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New York City Must Sees

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share my must see places of New York City.

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I’ve done this previously with Mexico City and San Antonio. Since I’ve gotten a few comments that those posts are helpful, here’s some of my tips! Now, I’ve only been to New York City once for a weekend trip, so while I haven’t seen too much, we did see a good amount for the time we were there so I do think I have some good suggestions for you!

Statue of Liberty

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Of course, a must see is the Statue of Liberty! We did the free commuter ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island but there is one where you can pay for a tour to get to the statue. We didn’t have much time so we didn’t want that sort of commitment and we were glad to do this instead but you may want to actually see it up close and pay if you want.

See a musical on Broadway & Times Square

I know not everyone would want to see two musicals maybe but I would say it’s definitely worth seeing one! The theatres are all around Times Square so you’ll be able to get both of these done at once!

9/11 Memorial

9/11 memorial NYC trip

Well this one I’m sure everyone understands why it’s included. The 9/11 Memorial is definitely a “must see” in New York. The reflection ponds are just beautifully designed and so peaceful. There is also a museum which we didn’t go through but I do hear it’s really well done.

Central Park

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Central Park is huge so plan accordingly if you want to see something specific here. We went to Strawberry Fields and walked through a tiny bit of the park which was stunning. You’ll want to pack some good walking shoes if you really want to go around and explore it all.

Visit a museum

NYC is also full of amazing museums! We went to the American Museum of Natural History and the New York City Aquarium. The price points vary for them so the aquarium was a little pricey (as aquariums tend to be due to what is needed to care for the sea creatures of course) but the AMNH was a “pay what you can” sort of museum. There’s also many free museums, free days offered at ones where you’d normally pay, and there’s a ton with student discounts so keep all that in mind when you’re traveling. Even if sea life or natural history isn’t your thing, there’s bound to be something for you that you’ll enjoy!

Honorary Mentions

Might make it on yours

Here’s a few places I did visit and maybe they wouldn’t be “must sees” for everyone but I thought I’d include them in case you wanted to consider them!

  • Coney Island – an amusement park along the boardwalk and beach, it’s lot of fun and would be a great family activity in Brooklyn.
  • A historical church – I visited Trinity Church to see where Alexander and Eliza Hamilton were buried. Unfortunately it was closed when I went by (I believe for renovations) but I did get to peek into the area. Even if Trinity Church isn’t the one you want to visit, I would say check out a church as NYC has a ton of beautiful historical churches.
  • A bridge – I saw the Brooklyn Bridge however there’s a ton of bridges linking Manhattan to the rest of the world so I would recommend checking one of them out. You might be thinking “why would I want to see a bridge?” and look, I get it, but they are really cool and fun to walk across!

Places I haven’t been to

Here’s some places that I haven’t seen but are pretty popular. There’s tons of things you could see in NYC so this is by no means an inclusive list but it is a sneak peek into my some of “must sees” for my next trip!

  • Rockefeller Center
  • Empire State Building
  • Chelsea Market
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Madison Square Park
  • Macy’s Herald Square

And that’s my NYC “must sees”! Again, this is not at all comprehensive due to the sheer amount of awesome things to see in NYC so if you think I have left something out, please let me know.

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  1. Such a great list! I highly recommend Bryant Park and the Public Library (which are free:) which are my favorite places in the city! I love the pic of you in Central Park! I am glad you had fun in the Concrete Jungle! 🙂 ❤

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    • It’s an amazing musical! I love Phantom soooooo much. It’s going to be in Chicago again at the end of the year so I could see it again but I’m trying to save money. It’s a tough internal debate! And the New York Aquarium was super fun. I really like the Shedd more in Chicago, mostly because we have belugas, but it was still really cool and the area is worth the trip!

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