Fun things to do in NY while attending BDNY
New York is one of the most visited cities in the world. And for good reason! From food to fashion to finance, this city is booming with culture. The Big Apple really is an incredible experience, and if you plan to visit New York for BDNY, you'll want to pack as much excitement as you can into your trip. New York City is a huge city with lots of things to do, so we’ve came up with a list of must see places to help you organize your agenda to be able to visit the most famous locations in the world.
Aerial view from New York City - Photo by Brandon Jacoby on Unsplash
Here’s a list of key places to visit during your stay in New York:
1) Central Park
This is the most famous urban park in the world. Established in 1857, Central Park covers 843 acres of Manhattan and receives about 35 million visitors annually. You could spend all day long walking through the park, so in order to keep to our action packed tour schedule, we’ll suggest some key sites you would be interested in seeing: The Mall, Strawberry Fields (a tribute to John Lennon), The Zoo, The Boathouse, The Bow Bridge, and Bethesda Fountain. The best is that the park is just 2 miles way from Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, you can’t miss it!
Central Park - Photo by Preston Pownell on Unsplash
Everyone is talking about it! Broadway is the beating heart of the theater culture. There are 41 professional theatres in the Theatre District and Broadway receives about 13 million visitors annually. Some of the most famous shows played at Broadway are The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Chicago, The Lion King, and Les Misérables. You may have heard of them? Catch your favorite Hollywood stars brushing up their chops in the latest production and get an intimate up-close experience. Grab your ticket and plan a nice dinner in the area - you’ll love it!
Broadway - Photo by Nicolai Berntsen on Unsplash
3) Time Square
Referred to as “The Crossroads of the World”, Time Square is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. It attracts 50 million visitors annually, so you won’t be alone when you visit no matter what time of day. It’s action packed 24 hours a day. Time Square is known for its billboards, whose average size is 2,013.25 square feet. Fun fact: every building is required to display illuminated signs and there are no restrictions on maximum light limits, but buildings must comply with a MINIMUM lighting requirement. Needless to say, the area is well lit and full of fun advertisements. As you journey through Times Square, be aware of the “Naked Cowboy”.
Time Square - Photo by David Alacaraz on Unsplash
4) Statue of Liberty
If you are in New York you have to visit the Statue of Liberty. The statue was a gift from the people of France to the United States, dedicated to the United States in October 28, 1886. The statue is a robed woman who represents Libertas, a Roman goddess. On the right hand above her head she holds a torch. On the left hand she carries a tabula which bears the date of US Declaration of Independence. And at her feet lies broken chains that represent freedom and democracy. Today, the Statue of Liberty not only symbolizes freedom, but it is also an American icon recognized worldwide. Take the ferry across to see it close up (also stops at Ellis Island) or go up and view the city from inside Lady Liberty. It’s a steep climb, so prepare to get a workout on those stairs!
Statue of Liberty - Photo by Mariano Rossi on Unsplash
5) Empire State Building
How about a 360 degree view from the Empire State Building’s 86th Floor Observation Deck? The views are stunning, and you’ll feel so high, you might even be able to see your own house no matter what state you’re from. Located on Fifth Ave, this building is 1,250 feet high and has 102 stories. After its construction, the Empire State Building was considered the tallest building in the world for 40 years (1931-1970). The observation deck for viewing is located on the 86th floor and has been visited by over 110 million people.
Empire State Building - Photo by Ben Dumond on Unsplash
This one is best left to you. Just follow your nose! Or get some great local advice from your concierge or your local travel advisor. Or find some foodie tips on Yelp for your area. Since NY is home to settlers from all over the world, you’ll have the best restaurants of every nation, every culture, every style. With so many restaurants to choose from, you’ll want to be sure you get a taste. Mmmm. Bon appetit!