New York is a wonderful and incredibly diverse city with so much to see and so many places to go that no matter how long you stayed, you would probably never run out of interesting things to do.
However, if all you have time (and/or money) for is a weekend in the Big Apple, here are a few fun ideas to make the most of your quick trip.
Things to Do on Your New York City Weekend Trip
Explore The Spooky Side Of The City
Book a trip with ghost tour and discover a darker side of the city you may not have known about before. The neighborhood of Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan is probably best known for its artsy, jazzy, bohemian vibe, but what you may not be aware of is that it is also an area known for its paranormal activity.
The town has a rich and fascinating history full of strange and eerie tales, and going on one of these tours would be the best way to learn more about NYC’s mysterious past.
These walking New York Ghost Tours are conducted every night at 8pm and led by knowledgeable, engaging tour guides who will take you through the historical streets and buildings of Greenwich Village.
Tours are usually about 90 minutes long, and typically take you to visit 9 or 10 locations in and around the neighborhood, including renowned writer Edgar Allan Poe’s house and the site of the tragic Triangle Factory Fire.
Go Museum Hopping
It would almost be a crime to go to New York City and not visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Just ask any well-seasoned traveler; everyone has to visit it at least once in their lives. But the Met, as it is often affectionately called, is not the only must-see museum in NYC.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum—also referred to as the Guggenheim—is not only famous for its impressive collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern art, but also for its stunning architecture. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is a huge cylindrical building with an Instagram-worthy helix-like spiral staircase in its grand lobby.
Another museum worth checking out is the Museum of the Moving Image, located in Astoria, Queens. This decidedly modern museum is devoted to the history, art and technology of movies, television and video—basically all forms of media. Even if going to museums is not really your thing, the Museum of the Moving Image is sure to entertain you with its wide range of exhibitions and screenings.
Take Your Friends Bar Hopping
New York City is home to hundreds of excellent bars and pubs, ranging from old-school speakeasies to more millennial clubs. Round off a fun weekend in the city by hitting several nightspots and enjoying good drinks and great food.
Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle, with its leather banquettes and mural-covered walls that date back to the 1940’s, is a solid choice. Be sure to try some of its signature cocktails like the old-fashioned whiskey smash.
If you’re into craft beers, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Brooklyn Brewery, which has been around since 1996. If you’re up for it, you can take a tour of the brewery (tours are offered on weekends,) but if you’re pressed for time, definitely just don’t miss the chance to try one of their beers on tap.
Again, New York City is one of those places that is endlessly captivating, and a couple of days is not nearly enough time to see all that there is to see there, but if you plan out your itinerary and manage your time well, you can most certainly enjoy an unforgettable weekend getaway.