Top Things to Do in Williamsburg NYC

Top 10 Things to Do in Williamsburg NYC

This post covers the top things to see and do in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, including where to see great street art, get stunning skyline views of Manhattan, find fantastic food, hear live music, shop, dance, drink and more! 

 

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911 Memorial NYC

9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero

In this post, we detail how to visit the National September 11th Memorial, also known as the 9/11 Memorial, World Trade Center Memorial, the Ground Zero Memorial, or the Twin Towers Memorial, including tours you can take, and nearby attractions you may want to see.

 

 


PLAN YOUR VISIT

Whether to pay their respects or learn more about the event that changed this country, millions of people visit the 9/11 Memorial each year.

In addition to the memorial itself, there are several monuments and other notable locations nearby that make this one of the most popular sites in NYC.

This section will provide all the details you need to know what to expect, find the memorial, and choose the best time to visit.


Podcast Episode: Listen to tour guides Lori and Katherine discuss how to visit the 911 Memorial and Museum on an episode of our NYC Travel Tips podcast.

This podcast offers bite-sized audio clips with tips on how to plan your trip to NYC. You can get our podcasts on Apple, Google, or wherever you get your podcasts.


Is it Free to Visit the 9/11 Memorial?

The 9/11 Memorial is free to enter. The only entry cost is for the National September 11th Museum, which is located on the memorial grounds. 

In fact, visiting the 9/11 Memorial is one of the best free things to do in NYC.


How to Get Here

Use this map for specific directions to the 9/11 Memorial.

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Disney Behind the Scenes Backstage Tour

This post will cover one of the best guided Broadway walking tours available in NYC, Disney Behind the Scenes.

 

 

Disclosure: We think you should consider our free tours, but we have also provided other options. While our recommendations are always unbiased, we may receive a small share of sales through some of the links below at no cost to you. See the full text.

OVERVIEW

There are multiple tour companies offering walking tours of Broadway and the theater district.

But, there’s only one which currently offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most popular venues in the area.


Take Walks

Fans of Disney’s musicals will jump at the opportunity to learn more about how they are made, and even see the theater where they are hosted.

The Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic Tour includes a rare opportunity to actually get a look inside the New Amsterdam Theatre and even wear some of the costumes/masks used in real productions.

In addition to learning about how the musicals are made and all of the history behind them, you’ll also have the chance to take photos with props from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, and potentially other notable shows.

As if that all weren’t enough, this Broadway tour also includes an exploration of the theater district with stops at many iconic locations.

Ticket Details

  • $72/Adult | $55/Child
  • Winter/Fall Availability: Mon & Sat
  • Spring/Summer Availability: Mon, Thu-Sat
  • Duration: 2 ½ hours
  • Hours: 9:30 am

Purchase Disney on Broadway: Behind the Magic tickets or learn more.

Reviews for this tour are very positive, and customers have given Take Walks a 4 ½ out of 5 rating (read reviews here). Most visitors report that this is a great family activity and they love the opportunity to try on costumes from the musicals.


BROADWAY SHOW TICKETS

After taking a Broadway tour, you might also want to consider going to a musical at one of the theaters you’ve just learned about.

There are several popular productions which are offered year long and run for many years and in some cases even decades!

 

 

Here are a few of our favorite options:

If you’re looking to save some money on shows like these, make sure to read our post about how to get cheap Broadway tickets.

 


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Navigating the NYC Subway (Beginner’s Guide)

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8 TIPS TO RIDING THE NYC SUBWAY

If you are considering visiting many of NYC’s most popular attractions, then you might want to consider a tourist attraction discount pass, which can save you up to 50% of retail prices.


Before you read on, consider listening to an episode of our NYC Travel Tips podcast that covers tips on riding the NYC subway.

 
This podcast offers bite-sized audio clips with tips on how to plan your trip to NYC. You can get our podcast on Apple, Google, or wherever you get your podcasts.


 

 1. Make the subway map your best friend.

We are serious, your life will become a lot easier if you have a map handy and don’t worry: even people living in NYC for a long time, take a look at the subway map from time to time.  

So take a minute and search for a subway map inside the station (there is one in each station) or ask the station attendant for a free subway map to go.

Watch our video tutorial below.  

 

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