If you’ve seen our last post, 10 FREE Things to do in New York City, then you’d like this post as well! We’re sharing our 10 things you must do in New York City for your first visit! After spending 4 days in the concrete jungle and seeing a ton of places, these are for sure the places I would want to take someone for their first time. During our visit, we had the New York CityPASS which includes admission to 9 different attractions around the city. Having the CityPASS saved us a lot of money and we were able to see the best of New York!


1. Head up to the Empire State Building


One of the experiences included in our New York CityPass is going to the very top of the Empire State Building during the day. The skyscraper offers a 360 view of the beautiful city. With the New York CityPASS, you have a bonus to do the same-day return visit to enjoy the late night open-air view.

2. Visit the Lady Liberty


The Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic monuments in New York. You’re able to visit the Lady Liberty on the island via cruise, up close, and even climb up to her crown! Get the full liberty experience using the New York CityPASS. If not, you can see the Statue of Liberty from afar via Staten Island Ferry for free!

3. See the bright lights and billboards at Times Square


Since you’re in the big apple, it’s not a city experience without being in the middle of Times Square with all the bright lights and billboards on the buildings. Go there at night when they block off the streets from cars and enjoy the street performers and the high pace life! While we were there, we were just imagining how crazy it is during New Year’s Eve!

4. Take a Walk at Central Park

If you’re not into the crowded city life, lay low and visit Central Park. You can spend hours walking around this park and just take in nature! There’s a lot to do such as biking, boating, and even rollerblading! It’s a great place for a morning run or afternoon picnic.

5. Visit the 9/11 Memorial – One World Trade Center


One of the most historical places to visit is the National 9/11 Memorial. You’re able to check out the outside area and also go inside the memorial using the New York CityPASS. When we visited, there were a few white roses on peoples names that passed during the tragic event. It was such a calm atmosphere around even though it was busy.

6. Watch a Broadway Show

If you’ve never seen a Broadway show, then you’ve come to the right city! Times Square has a lot of Broadway shows and tickets are elementary to purchase. If you don’t want to pay for a Broadway show, check out free things to do in New York and where you can get free shows!

7. Eat at Chelsea Market

There are a plethora of places to eat in New York, and many are almost five-star ratings on Yelp. But, what if not everyone wants to eat the same thing or at the same place. Check out Chelsea Market as they have a lot of great food vendors and different types of food. The whole place smells amazing!

8. Go to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center


This was our favorite view of the city because it shows the whole Central Park! It was such a breathtaking view seeing the city on one side and full of nature on the other. Just like the Empire State Building, it also shows a 360-degree panoramic view from 70 stories high. This admission is also included in the New York CityPASS! After checking out the view, head downstairs and check out Lady M for the best cheesecakes! You will not regret it!

9. Walk along the Brooklyn Bridge

With our short stay, this is one thing we didn’t get to do. I really wish we were able to squeeze this is but being that it was the furthest, we didn’t make it to the Brooklyn Bridge. If you’re visiting, definitely try to go during sunset. It looks incredible and very picturesque, from what I’ve seen through social media.

10. Stroll and Shop on Fifth Avenue

We found ourselves on Fifth Avenue when searching for the best macarons in the city. This led us to Ladurée where we purchased a dozen macarons before heading home. If you’re looking for a place to do some high-end shopping, head over to Fifth Avenue!

If you’ve visited New York and have other great places other than the ones we mentioned, let us know in the comments! If this is your first-time visit, enjoy these 10 places in the city! We can’t wait to visit again and see more of the big apple!

Disclaimer: Wanderlustyle was given the New York CityPASS. All our opinions are honest. Mahalo!


10 Things To See For First Visit New York CIty

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