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What to Do in NYC in January

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This post, updated for 2019, lists the top ten January activities as well as family-friendly events, things to do at night, and of course, free activities since we love saving money. January is a fine time to visit New York City since crowds are small and lines are short, and much of the holiday spirit and activities are still going on.  The video below covers January weather as well as things to do. Be sure to check out our extensive list of Things to Do in NYC or our guides for other months for even more ideas. 


 


 TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN JANUARY 

Here are our picks for the Top 10 activities to enjoy in January on NYC. We note attractions and events that are free, family-friendly or great after dark.

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

New York Tourist Discount Passes

Below is our top 10 list.  If you are considering visiting many of NYC’s top attractions, then you might want to consider a tourist discount pass, which could save you considerable money.  Read our post comparing the different tourist discount passes.  

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Things to Do in Harlem

What to Do in Harlem NYC

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This post covers things to see and do in Harlem, including a top 10 list, where to eat, where to hear great jazz and other live music, how to attend a gospel service, and more. Also, see our full list of NYC neighborhood guides.

 

 


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood known to be steeped in African-American history and culture. It’s a neighborhood where you can see historic sites, hear amazing jazz and gospel, taste succulent ‘soul food’, and feel the unique vibe that Harlem offers. Read more »

Things to Do with Kids in NYC

What to Do with Kids in New York City

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This post covers things to do with kids in NYC, including a top 10 list, free things to do, a section on museums and attractions as well as nighttime activities sightseeing tours.

 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO

The following section will cover the best ideas for things to do with your kids in New York City. We will also make note if any activity is either free or if it can be done at night. You’ll also find several family-friendly activities on our list of the top things to do in NYC.

For more ideas on top popular kid-friendly attractions, check out our comparison guide on tourist discount passes, our pay-what-you-wish walking tours as well as boatbus, and bike tours

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Can I Store Luggage at Penn Station

Penn Station Luggage Storage

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This post provides several options for luggage storage in and around Penn Station in NYC including an option that will pick up and deliver your luggage to you.

 

 


IS THERE LUGGAGE STORAGE AT PENN STATION?

A live attendant storage service is not available at Penn Station, and due to increased security following the Sept 11th attacks, storage lockers in train stations and airports are things of the past. Read more »

911 Museum Free Tuesday

911 Museum Tickets and Free Tuesdays

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This post is about the National September 11th Museum (a.k.a. the 9/11 Museum or World Trade Center Museum), including information on tickets, guided tours, how to get here and what to expect.  

 


TICKETS

Although the 9/11 Memorial is free to visit, you will require a paid ticket to enter the 9/11 Museum. Admission can be purchased ahead of time in order to skip the ticket line and avoid waiting in a potentially long queue.

This is the best way to save time and it can also save you some money depending on how you purchase your tickets. Read more »

Christmas in New York City

What to Do in December in NYC

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This post lists the many things to do in December in New York City, including a top-10 as well as family-friendly events, things to do at night, and of course, free activities. 


 

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER

This section will feature our top 10 activities to enjoy in New York City throughout the month of December. We include several Christmas activities, but for a more in-depth look at holiday activities, check out our Christmas in NYC guide.

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

New York Tourist Discount Passes


Take a Holiday Tour

We offer a few different pay-what-you-wish holiday tours that you might want to take in New York City. During this time of year, our holiday lights tour is especially popular.
 

 
While on this outing you’ll see the lighting displays at sites such as Lincoln Center and Rockefeller Center. This walking tour runs daily throughout December.

We also offer a tour of the Dyker Heights X-Mas Lights.

For fans of ElfHome Alone 2, Serendipity, Scrooged and Miracle on 34th Street, consider taking our Christmas Movies tour. See where Buddy the Elf wins that snowball fight and where Kevin McAllister met the Pigeon Lady! 

Not only will you see these familiar sites, but you will also see some of the beautiful holiday decorations and displays of NYC along the way. If you’d rather not spend a lot of time outside in the winter, there is a bus version of this tour for a reasonable fee.

If you’re more interested in learning about the history of New York City, don’t forget that we offer a lot of informational pay-what-you-wish walking tours which will be available during December.


Go to a Concert

New York City is one of the most popular destinations for entertainers from around the world, so it shouldn’t surprise you that there will be quite a few notable concerts taking place this month, including Billy Joel live at Madison Square Garden.


Attend a Sporting Event

No matter which sport is your favorite, chances are that there will be a lot of regular season games to attend in New York City during December. Here are the most popular teams to watch during this time of year:

TIP: Often severely discounted tickets can be found on Groupon and on Living Social.

Basketball

American Football

Ice Hockey


See a Christmas Show

There are a lot of great Christmas shows you can see in New York City during the month of December. Whether you’re looking for something classic or you’d rather see a newer show, chances are you’ll find an interesting musical, ballet or play to attend. Here are a few of the more notable holiday shows available this month:

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – The Musical
  • Frozen – The Musical
  • A Christmas Carol – The Musical
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
  • Elf – The Musical
  • Radio City Music Spectacular

If you’re looking for even more great opportunities or you want to learn more about these musicals and ballets, make sure to read our full post about Christmas shows in New York City.


Visit Winter Village in Bryant Park   October 28 to January 5, 2018, Free  Bryant-Park-Christmas-Market

NYC is filled with one of a kind pop-up markets in December and even if you just want to ‘window-shop’, Winter Village at Bryant Park (pictured on right) is one of the best holiday markets to shop for one-of-a-kind items including handmade winter clothing, sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, decorative items and more. 

To find out about the other markets see our post on the Top Ten Christmas Markets in New York City

TIP: If you are interested in going ice skating at the Winter Village, it’s worth noting that you can get a free ice skate rental with the New York Pass.


New Year’s Eve in Times Square  December 31   Free  
New Years Eve Times Square

If you are in town December 31st, you might consider being part of the world’s most famous New Year’s countdown in Times Square. It’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely on many people’s bucket lists.

Our post on New Year’s Eve in Times Square will fill you in on what to expect, best places to stand, what time to go and survival tips.  

If Times Square isn’t your kind of crowd, the post also has lists of alternative New Year’s Eve activities. 


Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

If you cant make it up to the New York Botanical Gardens train shown above, this train show is more centrally located.

You also get the double bonus of visiting the spectacular Grand Central Terminal layout features Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside scene.

Vintage trains from the museum’s collection, including New York Central models, travel all the way to the diorama’s the North Pole. Get all the information here.

While you are Grand Central you might want to spend some time looking around. You can do this on your own with one of our GPS-enabled audio guides or self-guided tour, or join one of the many free Grand Central Tours offered.

See our post, What to See and Do in Grand Central Station.


Kwanzaa Celebration at the Apollo Theater  December 30 at  2 pm & 7:30 pm  Tickets: $20; Premium $35

Over ten years ago, the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem has put on this annual show to celebrate the holiday of Kwanzaa. The Apollo’s celebration is an energetic and joyful evening of dance and music honoring the Kwanzaa’s principles of family, community, and culture. 

Just going to the Apollo Theater itself is an occasion. They have any shows including plays, music, dance and it’s nearly legendary “Amateur Night”.  To find out more about this Harlem landmark or to tour inside, read our post on the Apollo Theater

You can also take a look at our Guide to Harlem or take one of our pay-what-you-like Harlem Walking Tours. We also offer GPS audio tours, including one of Harlem. 


Woodbury Common Outlets  “Boxing Day” Sale December 26  

If you haven’t yet heard of Woodbury Common Shopping Outlet, it is one of the best outlets in New York. Our post How to Get to Woodbury Commons has everything you need to know to get there, including bus company recommendations or instructions on how to go by train. 

This giant shopping outlet mall has 220 stores including many upscale stores. Shops offer 25%-65% off items, and on Boxing Day prices will be even lower! Woodbury Commons is only one hour north of New York City and worth the easy ride to get there. (FYI:  (Boxing Day is a British holiday celebrated the day after Christmas, sounds like a good time to have a sale!) 


Go See a Comedy Special

If you’re looking for a good laugh, there are at least a few great comedy shows you may want to see this December. New York City tends to attract a lot of the more popular comedians, so you can expect to see some notable names on this list.

  • Tracy Morgan (Dec 1st)
  • Stephen Colbert/Meryl Streep
  • David Cross (Dec 4th)
  • Trailer Park Boys (Dec 7th)
  • Jerry Seinfeld (Dec 7th)
  • Jim Breuer (Dec 15th)
  • Dave Attell (Dec 27th)

Tickets for some of these shows may be difficult to come by, but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying some comedy. There are a lot of great comedy clubs in NYC, and you can see local comedians at these locations pretty much every day of the week.

 


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THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN DECEMBER

Be sure to check out the other sections of this post, as many of these other ideas are possible at night. For more ideas, see our post on Top 10 Things to Do in New York City at Night.

 

 


New York Holiday Lights Walking Tour   Pay-what-you-like

This early evening pay-what-you-like walking tour is 2-hours. You can expect lots of jovial fun as your guide takes you to see the best holiday window displays (without the crowds), the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and much more.

 

 

Along the way, your guide will share fun facts about the city while ‘warming your heart’.  Click here for all the information and how to reserve a spot.


Ice Skating at Night  Dates and prices vary by venue  Bryant-Park-Ice-Rink

In New York City you have many choices of where to ice skate, at varying prices and all different hours. Ice-skating at night is extra fun. Nothing brings out the fun of winter as a loop around a rink, or a fall on your behind under the holiday lights of the Big Apple.

Read our post, Where to go Ice-skating in New York City


See the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights   dates vary: free on your own or pay-what-you-like for a guided tour Dyker Heights Xmas

Word is out! For years only locals knew about the wacky competitiveness for best Christmas decorations among the homeowners of Dyker Heights. If you haven’t already heard about the Dyker Heights lights in Brooklyn, now you do and you should think about checking it out.

If you want to go it alone, it’s not too difficult. We have all the information you need at our post How to see the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights.

You can also join us for our guided walking tour. Our guide knows the best houses to go to and the history of the origins of the Dyker Heights seasonal insanity. 


Attend the Vigil for John Lennon

Each year, December 8th marks the tragic anniversary of the killing of New York’s Beatle, John Lennon.  Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono resided in the Dakota Apartments just across the street from Central Park and enjoyed taking strolls in this famous urban oasis. 

Following his death, Yoko worked to secure space in the park for a memorial, Strawberry Fields, to her beloved husband.  Every December 8th, devoted fans come all day long and into the late night to sing songs and pay tribute to the musical legend.  

Read our post on how to get to Strawberry Fields and the Dakota Apartments as well as other things to do in Central Park, including our Central Park audio tour.


Go to Lebowski Fest

Ever since the Coen brothers released their cult classic The Big Lebowski, fans have been celebrating the film in a variety of different ways. Lebowski Fest is one of the more popular events in the fan community, and it takes place every year. Fans will come together to go bowling, dress up as their favorite characters, and talk about their favorite movie.

In the past, notable actors such as Jeff Bridges and John Goodman have actually shown up to this event. If you’re a Lebowski fan, do yourself a favor and consider going to Lebowski Fest in New York City this December.

  • Tickets: $25/Movie Party | $35/Bowling Party
  • Dates: Movie Party (Dec 7th) | Bowling Party (Dec 9th)
  • Hours: 8 pm on both nights
  • Purchase tickets or learn more.

Attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular

A New York tradition, this lavish seasonal show is fun for the whole family. It showcases the world famous high-kicking Rockettes in addition to many other holiday performances. Read our post Getting Discount Tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to get a ‘leg up’ on the details about dates and tickets.

If you’d like to learn more about Radio City Music Hall and the surrounding neighborhood, join us for our pay-what-you-like walking tour of Midtown Manhattan that includes Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and so much more.

We also have a Midtown Manhattan Night Tour which is really festive and holiday season!

TIP: You can take a tour of Radio City Music Hall for free with both the New York Pass and the Explorer Pass.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER

Here are just a few of the hundreds of free things you can do in New York City in December and year round. Also, be sure to check out the other sections of this post, as many of these other activities and events are free, such as visiting the Dyker Heights Lights, the Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal or strolling the Christmas markets.

For even more ideas, check our comprehensive post about Free Things to Do in NYC.
 


 


Christmas Caroling in Gramercy Park  December 24, 2017 

This is the closest you might get to a miracle this season. On Christmas Eve, the Gramercy Block Association opens the otherwise locked gates to the exclusive and elusive Gramercy Park.

The park is located in the historic and beautiful Gramercy Park neighborhood. Its stately mansions from the late 19th Century surround the gated and lush private park (only local residents have access).

This caroling event is part holiday spirit, part once-a-year chance to see inside this famous New York park. Find out the details by clicking on the Association’s website

Use our free self-guided tour of Gramercy Park and nearby Union Square. to learn about its rich history and elite culture that makes it a sumptuous neighborhood today. 


Take a Tour of Central Park Central Park Winter

There is never a bad time of year to visit Central Park. Soft and sentimental in the winter, it is a quiet escape from the holiday crowds.

While it is certainly easy to take a casual stroll in the park on your own, we recommend that you take a guided walking tour to help you find your way through this huge park. We offer several pay-what-you-like tours of Central Park including a tour of the lower section and one of the middle section.

Read our post on Central Park tours, where you can find out about the many tours available, some free and some with a fee.

If you can’t join us, explore the park on your own using our Guide of Things to Do in Central Park and our audio tour


One-hour Nutcracker Ballet Performance  Fri. Dec. 1, 7 pm and Sat. Dec. 2 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm  

If the ticket costs of the full-length ballet are outside of your budget, you can see this free one-hour version performed in Lower Manhattan’s Brookfield Place located in the World Trade Center district. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy this classic ballet.

Seating is first to come, first to be seated basis and early arrival is strongly suggested. Click here for all the information on the performance.

Plan some walking in your day before watching ballet! Try one of our pay-what-you-like Lower Manhattan walking tours. We offer many different tours of Lower Manhattan, some include the Brooklyn Bridge, others include the 9/11 Memorial. Click here to find out about all our tour offerings.


Go See a Live TV Show

New York City is the home of several popular live television programs, and most of them offer free tickets for their live recordings. No matter what you want to see, chances are you’ll be able to get a ticket without paying a dime. Here are some of the shows you can see for nothing:

  • The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Good Morning America
  • The Today Show
  • And More!

For additional information on how to get tickets for each of the shows above and many others, make sure to read our post about New York TV Tickets


Consider Getting a Tourist Pass

A tourist pass isn’t technically free, but it can save you so much money that you’ll eventually be able to enjoy some attractions for absolutely nothing. To show you what we mean, we’ll use the 3-Day New York Pass ($199) as an example.

New York Tourist Discount Passes

Day 1

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour | $60
  • Top of the Rock | $39
  • Radio City Music Hall Tour | $30
  • Rockefeller Center Tour | $27
  • Total Value | $156

Day 2

  • Empire State Building | $39
  • Madame Tussauds | $37
  • Broadway Walking Tour | $35
  • Museum of Modern Art | $25
  • Total Value | $292

Day 3

  • Everything is free!

As you can see, by the time you get halfway through with the second day, the New York Pass has already paid for itself. What this means is that you won’t have to pay a dime more for anything with the pass on day three.

For more information about this and other all-inclusive passes, read our full post comparing each New York Tourist Pass.

 


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FAMILY-FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO IN DECEMBER 

Below are just a few ideas for things to do with kids in December. Many of the activities in other sections of this post are kid-friendly, such as visiting the Dyker Heights Lights, taking our Holiday Lights of Manhattan Tour or strolling the Christmas markets.

For lots of other activities, check out our posts Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in New York City, our 3-day itinerary for families and our list of over 100 things to do in New York City which includes dozens of kid-friendly activities. 

 


Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden   Nov. 22, 2017 – Jan. 15, 2018  Prices varyHoliday Train Show

It’s worth taking a bit a slightly longer subway train ride to see these G-scale mini-trains circle 150 of New York City’s landmarks along a half-mile of track.  

See the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center re-created with only natural materials like bark and leaves.  This year’s theme is Midtown Manhattan and showcases New York’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural beauties. For more information, click here. 


44th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center  December 17, 2017, at 3:30 pm  Free 

This kinda wacky event has been put on for over 4 decades so they must be doing something right! You will hear hundreds of tenor and bass tuba players who gather on the famous concourse level Rink at Rockefeller Center to play Christmas carols and other crowd favorites.  Get all the information by seeing their website.

You will also have a chance to see the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.

Before or after the event explore the area with our guide to  50+ Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan which includes a list of 25 things for Kids to do in Midtown Manhattan.


Take a Photo with Santa  location, hours and prices vary

Before you go rushing to Macy’s Santaland for that “Santa’s lap” photo, why not compare prices, locations and hours. Our post Photos with Santa will tell you where you can find the many Santa photo locations throughout New York City. 

For sure your family will enjoy Macy’s Santaland regardless of getting a photo or not. It’s located in the flagship Macy’s store in Herald Square, on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue.

If you do go to Santaland, why not explore the area around Macy’s. See our post on 50+ Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan including a self-guided tour of the area, with history on Macys and Herald Square.

For more Midtown Tour information click here.


Go to a Broadway Show

As we mentioned in the top 10, there are a lot of great Christmas shows to see in New York City during the month of December. That said, you might also want to consider going to see a popular Broadway show instead. At any given time, there are bound to be a lot of wonderful family-friendly musicals to see. Here are a few examples of some popular shows that will be available this month:

If you are interested in seeing any of these shows with your family, make sure to read our post about how to get cheap Broadway tickets.

TIP: If you plan on being in the area, you might want to consider taking our pay-what-you-wish Broadway Theater District Tour. This is a great way to learn about the history behind all of the theaters on and around Broadway.


Take the Kids to the Zoo

There are a few different zoos you can visit in New York City throughout December. The most popular options will be either Central Park Zoo or the Bronx Zoo. Both locations will have a variety of events going on this month that you might want to consider attending.

For more details, read our posts about visiting the Central Park Zoo and the Bronx Zoo.

You can get admission to both zoos with the New York Sightseeing Pass. If you plan on visiting a lot of additional attractions in the city, this is a great way to save money on tickets.

 

 

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The top NYC Attractions and Points of Interest

NYC Tourist Attractions Map

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This post covers the best NYC attractions and points of interest, including content on free, family-friendly, nighttime and neighborhood-specific attractions, each with a map listing these attractions.

 


FREE ATTRACTIONS IN NEW YORK

Below we list our top 10 free attractions in New York City as well as a map of even more free points of interest. We start off with this section because many of the most famous NYC tourist attractions cost nothing to enjoy, that you could plan a trip without paying for even one.

 

 

Below is a map listing many other free attractions and points of interest as well as resources for even more free attractions (there are over 100). 

Click the map for an interactive version.

Free NYC Attractions Map

 

Be sure to check out our master post on free things to do in NYC as well as our posts on free museums and attractions and on visiting the Big Apple on a budget to gather more travel ideas. 

Likewise, each of our neighborhood posts (below) all list free attractions and attractions with free days for those particular areas.

 

Free New York Tours

 

Many of our walking tours visit several of the sights listed above, such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, and the 9/11 Memorial. Our tours are free to sign up for and work on a pay-what-you-wish basis only after a successful tour.

 


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Unfortunately, not everything is free in NYC. Some of the best and most popular attractions come with entry fees, and sometimes with hefty price tags.

Below, we list our top 10 and provide a long list of additional paid (and free) attractions below that. Be sure to check out our neighborhood and family-friendly sections for more ideas.

But, before we list them, there is a way to visit some of them for free or at a discount.

New York Tourist Discount Passes

If you are considering visiting at least 2 of the city’s main paid attractions, then consider an all-inclusive tourist attraction discount pass. If you are smart with these deals, you will end up getting 1 or 2 attractions for free each day.

Be sure to read our post that details and compares the various attraction passes available to you to see if one is right for you.

 

How to Find the Friends Apartment

 

Below is a list of many of the best attractions. For in-depth information on how to visit these attractions, simply click on the attraction’s name and you will be taken to another post with information such as:

 

 


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THE BEST ATTRACTIONS FOR KIDS

In this section, we highlight the main attractions in NYC that are top picks for those with children. These are in addition to the family-friendly options in the previous 2 sections above.

 

 

We have several in-depth articles for families, including our master post on things to do with kids and a 3-day kid-friendly NYC itinerary

 


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NYC ATTRACTIONS BY NEIGHBORHOOD

Each of our things to do by neighborhood posts below get more granular by area. You can also visit our NYC neighborhoods page to view a clickable map of NYC to better understand how each neighborhood is positioned in relation to the others.

 

 


Attractions from Midtown to Harlem


Lower Manhattan to the Financial District


Brooklyn Attractions

Be sure to also check out our post on things to do in Brooklyn.

 


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Attraction Discount Passes

In this section, we will break down some of the best attractions that you can visit for free or at a heavy discount with a New York Tourist Pass. In addition to providing a list of the most popular activities included with each service, we will also explain some of the differences between them to help you pick one that fits your itinerary.

 

New York Tourist Discount Passes

 

The following is a list of the top attractions available on all three of the major New York Tourist Passes.

  • Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Ferry
  • Top of the Rock
  • Madame Tussauds
  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Radio City Music Hall Tour
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Luna Park at Coney Island
  • Clipper City Sailing Cruise
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Inside Broadway Walking Tour

If you’re looking for an attraction that isn’t listed above, don’t worry – you may find it listed below on a specific pass.

In addition to these options, we should also mention that both Groupon and Living Social often offer discounts on some of the most popular activities in New York City.


New York Pass

The following attractions are not included with some of the other tourist passes in New York City. If you see any activities you like, read our recommendation to get a sense for some of the best things about this pass.

 

New York Pass Reviews

 

  • Empire State Building
  • Madison Square Garden Tour
  • Rockefeller Center Tour
  • Yankee Stadium Tour
  • LEGOLAND

Recommendation

This pass will allow you to take the next step and dig a little further into notable sites such as Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. It’s also great for sports fans who want to learn more about where their favorite teams play. This is an all-inclusive pass, so you will get instant access to all of these sites for a specific amount of time.


New York Sightseeing Pass

These attractions may not be offered by other tourist passes. If you’re interested in seeing or doing anything on this list, check our recommendation to determine whether or not this is the right pass for your needs.Sightseeing Flex Pass NYC

  • National Geographic Ocean Odyssey
  • One World Observatory
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Yankee Stadium Tour
  • Planet Hollywood
  • LOL Times Square Comedy Club
  • Gulliver’s Gate
  • Central Park Zoo
  • Bronx Zoo

Recommendation

If you’re looking for even more popular activities to enjoy, this is an excellent option. Families should also take note that admission to both the Central Park Zoo and the Bronx Zoo are included with this service. This is available as either an all-inclusive pass or a set number of attractions pass. To learn more about each option, read the before you buy section on our New York tourist pass post.


Explorer Pass

This list will only include attractions that aren’t offered by at least one of the other New York tourist passes. If you’re still not sure about which pass to get, check our recommendation to get a better sense for what to expect.

  • Empire State Building
  • Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
  • Rockefeller Center Tour
  • Gulliver’s Gate
  • National Geographic Ocean Odyssey
  • Sopranos Sites Bus Tour
  • LEGOLAND

Recommendation

As you could probably tell, many of these attractions are also included with the New York Sightseeing Pass. The main difference between these two services is that the Explorer Pass lets you pay one flat price for a certain number of activities. This pass can be used at any time over the course of an entire month, so it will last much longer than the other options on our list.

 


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Self-Guided Lower Manhattan Tour

Maps of Lower Manhattan

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This post contains a compilation several maps of Lower Manhattan, specifically the Financial District, to help you navigate and find out what there is to see and do in NYC’s Financial District.

 
Lower Manhattan Attraction Map
 


TOURIST MAP OF THE FINANCIAL DISTRICT

This map is our self-guided tour map of the Financial District. Lower Manhattan is actually made up of several additional neighborhoods (we have maps for all of them here).

The map below is interactive. You can enlarge it. You can use it on a smartphone. Each lettered pin contains images and text explaining each location. Below are maps highlighting smaller areas of Downtown Manhattan.

Why not take our GPS-enabled audio tour of the area? It’s just $1.99 and includes a map. We also offer a free, downloadable, printable, PDF version of the self-guided tour. Read more »

NYC Neighborhoods Map and Guide

New York City Neighborhoods Map and Guides

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This post is a guide to Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods of interest to tourists and visitors, including clickable maps and links to individual neighborhood overview pages.

 

 

New York City is so much more than a bunch of amazing points of interest spread across 5 boroughs. What truly makes this city so special is its distinct neighborhoods which themselves make up the integral parts of New York.

However, it can be time-consuming to crisscross the city if you plan your visits out without at first consulting a map of NYC neighborhoods. 

We created this guide to help you understand where each neighborhood is in relation to each other, what there is to do in each area, as well as which attractions are located where. 

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