With its endless streets, historic monuments, world-renowned museums, hip neighborhoods, and some of the best shopping in the world, New York City promises something for everyone. But not only are there thousands of activities to do, there are also true bucket-list items—those special, one-of-a-kind experiences that no other city in the world has to offer. So when planning your trip to the Big Apple, let go of the typical New York tourist attractions and get adventurous. Here’s a list of the must-do activities you can finally cross off your bucket list!
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
What’s better than seeing the famous parade in person? Experiencing it at a private VIP viewing party. Join us and watch the full three-hour event from the second floor of our beautiful viewing space. You’ll be eye level with the balloons as they go by and not at the mercy of the weather. We’ll even include a tasty brunch buffet and brunch cocktail bar.
Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
The Rockettes—Radio City’s legendary dance company—star in the annual Christmas Spectacular show, where Radio City is transformed into a magical wonderland. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without this lively event. Make your own memories as you enjoy this show that’s become synonymous with Christmas.
Backstage at a Broadway show
Come see a show in Manhattan’s famed Theater District to understand what everyone is talking about. And you’ll be in good company: According to the Broadway League, the 2016-17 season entertained more than 13 million visitors at such popular shows as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, Chicago, Wicked, The Lion King, and more. Gain access to some of the City’s hardest-to-get tickets, then go backstage with one of our escorts, where you can take photos, meet the cast, and get autographs. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Pastrami sandwich from Katz Deli
Be one of the thousands of visitors that flock to Katz Deli each week. This legendary deli offers world-renowned sandwiches, meats, and platters you won’t want to miss. Try their famous pastrami sandwich, which is piled high and more than enough to feed a number of hungry bellies. Katz’s has become an inherent part of the City’s culture and history—and is a must for any out-of-towners wanting to understand true New York delicacies.
Dinner at Eleven Madison Park
Named No.1 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, Eleven Madison doesn’t disappoint. You’ll find this exquisite fine dining restaurant in the heart of NYC overlooking Madison Square Park. With its blend of warm hospitality, delicious food, and an iconic setting, Eleven Madison Park should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge at night
Take a stroll over one of the most famous walks the Big Apple has to offer while enjoying a gorgeous view of skyscrapers, the East River, the Statue of Liberty, and New York City’s other historic bridges. While the Brooklyn Bridge offers outstanding views any time of day, taking a night walk is even more incredible with all the lights and sights. Just remember to bring a sweater!
See the vibrant foliage of the Hudson Valley
Discover stunning views of nature’s transition into winter throughout the Hudson Valley. You’ll find plenty of reservations, parks, and trails that’ll help you soak up the gorgeous foliage. Get in the mood for fall by visiting the areas of Mid-Hudson Valley, Westchester, Rockland, or Putnam.
Visit the Met when no one else is there
Explore the Metropolitan Museum of Art—one of the world’s finest art museums in the world—during off-peak times to truly absorb 5,000 years of global culture displayed in one place. Weekday mornings along with Friday and Saturday evenings see the least amount of traffic. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how nice it is to have the Met to yourself.
New York City has a substantial list of bucket-list experiences, but you may feel like there’s not enough time to do it all. With the help of local travel experts, however, you can maximize your time and experience the very best the City has to offer. Remember, if you run out of time, you can always come back for more!
If you have any questions about planning your NYC bucket-list trip, contact us today. Our team of professionals would be happy to help!