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Dos and Don’ts of Being a Tourist in New York City

Everyone traveling to New York City has a bucket list. There may be too many places that intrigue you and you may not have enough…


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Everyone traveling to New York City has a bucket list. There may be too many places that intrigue you and you may not have enough time or you may be completely sorted with your itinerary. Regardless of how long you are going to stay in the city, here are some dos and don’ts that you should adhere to for a satiating experience.

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• Prioritize the museums. There are quite a few amazing museums in New York City but you should definitely check out the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Modern Art. You should also check out Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. You may skip the others. Almost all museums have free admission on certain days or for a few hours on select days. Some are free always. Plan your visit accordingly.

• You must not confine your trip or stay to Manhattan. Many tourists actually have more fun at Brooklyn and Queens. You should plan a trip to the Governor’s Island. Take a ferry and it is only two bucks per adult. Hop on the air tram and go to Roosevelt Island. You can just swipe your metro card. You must marvel at the skyline of the city. The best places are of course the high rise observatories at Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. One World Trade Center has an observatory as well. You could also be at one of the rooftop lounges or bars wherefrom you can get panoramic views of the city, sweeping vistas stretching for miles. You can even travel to NY by party bus from Clearwater

• You should spend some time at Central Park. Prioritize what you may want to check out as there are too many attractions and you can lose count of hours or you can take pedicab tour through Central Park. You don’t have to be at Liberty Island. You can swing by as you sail from the New York Harbor. You may get off at Ellis Island. You should check out lower Manhattan, Chinatown and the 9/11 Memorial. It is not necessary to choose one of the small cruises. The ferry service is reliable and affordable.

• New York City is a busy place. People are always in haste, mostly for work but also because everyone has to be somewhere. It is not a city where people will stop in their tracks and patiently hear out what a tourist has to say or wants to know. You must be your own guide in New York City. You can use maps but they are a little less responsive on the streets, since the skyscrapers tend to block the airwaves. You can have analog guides, a good old book or a paper map.

• New York City has some of the finest restaurants in the world but they are also among the most expensive. You should indulge in some fine dining but don’t forget to eat at the small places. All restaurants are rated. If you see a place sporting an A or B certificate, then it is absolutely safe to eat and you would perhaps be pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, given the price. Do not eat anywhere that has a C or does not showcase any grade issued by the city. There are many famous Central Park restaurants.

• You can safely consume normal water available at the fountains across the city. Most places will serve tap water for free. Don’t pay for bottled water. It would set you back by four to six bucks at most restaurants. Do not drive in New York City. Hire a cab or take the subway. The latter will save you money. There are interactive apps available today that can guide you to and from a subway. You wouldn’t get lost.


  1. It’s so funny, I wouldn’t even eat at a restaurant that has a B. Those are health ratings. They are not there for how delicious the food is, it’s a rating to see if they pass the sanitation regulations. They aren’t super strict with sanitation, so if they get anything less than an A, I wouldn’t even set food there to eat! Great post though xxx

    Melina |

    1. Yeah, I prefer top ratings too! It’s insane how many places aren’t 5 star by UK standard and people don’t know!

  2. I always tell people to take the subway when they visit NYC. Since the the city is set up in a grid, it is also fairly easy to navigate and walking is another good way to get around especially when the weather is nice.

  3. No doubt New York is a city that you have to spend time to get the most out of the trip, I think Central Park and Manhattan would be my favorite points, the tips that you give us to travel on the metro very successful as it helps us use our budget better

  4. New York has so much to offer. There are loads of lovely places to eat and so much choice. Spending one day out of Manhattan is a must Lucy x

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