New York City is without a doubt one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. With over 8.5 million residents living across its five boroughs, the city is more than just a destination. With lots to see and many activities to choose from at every budget, the Big Apple lives up to its hype. From couples to families, business travelers to travels on a budget, there’s something for everyone.
We’ve rounded some top insider travel tips you may not find in your travel guide when planning your next NYC trip.
What to See
If you’re a couple planning a trip to NYC, there are lots of romantic and iconic sites in and around NYC, according to a top Manhattan sightseeing & bus tours company. One of the best sites for couples is Fifth Avenue, between 50th and 60th street, with its historical shops and fun venues. For business travelers, DUMBO, situated under the Manhattan Bridge overpass, is the perfect place for business-related trips.
For travelers on a budget, Long Island City, located in Queens offers one of the most colourful and large-scale street art displays in the city. 5Pointz, located on Jackson Avenue is another great spot to enjoy the amazing outdoor art and music gallery. For families, Times Square with its iconic flashing lights and the expansive Central Park are the perfect spots to visit.
What to Do
Couples looking for unique activities can try out The Met Cloisters, a historic 4-acre art space situated right on the Hudson River. With its beautiful gardens, great architecture and Medieval art, the space is great for couples. Business travelers can visit the Brooklyn Academy of Music or the Lincoln Center for must-see theater, ballet and art.
Families looking for something more engaging can visit Prospect Park in Brooklyn, one of the best bird watching locations in the US, as it is more manageable and equally as impressive as Central Park. For the young ones, the Zucker Natural Exploration Area, the beautiful LeFrak skating rink and the wonderful Prospect Park zoo offer fun and memorable experiences.
Where to Party
Couples looking for a quiet spot to enjoy romantic conversations rather than rowdy tempo found in most bars can check out the Burp Castle, a small, Medieval-inspired beer hall with classic mural-covered walls. Business travelers can visit The Skylark in Midtown Manhattan, perched at the top of Times Square for panoramic NYC views and top business-class treatment.
Brooklyn is the ultimate entertainment spot for families. Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg offers fun bowling for kids and a full restaurant and bar with beer taps and standard prices, and a huge dancefloor where kids can have fun as parents enjoy their drinks. For travelers on a budget, the 100-year old 169 Bar with its pink-tone lighting, kitschy decor and cheap beers is a favorite.
Where to Dine
For a romantic meal, couples can try out the La Vara for some Spanish cuisine instead of the famous River Cafe in Brooklyn. After dinner, stroll down the magical Cobble Hill Park and enjoy the views of coach houses dating back to the 1800s. For business travelers, Wildair, in the Lower East Side is one of the best wine bars & restaurants to try out.
Families need an accepting environment and a place that offers tasty food, and Moo Burger in the family-friendly Cobble-Hill area in Brooklyn is the perfect family eat out. Budget restaurants in NYC are available, but not easy to find. Mimi Cheng’s, in the East Village is a must visit for traditional Asian cuisine, specifically hot servings of dumplings.
Where to Stay
Accommodation prices in New York City vary greatly, from the ultra expensive 5-star hotels to the lesser known hotels that offer an unexpected experience of great service at an affordable cost. From the West Village to Manhattan and the Flatiron District, there are many great budget hotels you can find in NYC, according to a Telegraph travel guide.
Whether you want urban style accommodation or Mediterranean style decor, there are many hotels suited for families, business travelers, couples and even budget travelers. Go ahead and check out the options you have for a great night’s sleep and, enjoy your trip!