New York City is the greatest resource for outings big and small. Here are a few places I’ve been and enjoyed:
New York Historical Society. This is a moderate-sized museum across the street from the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. It typically runs a few in-depth exhibits on a variety of historical and cultural topics (ex. Madeline, the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, the Vietnam War…). It’s a good idea to check their site before you go to see what’s on. I’ve spent about two hours here. Cost: $21 for adults, $13 for students
Gulliver’s Gate. This is a fairly new attraction in Midtown. It’s an exhibit of models of many famous (and not-so-famous) locations around the world. I especially liked the mini NYC, complete with a tiny subway platform and graffitti 🙂 We spent about 90 minutes here. Cost: ~$35 for adults (occasionally you can find coupon codes or sales)
Grand Central Terminal audio tour. This is more interesting than it sounds! I did this one day over the summer and it was so relaxing :-). The tour is an hour long. Cost: $5 for the app or $9 for the audio rental.
9/11 Museum. If you haven’t been, you should go. It’s obviously intense, but not overwhelming. (I guess “enjoyed” is not quite the word to use for this, but it was a worthwhile visit). I went with a friend during the 9 days shortly after it opened. Lines were really long at the time; I don’t know what it’s like these days but buying in advance is probably a good idea. Cost: $24 for adults, $20 for students
Hamilton Grange. This is Alexander Hamilton’s house in upper Manhattan! Check the site for tour times because they’re not super frequent but it’s free and really a rather pleasant way to spend an hour. We learned a lot about the history of New York City as well as A.H.’s life. Cost: free
Tenement Museum. I haven’t been here since high school but it’s totally worth a trip back! I keep meaning to go on a day off. Cost varies depending on the tour package but is in the $20-30 range.
“Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge” has been on my bucket list for the longest time. I guess that should wait until the weather warms up.
Do you have any recommendations for fun or interesting things to do in the city? Would love to hear your suggestions!