Image of NYC skyline Make the most of your long weekend in NYC!

Visiting New York City and seeing all the attractions and iconic locations up close and personal is on everyone’s bucket list. What happens if you only have a long weekend to spare? How can you make the most of your short trip in New York City? Keep reading to find out!

1. Visit the City’s Landmarks

Image of an overview of the Statue of Liberty The Statue of Liberty has been an important monument for all generations.

There are tons of iconic buildings and locations around New York City to begin your trip with! Head to the Empire State Building and make your way to the 86th floor to experience the observation deck and take in panoramic views of the glorious city. Is it possible to be in New York City and not experience Times Square? Marvel at all the bright lights and ads that have made this landmark location shine! See why New Yorkers are so proud of where they’re from by visiting the Statue of Liberty. Experience this icon of freedom by hopping on a ferry and see how immigrants arriving from overseas have been welcomed. Ever wondered what it’s like to commute like a New Yorker? Just head to Grand Central Station, one of the nation’s most historic landmarks, as well as one of the busiest train stations in the country, to watch the action while you browse the shops and grab some lunch (or maybe a train out of town)!

Image of Skyline with One World Trade Center Visit the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere at One World Trade Center and experience the memorialization of the original World Trade Center complex.

If you have extra time in your weekend schedule be sure to check out Ground Zero and One World Trade Center. These are not only places of importance to New Yorkers, but to the nation as a whole. Come by and pay tribute to an important day in our nation’s history. While you’re Downtown head on over to the Brooklyn Bridge, which is one of the top bridges in New York City! For another breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline head to the Top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center! Regardless of which and how many landmarks you’re able to visit you’ll end up with a whole new view of New York!

2. Go for a Walk in one of the City’s Iconic Parks

Image of Belvedere Castle in Central Park Walk around Central Park and make sure to stop by Belvedere Castle!

New York City has an abundance of parks to walk through or to have a picnic in. Central Park is just one of New York’s famed parks, and is the most visited urban park in the states as well as being one of the most filmed locations in the world! The park offers plenty to do, visit the zoo, walk through the Great Lawn, head over to Belvedere Castle, or go ice skating, there’s always something going on in Central Park! Another fascinating park is Bryant Park, which is also located in Manhattan. Sit at a table and watch some street performers, enjoy a game at the putting green, catch a movie on the lawn, or have a meal at the Bryant Park Grill, the options are endless! Don’t forget about the High Line, which is a 1.5-mile (2.3 km) long park built over Chelsea, Manhattan on an abandoned portion of railroad tracks. Go for a walk and enjoy the abundance of greenery like the locals do! When you are done exploring all the Manhattan parks, head to Brooklyn and make your way to Prospect Park, where you can play a pickup game of football, baseball, volleyball, tennis, and many more! In addition, you can also try horseback riding, boating, or simply enjoy the views!

3. Go Shopping

Image of 5th Avenue There’s plenty of shopping to do on 5th Avenue, from large department stores to small souvenir shops!

New York is known for its incredible shopping destinations. If you think of yourself as a fashion-forward individual then head down 5th Avenue for some one-of-a-kind shopping! Centered in Manhattan between 39th and 60th Street is where you’ll find anything from housewares and NYC souvenirs to the latest fashion trends from the biggest department stores. If that isn’t enough to fill your fashion craze don’t worry, there are plenty of other shopping locations in Midtown Manhattan! Walk down 34th Street and along 7th, 8th, and 9th Avenues and you’ll find all the shops your heart and wallet desires. Shopping in NYC is a great way to experience the city on your own time! Cross off two activities in one swoop at Times Square. This iconic attraction is also known for its large retail stores. See why Times Square is referred to as The Crossroads of the World by doing some shopping! If these shopping locations don’t fit your needs, try the Manhattan Mall or Rockefeller Center, or take a ride to Brooklyn and check out the Kings Plaza Mall or Atlantic Center Mall. And be sure to check out our top 5 shopping spots in New York!

4. Stay in a New York Vacation Rental, and Live Like a Local

Image of the living room in a Manhattan vacation rental By staying in a vacation rental you can live like a local in NYC!

When visiting NYC for such a short time it’s important you get the most out of your visit. By staying in a vacation rental you’ll be surrounded by locals, those who eat, breathe, and sleep in New York City! By staying in a vacation rental you’ll be able to save yourself some money, as vacation rentals are usually cheaper than staying in hotels. In addition, most vacation rentals come with fully equipped kitchens, some sort of a laundry facility, and some form of an entertainment system! If you’re completely new to the city stay informed with our guide to basic tips and etiquette for visitors! By staying in a vacation rental in one of New York’s neighborhoods, you’ll feel what it’s like to live like a local! Take a look at our New York vacation rentals and see what living in NYC like a local is all about!

5. Visit One of the City’s Best Museums

Image of outside of Guggenheim Museum Known for its cylindrical shape and its many art exhibits, the Guggenheim Museum is a must visit!

New York City’s world-famous museums suit a variety of interests in history, art, and culture so come on over and explore New York’s Museum Mile! Check out the Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side featuring impressionist, post-impressionist, modern, and contemporary art as well as featuring special exhibits throughout the year. The museum is known for its cylindrical shape, a work of art in itself! No trip to NYC is complete without a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as The Met! The Met is the largest art museum in the United Sates as well as being one of the most visited art museums in the world. The museum’s permanent exhibits range from Ancient Egyptian art pieces to American and modern art, with lots in between! Seen in movies such as Night at the Museum, The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the world, with 27 interconnected building housing 45 permanent exhibitions. With so many artifacts only so much can be displayed at one time, so every trip is a new experience, and you’ll get to experience life as a local in Manhattan! Don’t forget about the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Midtown which is known for its modern and contemporary art pieces ranging from architecture and design to electronic media.

6. Musicals

Image of Broadway at Times Square With plenty of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, you’re bound to find one to suit your tastes!

After exploring the city for the past few days you’re probably ready to do something a little less taxing, and what better way to unwind in New York than by seeing a musical or play! Whether you see a Broadway or an Off-Broadway show you’ll take part in a major tourist attraction in Midtown, Manhattan! In case you were curious, Broadway shows are typically considered the most successful level of commercial theatre with larger seating capacities, while Off-Broadway shows are located in smaller theaters, so they’re usually a little cheaper. Some popular Broadway shows include The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Chicago, among many, many more! If you’re interested in an Off-Broadway show consider one of the following: Avenue Q, Stomp, or Blue Man Group. With so many shows to choose from, you’re bound to find one you’ll enjoy! If a particular Broadway show catches your eye head to the theater’s box office and ask about their rush ticket policies. Many theaters discount their tickets for as little as $20 on the day of the performance. Remember to explore nearby Hell’s Kitchen and see what it’s like to live like a local!

Regardless of how you plan your itinerary for your long weekend, you’ll be able to experience some of the best of New York City with these activities. If you have some extra time in your schedule check out our top 10 must-see sites in NYC! Be sure to let us know about your trip and what you did!

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