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.

Located in New York City’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, Bank Street Books is a treasure trove of children’s literature.

On almost any afternoon inside this Upper West Side open arts studio, you’ll find kids and adults hard at work, creating soaps, candles, jewelry, and painted pottery.

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A 19th-century cabinet of curiosities, with European antiques and packable objets for the home, like a French nutcracker or a Syrian chess set.

The Spread: Never mind that New York ranks 25th out of 30 cities for farmers' markets in our AFC survey: this market has as much variety as the Big Apple itself.

Apple’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan features an innovative exterior to match the gadgets inside. A glass cube marks the entrance to the subterranean shop, where customers descend the glass stairway to peruse the company’s revolutionary and wildly popular products.

The standout success within the controversial Time Warner Center Mall is the slick Jazz at Lincoln Center venue, largely thanks to artistic director Wynton Marsalis's far-reaching connections. Rafael Viñoly's design just adds to the hipness quotient.

Once located in Greenwich Village, this massive wine emporium became even bigger when it moved to an eco friendly, neo-Romanesque NoHo landmark building two minutes away. The selection is deep with wines from every corner of the globe.

Located on the ground floor of the General Motors building, this state-of-the-art shop sells high-tech gadgets and menswear inspired by the eponymous luxury car.

These appealingly sleek wine bars are like bits of modern Milan beamed wholesale into two distinctive Manhattan hoods.

Installed in Tribeca's Greenwich Hotel, this Eastern-inspired spa sports soothing green, wood, and bamboo design elements. The spa's swimming pool and poolside lounge occupy unique space—a reconstructed 250-year-old wood and bamboo farmhouse.

Theatergoers in the know head under the red steps at Broadway and 47th Street to find big savings on tickets to New York City’s hottest shows. The Times Square TKTS booth sells day of performance tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows for up to 50% off.

Far more spacious than the East Village original, the TriBeCa location of Terroir features a similar quirky wine list from sommelier Paul Grieco as well as chef Marco Canora's creative small plate menu.