Any New Yorker would tell you that exploring the Big Apple is just impossible in a single trip. The city that never sleeps has so much to offer visitors that even if you live there, you can always find new places to enjoy; from restaurants, cafés, or bars to exciting entertainment options.
But, if you don’t have much time, 3 days is enough time to explore the main attractions, and most definitely to fall in love with the city. The key to make the most of your 3-day trip is to plan ahead your itinerary and set a roadmap for your adventure.
After long consideration, I’ve chosen some of the most iconic places in New York that you must see during your trip.
- Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island
No trip to New York is complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty. However, if you want to make the most of your day, you’ll need to get to Battery Park early in the morning to avoid the long lines. Complement the experience in Ellis Island where you can learn about the people that built the city.
Another alternative if you don’t want to wait in the long lines, is to take the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy the view from there, taking amazing pictures of the harbor and statue.
- Battery Park
Do you know the reason for the curious name of this part of the city? It’s called Battery Park because of all the batteries, cannons, that were used to defend New York. Here you can relax and explore the ruins of an old fort, shop, watch the street performers and practice fun activities such as playing pull, rent a bike, or enjoy the amazing views of the harbor.
- Take a walking tour.
There’s no better way to explore New York than to walk around the city and enjoy the magnificent places all around. You can find over a dozen walking tour companies, most of them offering specific tour genres.
Are you a foodie? Then you’ll love the food tours around the East Village, Williamsburg Brooklyn, or the famous Manhattan’s Chinatown. If you like the nightlife of the city, then Night Tours are the best option for you.
Take your time and choose a walking tour that better suits your interests.
- World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial and Museum
The panoramic view of the city from Freedom Tower is just as breathtaking as you can imagine. The monument is complemented with a museum with touching exhibits to commemorate 9/11. There’s also an attractive park to remember the victims of the attack.
- Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
As a tourist, there’s no better way to get to Brooklyn than walking the bridge. It is a 25-minute walk that will give you impressive views of the city, especially from the park and downtown.
Taking this walk at night offers you a whole new experience of watching all the lights in Manhattan brighten the city.
- Prospect Park
If you are looking for a place to just relax in Brooklyn, Prospect Park offers an amazing alternative. Since it first opened back in 1867, these 500 acres have been the perfect spot to read a book, set a picnic, or just lounge and enjoy the sunlight. It’s the perfect location to rest your legs after walking across the bridge.
- Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is one of the most important historic landmarks in Manhattan. The interior decoration is worthy of admiration, and the view from the top is just magnificent. Being such a popular location, the best time to visit is during lunchtime or early in the morning.
If you feel like taking a tour, you can find complete guided visits that combine a visit to the deck along with a tour of Rockefeller Center.
- Grand Central Terminal
There’s a reason why Grand Central Terminal is a common background scenario for films; it is the perfect merging spot in the city. On Wednesdays, you can take a free historical tour and get lost looking at the constellations of people in the ceiling. If you get hungry, there’s a great restaurant in the basement.
- Times Square
One of the most iconic places in New York City is full of people and life at any time of the year. It is one of the “must visit” locations in the city, with a pedestrian area where you can sit and just watch the people around you, tourists from all over the world. There are many options around to shop, eat or enjoy the shows.
Broadway is one of those places that don’t need an introduction. It is considered the theater capital of the world, and the great numbers of open shows at any time of the year, offer visitors a great variety of alternatives. Make sure to check ahead what shows are available beforehand so you can plan and get the tickets to your dream show.
- Central Park
If you want to get away from the crowds and the busy streets of the city, you can spend an afternoon relaxing in Central Park. There are many walking paths, lakes to row in, and even a zoo. If you visit during the summer you will find concerts and plays.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
All around the edges of Central Park, you can find a great number of exceptional museums. The Met is one of them, and it is one of the biggest in the world. It has many amazing exhibits and even a real Egyptian tomb. If you don’t have much time to visit museums in New York City,then the Met is the place to go.
Three days to explore New York is enough time to give you a preview of how amazing the city is, and will surely make you want to plan your second trip to enjoy all the magic this city has to offer.