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What to See in NYC if You Visit for New Years Eve?

If you’re in New York City for New Years Eve, chances are you’ll find yourself with a few days to spend exploring the streets, parks and attractions of the largest (and best) city in America.  Here are a few guidelines to make the most of your NYC vacation.


For a comprehensive tour of the city, hop on a bus with an open double decker to explore the streets of Manhattan.  Some picture-worthy sights you’ll see on the bus are the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State Building, The Chrysler Building, and Times Square.  For a different point of view, try a boat tour or helicopter tour around the island.

If you’d rather explore on foot, spend the morning and afternoon exploring Manhattan’s largest park.  Sprawling over one square mile, NYC Central Park offers an array of activities, both romantic and family friendly.  Rent a row boat or take a romantic gondola ride on Central Park’s lake.  Boats leave from the Boathouse, which is located close to the 72nd St entrance to the park on the east side.  After your boat ride, make sure to visit the Belvedere Castle, located mid-park near 79th street, for a panorama of views of the park and skyline.  From there venture into the Ramble and get lost in New York Central Park’s maze of winding footpaths.  For a different Manhattan park experience, head downtown to the High Line, New York City’s newly renovated elevated park and check out the views from up top.

After you have finished exploring Manhattan’s parks, journey to the Upper East Side for Museum Mile that is comprised of 10 museums stretching across 5th Ave. ranging from 82nd street to 104th, Museum Mile is a cultural stretch and home to some of Manhattan’s most celebrated museums.  Although the Metropolitan Museum of Art can easily take an entire day, explore the Met’s highlights from all over the world and move on to the Guggenheim for your fair share of modern art.  Other highlights include The National Design Museum, The Jewish Museum, and the International Center of Photography.

If it’s your first time to New York on New Years Eve, a visit to Rockefeller Center is necessary.  Take pictures of the notoriously large Christmas tree or the bundled up ice skaters skating around The Rink conveniently located on a lower level, allow spectators a bird’s eye view. The Rink is open to the public and offers skate rentals.  Afterward, enjoy an amazing view at Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center’s observation deck.

One crucial thing to do while you’re in New York is see a Broadway show.  If seeing the show is a last minute decision, wait in line at the TKTS discount booth in Times Square for a deal to whatever show you can.  If you’re planning ahead, get tickets online or call the box office.  Some Broadway classics that are a must see are: The Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, or Chicago.  For a funny show get tickets to Avenue Q or Shrek the Musical, and if you want to see a show everyone is talking about, check out Wicked or Billy Elliot.


New Years Eve in New York City is an exciting time filled with plenty to do and see.  Spend your New Years in NYC and you are guaranteed a good time. Don’t forget to plan your New Year’s Eve night, tickets get sold out so fast. Visit New Years Eve Events NYC to find out more.