There’s no place quite like New York City – it has a special magnetism, excitement, and energy that makes it unique. Anytime is a great time to visit, but the Summer is especially FUN when the city comes alive with throngs of tourists from around the world – it truly is a melting pot of different cultures. Besides all the fun attractions, shopping, entertainment and Broadway Shows, New York City is a haven for foodies! The nation’s top dining destination is jam-packed with so many great restaurants.
This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty (1886-2011). Dedicated on October 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennial on July 4, 1986. On July 4, 2009, the crown at the Statue of Liberty re-opened to the public for the first time since 9/11. One of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions, it draws between 12,000-14,000 visitors daily.
There’s so much to do and see in NYC, it’s a little overwhelming, especially if it’s your first visit. We get calls from around the world asking for our recommendations – so here are a few of our favorite things to do in the Big Apple during the Summer.
One of our favorite things to do when visiting New York (popular with locals too) is to take a Food-Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour – Foods of New York Tours offers some excellent ones, including Greenwich Village, Chelsea Market/Meatpacking District, SoHo, Chinatown… and more! We’ve taken their Greenwich Village and Chinatown Walking Tours and highly recommend them. What better way to explore the area, learn about its history, taste local specialties… and walk it all off! New York is a wonderful walking city – enjoy a variety fun walking tours.
Of course, one of the best ways to see the city is by taking a “Hop-On-Hop-Off” Double-Decker Bus Tour – you can see everything on the first day of your trip, then go back to the places you want to spend more time visiting. The tour gives you the option of staying
on the bus, or hopping-on-and-off at your leisure.
For spectacular city views, visit the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Plaza. Unobstructed for 360 degrees from the 70th floor, the breathtaking landscape stretches for miles in every direction. Day or night, this is a “must-see” during your trip to NYC.
Central Park is another fun place to hang-out, especially in the warm Summer months. There are miles of scenic hiking, biking and running trails. Rent a row boat, kayak, or take a romantic gondola ride on Central Park Lake. We had fun day celebrating one of our anniversaries at the park – we visited Belvedere Castle, rented a row boat (Barry did most of the rowing), then enjoyed a lovely lunch and a glass a of wine at the outdoor waterfront Bar & Grill – it was very romantic.
Tell us about some of your favorite things to do in NYC!