New York truly is an urban jungle of endless fun. Whether you’re taking in the skyline at the Empire State Building or sitting in the West Village sharing a glass of wine with a friend, New York feeds the soul like no other city. With fall just around the corner and the weather warming up I’ve been thinking about how much I love this city and all it offers. I’ve gathered a New York City bucket list of both well known sights but also a personal take on my favorite local spots.
New York City Bucket List Museums
Theres no denying the endless exhibits NYC offers. The MET has the history of artistic transitions, The MOMA has mind blowing light installations, The 9/11 Memorial pulls at our heart strings, The Natural History Museum allows us to time travel, etc…New York museums have it all. Museums are also a great way to escape the summer heat and cool off indoors.
New York City Tourist Attractions
New York City’s touristic sights are some of the most famous images in the world. No matter what time you visit Times Squares, the lights are on and shining bright. Top of the Rock Observation Desk offers both uptown and downtown views! And theres really nothing that compares to taking a tour on the water to The Statue of Liberty with views of the financial district.
New York City Bucket List Outdoor Fun
New York City is the epitome of an urban jungle. Urban maybe, but also definitely a jungle. We have some of the most beautiful outdoor parks and the most fun outdoor activities. Very little people know that you actually cant hear the city noise from Central Park. You’ll hear the birds, dogs, cyclists, joggers, and more but definitely not the taxis or the hustle and bustle. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is a true joy whether you’re a tourist or a local. The bridge offers gorgeous views and tons of history. Near the bridge on the Brooklyn side is Brooklyn Bridge Park. The park includes Jane’s Carousel and amazing views to picnic to. When visiting during the summer with kids, don’t skip out on the fun rides at Coney Island! If you’re a street food lover, head over the Smorgasburg for an endless array of delicious casual fare. And dont forget NYC’s latest outdoor attraction, The Vessel at Hudson Yards. Truly a mind expanding sight!
New York City Restaurants
Food is the epicenter of NYC! And while New Yorkers love dining late, we also love our brunches! So when I was thinking of my favorite places to brunch around the city, Bubby’s was the first to come to mind. Bubby’s hands down has the very best sourdough pancakes I’ve ever had. Buvette is another favorite for brunch. Located on a quintessential West Village street, this small French bistro never looses its charm or its loyal local regulars. For dinner, not far from Buvette, is Via Carota, a true New York staple. Ive never sent a first time diner to Via Carota and heard anything but raving reviews. Fresh, well thought out, Italian dishes perfectly portioned leaving any diner craving its menu for years to come! Pastis has reopened and I want to shout it out from my rooftop! Ive been going to Pastis for years and was truly saddened by its closing. but after 4 years, its officially open again in a gorgeous new space. Ive already told Jason that this summer every date night must be at Pastis to make up for the last four years. Hehe. Ive also gathered some of my favorite places for some family fun dining. Alice’s Tea Cup is such a whimsical place to share a Mommy & Me date with a little one. Tea, scones, & wonder all included! No matter the cuisine, New York has them all and does them all well. Bon Appétit!
New York City Sweet Treats
This great city no doubt has amazing food, but don’t forget your sweet tooth! Levain Bakery has internationally known giant ooey gooey soft cookies. Come early as a line builds quick. Magnolia Bakery is known for their better than life Banana Bread Pudding! Visit Dominique Ansel for the original “Cronut”. Cool down on a summer day with the best ice cream you might ever have from Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Lady M is best known for their “Crepe Cakes”.
New York City Bucket List Theater Shows
On Broadway, off Broadway, musical, or not, we’ve got it! The most recent show I personally saw was BettleJuice. Siella and I went in May and we just had the very best time. I love sharing a theater experience with my children. Through theater they escape their city life and get transported into the array of worlds all the stories offer. Cats, Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, Chicago, etc.. all bring so much excitement and wonder. Jason and I also (when able) enjoy theater dates. Off broadway performances always blow us away with talent! The writing, character development, and all the work involved always leaves us so impressed. Ive listed a few different websites to help you navigate dates and showings. Enjoy the show!
For more amazing family friendly NYC fun, head to Global Munchkins Ultimate Guide To NYC With Kids.
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