THINGS TO DO

Do it like a local – we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to conquer the city.

Rockerfeller Centre, New York City

The Rockerfeller Center

Perhaps most famous for its extravagant Christmas celebrations and huge tree each year, the Rockefeller Centre is a must-see for many visitors. No matter what time of year, you'll find impressive sculptures and all the hustle a...

The Rockerfeller Center

Perhaps most famous for its extravagant Christmas celebrations and huge tree each year, the Rockefeller Centre is a must-see for many visitors. No matter what time of year, you'll find impressive sculptures and all the hustle and bustle of big city life at the Rockefeller. Enjoy a little retail therapy at the incredible range of stores housed within the Centre. Just make sure you can carry it all back to your hotel at the end of the day.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City

Central Park

Central Park will be near the top of most people's to-do lists when they're planning a New York trip, and for good reason. It’s one of the most iconic locations in the city. What many people fail to understand is that it’s huge...

Central Park

Central Park will be near the top of most people's to-do lists when they're planning a New York trip, and for good reason. It’s one of the most iconic locations in the city. What many people fail to understand is that it’s huge – some 843 acres. Take a row-boat out on the lake, watch performers at the Central Park Mall, take part in the Central Park water fight in July, visit the Central Park Zoo, take a stroll around the Conservatory Garden, visit Belvedere Castle (a Gothic-Romanesque-inspired folly), check out some bands on the Summer Stage or enjoy classic theatre at Shakespeare in the Park. Oh – and picnic in the park is the perfect way to chill out! Check out our guide to the best spots in Central Park for more on the YOTEL blog

Central Park New York

Gotham West Market

A great place to get a sense for the local Hell's Kitchen community, featuring various artisanal food purveyors under one roof. This is a fantastic spot for any foodies.

The High Line

The most recent addition to New York's must-see attractions is an innovative elevated park that stretches for almost 1.5 miles along a disused railway spur. Work on the park began in 2006 and the first phase of the project open...

The High Line

The most recent addition to New York's must-see attractions is an innovative elevated park that stretches for almost 1.5 miles along a disused railway spur. Work on the park began in 2006 and the first phase of the project opened in 2009. The urban park has several entrances and offers pleasant green surroundings alongside show-stopping views of the city. In addition to well-maintained gardens, High Line also features art installations, outdoor seating, gathering areas, and frequent events, including outdoor theatre and other entertainment.

Empire State Building New York City

Empire State Building

This famous global landmark has been included in films time and time again. Its observation deck on the 86th floor offers sights across the famous NYC skyline. Take the manually-operated lift to the Top Deck, where you can see ...

Empire State Building

This famous global landmark has been included in films time and time again. Its observation deck on the 86th floor offers sights across the famous NYC skyline. Take the manually-operated lift to the Top Deck, where you can see the whole city from the 102nd floor, including the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square and more. 

Statue of Liberty New York

Statue of Liberty

Watch night fall and the city come alive on a sunset voyage with Manhattan by Sail. 

Caroline's on Broadway

This theatre presents some of the best live comedy entertainment in NYC, hosting many of the industry's most famous comedians.

Broadway New York City

Bowling at Frames

This venue combines bowling with clubbing at Frame. With a bowling lounge, private party lounges, a full-service bar, billiards lounge, interactive media games and one of the best dance clubs in the city  - this will keep you g...

Bowling at Frames

This venue combines bowling with clubbing at Frame. With a bowling lounge, private party lounges, a full-service bar, billiards lounge, interactive media games and one of the best dance clubs in the city  - this will keep you going late into the night.

Bryant Park and Library

This is a prominent historic landmark in Midtown located in Bryant Park, famous for its lush seasonal gardens and al fesco dining

Chelsea Market

This is an iconic food hall and one of the most visited destinations of any kind in New York City. 

Chelsea Market New York

Kayak Around Manhattan

Seeing the sights on foot can be a little… dull. Instead of walking your way round Manhattan, why not kayak? Enjoy a scenic beginner trip and take to the waters to master a new skill whilst seeing amazing NYC structures from a ...

Kayak Around Manhattan

Seeing the sights on foot can be a little… dull. Instead of walking your way round Manhattan, why not kayak? Enjoy a scenic beginner trip and take to the waters to master a new skill whilst seeing amazing NYC structures from a different angle. For the more experienced kayaker, you can take a more challenging excursion and get a workout at the same time. 

Hudson River New York City

Speedboat down the Hudson River

Take New York City by storm and hurtle down the Hudson River on the BEAST Speedboat. Racing at 45mph, you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you fly past midtown and lower Manhattan, ending at a screeching halt at the Statue of L...

Speedboat down the Hudson River

Take New York City by storm and hurtle down the Hudson River on the BEAST Speedboat. Racing at 45mph, you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you fly past midtown and lower Manhattan, ending at a screeching halt at the Statue of Liberty. 

Cupcake Tour of Greenwich Village

Take a two-hour stroll and sample the best of New York’s cupcakes, even making your own at Molly’s Cupcakes. There’s also some delicious Greenwich Village ice cream included as part of the various tastings!