I remember my first time visiting New York City. I was there for work and had a little time to myself, and I was just overwhelmed, and all the New York City things to do that were on my list I never did. I saw Times Square, got lost on the subway, and saw the Lincoln tunnel, that was it. Don’t let that happen to you! Check out this Ultimate Itinerary for five days, even if you only have one day pick the day that works for you!
The Ultimate 5 Day Itinerary of New York City Things To Do
My dad grew up in New Jersey outside New York City and worked in the city for quite a while. So I sat down with my dad and picked his brain a bit on the must-see things to do, I added a few of my own a well!
For the sake of organizing the sections are broken into days. I have the attractions starting down at the south end of the Island by Tribeca and working our way north. Mix and max and make the best schedule for you!
Ok, I have a few tips for you before you dive into trip planning! First, consider grabbing a CityPASS to get a 43% discount on 6 of the major attractions. You get into the Empire State Building, The Met, and the Museum of Natural History (yes the one from the Night at the Museum movies!) Then you get to pick three more attractions from their list.
CityPASS also has a New York City C3 option where if you will be in town a shorter time you can pick just three attractions for a 25% discount and you get the tickets on your phone.
Next depending how long you will be in town consider a New York City Explorer Pass many of the locations are included. You build your own pass by pick picking between 3-10 attractions from a list of over 84 to visit. The average savings on admission costs is around 25% (plus being able to skip the ticket window lines!)
Next, you should head on over to Groupon and search for New York City and under the ‘Things to do’ section see what is available. At the time I am writing this, there are many hotel and restaurant discounts, discount tickets on the 9/11 museum, many discount tour packages, and many shows!
Also, you should try to schedule in an On Location Tour. This tour takes you to filming sets, and locations featured in many of your favorite films. Places you will see are locations from Friends (including their apartment building!), Glee, When Harry Met Sally, Modern Family, Seinfeld (including the soup man. “No soup for you!”) and more!
At one point make sure to take the subway. It’s an iconic way to travel the city. It’s not the most glamorous but something everyone should do at least once.
I always love to add a visual where I can check out the video below from Keep Your Daydream on their trip to New York City!
Ok on to the attractions!