Things to do in Manhattan
At only 30 square miles, Manhattan is a fairly small area to explore, but there are so many things to do in Manhattan you will have a hard time fitting everything in. For art lovers, Manhattan hosts some of the world’s best art museums. For modern art, check out the Museum of Modern Art or the architecturally distinctive Guggenheim Museum, always showcasing amazing special exhibitions. The hallmark New York Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Met, is also a must-see site containing 19 curatorial departments ranging from ancient Egyptian to Asian to European masters. For a different type of art, check out a world famous Broadway show, but make sure to reserve your tickets early because many shows tend to sell out.
Wondering what to do in Manhattan other than art? Try taking a boat cruise through the New York Harbor to Ellis Island and see the iconic Statue of Liberty. Also, one of the top things to do in Manhattan is catching a view of the spectacular city skyline from the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock. If you’re wondering what to do in Manhattan for families, many museum such as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Museum of the Moving Image offer hands-on activities for kids and the New York Hall of Science has a 30,000 square foot outdoor science playground. If the weather is nice, take a stroll through one of Manhattan’s many incredible public parks including Central Park, Washington Square Park or the High Line in Chelsea.
Occupying a trapezoidal island diagonally across from Central Park, the 12-story, white-marble building by Edward Durrell Stone stood for close to half a century at 2 Columbus Circle, near the geographic center of Manhattan.
This clubby jewel box of a bar, hidden inside Grand Central Terminal, was the long-abandoned office and salon of millionaire magnate and railroad bigwig John W. Campbell (and not his home, despite the name).
In Central Park is the New York Conservatory Garden - six acres of tranquility and order. The gardens are divided into three styles: French, Italian, and English.
This narrow, gallerylike women's clothing store (think long expanses of white walls installed with reverently displayed handbags) is run by Beth Buccini and Sarah Easley, two former sorority sisters with impeccable taste.
Enter with reverence, for this is a place of art and master craftsmanship. “Shoes” seems too common a word to describe the expertly handmade collection at the John Lobb boutique on New York City’s Madison Avenue.
Sugar Sweet Sunshine: the name sounds like the title of a 70’s pop song, and this Lower East Side bakery has a vibe to match. Established by self-taught bakers Debbie Weiner and Peggy Williams, the unpretentious shop is designed with kitschy flowered wallpaper and mismatched retro furniture.
Founded by Christiane Celle in 2008, Clic Gallery primarily focuses on photography from both emerging and established artists. Located in New York’s Soho, the gallery is easily recognizable from its black storefront with the words “j'adore Clic” emblazoned across the front.
North of Harlem and on the western edge of Washington Heights, Fort Washington Park extends from West 155th Street to West 179 Street.
Established in 1943, Mondel Chocolates is one of New York City’s best loved chocolatiers. Popular with everyone from Columbia University students to celebrities, the small store is packed with every kind of chocolate imaginable.
Drawing in celebrity candy addicts like Janet Jackson and Madonna, Dylan’s Candy Bar has become NYC’s most popular candy shop, as well as the world’s largest.
Live entertainment is the main order of business at Bowery Electric, just a short walk from the Bowery Hotel. DJs play nightly and the bartenders serve up cocktails, wine, Scotch, bourbon, tequila, and tap and bottled beer at this muilti-level venue.
The Beaux-Arts New York Public Library building, praised by the New York Herald as a "splendid temple of the mind" when it opened in 1911, anchors the southwest corner of 42nd and Fifth.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an interactive museum for children and their families that aims to provide children with a fun, educational experience and an understanding of our diverse world.