10 New York City "Tourist" Activities That Aren't Overrated


There are many "tourist" activities all over the world that are overrated - it's all hyped up, but then when you go to do or see it for yourself, it's a letdown. Like going to the Leaning Tower of Pisa just to take that picture of you "holding it up," and then realizing there isn't much else to do in Pisa. (No offense, Pisa). I've been lucky to have been to NYC four times in my life so far, and to be honest, most of my time was spent doing "tourist-y" things. I'll have to head back for a longer trip to get more of an extensive feel for the city, but in the meantime, here are some so-called tourist-y activities that I totally don't find overrated.

1. Seeing a Broadway Show

New York is the capital of entertainment, and live musicals are no exception. The actors/singers/dancers are amazing and among the best in the world. Seeing a Broadway show is definitely worth it!

2. Strolling around Central Park

...Looking at photos like this makes my problems seem not so big. --Pia (Cool photo.  New York Citys Central Park from Above)

Clear your mind away from the hustle and bustle in this huge park.

3. Scouting out film locations from your favorite shows and movies

From the Gossip Girl filming locations to the Central Perk from Friends (plus SO many more), New York City is the backdrop for countless TV shows and movies. Scout out the locations of your favorites and get excited when you see them person.

4. Window shopping on 5th avenue during the holidays

Yes, it's very crowded, but the window displays are beautiful during the holiday season. And if your budget allows, head inside the stores and shop!

5. Ice skating at Rockefeller

Another holiday favorite is skating at the rink at Rockefeller Plaza. How fun would it be to skate in one of the city's most well-known centers (and next to NBC Studios)?

6. Boat cruising around Lower Manhattan

I'm not sure how popular this is, but I went on a boat cruise here for work last summer and it was incredible. Not only is being on a boat in the summer already fun, but the views of the skyline - and being so close to it - are amazing.

7. Taking a picture on the Brooklyn Bridge

Stepping foot on this iconic bridge is a cool experience. Plus, there are plenty of photo opportunities on the bridge, of the skyline, and of the water.

8. Staying in the Plaza like Eloise

The Plaza Hotel is one of the most famous and historical hotels in the city. If you were a fan of Eloise growing up, check out the Eloise suite. If you're a fan of The Great Gatsby movie, the scene in the Plaza Hotel was actually filmed there.

9. Spending a day at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is among the world's best art museums.

10. Arriving at night when the city is all lit up

Driving out from the airport and into the city is a purely magical experience at night. The bright lights of the skyscrapers invite you as you edge closer and closer. There truly is no other city that feels this magical.

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