Whether with your family, a large group or “flying solo”, a trip to New York City is the perfect opportunity to make “once in a lifetime” memories. Hopefully, you will travel to New York City more than once in your lifetime, but if you only ever make one trip to this 24-hour metropolis, be sure to follow this list of “must-do” experiences.
Catch a Broadway Show
What’s a collection of New York memories without a night at a Broadway musical? Quite simply, it is incomplete.
Some people visit Manhattan expressly for Broadway’s offerings. If those offerings appeal to you, never pay full price. Box-office ticket prices are the “manufacturer’s suggested retail price” of the theater world.
If you are open to seeing any show, you can find same-day, “rush” tickets at deep discounts on almost any afternoon on Broadway.
Visit Times Square
While on Broadway, you will be at or near Times Square. Definitely hit this now family-friendly destination, and take your own unique photographs of one of the most “electric” places on Earth.
See the Sights from a Yacht
For a unique look at New York City’s skyline, hop on a yacht. You need not be rich to shout, “I’m on a boat!” People might stare at you, but who cares? This is your trip! Have fun!
Throughout the year, the city’s charter boat companies happily help tourists and locals make floating memories with an array of available cruises.
Hail a Taxi
Even if you have taxicabs where you live, those are not New York taxis! As you travel from one stop on this list to another, make at least one connection via taxi. Your driver will surely be memorable in some way!
Walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn and Back
The storied Brooklyn Bridge offers more than simply a thoroughfare for autos. You can walk it! A round-trip trek across the bridge’s mile-long pedestrian deck will help you burn off any unique grub you find for lunch.
Reflect at “Ground Zero”
Would that no trip to New York ever had to be tempered by memories of one of the world’s most tragic days. Alas, September 11, 2001’s awful events happened.
Today, the site is fully rehabilitated. Visit it for a moment of remembrance at the reflecting pools where the Twin Towers once stood, as the new Freedom Tower stands watch.
Attend a Comedy Open Mic Night
After an important and solemn visit to the World Trade Center, you might need an emotional lift. This city can raise your heart.
New York is comedy’s capital. On any given night, you can catch dozens of comedy shows throughout the city’s boroughs. Comedy open mics are stand-up comedians’ “gyms”. Most “mics” are cheap or free, so you really only risk your time when you attend one, and you just may laugh until it hurts!
If you arrive at your trip’s end with everything on the above list marked “done”, you will surely have vibrant, lasting memories of New York City.