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Things to do in New York
New York is one of the top destinations of the US and around the world. It’s a centre for the arts, culture, food, and entertainment. And travellers flock to the city year-round for its diverse features.
From miles of beaches to concrete jungles, historical landmarks, acres of parks, and countless attractions, you’ll see just how huge the Big Apple really is.
Taste the city’s culture and go on a culture run. Hail a yellow cab and see New York’s iconic buildings like the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Plaza, Grand Central Terminal, and the New York Public Library in Midtown Manhattan.
Spend an arvo touring the city’s fantastic museums. To name a few, there’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, the American Museum of Natural History, and The Cloisters.
Ride a boat to Ellis Island, and then cruise down the Hudson River. Enjoy the amusement park and the great beach at Coney Island. Take a selfie with the Statue of Liberty. Enjoy walking on the Brooklyn Bridge and see stunning views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines.
Catch a show and choose among New York’s great entertainment venues like Broadway, The Met, and Radio City Music Hall. Be at the heart of the city and marvel at all the sights and movements all over Times Square.
When you’re starting to feel peckish, get a taste of the city’s popular snacks, including H&H bagels, the hot dog from Papaya King, and also their New York pizza and cheesecake. The city is full of street vendors, cafes, and restaurants for you to choose from.
To experience New York like a local, join the city’s major events like the New York Film Festival, Haunted Halloween Carnival, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Times Square New Year’s Eve.
If you want a bigger bite of The Big Apple, here are 50 things you can do in NYC.
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When to visit New York
New York is a year-round destination. But if you want cooler temperatures, avoid visiting during summer (June-August). For cheaper hotel rates, visit NYC from January to February. Save extra pocket money on airfares when you book flights to New York City for April travel dates when flight prices to NY are cheapest, and look for New York travel and tour explorer passes with at least 30 day validity so you can save more on attractions too.
Australians are eligible for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) to visit the United States for business or pleasure for up to 90 days. Make sure to check out the US Embassy and Consulates in Australia for up-to-date travel information.
Travelling to and around New York
Direct flights, connecting flights, and plenty of international flights to the start of New York land at Newark, JFK and Laguardia airports:
- John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK) – options for travel/transfer from JFK to New York City:
- Taxi cab
- Shuttle bus
- Car rental
Journey time from JFK to your destination depends on your chosen travel option and traffic and can take up to 2 hours. Find out how to get from JFK to Manhattan from New York locals.
- LaGuardia Airport (LGA) – options for travel/transfer from LaGuardia to New York City:
- Taxi cab
- Private car services and Shared ride services
- Car rental
Depending on your chosen travel option, traffic, and next destination, journey time from LaGuardia to New York City is around 20 minutes to 2 hours. Get tips on how to get from LaGuardia to Manhattan from New York natives.
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) – options for travel/transfer from Newark to New York City:
- Taxi cab
- Car services
- Private shuttles
- Car rental
Journey time from Newark in New Jersey to Manhattan is around 30 to 60 minutes depending on travel option, traffic, and your destination. Check out how to get from Newark to Manhattan from locals.
Ready to explore the city? You can travel around New York by taxi, bus, subway, boat or water taxi, tram, and ride share apps.
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Airlines that Fly to New York
Airlines that offer cheap flights to New York from Australia include:
- American Airlines
- Asiana Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Etihad Airways
- China Southern Airlines
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