There are always so many things to do and delicious places to eat in New York City that makes it the perfect spot for a weekend getaway. NYC is our favorite city on earth. There’s an energy in the air that just makes you so excited about life. Also the cookies are to. die. for. Whether you want to spend a weekend strolling museums or seeing shows on Broadway, NYC has something for everyone. If you’re looking for the best things to do in the city that never sleeps, here’s our guide to three days in NYC:
Stroll through Central Park:
Take a second to adjust to the hustle and bustle of the city and take a stroll through Central Park. Have a picnic on the lawn or just wander around the lake. It doesn’t really matter what you do, every corner you turn in Central Park is beautiful. It’s also the perfect spot to enjoy a morning run.
Visit the MET:
Not only does the Metropolitan Museum of Art house some of the most beautiful art pieces in the world, but the building itself is absolutely stunning. If you go during summer, be sure to go to the rooftop for a beautiful skyline views. They also often have a fashion exhibit with pieces from some of the world’s top designers and the pieces are always so stunning. Don’t leave without getting a classic Gossip Girl shot of you and your friends sitting on the steps. Another one of my favorite museums in the city is the Guggenheim and it’s just down the road from the MET. Right now they have a Hilma af Klint exhibit that is truly breathtaking.
Grab lunch at Momofuku:
Head to Columbus circle to grab lunch at Momofuku. If you love ramen, you will love Momofuku.
Start your NYC trip off right with a cookie from Levain Bakery:
Arguably the best cookie in New York City. Personally, I don’t like nuts in my chocolate chip cookies, so I love the chocolate peanut butter chip cookie.
Get dinner at Jacob’s Pickles:
This is basically southern comfort food heaven. Imagine biscuits, fried chicken, and mac n’ cheese. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time, because it’s always busy.
Stop by Times Square at night:
I know a lot of people hate Times Square, because there are so many people and so much craziness going on, but personally I love it. I feel like it’s the perfect spot to feel how alive NYC really is.
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Wake up early and go to the Brooklyn Bridge:
Spending the morning on the Brooklyn Bridge is one of my absolute favorite things to do while in the city. It’s so quiet and there aren’t a lot of people there yet, which means it’s perfect for photos and just to enjoy the view to yourself (and a few early morning bikers and runners). Or if you want to go for sunset, I love seeing all the city lights turn on and start to twinkle as the sky goes dark.
Spend some time walking around DUMBO:
DUMBO (which stands for down under the manhattan bridge overpass) is such a beautiful area to walk around and enjoy the views of the city. If you have kids (or even if you don’t), go on the Jane Carousel! It was built in 1922 and has by far the best views of any carousel I’ve ever seen. Take an taxi to get brunch at Maman or grab some pizza from Juliana’s for lunch.
Walk the Highline:
After you’ve crossed back over the bridge, make your way to the Highline. The Highline is an old railroad that’s been transformed into a beautiful park. This is one of our favorite things to do in the city. It has beautiful views and is so unique to NYC.
Get tacos from Los Tacos No. 1 at Chelsea Market:
Wander through the shops and restaurants at Chelsea Market and get tacos from Los Tacos No. 1 for dinner.
Grab Birthday Cake Truffles from Milk Bar:
Continue your cookie tour and stop by Milk Bar in Chelsea. Our favorite cookie from there is the cornflake marshmallow cookie or the confetti cookie, but our absolute favorite Milk Bar treat is the birthday cake truffles. Go ahead and get them all. You deserve it. 😉
See a Broadway Show:
One of our favorite NYC traditions is seeing a show on broadway. There’s something about seeing a broadway show in the city that is truly just so magical. This time we saw Anastasia and loved it. Some of our all time favorites are The Lion King, Wicked, Mary Poppins, and Les Miserables, but we still haven’t seen Hamilton or Dear Evan Hansen, so I guess all the more reason to go back. If you want cheap tickets, you can try buying day of tickets from a TKTS discount booth (there’s one in Times Square). They don’t have discounted tickets for every show (especially the most popular ones), but you can get tickets to a lot of shows at a significantly discounted price.
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Go to Top of the Rock First Thing in the Morning:
Not only will you get the best views, but you’ll also avoid the crowds so you can get beautiful photos and peacefully enjoy looking over the city all to yourself. Top of the Rock is my favorite viewpoint in the city, because you get a view of the Empire State Building and Central Park. Book your tickets online ahead of time, so you don’t have to wait in line once you get there. Top of the Rock has a 360 degree view of the city, but it’s all outside, so bring a jacket if you’re visiting in the winter. Our other favorite view of the city is from One World Observatory. One World Observatory is indoor, so if you’re visiting during the winter, it might be a more enjoyable experience. Be sure to book your tickets online ahead of time for that experience too.
Get brunch at By Chloe:
By Chloe is right in the heart of Rockefeller Center and one of our favorite vegan spots in the city. Grab a cookie at Sweets by Chloe on your way out.
Go shopping at The Oculus:
The Oculus is just a mall, but the architecture is amazing and it’s definitely worth visiting even if you just want to see it!
Wander around Battery Park and ride the Sea Glass Carousel:
Battery Park is right on the water and you can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It’s a great place to also get a look at the One World Trade Center and just escape the concrete jungle for a second. The Sea Glass Carousel is so charming and picturesque and actually a lot of fun. Instead of riding horses around, you sit inside of fish! And if you go at night, it’s all lit up. You can also go for a ride on the Staten Island Ferry once you’re down there if you have time.
Finish your cookie tour off with a cookie from City Cakes:
Where to Stay
We stayed at Intercontinental Times Square and absolutely loved it! It’s right in the heart of Times Square, which makes it super convenient to get everywhere you want to go in the city. It’s close to the subway, so you can easily hop on and go all over without having to walk several blocks or hail a cab. It’s also right next to Shake Shack and Dough Doughnuts, which, in our opinion, you can’t go to NYC and not get both of those. The views at Intercontinental Times Square are absolutely unreal. You can see right down 8th Avenue and despite being in the middle of the city, it’s not too loud, which is really nice. Waking up and looking down on the city while it’s still completely quiet in the morning will forever be one of my favorite memories.
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