Planning a Staycation in NYC? Here’s How to Enjoy the City like a Tourist

 Living in a place as large as New York City, sometimes it can be hard to remember all that the city has to offer. If you find yourself taking a staycation, you might be wondering where to go and what to see. Read the ideas below to find out how to enjoy the city like a tourist.

See the Statue of Liberty

New York, USA
Statue of Liberty New York USA lady liberty

Travel by ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands to see what is widely viewed as a symbol of democracy and freedom. Rather than just touring the grounds or the top of the pedestal, get tickets to access the crown.

Since reservations need to be made in advance, as New York City local, you have more opportunities than tourists to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Go on a Sightseeing Tour

 Take a break from your transportation method of choice for a day and go on a sightseeing tour. TopView Sightseeing, one of the city’s sightseeing touring agencies, offers bus and cruise tours.

No matter which type you choose, you can see the attractions you take for granted as a local from the perspective of those visiting New York City for the first time.

Take in the Sounds of Broadway

Broadway, New York, USA

While Times Square is an area that most locals view as a place for tourists, the lights and sounds of the Broadway theatre scene are enough to draw you to this busy intersection.

Musicals, plays, Off-Broadway shows and other performances, like comedy, acts, offer enthralling shows. Make a night of it and go to dinner and a show.

Indulge in New York Foods

Baked goods, New York, USA
Baked goods

From pizza and cheesecake to bagels and black-and-white cookies, everyone has a favourite New York food. Make it your goal to enjoy at least two of these staples for every day you play tourist.

Park yourself in Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park on a summer morning

Madison Square is a 6.2 acre of a public park located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street. Named after James Madison, the 4th president of the U.S., this park is also home to the original Shake Shack and relax in the urban oasis that is Madison Square Park. As you enjoy your burger and shake, people watch, observe the artwork and lay on the lawns.

Get Sporty

Play baseball at Yankee stadium, New York, USA
Play baseball at Yankee Stadium

Are you a baseball fan? Go to Yankee Stadium for a tour or game. If you are more into basketball or hockey, Madison Square Garden should be your destination. Witness the Rangers or the Knicks take on their biggest rivals in thrilling games.

Baseball fans, who are also fans of the hamburger, will appreciate Citi Field where the can get the renowned Bash Burger, a hamburger with a bacon jam and “secret” sauce of mayonnaise, garlic, ketchup, sherry vinegar and Sriracha.

Citi Field is home of the Mets. Located in Flushing Queens. The creation of chef Josh Capon, the Bash Burger can also be found at his restaurant on W Houston St, Barrel and Burger.  The Bash Burger has apparently been around for quite a while, winning the People’s Choice Award for the tastiest burger at Rachael Ray’s Burger Bash at the NY Wine and Food Festival as far back as 2009.

Read a Book at the Library

New York public state library
New York public state library

Admission to the New York Public Library is free, but it is also one of the most beautiful in the world. Check out a book, settle down in a reading room or see the real Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends.

Visit The Met Cloisters

The Cloisters from Garden

The Met Cloisters offer a taste of medieval Europe right in New York City. Sculptures, gardens, chapels and numerous photo opportunities await you. The Cloisters overlook the Hudson River, so you will get to see lovely views in addition to the museum.

View your city with new eyes as you explore it like a tourist. You might just learn or see something new.

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