THE ULTIMATE NEW YORK CITY BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Do in NYC)

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017

Attractions

  1. ⬢ Barney’s NY (the stairs igers love)
  2. ⬡ Bronx Zoo
  3. ⬡ Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  4. ⬡ Brooklyn Bowl
  5. ⬡ Brooklyn Flea Market
  6. ⬡ Brooklyn Nets / New York Knicks
  7. ⬢ Chelsea Market
  8. ⬢ Chinatown
  9. ⬡ Chrysler Building
  10. ⬡ Columbia University
  11. ⬡ Coney Island Boardwalk
  12. ⬡ Empire State Building
  13. ⬡ Fifth Avenue
  14. ⬢ Flatiron Building
  15. ⬢ Grand Central Station / Terminal
  16. ⬡ Greenwich Village
  17. ⬡ Grounds for Sculpture (NJ)
  18. ⬡ Hell Gate Bridge
  19. ⬡ Intrepid (esp for Stargazing or Movie Nights)
  20. ⬡ Las Chicas Locas for Salsa Dancing
  21. ⬢ Library Hotel (stay for a night or happy hour at their rooftop bar)
  22. ⬡ The Lowline Lab
  23. ⬡ Mahayana Buddhist Temple
  24. ⬡ National Tennis Center (US Open)
  25. ⬡ The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden
  26. ⬢ New York Public Library
  27. ⬡ New York Giants
  28. ⬡ New York Yankees / Mets
  29. ⬡ New York Wheel
  30. ⬢ Rockefeller Center (ice skating and holiday decorations)
  31. ⬢ Shop at the giant B&H (pick up your free gift using this voucher or code: LOCALADVEN)
  32. ⬡ Smorgasburg
  33. ⬡ St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  34. ⬡ Staten Island Ferry (and drink a Staten Island Ferry. Cheers!)
  35. ⬡ Strand Bookstore
  36. ⬡ Terhune Apple Orchards (NJ)
  37. ⬡ Tibet House
  38. ⬢ Times Square (but then get the hell outta there. If you prefer to stay for the location – lots of Broadway shows here – we really loved the Casablanca Hotel)
  39. ⬢ Top of the Rock
  40. ⬡ Union Square Farmer’s Market
  41. ⬡ Victorian Gardens Amusement Park
  42. ⬢ World Trade Center Transportation Hub

National Park Units

  1. ⬡ African Burial Ground National Monument
  2. ⬡ Castle Clinton National Monument
  3. ⬡ Federal Hall National Monument
  4. ⬡ General Grant National Memorial
  5. ⬡ Governors Island National Monument
  6. ⬡ Hamilton Grange National Memorial
  7. ⬡ Statue of Liberty National Monument (want to avoid the lines at Liberty Island? Take a cruise next to it instead.)
  8. ⬡ Stonewall National Monument
  9. ⬡ Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Memorials / Museums

  1. ⬢ 9/11 Memorial
  2. ⬡ American Museum of Natural History
  3. ⬡ Brooklyn Museum
  4. ⬡ Ellis Island
  5. ⬡ Frick Collection
  6. ⬢ Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met)
  7. ⬡ Museum of Modern Art (Free Fri 4-8PM)
  8. ⬡ New York Transit Museum
  9. ⬢ One World Observatory
  10. ⬡ Solomon R Guggenheim Museum
  11. ⬡ Whitney Museum of American Art

Shows / Venues

  1. ⬡ Apollo Theater
  2. ⬢ Broadway Show or Off Broadway Show (still want to see Book of Mormon!)
  3. ⬡ Carnegie Hall
  4. ⬡ Comedy Cellar
  5. ⬡ Late night show taping / SNL (how to score free tickets)
  6. ⬡ Lincoln Center Fountain for the Performing Arts
  7. ⬡ Madison Square Garden
  8. ⬡ Metropolitan Opera House
  9. ⬡ New York Philharmonic
  10. ⬡ Nitehawk Cinema
  11. ⬡ Radio City Music Hall
  12. ⬡ Shakespeare in the Park (Summer only, how to score free tickets)

Outdoors / Parks

  1. ⬡ The Battery Conservancy
  2. ⬡ Brighton Beach
  3. ⬡ Brooklyn Bridge & Brooklyn Bridge Park
  4. ⬢ Bryant Park
  5. ⬢ Central Park (picnic)
  6. ⬡ Conservatory Garden
  7. ⬡ DUMBO view of Manhattan Bridge
  8. ⬡ East River State Park
  9. ⬢ The High Line
  10. ⬡ Prospect Park
  11. ⬡ Rockaway Beach
  12. ⬡ Socrates Sculpture Park
  13. ⬢ Washington Square Park
  14. ⬡ West 4th Street Courts

Food

  1. ⬢ Afternoon tea at the Plaza (some other great spots)
  2. ⬡ Birch Coffee (coffee also at: A Little Taste, Piccolo Cafe)
  3. ⬡ Contra NYC (tasting menu)
  4. ⬢ Dominique Ansel Bakery
  5. ⬢ Doughnut Plant
  6. ⬢ Eataly
  7. ⬡ Eleven Madison Park
  8. ⬢ Ess-A-Bagel
  9. ⬢ Halal Guys
  10. ⬢ Joe’s Pizza for classic NY pizza (or any of these iconic spots)
  11. ⬢ La Maison du Macaron (love these more than Laduree)
  12. ⬡ Per Se
  13. ⬡ Peter Luger’s Steakhouse (loved the burger over the steak)

This 101 list is not of TravellersguideNG, it is culled from http://localadventurer.com/things-to-do-in-nyc-bucket-list/ for Travellersguid readers