Manhattan

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.

See America through the eyes of the 12 million immigrants that entered through Ellis Island. A highlight of the museum is the building itself, built in 1900 and restored to its original condition.

Twenty-first-century design connoisseurs can't get enough of this SoHo destination that's part store, part museum.

Spoiler alert: Klaus Von Nichtssagend is not a real person. The name actually translates to “Klaus says nothing” at this petite, 500-square-foot, sky-lit contemporary art gallery on the Lower East Side.

The chic, arctic-inspired Polar, located below New York’s Marcel at Gramercy, is a less overt version of the trendy ice bar. Here, the temperatures aren’t freezing, but the décor evokes the chilly environs of the North Pole.

Surrounding the city’s Cloisters museum, a reconstructed monestary that is home to nearly 5,000 medieval treasures, Fort Tryon Park overlooks the Hudson River and offers stunning skyline views from one of the highest points in Manhattan.

Also known as The World’s Greatest Toy Store®, the Times Square Toys “R” Us is the company’s flagship store. At 110,000 square feet, the store is filled to the brim with toys, making it a veritable kid’s paradise.

The non-descript red brick facade of Robert Miller Gallery in Chelsea doesn't begin to hint at the eclectic art housed within.

Inside 40 Great Jones Street in lower Manhattan is an über-creative world known as Partners & Spade.

The 52nd Street Project was founded by actor/playwright Willie Reale in 1981 with the aim of improving the lives of the children living in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

Meticulously restored over the last 20 years, this beloved Moorish Revival landmark on the Lower East Side spans three centuries of New York City architecture and history.

From a case of Domaine Bouchard Volnay 1er Cru to a double magnum of Perrier-Jouet, Sherry-Lehmann has it all.