My Top 5 Favorite Things To Do In NYC

The hustle and bustle of New York City brings in millions of visitors every single year, including me! Nearly every single year you'll find me walking the streets of Manhattan in the winter. I just love being lost in the city surrounded by strangers, bright lights, Christmas decorations, amazing shopping, and of course dirty waterdogs on every corner!
I'm constantly being asked the best places to go while visiting New York City, so I've decided to list them below! Make sure to check back - A Christmas specific list will be coming soon! 

1) Explore Times Square
Times Square is my favorite place in NYC! There's nothing quite like the bright lights of this spectacular part of 7th Avenue. I definitely recommend taking in the sights during the day and at night! This is the place to get your cheap Broadway show tickets, shop in Forever 21 until 2am, and get those classic NYC photos! 

2) Pedicab Tour in Central Park
I found one of my favorite traditions in NYC - on accident! On my second trip to New .York City, I decided that I truly wanted to explore the beauty of Central Park. When we arrived to our favorite entrance {the one near The Plaza Hotel}, there was a sea of pedi-cabs. We approached one for prices, and after we negotiated with our driver, we were on our way! This 1 hour tour was the BEST! We visited the "Friends Fountain," the famous Central Park steps, the bridges featured in "Elf" and "Enchanted," Strawberry Fields, the Ghostbuster building, etc. Our driver was amazing! We were able to stop and take pictures and explore the places we wanted to see. I HIGHLY recommend doing this at least once throughout your visit to the big city!

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3) Shopping in Soho/Eating in Little Italy
Are you looking for the best shopping and restaurants in NYC? My personal favorite spot would be Soho/Little Italy! Soho is filled with little shops, popular retailers, and the trendiest boutiques! Just a few blocks over you'll find yourself wandering through Little Italy. Home of Lombardi's Pizza - the first pizzeria in the United States! Don't forget to top your pizza off with a cannoli!

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4) Rockefeller Center/Top of the Rock
Most people think you will find the best views in NYC at the top of the Empire State Building. While I think you should definitely visit, I would have to disagree! If you're looking for picture perfect views - visit Rockefeller Center/Top of the Rock. You start the tour by going up an elevator 67 floors complete with music and lights. Once at the top there are 3 levels. The higher you go - the more beautiful it gets! On one side you will see the NYC Skyline with the Empire State Building as the centerpiece. On the opposite side you see the stunning Central Park in all it's glory. If you're looking for the views of a lifetime and the best place to take a selfie - take time to visit this famous attraction!

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5) Big Bus Tour
If you're looking for the best way to get around Manhattan and Brooklyn, I highly suggest buying passes for the Big Bus Tour. Not only will you see all of the major sites and attractions, it's an easy way to get around the city. You'll climb aboard a red double decker bus and put on a pair of headphones. As you travel throughout the city you'll listen to your tour guide as they point out the best parts of the city. It's a hop off/hop on tour, so as soon as you arrive your destination you can get off an explore. If you're not into riding the subway, or if you don't want to spend money on a taxi - check out this tour. You won't regret it!

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BONUS
6) Max Brenner A Chocolate Restaurant

One of my favorite places to eat in NYC would have to be at Max Brenner's! This chocolate restaurant includes a little bit of chocolate into every single meal and dessert! If that's not heaven - I'm not sure what is! Everything we've eaten there has been absolutely delicious! If you're a chocolate lover - make sure to check out this eatery! 

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