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What to Do in NYC in January

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This post covers things to do in January in NYC, including a top 10 list, family-friendly options, things to do at night, and of course, free activities. 




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




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.




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.

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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. Or, click here for options throughout NYC.




Due to increased security following the Sept 11th attacks, there are no longer storage lockers at Penn Station nor is there a live luggage attendant.  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.  



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 list, as well as family-friendly events, things to do at night, and free activities. 




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. Read more »

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.



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.


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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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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.

Below is our map of the top 21 NYC Attractions for kids. 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

Click the map for an interactive version.

Map of Things to Do with Kids in NYC


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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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


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


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


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


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. 

Here are some additional posts to help get you started: Read more »