathe and enjoy outdoor events, in the winter you can skate on the ice rink. Either way, you can’t miss it.
Theater doesn’t come any better than Broadway, and you can’t leave town without taking in a top-class show. From the dazzling Disney adventure of the Lion King to the musical masterpiece Miss Saigon, there’s a long list of options when it comes to choosing a show to see. If you’d prefer a splash of comedy with your live show, look no further than The Play That Goes Wrong. The farcical tale of the Murder at Haversham Manor has picked up an Olivier Award and has been produced by Star Wars supremo JJ Abrams. It’s high-quality hijinks that is bound to leave you with a smile on your face.
New York’s stunning skyline is famed the world over – and it’s a great backdrop for your vacation pictures. You need to do one of two things to get the best view – get up high or head out of Manhattan. While you might be tempted to head up the iconic Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center arguably provides the better view (including the Empire State). Alternatively, you could take a helicopter ride and see it all from above. If you’ve not got a head for heights, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge will allow you to marvel at the Manhattan skyline behind you – while the free Staten Island Ferry also offers from the comfort of a short boat ride.
Sightseeing, shopping, shows and sumptuous food will all be on your New York hit list – but don’t forget to add a splash of culture in there too. Whether you pay a visit to the dinosaur fossils at the American Museum of Natural History or marvel at the near-two million works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there’s plenty to keep you entertained in New York’s museums.
Start with these four ideas, then start searching for the shops, restaurants and sights that you’d like to add to your New York itinerary.