Considered one of the most famous and iconic cities in the world, New York is as bright, bold and beautiful as you’d expect. Boasting an unrivalled skyline, this slick and sophisticated metropolis gleams from corner to corner. Amid a showcase of glossy skyscrapers, you’ll be mesmerised by New York holidays any time of the year.
Scattered across five very different boroughs, the city of New York shines with international culture, offering new experiences across every street. Whether you want to head off on a museum trail, tread the arty path of galleries, take in some American sports at the arenas, or shop, drink and dine to your heart’s content – when on holiday in New York the possibilities are endless.
Famously known as the City that Never Sleeps, good old New York, New York is the perfect destination for an exciting city break, as well as the subject of many artists, photographers, musicians and films. Home of the Statue of Liberty and, the Yankee's stadium, and in Manhattan Broadway and the vibrant Times Square, this city is certainly not short on landmarks and impressive attractions.
You can escape the city centre and rub shoulders with the rich and famous at the beach resorts of Long Island, or enjoy the fray of Midtown. The Big Apple is also a great place for exploring the surrounding area; take a day trip to Niagara Falls or explore the wilderness of Adirondack Park.
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At a glance
- Currency: United States Dollar
- Language: English
- Time Zone: GMT +-5
- Average flight time: 8h 20m
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You’ll have countless neighbourhoods and areas to choose from when it comes to a holiday in New York. Each and every neighbourhood possesses its own unique identity and original set of attractions, ensuring your time in New York is met with a diverse and memorable experience. The sophisticated area of Manhattan, which many believe to be the heart of the city, is filled with soaring towers that are home to a fantastic portfolio of hotels offering nothing but class.
Then there is laid-back Long Island and homely Staten Island ensuring your holiday in New York will allow for some rest and relaxation. Having now firmly sealed itself as Manhattan’s chic younger counterpart, Brooklyn is home to the ‘it’ crowd, brimming with new and unique attractions and venues, proving the place to go when you fancy immersing yourself in the latest trends. Its streets are lined with traditional brownstone townhouses, which provide cosy retreats for restful stays after days spent sightseeing the USA’s most exciting destination.
There are so many classic city icons to enjoy on New York holidays. Central Park offers some peace in the bustling heart of the city, while Times Square is gleaming with bright lights, international restaurants and shops galore. The streets of the city are lined with performers, vendors and food sellers, so you can find even the slightest bit of culture with every footstep you take. Across the Hudson River you will find Ellis Island and the iconic Statue of Liberty, which can be reached via ferry as you watch the Manhattan skyline retreat into the distance.
Wine and Dine
New York is a mecca for foodies, and eating is one of the top New York attractions. People come from all over the world to dive into a delicious slice of pie – actually pizza – and the only way to eat pizza in this town is with your hands, trust us. Michelin star restaurants are as prominent as hot dog stands and delis, and the mixture of cultures adds a whiff of fragrant spices and mouth-watering aromas when you’re nearby a great eatery. From Caribbean joints to Chinatown and quirky hipster cafés, your taste buds will be overwhelmed by the amount of amazing food in store for you. Whatever you do, try the cheesecake. From chic Manhatten to earthy Buffalo, the home of Buffalo wings, There is a lot more to New York's cuisine than just big apples.
Not just a playground for adults, there are plenty of kid-friendly things to do on holiday in New York. Keep the young and the young at heart entertained with a visit to Toys R Us on Times Square, the biggest toy shop in the world, or the famous and oldest toy store in the States, FAO Schwarz. For something the whole family can enjoy, have barrels of fun at the fair on Coney Island.
Often called an urban jungle, you can actually see exotic animals in the Big Apple when at the Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo. Afterwards, stroll through the green expanse of Central Park while the little ones run about and explore the aquarium and general wide open spaces.
Back in the city, climb the Empire State Building, visit the Rockefeller Centre's 'Top of the Rock' or ascend to the top of the Statue of Liberty for sweeping views across the city. For a sensational view and fun ride, see the famous New York skyline from the water on the Staten Island ferry.
Action and Adventure
If there’s one thing that New Yorkers enjoy, it’s their home sports teams, and catching a game or two is unavoidable. Root for the NY Giants and Jets during the fall American football season, watch the Brooklyn Nets or NY Knicks play basketball at Madison Square Garden, or count the body checks during a Rangers hockey game. There are also the Mets and Yankees to watch play America’s favourite pastime, baseball.
For ‘sport’ you can try out for size yourself, try a helicopter tour of the town or a walking tour of practically anywhere in the city from the Garment District to hotspots from Sex and the City. You’ll certainly stay fit walking those mega New York blocks.
Life's a Beach
Although New York is mostly a city break destination, if you just can't resist the feel of sand between your toes, a holiday in New York could still be the ideal choice for you. Day trips to Fire Island, Coney Island, Rockaway and Staten Island are just a few of the most popular choices for holidaymakers looking to explore New York's more coastal areas. You can get a ferry to Staten Island from Manhatten, while for the rest NYC's amazing transport system will make finding your way to a beach is a breeze
Here you'll find sandy bays and lively promenades perfect for an afternoon well-spent under New York's summer sunshine. You might even find some theme park rides along the promenade in some of the more popular areas. So if you're up for a bit of a thrill - who said you had to journey to the tip of a skyscraper, when you might just find it a little closer to the shore!
Enjoying a night on the town is one of the mandatory things to do during a holiday in New York. From the stylish nightclubs of Manhattan – home of the cocktail - to the grungy bars of the East Side, if you’re looking for a particular brand of nightlife, you can certainly find it in this city. Visit an underground jazz club for an authentic taste of New York by night, or take in a show at the legendary Broadway theatres fit for the whole family.
Get your beer on in trendy Brooklyn, or dance the night away in any number of clubs while keeping an eye out for celebrities. Chelsea and Greenwich Village are the top places to spy some drag queen shows and show off your best moves for those looking for a night to remember.
The beauty of New York holidays is that they can be whatever you want them to be, and that’s certainly true for couples. Whilst the Big Apple is one of the most fun and high energy cities in the world, it’s also one of the most romantic. No matter the time of year, a stroll through Central Park to watch the seasons change in its trees is an absolute must. As is a trip up the Empire State Building, not only does its heights promise breathtaking views but also the perfect backdrop for a couples’ photo - or perhaps even something a little more special for those hoping to take the next step!
The city’s restaurants and bars lend themselves perfectly for a meal for two, and any couple on holiday in New York are sure to feel well and truly loved up in the endless selection of venues on offer. New York is a city that welcomes each and every one of its guests to have the holiday of a lifetime, and that’s certainly the case for couples and those in search of a little romance.
By day you can lap up endless culture through its world-class galleries and museums, enjoy strolls through Central Park and window-shopping across the designer boutiques of Fifth Avenue that outdo even Paris or Milan. Or head or take to the sky via observation decks and spy world-famous architectural wonders such as the Chrysler Building, the Rockefeller Centre and the Empire State Building, the latter which affords magical sights from its 86th and 102nd floor viewing decks. It is often said that no one can holiday in New York without looking up, and there are plenty of architectural sights to appreciate when you do – many of which you’ll find possible to ascend.
If you don’t know by now, New York City is the fashion capital of the USA and shopping is a major pastime here. Pick up a bargain at Woodbury Common, the largest designer outlet in the world, or stock up on the latest designer labels in the shops and boutiques of Fifth Avenue. You must also visit world-famous stores like Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Tiffany's, especially if you’re in town over Christmas.
See famous two million ancient works spanning millennia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a spectacular building in itself and highlight of cultural attractions. The Museum of Modern Art is an astonishing collection of a hundred thousand pieces of art that can impress the artist in all visitors.
The architecture of this city is what makes its modern heritage. From Grand Central Terminal to the Chrysler Building, the skyline and streets are loaded with recognisable silhouettes, and plenty of others to get to know. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Ave, which was first built during the Civil War, and the splendid Guggenheim Museum off of Central Park for a structure that’s more famous than the works inside it. Temple Emanu-El, a synagogue built in the mid-19th century and the New York Times Tower are wonderful examples of both ends of the architecture spectrum.