Explore the Most of New York City During a Weekend Stay

New York City is a place filled with lights, action and excitement.  There is so much to do and see that it is sometimes difficult to choose what should be done first.  With so many great deals to New York it is easier than ever to getaway, if only for a weekend. We have found a few things that everyone needs to do while they are in the city, so that they get the most out of their visit.

Times Square is one of the top places that everyone needs to see while they are in New York.  There are a ton of shops, restaurants and people, which is what makes it the perfect place to experience everything that New York City really is.  You can have your picture taken with the infamous naked cowboy or a cartoon character or the Statue of Liberty in between going into stores for clothes, souvenirs and chocolate.  If you’re an early riser, then you might even want to head over to one of the television studios for a live morning broadcast.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the best place to see works of art that have been done over the last 5,000 years or so.  The museum has over two million pieces of art on display, so it is best if you choose what you want to see ahead of time.  If not, you might find that your weekend is over before you even leave the museum.

If you want spectacular views, then you will want to climb to the top of the Empire State building.  If you can’t make it all of the way up to the observation deck on the 102nd floor, you can still see views from the 86th floor deck.  For a different perspective, you can even walk over the Brooklyn Bridge above the East River.

Explore the Most of New York City

There is nothing better than riding in the ferry over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  The Statue may look smaller when you are boarding the ferry, however as you are pulling up at the dock at the base of the Statue, you will be amazed at how large Lady Liberty really is.  Everything will seem surreal as you head up to the observation deck to look out.  If you plan far enough in advance, you might be able to purchase tickets online to climb all of the way to the crown.  They limit the number every day, so advance tickets are necessary.  Ellis Island always brings tears to people’s eyes as they wander through the museum looking at artifacts and photos and listening to the history of those who passed through those doors as they immigrated to the United States.

Of course, there are many other places to go including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Rockefeller Center, Central Park and the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum.  The possibilities are endless and you will want to plan your trip before you reach the city.  This will allow you to maximize your time tremendously.  See the places that are most important to you and then take note of what you would like to do the next time you arrive in New York.






  1. I’ve always wanted to go to New York, never been but it looks like so much fun. I grew up watching Dick Clark’s rocking eve in Time Square. Love the jumbo trons they have showing.

  2. New York is absolutely the most wonderful city in the country. It’s so full of excitement and amazing things to see!

  3. I have not been to New York City in so long. I am dying to go back and check out everything that has changed. These are some pretty awesome idea!

  4. We go to NYC fairly often and have done all the touristy stuff, but there are so many hidden gems in that city that we always find new things to do.

  5. I have never been to NYC before. I have always wanted to go though. Sounds like a great place to find a lot of new things!

  6. Reesa Lewandowski says

    NYC sounds like such a fun city! I would love to visit and explore even if just for a couple days.

  7. Even though I’ve lived in NYC for all of my 43 years there are still so many hidden gems to explore with my kids! Going to bookmark this post so I don’t forget to make sure and visit all the cool places you shared!

  8. I love NYC. I would love to move there someday. There is so much to do there you never get bored. I can not wait to go back.

  9. New York City looks like so much fun. We have never been.

  10. Last month my husband and I got a chance to explore New York’s financial district. I wish I had more time to check things out.

  11. That sounds like so much fun! I would love to jet off for a fun weekend in NYC.

  12. New York City is such a great place to go for the weekend with the family. There are somany great things to do, see and experience.

  13. B-E-A-utiful!!! I’d love to go there someday.

  14. Every time I visit New York I run out of time before doing everything I had hoped to do. I guess that is what keeps me going back.

  15. I’ve only been able to visit NYC a few times, and haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all the city has to offer. Whenever we travel as a family, we let everyone come up with “must-do” activities.

  16. One of my favorite cities in the world! I agree with you about Lady Liberty, she is breathtaking.

  17. Going to NYC is on my travel to do list. I can’t wait to go!

  18. I go to NY almost every month! I love the city and your tips!

  19. I haven’t been to St. Patrick’s Cathedral yet. That’s something I definitely am looking forward to doing though.

  20. This looks so fun! A great place to visit.

  21. Thanks for some new ideas. I can’t get enough of NYC and love to visit because there’s always something new to see.

  22. There’s so much to do there. We spent new years last year there and didn’t even scratch the surface. Definelty want to go back.

  23. Agree! There is so much to do in NYC. I visit almost every month to check on my daughter who is attending college there, and just in East Village (where her dorm is) you can do lots of things!

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