10 Must See & Do in New York City

1. Times Square

Known as the beating heart of NYC, Times Square is a wide bubbly square, every minute of the day, something is happening there, making the visitor and exciting feeling.

Times Square is stretched from West 42nd to West 47th Streets, where Off Broadway is meeting 7th Ave.
It is the home of some of the city’s iconic buildings, as the New York Times, and is decorated with commercial billboards presenting nonstop advertisements to the hundred thousand of pedestrians passing by there every day, day and night.

Besides the unique shops, restaurants, and theaters, there is a large variety of free entertainment, such as street performances, costumed characters, and the famous naked cowboy.
Every night at 11:57 pm, there is a three minutes art exhibition (changing monthly) on the digital billboards surrounding the square.

2. Central Park

Located at the heart of Manhattan, this urban park is a green, peaceful, relaxing “island”, offering a slow down to the fast-paced rhythm of the city.
It is one of the oldest urban parks (1858-1876) and the most visited one in the US.

A wonderful place to stroll around, have a picnic, ride a bike, row a boat or enjoy one of the many recreational facilities options such as basketball courts, baseball, yoga class, ice and skate rink and more. There are also guided tours on bikes and scooters that cover all the must-see places in the park.

There are 30 sculptures and memorials in the park, 22 are of historical figures. In August 2020, the Women’s Rights Pioneers Monument was dedicated, honoring US suffrage movement leaders.
Among the sculpture is Alice in Wonderland, also known as the Margaret Delacorte Memorial, honoring the wife of George Delacorte who commissioned the sculpture. Don’t miss a visit at the Bethesda Terrace Arcade, Belvedere Castle. To learn more about women who are commemorated in Central Park we recommend following the Central Park’s Women’s Heritage Trail.
Specific natural landmarks that worth to include in your visit is the turtle pond, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Lake, Harlem Meer, and Conservatory Garden.

The park is also hosting concerts, performances and movie nights (during the summertime). One of the park programs’ highlight is the Shakespeare in the Park productions at Delacorte Theater every summer and the Global Citizen Festival every September on the great lawn.

3. Statue of Liberty

One of the most famous symbols of NYC, the Statue of Liberty represents freedom and democracy.
It was given as a gift from France to the American People in 1876.
Many of the American suffragists’ remarks were that it represents freedom while the American women are not free.

The statue is located on Liberty Island and can be accessed by a ferry.
The access to the island is free and included in the ferry ticket. However, if you wish to climb to the Pedestal (10 stories high) and/or the Crown (20 stories high), you will need an advanced ticket. Notice, before climbing you will need to store almost all your belongings at the lockers near the pedestal entrance.

The panoramic view of NYC is beautiful from the island but is spectacular at the top.

The ferry ticket also includes a stop at Ellis Island, and visit Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

A free option to see the statue of liberty from a distance is to board the Staten Island Ferry (going back and forth from every 30 minutes or every 15 minutes during rush hour during weekdays) or observe it from viewing points in Battery Park.

For more information, check out this website.

4. Watch a Broadway Musical

Broadway productions are one of the iconic symbols identified with NYC.
The phrase Broadway is related to performances and shows presented at the 41 theaters which have more than 500 seats and located around the Theater District in NYC.

Off-Broadway shows have sitting capacity of 100 to 499 seats while the Off-Off Broadway, considered less commercial and more experimental have less 100 seats.

Most of the shows are musicals with the oldest running are the Phantom of the Opera (1988), Chicago (1996) and the Lion king (1997). Among the musical with leading female characters are Frozen, Anastasia, Kinky Boots, and Wicked.

Ticket prices vary between days, seasons, and show times.
Usually during the winter, off holidays and the weekdays they are cheaper. Some of the shows have lotteries, which means that if you are lucky you can purchase tickets at the front line at a huge discount.
Tickets can also be bought online in advance or at the local box offices; sometimes there are discounts for same-day or last-minute tickets.

5. Strolling, Exploring, & Discovering the Neighborhoods of NYC

Every neighborhood has a different characteristic and offering something else.
The most effective and fun way to explore NYC is to decide on an area or an attraction and then explore its surroundings.

Any area in Midtown Manhattan and south to it is fun to walk around.
Lots of nightlife options can be found at Hell’s Kitchen, Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and East Village.

6. Admire the NYC Skyline

There are several options, depending on how high you want to get in terms of height and budget.
Taking the elevator at the One World Observatory, Empire State Building Observatory, Top of the Rock at the Rockefeller Center, or Edge Observation Deck are the more pricey options, but you will get to see the city from the top.

Free option to enjoy NYC skyline from a ground level is to leave the island and observe it from nearby – Roosevelt Island, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge, or Jersey City.

7. Take a Guided Tour to learn more about the city

Not surprisingly, there is a guided tour for almost any subject, theme, or food type in the city of possibilities.
There are tours by foot, bike, Scooter, Cruise, bus, and even helicopter.

WWP focuses on the ladies and their presence in the city, and for that there are several options from history tours, to movie and TV series.
To explore the city culinary sides and get some tips from the local guides about cool, unique and yummy places there are tours focus on chocolate, cupcakes, cocktails and any other kind of food, usually in a specific neighborhood.

There are also many options for art tours, happening inside museums as well as street art tours.

Check out WWP’s list of guided tours about women, made by women or just that will interest women.

8. Visit a Museum

There are almost 100 museums in NYC, a large amount of them are dedicated to art, but there are also other museums’ theme as science, history, design and even new venues presenting a new type of museum, that has more engagement with the visitor as the Color Factory.

Besides being the attraction on their own, museums can be an excellent option for a hot or rainy day.

See WWP’s list on Art museums here and other options here.

9. Stroll at different kinds of Urban Parks

Central Park is the most iconic park in NYC, but there are more amazing parks in NYC besides it.
Each visit will be different, each season will show a different look, and every visit might surprise you.

Most of the parks will have quiet areas with grass, tables and chairs or benches.

In some corners, there will be free entertainment and shows from classical and jazz players to singers and acrobat.

Sometimes artists will be selling their work, or people will gather with signs to protest and bring attention to a bothering issue.

Try and visit at least in one of the parks – Washington Square Park, Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Battery Park, or at the recent addition, the Linear Park, the High Line.

10. Shop Until You Drop

A great thing about NYC is the variety and options as well as the fact that there is no state tax on shoes and clothing items below $100.

Almost everywhere in NYC there will be shops and stores.
The most famous shopping street is 5th Ave, and even if extremely expensive items are not your thing, it is worth just to stroll around and enjoy window shopping.

SoHo and NoHo are the areas if you are interested in small, local boutique shops.
34th St. shopping and Time Square is known for the many options of known brands.

There are several closed malls – The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, Manhattan Mall, Westfield World Trade Center, The Shops at Columbus Circle, Queens Center and more.

There are also guided shopping tours with a specialist: