150+ Fun Things to Do in New York City

The “Big Apple” is one of the busiest and well known cities in the world. There’s so many awesome things to do and see in New York City at any given time of the year. Whether you’re visiting the Statue of Liberty, walking over the Manhattan bridge, or just trying some fantastic street food, you’ll never be bored. But just in case you want some ideas on what to see next, we’ve got over 150 fun things to do right here!

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Sit on a bench and enjoy the surroundings in Central Park
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Admire the Manhattan Skyline at night
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Stroll the High Line and view the city from an elevated park
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Take a selfie at the iconic Grand Central Terminal
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Find nice shops while walking around Bryant Park
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Look at the giant Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and feel the spirit of the holidays
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Catch the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy a great view of Manhattan
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Read your favorite book at the New York Public Library
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See the bright lights at Times Square
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Take a look at the Survivor Tree at the 9/11 Memorial
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Admire the architecture of St. Patrick’s Cathedral
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Go window shopping along Fifth Avenue
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Have a quiet reflection at the “Little Chapel That Stood”
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Hang out at the “Village”
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Walk along 18th century streets in West Village
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Spot the Naked Cowboy at Times Square
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Relax at Washington Square Park
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See the twin reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial
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Take a snap of the iconic Chrysler Building
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See the trendy shops at SoHo
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Locate hard to find books at the Strand Bookstore
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Explore the flagship store of Tiffany & Co on Fifth Avenue
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Be like a kid again at Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square
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Find rare baseball memorabilia at Bergino Baseball Clubhouse
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Find great gift ideas at MoMA Design Store
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Spend a Sunday morning at Gansevoort Market and find the best spots to eat
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Check out the awesome window display at Bergdorf Goodman
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Visit Midtown Comics, the largest comic book store in the country
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Go window shopping for high fashion brands along Madison Avenue
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Find eclectic household items and more at Fishs Eddy
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See Lego Store’s mini Rockefeller Center
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Unleash the geek inside you at Forbidden Planet
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Explore the Evolution Store and find unusual collectibles
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Find all your sporting needs at Paragon Sports
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Enter chocolate heaven at Hershey’s Times Square
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Find the many varieties of tea at DAVIDsTEA
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See the neat graffitti and street art in NoLIta
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Find out upcoming auctions at Christie’s
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Visit the NHL Store and you might get a chance to see your favorite player
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Listen to the the Cathedral Choir at Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
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Watch the documentary “Island of Hope, Island of Tears” at Ellis Island
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Take a photo of the Flatiron Building
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Tour Ellis Island Immigration Museum and get a glimpse of history
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Enjoy the beauty of nature at Conservatory Garden
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Stroll along Upper West Side and find apartments you’ve seen in a movie
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See a great view of the Hudson River from Riverside Park
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Have a quiet reflection at Trinity Church
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Experience old New York at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle
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Escape the city at Governor’s Island
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Explore Neue Galerie for free on the first Friday of the month
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Spend an entire day at Macy’s Herald Square
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Ride a bike and cross Manhattan Bridge
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See the Bethesda Fountain, the heart of Central Park
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Go jogging around Battery Park
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Take a snap of the lighthouse at Roosevelt Island
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Visit Strawberry Fields, John Lennon’s Memorial
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Walk through the campus of Columbia University
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Have a romantic stroll at Hudson River Park
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Find the freshest produce at Union Square Greenmarket
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Spot Alice in Central Park
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Take a selfie with the “Charging Bull” on Wall Street
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Have an outdoor lunch at Fort Tryon Park
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Travel back in time as you walk along Stone Street Historic District
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Find the best Italian spots in Little Italy
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Find “Friends” on Bedford Street
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Locate the home of the GhostBusters
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View world class artwork at Hispanic Society of America
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Find a “castle” in Central Park
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fun things to do in NYC

There are literally thousands of things to do in NYC. We unfortunately can’t get them all listed here, but if there’s something you really think our audience is missing out on, make sure to submit a suggestion! Don’t forget to check out all of the other awesome attractions in Albany and Rochester NY!