The best things to do in New York City – Travel Guide

In our last blog, we spoke about how to get around in New York City. But what is a guide on getting around without places to go to? There’s not much fun in taking subways up and down between the Bronx and Queens for the duration of your trip. Luckily, we’re here to help. Let’s look at our favourite spots in the big apple.


New York City is known for about a million different things. We’re here to pick out the coolest once. Of course, this boils down to preference.

Top of the Rock

If you want to go and get a view from the city, we suggest getting it from the Rockefeller center. The Rockefeller is the ugliest building with a viewing deck, so being on top of it eliminates it from your pictures. Also, from here you will be able to capture the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center, which you would not be able to do if you were to go on top of either one of these. Tickets are quite pricey though, running at $40. If you go, make sure to get there early or really late, since it will be crowded all day. For some classic shots, have your photographer go to the top deck, while you chill on the lower deck. Another really cool shot can be found inside, climb in front of the square windows, and lean against the wall. You know what I’m talking about.

Times Square

While many bloggers tell you to stay away from this place, we cannot disagree more. Times Square is a must see when you are there, as it really is an experience on itself.

We would suggest going there twice, once during the day, and once during the late hours. They almost seem like two different squares. The billboards will be an amazing bokeh background for some pics, but you’ll have to find a place with a bright billboard to act as a light for pictures in the dark. Times Sq is also the best place to get souvenirs. Head to Grand slam for the vast array of the cheapest magnets, stickers, shirts, caps and all other typical souvenirs.

Brooklyn Bridge

Many people think of Manhattan when talking about New York City, for good reason. However, it would be such a waste to not at least cross the east river, doing so over the Brooklyn bridge. This bridge offers views for years. Again, consider doing this twice, as NYC by night is a completely different experience.

One final thing, be careful when taking your pictures. We climbed on the bridge to get out of the masses, but be aware that there’s a highway right next to you, and a bike lane on the other side. Safety first, instagram second! 😉

Sports Event

Both of us are quite the sports fan, so for us a visit to an NBA game was on the to do list. We had two options, the Brooklyn Nets or the New York Knicks. Considering the fact that the Knicks play at Madison Square Garden, tickets would be rather expensive, since it’s in the middle of Manhattan. We decided to go for a game of the Nets, playing in Brooklyn. Getting there took us 20 minutes from Midtown Manhattan. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that Brooklyn is “across the river”

Normally, tickets for games in the states can be quite pricey. We found $20 tickets with a great view on Ticketmaster. We were able to see the view we would have before buying the tickets, and the view turned out to be even better than what it showed online. A great way to book affordable tickets to festivals, sports games, and many more events!

Other cool things to do

Of course, there’s much more to do in NYC. Some other great spots to check out:

  1. Central Park
  2. Dumbo
  3. 5th Ave
  4. the High Line
  5. Battery Park
  6. Flatiron District
  7. Soho
  8. Food (We’ll have a separate blog on this next week.
  9. Grand Central Terminal
  10. One WTC & 9/11 Memorial

Finally, we recommend just wandering around. New York is a city that will surprise you wherever you go, so just stroll around the city going wherever your heart takes you.

For more inspiration, head to our blog’s instagram. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments here or meet us on instagram!

Happy Travels!


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