See the Big Apple in a New Light

Few cities are as thrilling and magical as New York City. This iconic destination draws in more than 60 million tourists every year. A quick Google search for “things to do in New York” will point you towards the usual tourist attractions—Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building—but here are a few suggestions on how you can see the Big Apple in a whole new light.

Go On A Spooky Tour

Take the unusual route and learn about the Ghosts of New York City. Many people may not know about New York’s rich and often chilling history, and going on a ghost tour would be the perfect way to gain some cultural knowledge in a fun and unique setting. These 90-minute walking tours are held rain or shine, and cover a total of 10 locations in the Greenwich Village area starting at Washington Square Park, so be sure to dress appropriately in comfortable walking shoes and bring an umbrella or parka. They are open to adults and older children with a sense of adventure.

Play Classic Arcade Games

If the idea of going on a New York ghost tour doesn’t appeal to you, or if the weather just won’t cooperate, you may want to hang out at one of the city’s many arcade bars instead. Ace Bar, Fat Cat and Barcade are some of the top venues for kicking back a few beers while playing games, darts, billiards, or skee ball. Light up the bar with loud and colorful classic arcade games like Pinball and Ms. Pac-Man, or enjoy live music or cheer on your favorite teams during sporting events.

Skip The Met

Instead of braving the long lines at the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, check out the Museum of the Moving Image at Astoria. This is a great place to visit for those who are more interested in movies, video games, TV and other forms of digital media than in more traditional art forms. The museum holds several screenings and live events in addition to exhibitions, all focused on the history of media. Ongoing exhibitions include Behind the Screen and the Jim Henson Exhibition.

Get The Best View Of The City

Of course, no visit to New York City would be complete without a trip to the One World Trade Center Observatory. Expect long lines and huge crowds anytime you go, but the breathtaking view you’ll get from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere is an experience you just can’t miss. It will literally allow you to see the Big Apple in a different light, and you may even come away with a fresh perspective on the city.

These are just a few of the countless other unusual things you can do when traveling through New York. It’s always worth straying off the beaten path when traveling to a place for the first time—or even when going on a repeat visit. New York City has so much to offer, and so many different sights, sounds, and tastes to try out that you’re sure to have a fresh and exciting experience on every journey back.

Monique Hall

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