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Things to do in New York

When it comes to things to do in New York, you are quite simply spoiled for choice. Discover dining and nightlife options to suit every taste and budget. See its famous sights, absorb the culture and shop until you drop.

On New York holidays tuck into gooey pizza in Greenwich Village or sample world-class cuisine at the Waldorf-Astoria. Shop for designer labels or browse trendy boutiques. Catch a glimpse of snow leopards at Central Park Zoo and peruse the Picassos at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Explore beyond the city on a New York fly-drive holiday.

A New York art exhibition

New York Culture & Museums

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Guggenheim are New York’s most famous galleries. For something a little different, explore the Latin influences at El Museo del Barrio, which hosts concerts in the summer. Discover stunning landscapes at New York City Gardens and visit fantastic Central Park Zoo on family holidays.

The Statue of Liberty

New York attractions

Take in awe-inspiring views of skyscraper-studded Manhattan from the observation deck of the Empire State Building and ‘Top of the Rock’. Wave at the legendary Statue of Liberty while cruising on the Staten Island Ferry. See world-class art at New York’s famous galleries and visit Babe Ruth’s home, Yankee Stadium.

The New York skyline

Trendy New York

Stylish, sophisticated bars and restaurants abound in New York. Sip cocktails at the elegant St Regis Hotel on Fifth and Madison, home of the Bloody Mary. Dine at trendy Italian eaterie Scarpetta and enjoy a refreshing beer at the exclusive sports bar, 40/40 Club, owned by rapper Jay Z.

New York at night

New York dining and nightlife

From traditional pizzerias to upmarket eateries, New York caters to the full culinary spectrum. For memorable live music experiences head to the Apollo Theatre or BB King Blues club, where legendary names have graced the stages. Make your way to the Lower East Side for buzzing bars and dancing dens.

Yellow New York cabs

New York Shopping

A visit to flagship stores Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s is a must when shopping in New York. On luxury holidays, find your designer labels at Barneys and be sure to visit iconic jewellery store Tiffany & Co in Midtown Manhattan. Make your way to the Meatpacking District for cutting-edge fashion.

New York experiences

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View from the Empire State Building in New York

Observatory and Optional Skip the Line Tickets

No visit to New York is complete without witnessing the awe-inspiring 360-degree view from the top of the Empire State Building. From 1,050 feet up on the Observatory of this iconic building, the vista will take your breath away. Gaze at the shimmering golds of New York at sunset and behold the spectacular sight of the illuminated city by night. Save your valuable holiday time and beat the queues by opting for a special Skip the Line Ticket or Express Pass.

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Helicopter view of the Statue of Liberty in New York

New York Helicopter Flight

For the most exhilarating way to see New York’s legendary landmarks, take to the skies on an unforgettable helicopter flight over the city. On this 12-minute flight, catch a glimpse of the Empire State Building and enjoy an incredible bird’s-eye view of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the humbling Memorial at Ground Zero. Enjoy a magnificent view of the world-famous Manhattan skyline and other essential sights during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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View from the Top of the Rock in New York

New York

For spectacular panoramic views of New York city, head to the ‘Top of the Rock’. From 70 stories up on the Observation Deck of the Rockefeller Plaza, the vista is simply breathtaking. Legendary landmarks including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge and even the Empire State Building can all be seen from this superb vantage point. With a Rockefeller Centre Tour Upgrade your ticket will include a guide to the rich history behind this cultural hub.

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Yellow taxis in New York

New York City

Explore all that the buzzing Big Apple has to offer on this lively tour, with options to suit you. For the Lower Manhattan experience choose the 24-hour Downtown Loop. Alternatively upgrade to the 72-hour or All Loops tickets to see every corner of New York City. For ultimate value, opt for the Freestyle New York Package and benefit from a 72-hour All Loops ticket with three added options including cruises, attractions, meals and museums. Discounts available on longer tours.

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The Statue of Liberty at sunset

New York

Sip complimentary champagne while watching the sun set over the awe-inspiring Manhattan skyline on this relaxing 1-hour cruise. See the majestic Statue of Liberty and awesome Brooklyn Bridge as you sail by gentle water taxi on the glistening waters of the East River. Enjoy a range of refreshments as you take in the unforgettable sight of New York’s twinkling lights by nightfall. Suitable for all ages, the Statue of Liberty evening cruise is an experience not to be missed.

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New York neighbourhoods

Midtown Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan

On New York breaks, head to the Big Apple’s core of Midtown Manhattan for the essential city experience. Here you will find the iconic Empire State Building, majestic Grand Central Station and the sparkling Chrysler Building. Stay at the InterContinental New York hotel for excellent proximity to the bright lights and buzz of Times Square. Be sure to visit world-famous department stores Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s for some serious shopping. Dine at Marriott’s The View restaurant for stunning 360-degree city vistas.

Aerial view of Downtown New York.

Downtown Manhattan

Cool, quirky and wonderfully diverse, Downtown Manhattan is a multicultural melting pot and the epitome of cutting-edge style. Soho’s high-end boutiques are a must for shopping on luxury holidays, or head to Chinatown for imitation-designer labels and kitsch souvenirs. While you’re there, sample delicious dumpling soup at Joe’s Shanghai restaurant or tuck into tasty traditional pizza at Little Italy. Stay at the elegant Ritz-Carlton New York hotel and benefit from enviable views across the harbour to the Statue of Liberty.

Flats in Soho, New York

Soho & Tribeca

For fine art, antiques and luxury purchases, head to trendy Tribeca and neighbouring Soho. A centre for style populated by wealthy fashionistas, it offers excellent shopping and dining options. The area segues between the Financial District and the laidback bohemia of the West Village, with an array of boutiques catering to retro-industrial chic. The luxurious Trump Soho hotel is a perfect base for exploring stylish Soho. Tribeca feels more residential but still attracts the ‘in crowd’ and the odd celebrity.

Aerial view of the Meatpacking Disctrict

Meatpacking District

Colourful and eclectic, the Meatpacking District is an epicentre of New York activity. On the West Side of Manhattan, the district is a hub of fashion, design, food and culture. Creative sophisticates live and work alongside meatpacking businesses in this buzzing community. Visitors come for the lively atmosphere and wide variety of quality bars and restaurants. Stay at the deluxe Hotel Gansevoort in the heart of the District and watch the sunset while sipping cocktails in its stylish rooftop bar.

New York weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
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Average monthly rainfall (mm)
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Average daily sunshine (hours)
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