First time visiting NYC? These are the best things to do during your visit

Do you remember your first time in a big city? It’s big, vibrant and there’s people everywhere. That first impression is one you’ll never forget. However, this is probably nothing compared to the vibe in The Big Apple. To make sure you experience New York at its best during your first visit, we’ve made a list with the best things to do in New York during your first time there! So, have you never been to New York or just curious whether you might have missed something? Then read on!

1. Statue of Liberty
You definitely can’t miss the Statue of Liberty during your first visit. The statue is a majestic symbol of the country’s freedom and diversity and is located on Liberty Island. Free tip from us: from Battery Park you can aboard the Staten Island Ferry for free, which gives you an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty. Definitely worth it!

2. Central Park
To really experience New York’s ambiance, a stroll through Central Park is something you can’t miss out on. You’ll probably recognise certain places from movies, like the Bethesda Fountain, Bow Bridge and the Central Park Lake.  It’s also a way to escape the chaos on the streets for a while, however you’ll still hear the honking and the sirens. But that’s life in New York.

3. Times Square
You either hate it or you love it, but Times Square is iconic for the chaos and craziness in the city, if you ask us. When visiting Times Square, you might suddenly feel really small in between the flashing lights and all the people around you. It’s overwhelming, so take a minute to take it all in. Besides the calm and peace in Central Park, the chaos at Times Square is also part of New York. A side of the city, that definitely belongs to your first impression of The Big Apple.

4. 9/11 Memorial
The terror attacks of September 11, 2001 on the Twin Towers have had an enormous impact on the city. This tragic event is a part of New York, something you can feel while visiting the 9/11 Memorial. This should definitely be a part of your first visit.

5. The High Line
The High Line was once an abandoned railway track, but has been transformed and repurposed into a 2,3 kilometre long urban park. It stretches from the Meatpacking District to Hudson Yards and offers an amazing view over Manhattan and the Hudson River. During Summertime, all the plants on The High Line will be in full bloom, but even during wintertime the park has a nice ambiance. There’s artwork all year round and you’ll also see lots of locals spending their lunch break in the park. The perfect place to experience the vibe in the city!

6. DUMBO
DUMBO actually stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. While Dumbo is actually quite big, the most popular area is the one in between the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. Here you’ll have excellent views of the skyline and find lots of art galleries and cosy cafés and restaurants. Tip from us: The view from Washington Street is iconic for the neighbourhood and a super photogenic spot for a shameless Instagram shoot ;)

7. The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library building on 5th Avenue is very impressive, both inside and out. You can visit the library by taking an audio-tour, but we recommend admiring the spectacular building in silence. Get overwhelmed by the gigantic reading rooms and 140 kilometres of bookshelves, filled with millions of books.

It’s about time to start packing, right? The chaos, charm and loads of information are waiting for you on the other side of the ocean. With this list, there’s no doubt that you’re going home with an unforgettable impression of the city and a camera roll full of insta-worthy pics ;)

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently an intern at SUITSUIT. My greatest passion is writing, besides that I love good music, traveling and a bunch of lovely people around me. During my internship at SUITSUIT, I mostly write articles and provide the texts for social media.

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Marina van Hooft

Hi! My name is Marina. I’m 19 years old and I’m currently an intern at SUITSUIT. My greatest passion is writing, besides that I love good music, traveling and a bunch of lovely people around me. During my internship at SUITSUIT, I mostly write articles and provide the texts for social media.

@marinavanhooft