New York City is PACKED with exciting vacation attractions – shows, dining, shopping, history, and lots more. New York is also an excellent starting or ending point for a longer vacation, as it has a modern international airport which serves the entire world and a cruise ship terminal which services ships traveling to Europe, Canada, the U.S. East Coast, the Caribbean and more.
Shopping in New York
New York, the shopping capital of the world, has something for all budgets. Here is a guide to some of the top stores and a couple of places for the bargain hunter.
The words “New York” and “shopping” go hand in hand, as spendthrifts from every corner of the globe descend on the Big Apple hunting for quality goods and bargain prices.
Midtown Manhattan is full of large department stores and designer outlets offering the fanatical shopper an unparalleled choice. If you can’t find it in New York you most likely won’t find it anywhere.
The major attractions are the department stores spread across the city offering everything from the very latest fashions to a bag of candy. The size of the city means a bit of forward planning is useful to get the best out of a short stay.
New York City is considered to be a melting pot of different cultures and classes. If this applies to the atmosphere of The Big Apple, then it is especially true for the endless number of restaurants that call New York City home. With an astounding estimate of 25,000 eating and drinking options throughout the five boroughs, the food scene can be overwhelming even to native New Yorkers. But with some thoughtful research and a plan, the savvy eater can take advantage of the boundless options and deals that are more readily available in New York than anywhere else in the world.
New York City is a fast moving place, and if you can’t keep up, then it can be very difficult to enjoy what the city has to offer. Only one in five restaurants make it past the first five years of business, therefore the face of the food landscape is constantly changing. In order to keep up and eat well, regardless of your budget, make use of one of the many guides to New York City restaurants that are on the market. Some of the more popular resources include Zagat’s, Shecky’s, Time Out New York, The New York Times, and Citysearch. These guides can help keep you up to date on new openings and closings, locations, as well great deals and other useful information.
New York is an essential trip for anyone interested in exploring an extraordinary restaurant scene. So be sure to bring a healthy appetite and some loose pants, because it’s impossible to leave the culinary capital of the world without a stuffed stomach and the feeling that you have come through a delightful and memorable journey. Just remember to do a little planning ahead of time and leave enough time to wander off into the jungle that is New York’s frenzied food scene.
Tours & Attractions
Whether you’re visiting or call the City your home, New York’s many attractions are key to your enjoyment of the five boroughs. NYC offers a quality and diversity of experiences that is unmatched by any other destination. Below, find a guide to some of the City’s must-see sites.
- 47th Street – The Diamond District
- American Girl Place
- Apollo Theater
- Armory Track & Field Foundation
- Bodies…The Exhibition
- Bronx Zoo
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Brooklyn Brewery
- Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc
- Carnegie Hall
- Cathedral Church of St. John the Divin
- Central Park Loeb Boathous
- Central Park Zo
- Chamber of Commerce of Washington Heights and Inwood, Inc
- Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Comple
- Circle Line Downtow
- Citi Fiel
- Dave & Buster’s
- Ellis Island/American Family Immigration History Cente
- Empire State Building Observatory
- Explorer Pas
- FDNY Fire Zon
- Grand Central Terminal
- Green-Wood Cemeter
- Helicopter Flight Services, Inc
- Historic Richmond Town
- Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
- Instituto Cervante
- InterChurch Cente
- Jacques Torres Chocolat
- Japan Societ
- King Tut NYC: Return of the Kin
- Lincoln Center for the Performing Art
- Madame Alexander Doll Company
- Madame Tussauds New Yor
- Madison Square Garden
- Manhattan by Sai
- Museum of Se
- National Park Servic
- National Parks of New York Harbo
- New York Aquarium
- New York Giant
- New York International Auto Show
- New York Knick
- New York Libert
- New York Met
- New York Public Librar
- New York Ranger
- New York Water Tax
- New York Yankees
- NY Skyride
- Open House New York Inc.
- Poets House
- Prospect Park Zoo
- Queens Botanical Garden
- Queens Council on the Arts, Inc.
- Queens Zoo
- Radio City Music Hall
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
- Rockefeller Center
- Roosevelt Island
- Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
- Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
- Sony Wonder Technology Lab
- South Street Seaport
- St. Paul’s Chapel
- Staten Island Yankees
- Staten Island Zoo
- Statue of Liberty National Monument
- Story Corps, Lower Manhattan StoryBooth
- The Chocolate Show
- The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial & Educational Center
- The New York Pass
- The Ride
- The Riverside Church New York City
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- Tourneau/Tourneau Time Machine
- Toys “R” Us Times Square
- Trinity Wall Street
- United Nations
- US Fund for UNICEF
- USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
- Village Alliance
- Wave Hill
- West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA)
- World Financial Center
- Yankee Stadium
The best time to visit New York is during the spring and fall when temperatures hover around 68°F (20°C). New York winters tend to be unpredictable, sometimes wild, sometimes severe and stormy while summers are hot, muggy and often last until September.