How to Make the Most Out of Your Trip to New York City

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Planning a trip to New York City takes serious decision-making skills, thanks to all the attractions, restaurants, and things to do and see. Since you’ll never get bored in the City That Never Sleeps, a suggested itinerary for New York City can help pave the way for a successful visit and a return trip. Here are five ways to make the most out of your trip to the Big Apple.

Get Museum Madness

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Set aside a couple of hours to explore at least one of Manhattan’s greatest museums. The Met is open seven days a week with art exhibits and galleries that highlight cultures around the globe. The best part is paying the museum’s suggested admission when you arrive at the ticket counter, which means the amount you pay is up to you. For modern art, head to MoMA on Friday evenings for a similar price and enjoy Danish dining on Terrace 5. The Whitney Museum of American Art features the newest digs in town, where you can stop in to view contemporary collections followed by a walk on the nearby High Line.

See the Sights From a Rooftop

Prepare your eyes for a sight you’ve only ever seen in the movies. Head to the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building for an unforgettable experience. Explore two exhibits located inside the building and finish off the day at Heartland Brewery located on the ground level. Tour the streets of Tribeca and head to One World Observatory for views of the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty, and New Jersey. Inside, One Mix offers cocktails and small plates with no advance reservations.

Don’t Miss the NYC Crowds

Get a taste of New York City’s bustling streets in the heart of Times Square. Climb the famous red steps and watch live performances sweep through the pedestrian-only area. Walk up 42nd Street, where you’ll pass theatres, restaurants, and attractions blaring music and announcements of daily events. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and Madame Tussauds are along the way. Score half-price theatre tickets at TKTS Times Square if you have a Broadway show in mind. From here, you can easily walk over to Herald Square to view the biggest Macy’;s store and dine outdoors.

Shop, but Not Until You Drop

Whether you want to buy a few outfits or you prefer to return with just one souvenir, don’t miss out on a New York shopping experience. Browse for souvenirs, such as “I Love NY” shirts, in Times Square. SoHo is ideal for boutique shopping and rare finds. Head to a sample sale in the Garment District, where you can score Manolo Blahniks and other high-end designer wear for 50 percent off or more. Fifth Avenue is great for window shopping and connecting you to nearby neighborhoods between Central Park and Union Square.

Explore the Island Side of NYC

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Combine the newly renovated South Street Seaport into your itinerary with a walk down the famous cobblestone Water Street. Stop into Fresh Salt for the daily happy hour and grab fresh lobster bites at Ambrose Beer and Lobster. Take a dinner cruise for sunset views of Ellis Island. Chelsea Piers offers another option for cruising, night bowling, and golfing. As you explore these parts of New York City, you will encounter many other neighborhoods and attractions that will call for a return trip to NYC.

*This post comes to you in partnership with GoDoTrip, all opinions are my own as always. NYC is my home and it is always great to help others decide what to do on their trip!