5 Things You Must Do in New York City


It is true what they say… there is nothing quite like the feeling of visiting New York City

the air is different…energetic…and the first time you breathe in the addictive city air, and walk the streets of this amazing concrete jungle, is something you will truly never forget.

It’s had me hooked ever since!

Tweet: “One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years” -Tom Wolfe

With so much to do in this city it is very easy to get overwhelmed by options so I’ve narrowed it down to categories of the 5 Things You Must Do in New York City  for you to build on.

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#5.) Visit a Museum

New York City boasts some of the best museums in the world.

From art to architecture, photography to history, Star Wars to arcade games, fashion to television the variety of museums in New York City are endless.

A lot of them are also free on certain days of the week and some are even free all the time! For example:

~  The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology(FIT) is always free!!
~ Museum of Modern Art(MoMa) is free on Fridays from 4 to 8pm .
~ Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum(aka the Guggenheim) is pay what you wish on Saturdays from 5:45 to 7:45pm.
~ The 9/11 Memorial is always free & the 9/11 Museum, usually $24, is free on Tuesdays from 5pm to close.

#4.) Brunch

Must Do in New York City
Coffee and Maple Bacon Cookie from Schmackary’s in Hell’s Kitchen

Brunch is a NYC tradition…

and really what is better than alcohol being served before noon without judgment?!?!

Not to mention New York breakfast is delicious. 

Definitely different from the southern style breakfast I’m used to back home!!

And if morning Mimosa’s aren’t your thing, a New York City coffee and bagel are still a must!!

#3.) View the New York City Skyline

Must Do in New York City
View of the NY Skyline from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center

The NYC Skyline sets the bar high for other skylines all over the world .

Its beauty brings tourists to this city each and every day(me being one of them!) and it is definitely a view to see.

Top ways to view the New York City skyline:

~ Empire State Building Observation Deck 
~ Rockefeller Center – Top of the Rock Observation Deck 
~ Walk the Brooklyn Bridge (free)
~ Staten Island Ferry (free and also has awesome views of Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge so triple bonus!!!)

#2.) Visit Central Park

Must Do in New York City
Bow Bridge in Central Park

Central Park is a gorgeous oasis in the midst of a fast-paced city.

With 843 acres there are endless things to see and do anytime of year in Central Park.

From concerts in the summer, to picnics on the Great Lawn in the fall, to snow falling over Bow Bridge in the winter, to romantic horse&carriage rides, all are majestic sights to see.

#1.) Walk the City

New York City has numerous transportation options, and when in a pinch I’ll take the subway or taxi/Uber, but I really enjoy walking the city on foot.

It really is the best way to take in the true essence of the city!

Don’t just stick with the touristy spots like Times Square either…stroll into a neighborhood like Chelsea or the East Village and explore! I’ve found some really amazing stores, and delicious cheap eats this way.

Be sure to check out each borough that makes up New York City: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx are each uniquely what makes New York City truly the best city in the world!

What is a ‘must do’ in New York City for you when visiting? Comment Below!!

Enjoy Your Journey!!

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  1. New York Cliche

    Great advice! I live in NYC and I love doing all these things pretty frequently! So exciting you’re coming back to visit!

    07 . Apr . 2017
    • Vivacious Views

      Thank you very much!! I am very excited!! NY is a city like no other! 💖

      07 . Apr . 2017
  2. Shearly

    Couldn’t agree more with this list if I tried! I love New York, brunch, and museums.

    07 . Sep . 2016
    • vivaciousviewsblog@yahoo.com

      Thank you!! Same here! 🙂

      07 . Sep . 2016
  3. Rachel G

    I’ve never been to NYC before, but I do hope to walk in Central Park one day!

    06 . Sep . 2016
    • vivaciousviewsblog@yahoo.com

      I think everyone should at least once…the views are stunning!!

      07 . Sep . 2016
    • vivaciousviewsblog@yahoo.com

      I think everyone should at least once!! The views are stunning!

      07 . Sep . 2016
  4. Anna Mullikin Freeman

    LOVE this post! My sister and I visited NYC and tried to do it all in one weekend. I think we walked around 25-30 miles over the weekend once it was all said and done, but it was so worth it! I like that you give the highlights though for someone who isn’t looking to pretty much walk a marathon while they’re there! 🙂

    06 . Sep . 2016
    • vivaciousviewsblog@yahoo.com

      Thank you so much!!! I believe I did that too my first trip to the city!

      07 . Sep . 2016

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