New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and taking a trip to this enthralling metropolis features high on many people’s lists of places they wish to visit. If you are soon planning to turn the dream into a reality and visit the Big Apple for yourself, here are three questions to ask yourself that can help ensure you have the best possible experience.
What Do You Want To Do In New York City?
Which museums and galleries do I consider essential?
New York’s museums and galleries are amongst the most well-recognized and appreciated in the world, with names such as the Whitney, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History all enjoying outstanding reputations. However, for a single holiday, you’ll likely need to trim the number of museums you wish to visit so you have the chance to truly soak in the ones you do see – and anything you have to leave off the to-do list can always be used as a reason to return to the city in the future!
Always be sure to check hours, exhibits and special closures ahead of time. You don’t want to be disappointed or waste your time getting to an attraction and find out the line is huge because of a special event or worse, closed for the day. If you don’t have very many days to spend in NYC, you want to maximize your time.
Which boroughs do I want to visit?
Many visitors to New York focus on Manhattan – and there’s plenty of wonders to be enjoyed here, no doubt – but the other boroughs can offer their own wonders, too. Brooklyn is home to the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, for example, while a visit to The Bronx and its famous zoo is sure to delight animal lovers.
For those of you that like to take selfies, check out Pinterest or Instagram to get a list of the most Instagrammable areas of New York City.
Which Broadway show will you see?
Seeing a show on Broadway is an experience unlike any other; the quality of the performances are second-to-none, and a chance to visit at least one of the charming theatres should always be embraced – provided you can narrow down the options of the many amazing shows there are to see. Hopefully, the infographic below will assist you with this task and allow you to find a show that you’ll love.
Broadway is also a great way to get close to one of your favourite actors. Many will do theatre during a hiatus. I have seen Mathew Broderick, Kevin Spacey, Blythe Danner and Damian Lewis just to name a few! Don’t forget that there are matinees as well which could cost you less and may fit into your schedule better.
A visit to New York City can be over-whelming if you don’t take the time to plan ahead. With so much to see and do, you must prioritize and if you can, pre-book.
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