I am sure you have already plenty of ideas about things to do in New York City.

The Big Apple offers a myriad of activities for active people. From the bright lights of Times Square to the quiet corners of Central Park, there’s always something to do and see. One of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city is Brooklyn. Here’s a closer look from my personal perspective!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

I will start from Brooklyn, as it has been my base, having run the half marathon in 2022. If you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This urban oasis is located in the heart of Brooklyn and offers a serene escape from the concrete jungle. The garden is home to over 14,000 species of plants from around the world, including the stunning Cherry Esplanade, which blooms in the spring with over 200 cherry trees.

One of the most popular areas in the garden is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden. It features a calm pond, bridges, and carefully curated plants to create a stunning landscape. The garden also hosts a variety of events throughout the year, such as the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring and the Chile Pepper Festival in the fall.

Other Great Activities in New York City

Moving across the Brooklyn bridge (see item 1 on the list below 🙂 ), there are plenty of other great activities to enjoy throughout the City. Here are just a few:

  • Walk the Brooklyn Bridge – yes, exactly! Take a stroll across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge for breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. The bridge is over a mile long and offers plenty of photo opportunities along the way.
  • Visit the museums – starting from the MoMA – Museum of Modern Art. Its impressive collection often identifies the MoMA as one of the most influential museums of modern art in the world. Try also the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world, with over 2 million works of art spanning 5,000 years of history. Third of many I would like to mention, the Guggenheim museum.  It has a continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art.
  • Explore Central Park – Take a bike ride or a leisurely stroll through Central Park, one of the most iconic green spaces in the world. With over 800 acres of landscaped grounds, lakes, and attractions such as the Central Park Zoo and the Bethesda Fountain, there’s something for everyone in this urban oasis. If your legs are not tired, you should meet many runners and friendly squirrels running in the park!
  • Catch a Broadway Show – Whether you’re into musicals, dramas, or comedies, there’s a show for every taste and budget. I am not very much into it, but it is great!
  • Explore the High Line – This unique public park was built on an elevated railway track and offers stunning views of the city skyline. The park features gardens, art installations, and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the scenery.
  • Lose yourself in Times Square. This iconic square is one of my favourite places in Manhattan. I really lose the concept on time when there and staring the giant billboards on the red stairs. Difficult to describe, you should be there!

Night view of Times Square

  • Visit the Empire State Building – No trip to Manhattan is complete without a visit to the iconic Empire State Building. This Art Deco skyscraper offers stunning views of the city from its observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors.

The Empire State Building

  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute to the victims of the September 11 attacks. It features two reflecting pools set within the footprints of the former Twin Towers, as well as a museum that tells the story of the attacks and their aftermath.
  • Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty – Lady Liberty is an enduring symbol of American freedom and opportunity. You can take a ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island and climb to the top of the statue’s pedestal for panoramic views of the city skyline.
  • Go shopping on Fifth Avenue – This iconic shopping district is home to some of the world’s most famous luxury brands, such as Tiffany & Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bergdorf Goodman. Even if you’re not in the market for high-end shopping, it’s worth it. And there are many places where to find good deals for running gear – if you are into it!
  • Watch a sport event or a show at the Madison Square Garden. Located close to Penn’s station, its program is full of great opportunities of entertainment. Basketball, Hockey, music or comedy shows, there will always be something on. I enjoyed NY Knicks basketball match one of my last times, but also basketball and american football are good options outside the Garden.
  • Enjoy the different food experiences: you can find plenty of restaurant, from street food to high end, with all kind of food styles. If you are a food buff and like to try different things, you won’t be disappointed in the Big Apple!


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