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.

Stamped copper ceilings, Italian marble floors, and stained-glass windows evoke an old world-style Italian ambiance at Veniero's Italian Bakery.

Founded by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, the New York City Ballet is the largest dance organization in the country with roughly 90 dancers. The famed company makes its home inside the 2,544-seat David H. Koch Theater in Lincoln Center.

The restoration of this beautiful Beaux-Arts behemoth in the late 1990's has created the perfect place to enjoy a drink or dinner while watching commuters race for their trains.

Considered one of the most original, forward-thinking wine shops in the nation, this TriBeCa store was first established in 2001 by wine experts David Lillie and Jamie Wolff.

This 22,000-square-foot self-proclaimed "day resort" on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is stocked with decadent touches, like cashmere throws and butlers serving champagne in the relaxation room; a mini-boutique displays designer bags and accessories alongside

An old-fashioned valentine of a store, Greenwich Letterpress has wooden shelves overflowing with brightly colored imported paper and boxed cards.

Gamers consider a trip to this 10,000 square-foot retail store overlooking Rockefeller Center a kind of pilgrimage to a high-tech mecca. On the first floor, there’s a “Gameboy bar” and a “DS circle,” where you can play the latest games, as well as Pokemon merchandise.

Taking its name from the Latin word meaning “home,” Domus is a small shop in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen that sells a selection of handcrafted home décor items from vendors around the world.

Taking its namesake from the city's oldest standing bridge, this park is wedged between Amsterdam Avenue and the East River.

Zabar’s, the iconic New York City gourmet emporium, was founded in 1934 by Louis and Lillian Zabar. Based on Louis Zabar’s philosophy of selling the highest quality merchandise at fair prices, the store has developed a loyal following and has become a New York institution.

Blue boxes of Hangul characters hover over their English translations on the storefront of this Hmart in Koreatown. While the majority of the products are Korean, the shop also carries some items from China and Japan.

One of New York City’s most prestigious museums, the American Museum of Natural History encourages visitors to explore and understand the natural world around them. Founded in 1869, the museum has evolved into an expansive institution.