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101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

“I want to wake up, in the city that doesn’t sleep.” – Frank Sinatra, New York City

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

New York City is truly the MOST fascinating city in the world and it is made for every single person on this planet. Throughout my years of traveling, I have visited numerous cities worldwide and what is special about each of them is that they all have their own unique culture. BUT, there definitely is a reason why New York City is known as the greatest city in the world!

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Now, I may be biased because New York is my actual home city, but how could you not be impressed with the most picturesque skyline, featuring state-of-the-art high-rises; skyscrapers and bridges that take you back to the Roaring 20’s; the melting pot of different cultures and the variety of exciting things to do? People from all over the world travel to New York City every single day to experience the magic that it offers for everyone.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

Whether you are spending your life, a month, a week, a weekend or just a day in New York City, here is a guide of 101 things you must experience.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Getting to New York City:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

New York City is a HUGE international hub, so you definitely won’t have trouble finding flights to and from the “Big Apple”. The three major airports in New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Laguardia Airport. Through Skyscanner, you could affordable prices to this amazing city and other ways to get to the Big Apple are by renting a car and driving and also through public transportation. (Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Where to Stay in New York City:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

There are a plethora of different options for accommodations in New York City. There are hotels ranging from all budgets, Airbnb and HomeAway options and there are also hostels. Some of the best areas to stay in are Midtown, Chelsea, Flatiron, the Lower East Side, FiDi (Financial District) and the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. I also recommend staying in Astoria, Queens; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Dumbo, Brooklyn; Flatbush, Brooklyn; Bushwick, Brooklyn; Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Jersey City, NJ; Hoboken, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Weehawken, NJ; Secaucus, NJ and Fort Lee, NJ.

101 Things to do in NYC:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Activities Year Round:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

1. Become amazed by the lights and attractions in Times Square.

2. Head to the top of the Empire State Building.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

3. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

4. See up to four U.S. states at One World Observatory.

5. Catch the best views of New York City at Top of the Rock Observatory.

6. Go back in history at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

7. Get tickets to see a Broadway play or musical; one of the top things New York is known for.

8. Enjoy a music recital at Carnegie Hall.

9. Experience the ballet at New York City Ballet or American Ballet Theater.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

10. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge during both day and night time.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

11. Grab a slice of authentic New York pizza. I don’t have a favorite New York Pizza in NYC, but no matter where you go, you won’t be disappointed. If you want a classic, definitely try Lombardi’s Pizza (America’s First Pizzeria) in Little Italy or Joe’s Pizza, which is located throughout the entire city.

12. Get your Italian aperitivo and enjoy the seasonal decorations at Eataly’s rooftop bar, Birreria.

13. Dance the night away at one of the city’s best nightclubs and bars. My favorite areas to go out in NYC are the Meatpacking District, East Village or Lower East Side areas. Click here to uncover the best bars in New York City.

14. Shop through SoHo and admire the beautiful cast iron buildings.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

15. Have a lovely morning enjoying one of the many NYC brunch spots. Click here to discover the best brunch spots in New York City.

16. Visit the beautiful Lady Liberty (Statue of Liberty).

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

17. Take photos of your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s – New York City’s celebrity wax museum.

18. Watch a jazz performance at Lincoln Center.

19. Be amazed at the American Museum of Natural History.

20. Learn about the history of Ellis Island.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

21. Discover the beauty of Grand Central Terminal, NYC’s most beautiful train station.

22. Take in the peacefulness and beauty at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

23. Enjoy many art installations at various NYC pop up stands.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

24. Discover the beauty and hidden gems of Central Park.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

25. Learn how to navigate the New York City Subway. (Trust me, it will make your life easier.)

26. Visit the architectural wonder, the Vessel, at Hudson Yards.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

27. Savor delicious beer at the Brooklyn Brewery.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

28. Take in the stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

29. Catch a concert at Madison Square Garden.

30. Rock out to a live performance or enjoy local musicians play in Brooklyn. A few years ago I saw Laura Marling perform at the Brooklyn Steel.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

31. Take a fitness class at one of New York City’s many unique fitness studios.

32. Indulge in the best Italian specialties on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

33. Have fun and get your bowling game on at Brooklyn Bowl (in Brooklyn) or Lucky Strike (in Manhattan).

34. Go stargazing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

35. Visit the New York City Public Library – the most beautiful library in the city.

36. Admire the architectural beauty at St. John the Divine; the United States’ largest cathedral.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

37. Read your way through Strand Bookstore.

38. Take in the talents at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art.

39. Get some laughs in at a comedy show.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

40. Be part of the late night show taping of SNL.

41. Enjoy high tea at The Plaza Hotel.

42. Savor a famous cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

43. Take in the views of New York City at Hudson River Park.

44. Head into the residential East Village neighborhoods for boutique shopping, quaint coffee shops and more.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

45. Visit the adorable Freeman’s Alley, a hidden gem in NYC.

46. Eat your way through Hell’s Kitchen. My favorite foodie spot is Becco.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

47. Shop your way through The Oculus.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

48. See the talented street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

49. Experience NYC’s haunted scene by taking a ghost tour.

50. Sample your way and find some goodies at Chelsea Market.

51. Watch the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center or the New York Knicks and/or Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

52. Visit TimeOut Market in Brooklyn to check out all different types of food. (I also went to TimeOut Market in Lisbon.)

53. Unwind at the Russian and Turkish Baths.

54. Walk around the charming South Street Seaport.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

55. See the Victorian mansions of the Historic District of Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.

Everything to Enjoy During the Holidays:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

56. Head over to 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on American Thanksgiving in late November.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

57. If you’re visiting NYC in early December, attend the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

58. Be awestruck by the magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (once it is lit).

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

59. Window-shop and admire the magical holiday artwork and displays in the high-end department store windows along Fifth Avenue.

60. Watch the Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas Light Show.

61. Visit the peaceful Christmas tree at the New York Stock Exchange.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

62. Pretend you’re at the German Christmas markets by visiting Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

63. Dance with the Rockette’s at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

64. Browse around the Union Square Holiday Market (or Farmer’s Market).

65. Take an Uber or subway ride to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and admire all of their annual holiday decorations.

66. Visit the rooftop igloos and warm up with a hot alcoholic (or non alcoholic) beverage at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar.

67. Bar crawl through Manhattan and raise money at the annual SantaCon.

68. See the stunning Christmas tree at Lotte New York Palace.

69. Walk around the Christmas markets at Bryant Park.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

70. Ice skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Wollman Rink in Central Park. (The above photo was taken at the ice rink they had one year at South Street Seaport.)

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

71. Ring in the New Year by watching the Swarovski crystal ball drop in Time’s Square or have fun at one of the many parties.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

72. Enjoy the exciting celebrations on Chinese New Year in Chinatown.

Top Things to do During the Warmer Months:

73. Sip frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3, a local’s favorite.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

74. Enjoy a New York City happy hour. My favorite spots for happy hour with a view are City Vineyard, Loopy Doopy, 230 Fifth, Mr. Purple, Cloud Social, The Press Lounge, Pod 39 and more.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

75. If you’re a movie lover, attend the Tribeca Film Festival.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

76. Take a stroll along The High Line and savor the views of the Hudson River.

77. Be Italian for the day at the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy during September.

78. Cool off and enjoy a frozen happy hour at Tipsy Scoop – New York City’s first ice cream “barlour”.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

79. Take a nap, read a book or catch up with a friend at New York City’s other beautiful parks: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Battery Park or Prospect Park.

80. Walk through a floral wonderland at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

81. Become a foodie at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn – the largest open-air food market in America.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

82. Enjoy laughs and good times under the stringed lights of Stone Street in the Financial District.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

83. Watch a Yankee Game at Yankee Stadium or a Mets game at Citi Field.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

84. Participate in New York City Restaurant Week during the month of July, or just enjoy all of the amazing restaurants NYC has to offer. Click here to discover the best New York City restaurants.

85. Pretend you’re on a pirate ship at The Frying Pan.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

86. Go to New York City’s famous beach and boardwalk – Coney Island in Brooklyn.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

87. Say hello to your favorite animals at the Bronx Zoo.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

88. Grab Shake Shack (a NYC classic) and enjoy the views of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park.

89. Eat at “Instagrammable” locations such as Pizza Beach, Souvlaki GR and more.

90. If you’re looking for something “extra”, enjoy a Black Tap milkshake.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

91. Attend New York City Fashion Week during the month of September.

92. Discover the future of plants at Greenery Unlimited in Brooklyn.

93. If you love sculptures, visit the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

94. For all yogis out there, attend Wanderlust festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn every September.

95. Make your childhood come back to life by having fun at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar where there is a bar, mini golf, carousel and more.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

96. Enjoy the tropical Tulum-inspired oasis at Gitano.

97. Sip on local wines at Red Hook Winery, one of NYC’s best urban wineries.

98. Ride the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island.

99. Test your golfing skills at Chelsea Piers.

100. Attend an event on Governor’s Island.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

101. Enjoy the dreamy views of Manhattan by taking a cruise along the East River and Hudson River.


101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

I hope you all enjoyed discovering my top 101 things to do in New York City. Overall, the adventures here are unlimited and there is so much to do even outside of the Big Apple in New York State and New Jersey. If you have any questions about New York City and beyond, please email me at [email protected]

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

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8 Comments

  1. Courtney on November 20, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This is so fun Taylor! I grew up in NY and haven’t done half of these things. I need to get back and check all these off my list 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Thank you Courtney! Yes, I try to do something new every time I go into the city. 🙂

  2. Vonni on November 21, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I’m always looking for things to do in the city. It’s hard to think sometimes; thanks for such great suggestions. Pictures by Carlo are awesome

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much Vonni! The adventures in NYC are endless! 🙂

  3. Aswani Kurra on November 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Such an awesome and exhaustive list Taylor! loved it!

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Aswani! 🙂

  4. Brittany Jane on November 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Sooo many good things to do in NYC, Taylor! Loved all your throwbacks too, hehe.

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Ah thank you Bri! The adventures here are endless! 🙂

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Experience the Greatest City in the World – New York City

Pin the Below Image to Keep Handy

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

“I want to wake up, in the city that doesn’t sleep.” – Frank Sinatra, New York City

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

New York City is truly the MOST fascinating city in the world and it is made for every single person on this planet. Throughout my years of traveling, I have visited numerous cities worldwide and what is special about each of them is that they all have their own unique culture. BUT, there definitely is a reason why New York City is known as the greatest city in the world!

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Now, I may be biased because New York is my actual home city, but how could you not be impressed with the most picturesque skyline, featuring state-of-the-art high-rises; skyscrapers and bridges that take you back to the Roaring 20’s; the melting pot of different cultures and the variety of exciting things to do? People from all over the world travel to New York City every single day to experience the magic that it offers for everyone.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

Whether you are spending your life, a month, a week, a weekend or just a day in New York City, here is a guide of 101 things you must experience.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Getting to New York City:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

New York City is a HUGE international hub, so you definitely won’t have trouble finding flights to and from the “Big Apple”. The three major airports in New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and Laguardia Airport. Through Skyscanner, you could affordable prices to this amazing city and other ways to get to the Big Apple are by renting a car and driving and also through public transportation. (Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Where to Stay in New York City:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

There are a plethora of different options for accommodations in New York City. There are hotels ranging from all budgets, Airbnb and HomeAway options and there are also hostels. Some of the best areas to stay in are Midtown, Chelsea, Flatiron, the Lower East Side, FiDi (Financial District) and the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. I also recommend staying in Astoria, Queens; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Dumbo, Brooklyn; Flatbush, Brooklyn; Bushwick, Brooklyn; Greenpoint, Brooklyn; Jersey City, NJ; Hoboken, NJ; Edgewater, NJ; Weehawken, NJ; Secaucus, NJ and Fort Lee, NJ.

101 Things to do in NYC:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

Activities Year Round:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

1. Become amazed by the lights and attractions in Times Square.

2. Head to the top of the Empire State Building.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

3. Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

4. See up to four U.S. states at One World Observatory.

5. Catch the best views of New York City at Top of the Rock Observatory.

6. Go back in history at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

7. Get tickets to see a Broadway play or musical; one of the top things New York is known for.

8. Enjoy a music recital at Carnegie Hall.

9. Experience the ballet at New York City Ballet or American Ballet Theater.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

10. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge during both day and night time.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

11. Grab a slice of authentic New York pizza. I don’t have a favorite New York Pizza in NYC, but no matter where you go, you won’t be disappointed. If you want a classic, definitely try Lombardi’s Pizza (America’s First Pizzeria) in Little Italy or Joe’s Pizza, which is located throughout the entire city.

12. Get your Italian aperitivo and enjoy the seasonal decorations at Eataly’s rooftop bar, Birreria.

13. Dance the night away at one of the city’s best nightclubs and bars. My favorite areas to go out in NYC are the Meatpacking District, East Village or Lower East Side areas. Click here to uncover the best bars in New York City.

14. Shop through SoHo and admire the beautiful cast iron buildings.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

15. Have a lovely morning enjoying one of the many NYC brunch spots. Click here to discover the best brunch spots in New York City.

16. Visit the beautiful Lady Liberty (Statue of Liberty).

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

17. Take photos of your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussaud’s – New York City’s celebrity wax museum.

18. Watch a jazz performance at Lincoln Center.

19. Be amazed at the American Museum of Natural History.

20. Learn about the history of Ellis Island.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

21. Discover the beauty of Grand Central Terminal, NYC’s most beautiful train station.

22. Take in the peacefulness and beauty at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

23. Enjoy many art installations at various NYC pop up stands.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

24. Discover the beauty and hidden gems of Central Park.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

25. Learn how to navigate the New York City Subway. (Trust me, it will make your life easier.)

26. Visit the architectural wonder, the Vessel, at Hudson Yards.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

27. Savor delicious beer at the Brooklyn Brewery.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

28. Take in the stunning views of the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

29. Catch a concert at Madison Square Garden.

30. Rock out to a live performance or enjoy local musicians play in Brooklyn. A few years ago I saw Laura Marling perform at the Brooklyn Steel.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

31. Take a fitness class at one of New York City’s many unique fitness studios.

32. Indulge in the best Italian specialties on Arthur Avenue in The Bronx.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

33. Have fun and get your bowling game on at Brooklyn Bowl (in Brooklyn) or Lucky Strike (in Manhattan).

34. Go stargazing at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

35. Visit the New York City Public Library – the most beautiful library in the city.

36. Admire the architectural beauty at St. John the Divine; the United States’ largest cathedral.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

37. Read your way through Strand Bookstore.

38. Take in the talents at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), Guggenheim Museum and Whitney Museum of American Art.

39. Get some laughs in at a comedy show.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

40. Be part of the late night show taping of SNL.

41. Enjoy high tea at The Plaza Hotel.

42. Savor a famous cronut at Dominique Ansel Bakery.

43. Take in the views of New York City at Hudson River Park.

44. Head into the residential East Village neighborhoods for boutique shopping, quaint coffee shops and more.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

45. Visit the adorable Freeman’s Alley, a hidden gem in NYC.

46. Eat your way through Hell’s Kitchen. My favorite foodie spot is Becco.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

47. Shop your way through The Oculus.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

48. See the talented street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

49. Experience NYC’s haunted scene by taking a ghost tour.

50. Sample your way and find some goodies at Chelsea Market.

51. Watch the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center or the New York Knicks and/or Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

52. Visit TimeOut Market in Brooklyn to check out all different types of food. (I also went to TimeOut Market in Lisbon.)

53. Unwind at the Russian and Turkish Baths.

54. Walk around the charming South Street Seaport.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

55. See the Victorian mansions of the Historic District of Ditmas Park in Brooklyn.

Everything to Enjoy During the Holidays:

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

56. Head over to 6th Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on American Thanksgiving in late November.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

57. If you’re visiting NYC in early December, attend the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

58. Be awestruck by the magnificent Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center (once it is lit).

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

59. Window-shop and admire the magical holiday artwork and displays in the high-end department store windows along Fifth Avenue.

60. Watch the Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas Light Show.

61. Visit the peaceful Christmas tree at the New York Stock Exchange.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

62. Pretend you’re at the German Christmas markets by visiting Rolf’s Bar & Restaurant.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

63. Dance with the Rockette’s at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

64. Browse around the Union Square Holiday Market (or Farmer’s Market).

65. Take an Uber or subway ride to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn and admire all of their annual holiday decorations.

66. Visit the rooftop igloos and warm up with a hot alcoholic (or non alcoholic) beverage at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar.

67. Bar crawl through Manhattan and raise money at the annual SantaCon.

68. See the stunning Christmas tree at Lotte New York Palace.

69. Walk around the Christmas markets at Bryant Park.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

70. Ice skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park or Wollman Rink in Central Park. (The above photo was taken at the ice rink they had one year at South Street Seaport.)

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

71. Ring in the New Year by watching the Swarovski crystal ball drop in Time’s Square or have fun at one of the many parties.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

72. Enjoy the exciting celebrations on Chinese New Year in Chinatown.

Top Things to do During the Warmer Months:

73. Sip frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3, a local’s favorite.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

74. Enjoy a New York City happy hour. My favorite spots for happy hour with a view are City Vineyard, Loopy Doopy, 230 Fifth, Mr. Purple, Cloud Social, The Press Lounge, Pod 39 and more.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

75. If you’re a movie lover, attend the Tribeca Film Festival.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

76. Take a stroll along The High Line and savor the views of the Hudson River.

77. Be Italian for the day at the annual Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy during September.

78. Cool off and enjoy a frozen happy hour at Tipsy Scoop – New York City’s first ice cream “barlour”.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

79. Take a nap, read a book or catch up with a friend at New York City’s other beautiful parks: Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Washington Square Park, Battery Park or Prospect Park.

80. Walk through a floral wonderland at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

81. Become a foodie at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn – the largest open-air food market in America.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

82. Enjoy laughs and good times under the stringed lights of Stone Street in the Financial District.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

83. Watch a Yankee Game at Yankee Stadium or a Mets game at Citi Field.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

84. Participate in New York City Restaurant Week during the month of July, or just enjoy all of the amazing restaurants NYC has to offer. Click here to discover the best New York City restaurants.

85. Pretend you’re on a pirate ship at The Frying Pan.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

86. Go to New York City’s famous beach and boardwalk – Coney Island in Brooklyn.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

87. Say hello to your favorite animals at the Bronx Zoo.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

88. Grab Shake Shack (a NYC classic) and enjoy the views of the Flatiron Building from Madison Square Park.

89. Eat at “Instagrammable” locations such as Pizza Beach, Souvlaki GR and more.

90. If you’re looking for something “extra”, enjoy a Black Tap milkshake.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

91. Attend New York City Fashion Week during the month of September.

92. Discover the future of plants at Greenery Unlimited in Brooklyn.

93. If you love sculptures, visit the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

94. For all yogis out there, attend Wanderlust festival at Prospect Park in Brooklyn every September.

95. Make your childhood come back to life by having fun at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar where there is a bar, mini golf, carousel and more.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

96. Enjoy the tropical Tulum-inspired oasis at Gitano.

97. Sip on local wines at Red Hook Winery, one of NYC’s best urban wineries.

98. Ride the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island.

99. Test your golfing skills at Chelsea Piers.

100. Attend an event on Governor’s Island.

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.

101. Enjoy the dreamy views of Manhattan by taking a cruise along the East River and Hudson River.


101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

I hope you all enjoyed discovering my top 101 things to do in New York City. Overall, the adventures here are unlimited and there is so much to do even outside of the Big Apple in New York State and New Jersey. If you have any questions about New York City and beyond, please email me at [email protected]

101 Things to do in New York City. Experience the Greatest City in the World.
Photo by Gian Carlo Stigliano of Expansive Media

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8 Comments

  1. Courtney on November 20, 2019 at 11:08 am

    This is so fun Taylor! I grew up in NY and haven’t done half of these things. I need to get back and check all these off my list 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on November 20, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Thank you Courtney! Yes, I try to do something new every time I go into the city. 🙂

  2. Vonni on November 21, 2019 at 5:14 am

    I’m always looking for things to do in the city. It’s hard to think sometimes; thanks for such great suggestions. Pictures by Carlo are awesome

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you so much Vonni! The adventures in NYC are endless! 🙂

  3. Aswani Kurra on November 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Such an awesome and exhaustive list Taylor! loved it!

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you so much Aswani! 🙂

  4. Brittany Jane on November 25, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Sooo many good things to do in NYC, Taylor! Loved all your throwbacks too, hehe.

    • Taylor Deer on November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      Ah thank you Bri! The adventures here are endless! 🙂

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