Things to Do in NYC


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Now it’s time to find the best things to do in NYC and Manhattan. If you followed the New York City Vacation Guide, you got the steepest discounts, downloaded our free calendars and tools, learned all our discount secrets and secured the hottest tickets in NYC. Further in the Vacation Guide, we show you great places to get more coupons and discounts, both online and in NYC.

Fill in the rest of your NYC Insider Guide calendar with more things to do in NYC. Many events, sales and activities are held at the same time(s) every year. Note the dates of past events. If your favorite things to do in NYC have not been announced, check back frequently, because they will be soon. Here are the best NYC Insider Guide related pages to browse…

Things to Do in NYC by Month

Our Event Calendars show you exactly which events occur by day, but our Things to Do monthly guides highlight seasonal tours, bike rides, best time for boat cruises, when to buy tickets, the biggest sales and all the optimal times to do activities by month. Check out our Monthly Things to do in NYC Guides.

Things to do in NYC by Season

Each Season in NYC offers special activities and things to do designed to highlight the complement of the weather and our beautiful city. During Spring and Summer, biking is one of the best things to do! In the winter, grab a sleigh or head to a restaurant with a fireplace. Here’s our seasonal guide to NYC:

Visiting New York With Kids | Things to Do, Hotels, Attractions

Visiting New York With Kids

Visiting New York with Kids is truly a delight. NYC offers tons of activities, hotels, shows, restaurants, things to do, attractions and festivals for kids and families. The best part is you don’t have to compromise – what’s fun for kids is usually just as much fun for parents.

If you are joining us for a NYC family vacation, don’t miss the best Things to do in New York with Kids.

New York City Nightlife

How do you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps?? Some of the best 'only in NYC' nightlife experiences include skyline views, dinner cruises, Museums and attractions open late til 2am, rooftops, night tours, comedy clubs and more. Some of our top NYC Nightlife picks:

New York City Nightlife

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Free Things to Do in New York City

There are tons of free things to do in New York all day, every day! Tours, attractions, museums, events, shows, sports, movies, and more. Kids, adults, outdoors, indoors, active, lazy…you name it!

Free Things to Do in New York City

So whether you want free Museums, neighborhood tours, a moonlight bike ride in Central Park, to ride the Staten Island Ferry, walk the Highline or Brooklyn Bridge, we have you covered with 100s of Free Things to Do in New York City.

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New York City – Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

Details and Insider Tips on all the popular New York City Tourist Attractions

New York City - Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing

Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, 9-11 Memorial and Museum, The Highline, Rockefeller Center and more New York City Things to Do.

See: New York City Tourist Attractions

New York City Things to Do – Shopping

New York City Things to Do Shopping

Learn more about New York City Shopping with reviews on large department stores, high end boutiques, specialty stores, flagship stores of most every brand, discount stores and our really cool resale shops. Then, go for the bargain by learning about how New York fashionistas really shop, at our famous NYC Sample Sales, one of the best New York City Things to Do.

New York City Events by Month

New York City Events Calendar

Make sure to check our New York City Events Calendar during your visit. See a TimesTalk, street fair, the hottest Broadway shows or catch a Movie Premiere! Catch the Philharmonic in Central Park NY, Fashion Week, Restaurant Week, Spa Week, Martini Week, the Rockettes, Botanical Gardens Orchid Show and dozens more cool and fun, many free, adult and kids activities all year round in New York City!

Things to do in NYC Neighborhoods

Things to do in NYC by Neighborhood

Make sure to check out the Manhattan Neighborhood Guide to know all the cool spots in SoHo, Nolita, Lower East Side, Upper West Side and all our rich and vibrant NYC areas.

Do you know the best pizza in NYC? Or at which cafe Bob Dylan might just appear to play a set? The best views of NYC with a cocktail? Check the NYC i-Guide for ALL our real secrets.

Things to Do in NYC – Broadway Theater

Broadway Theater NYC

Find out why there are only 39 New York Broadway Shows, how to get half price Broadway tickets, cheap tickets and access to last minute specials. Find out which celebrities are starring, the hottest shows, best for kids, discount tickets and more.

Sports Things to Do in NYC

Sports Things to Do in NYC

Manhattan often hosts World Championship Sport events, such as the Tennis US Open, NYC Marathon and NIT Basketball Tournament. Plus, there’s always our New York Yankees, Mets, Giants, Knicks and other NY Sports teams.

Spot Celebrities in NYC

Celebrities in NYC

Where to find celebrities in NYC or which celebrities are living in NYC today are common questions by all, but celebrity sightings in NYC are way easier than you may think and happen all the time. You will, of course, see them on the subway, in Central Park, at the gym, in restaurants, at all the current hotspots, at shows and more. But here are some unique ways to see celebrities all over the city.

Museum Sleepovers NYC

Museum Sleepovers NYC

Our Museum Sleepovers NYC let you stay overnight at all our favorite hotspots, like the Museum of Natural History, Intrepid Museum, Bronx Zoo, Central Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the NY Public Library, Governors Island, Rubin Museum and more! Experience a real-life Night at the Museum, sleep with the Zoo Animals, camp out in Central Park and more!

Things to Do in NYC – TV Show Tickets

TV Show Tickets NYC

Attending live tapings of TV shows is fun and free. The ticket wait is often months long, so write in for tickets as far in advance as possible. See The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly and Michael, The Daily Show, Jimmy Falon and many more. A great alternative to a TV taping is a Movie and TV Tour, combined with your Top of the Rock ticket.

Free Tickets to Comedy Central

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Free Tickets to Comedy Central

Join the studio audience of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” with your free tickets!!!! Emmy Award winner, Larry Wilmore is a Comedian/Producer/Writer and all-around TV Legend, best known as the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

More Info: Free Tickets to Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

NYC Insider Tip – How Long is a TV Taping?

While watching a live taping is a fun experience, even if you have tickets in hand for a live TV Show taping, it is a very long and slow process. Sometimes, tickets and reservations do not even guarantee you admission. You must arrive at the theater and wait in line for at least an hour, go through an audience warm up (30-60 min), and they often shoot additional footage at the end of the show…so if this is a must-see for you, go for it. Just remember how many other amazing New York City things to do there are! Read more on TV Show Tickets.

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Things to Do in NYC – Movie Screenings

movie-screeningMovie screenings are offered long before movie releases, for Producers who want to test audience reaction, or 2 different endings. You may even be asked to fill out a questionnaire. It’s always fun to say "I saw a preview of that months ago" on opening night of a blockbuster!

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