Visiting New York City? Here Are 6 Things You Must Do!

This article was written by our Everly Mag Intern, Connor.

With more than 61,000,000 visitors expected to visit New York City in 2018 alone, NYC is a one-of-a-kind metropolitan city. With so many incredible options, it can be hard to know what the exact must dos are. That’s why, after careful research, I compiled my 6 favorite things to do whenever I’m in The Big Apple!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET)

Interior of The Met, Photo by Connor Beard

No matter what kind of art you like, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or MET) has something to offer everyone! The MET is the largest museum in the United States and contains endless nooks and crannies to explore. You can see a myriad of things, from the largest assortment of Egyptian art outside of Cairo,to the world’s oldest surviving piano! To see an extensive look at their galleries and what the museum has to offer, make sure to visit their website!

Tip: If you’re from the New York, New Jersey, or the Connecticut area, there is no admission fee.

Price: For students from outside NY, NJ, or CT, admission is $12.00 (with student ID), $25.00 for adults (12-65), $17.00 for seniors (65+).

Chelsea Market

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A repurposed bread factory, Chelsea Market is a charming food hall that has both great food and a rich history. The Oreo was invented here, and Iron Chef is even filmed above the market! Whether it be doughnuts to lobsters, you can find it here!

Price: Depends on where you eat

Central Park

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For me, a highlight of any New York City trip is Central Park. I could honestly just spend all day exploring and finding new areas! My favorite part of the park are the performances in Bethesda Terrace’s Tunnel. The space has impeccable acoustics and incredible performances from various groups at all times of the day! Other fun activities in the park include rowing a boat at The Loeb Boathouse, visiting the Central Park Zoo, or ice skating at Wollman Rink!

Tip: Hungry? Make sure to have a picnic lunch on The Great Lawn! It provides plenty of open green spaces and a view of the skyline that can’t be beat!

Price: Free to walk around the park, individual activities vary in price.

The High Line

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Formerly a railroad, The High Line is an elevated walk that’s 1.45 miles through the heart of New York City! Free for all, The High Line gives incredible views of New York City you can’t get anywhere else PLUS tons of awesome public art!

Tip: Make sure to visit The High Line during sunset to get an incredible view of the New York City harbor!

Price: Free

Top of the Rock

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The view of NYC you get from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck cannot be beat! Located at the iconic Rockefeller Center, you’ll be provided breathtaking and sweeping vistas of the city that never sleeps.

Tip: Make sure to book your tickets online. When choosing a time to visit, pick a slot with a sun icon next to it. This sun icon means that you’ll be visiting during sunset, and this is when the deck provides its best views of the city!

Price: Admission to the observatory is $30 for children (ages 6-12), $36 for adults (ages 12-62), and $34 for seniors (62+).

Staten Island Ferry

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Want an awesome view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty for FREE?! Make sure to visit the Staten Island Ferry! It provides trips between the southernmost tip of Manhattan and Staten Island, and runs all year long! The roundtrip time is only 50 minutes, and provides some stunning views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the Statue of Liberty!

Price: Free

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What are your favorite activities to do in New York City? Let us know in the comments below!

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