8 Best Things To Do This Weekend In NYC - Updated 2024

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New York City doesn’t need any introduction. It’s vibrant, buzzing with excitement, and has lots to offer, ranging from dining to sightseeing and shopping. Many of the attractions in New York City stand alone as amazing spots to visit by themselves. You could mount yourself on the top of the Empire State Building to catch a breathtaking sight of Manhattan’s skyline from the observation decks, or you could simply lay back and enjoy some of the world’s greatest talents in the Broadway. Central Park is also a great place to unwind, with the Bethesda Fountain a picturesque gathering spot. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a great place to witness modern works by legendary artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh. Lastly, we don’t think this needs reminding but the Statue of Liberty National Monument is not something you should miss either, being a great signature of New York City. And, of course, never miss the chance to stroll down the streets in Times Square and get blown away by the lights and abundance of goods you can bring home with you, all in one place. If you’re still unsure of where you should get started, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here’s our list of things to do this weekend in New York City, handpicked for your convenience. Check them out below.

1. Food and culture tour in the Lower East Side (from USD 79.0)

Get your tummy ready for a mouth-watering food and culture tour on Manhattan’s Lower East Side! In this three-hour tour, you’ll be exposed to hours long of irresistible stroopwafel, mozzarella, tacos, pancakes, steamed pork buns, soup dumplings, and many more! It’s a great trip for those who would like to learn more about the varieties of food we have here in the New York City, not limited to restaurants and cafes, but also food stalls by the roadside too. It is also a great opportunity to learn about food history, given that you’ll be munching a lot of Dutch, Italian, African, and Chinese food throughout the tour. Hungry already?

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Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group or Private Tour

Duration: 3 hours

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2. Live your superstar dream on the TV and Movie Tour (from USD 61.0)

We all know how it feels like to have adrenaline rushing through us when we watch our favorite movie and hoping we could actually live the scene. Well, this TV and Movie tour does exactly what it needs to do to realize that dream of ours. Live right in the scenes of your favorite movies and TV shows as you are given a personal guide to prominent filming locations in New York City! Get ready to be overwhelmed by the sets of Spiderman, Friends, and Seinfeld, and remind yourself again why you hold these movies close to your heart. Don’t miss this tour! It’s not every day you get to be in New York after all.

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New York City TV Show and Movie Filming Locations Guided Tour

Duration: 3 hours

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3. New York sightseeing tour (from USD 99.0)

If you’re on a really tight schedule but do not want to miss all the good stuff in New York City, we have something that we would love to recommend to you. In just 5 hours, drop by significant landmarks in New York City, such as the Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, the Federal Hall, and also, you will get the chance to hop onto a luxurious boat which will take you around the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. At the end of the tour, you will find yourself in Central Park, or you could even end the day with a visit to Lincoln Center. See? Easy and convenient, tailored all just for you.

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New York City Sightseeing Bus Tour from Manhattan

Duration: 6 hours

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4. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour (from USD 54.0)

There’s no way you can skip this on your itinerary when you’re in New York City. Get to marvel the Statue of Liberty up-close in this 4.5-hour tour, where you will also get to visit another prominent trademark of the city, Ellis Island. In this tour, you will be able to understand the history of New York City, based on these two landmarks and you will also enjoy a breezy ferry ride to learn more about a story that has inspired a great nation today. Feel free to also visit the Immigration Museum when you’re on Ellis Island, where you will get to see artifacts that are definitely worth a closer look.

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New York: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island with Priority Ferry

Duration: 4 hours

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5. Enjoy a jazzy cruise (from USD 101.0)

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Time to get your swimsuits ready for a two-hour boat cruise, sailing around the Manhattan Island and New York Harbor. Keep yourself in one place (on a cruise, in this case) as you catch sight of famous New York City landmarks such as The Statue of Liberty, One World Trade Center, and the Brooklyn Bridge, all the while enjoying bottomless mimosas with live jazz, under the warm sunlight of New York City. Brunch will also be served so you don’t need to be afraid of starving yourself when you’re on the cruise. Just sit back and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view.

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New York Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise

Duration: 2 hours

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6. Couture Fashion Week in New York City (from USD 47.0)

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Fashion enthusiasts, this is for you. When you are in New York City, there’s no way you can turn away from the blazing fashion events that have become the talk of the town for many years. Get up close and personal with some of the up-and-coming fashion designers and admire the garments and accessories, featured in prominent fashion magazines, right before your very eyes. Don’t forget to also experience a fashion show during Couture Fashion Week, a must-not-miss for the fashionista in you.

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Couture Fashion Week New York

Duration: 30-50 minutes

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7. Unwind on an evening walk with cocktails (from USD 91.0)

Does the idea of unwinding with well-crafted cocktails in an elegant, calm environment excite you? This is just the right tour for you. Venture into an evening walk down the heart of Manhattan’s cocktail scene where you will get your taste-buds satisfied with some of the best cocktails in the city. You will also learn more about the best dining spots in the area. For 2.5 hours, explore the streets of East Village and learn about New York City’s cocktail culture, all the while listening to local stories about politicians and mobsters. You will also get to visit Astor Wines, one of the best wine shops in the city.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: East Village Cocktails & Speakeasies Small Group Tour

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

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8. New York pub crawl (from USD 75.0)

The long list of bars in New York City is not a surprising news to anyone and we’re sure that you’ll be interested in giving them a try if you’re here. This 3.5-hour pub tour will bring you to three of the best parts in town; West Village, East Village, and Hell’s Kitchen Pub Crawl, where the best bars and pubs sit. Take your time and learn about the bohemian movement while you’re at it but more importantly, enjoy the booze!

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New York Pub Crawl

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

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The city that never sleeps

New York City is filled with tons of fun and excitement and is definitely one of the best places on Earth to visit for those who are looking for some buzz and noise in a city that is nothing but vibrant and thrilling. Whether you’re here for a good time or you’re simply here to check out some of the historical monuments and museums, this is definitely not a place that will disappoint. You’ve got our word.

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