Planning Your Visit to NYC: Tips and Tricks for Tourists

New York City is one of the most exciting destinations in the world! There’s a reason that tourists flock here from all over the globe, but if you haven’t been, the big city can seem a little intimidating. But don’t worry; we’re here to help. We can help you learn enough to plan your trip and pick out the sights you most want to see, and then, you can relax and let Liberty Cruise NYC handle the rest. We offer a variety of boat cruises that can be combined with bus tour passes that will help you make the most of your trip.

What Is the Best Time to Go to New York City?

Many people believe that the best time to visit New York City is during the “shoulder seasons” of March through May or September and October. During this time, you’ll get to enjoy the fall leaves or spring blooms while dodging the worst of the tourist crowds. If you don’t mind crowds and want to take advantage of the most options for activities, the high seasons are June through August and November and December.

Why Should I Visit?

What Is New York City Famous For?
New York City has an incredible history and delicious food, and it has been a cultural hub for more than a century. All of these elements have made it one of the most famous cities in the world. There’s something for everyone here: impressive monuments, delicious cuisine, astounding live theater and music performances, world-class sports teams, unique museums, and distinctive architecture. Many movies and television shows are shot here to capture the excitement of New York City along with its most famous landmarks and locations, like Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building.

What Is Popular in New York City?
Times Square is one of the most popular destinations in New York City because of its bright, exciting, and unique advertising combined with a lively atmosphere of street performers, top restaurants, and close proximity to the theater district. Many people come to NYC to take in a one-of-a-kind Broadway show, while others are there to delve into art and culture at the many museums. Some visit just for the shopping!

What Is the Most Famous Building in New York City?
New York City is home to a few highly recognizable buildings, including the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the New Yorker hotel, Rockefeller Center, and the General Electric Building. One thing these buildings have in common is their Art Deco architecture style that NYC is famous for.

What Is the Best Location to Stay in New York?
The best area to stay in while you visit New York City depends on your interests. Midtown is great for sightseeing, the Meatpacking District has exciting nightlife, foodies flock to Tribeca and SoHo, and first-timers will have a great time staying in the Theater District.

How Much Will it Cost to Visit?

Is it Expensive in New York?
New York City is definitely a more expensive tourist destination. However, with some budgeting, planning, and research, you can certainly make your trip an affordable one. For instance, booking an All City Pass with us lets you lock in the best price and get a lot of sightseeing done more simply.

How Much Does it Cost to Go to New York?
Most people find that you should budget around $200 to $250 dollars a day per person. This would factor in an average hotel room for a couple and a daily food expense of around $40 per person. If you plan to do some shopping or see a show, make sure you budget for those costs, too.

What Should I Do and See?

What Is Downtown in New York City?
Downtown’s borders are a bone of contention among New Yorkers: Some believe that Downtown Manhattan is everything south of 30th Street, while others say the border is 14th Street. Most people likely think of neighborhoods like Tribeca, SoHo, and the West Village as downtown. These are trendy neighborhoods that are likely to attract tourists.

Which Museum Should I Visit in New York?
This totally depends on your interests! If you’re into art, you won’t want to miss the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, or the Frick Collection. Science buffs have to stop by the American Museum of Natural History to see an incredible collection of dinosaur skeletons and beautiful taxidermy. You might also be interested in the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum or the New York Hall of Science. History enthusiasts will love the New York Historical Society and the Tenement Museum.

Which Museums Are Free in NYC?
Visit these free and exciting NYC museums:

  • American Folk Art Museum

  • The Bronx Museum of Arts

  • Hamilton Grange

  • The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

  • National Museum of the American Indian

  • New York Transit Museum Annex and Store

  • Socrates Sculpture Park

  • Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture

  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

What Is the Best Way to See and Do Things in NYC?

What Is the Best Pass for New York Tourists?
The best way to see New York City is with an All City Pass from Liberty Cruise NYC.

What Is a New York All City Pass?
An All City Pass is a tour package that includes a sightseeing cruise to view the Statue of Liberty as well as a range of double-decker bus tours and a two-hour bike rental in Central Park. These two-, three-, or five-day passes are the best way to see everything the city has to offer!

What’s the Best Way to Get Around NYC?

Is the New York City Subway Safe?
The subways in NYC are generally safe, but it’s important to remember that you are in a big city: Take the same precautions you’d take in any city, like not keeping your wallet in a back pocket where it can be stolen. It’s also important to note that the subway system is notoriously complicated, so it’s very easy to get lost.

What Bridges Are Free in NYC?

  • The Brooklyn Bridge

  • The Manhattan Bridge

  • The Williamsburg Bridge

  • The Queensboro Bridge

These are all toll-free bridges in NYC, good to know if you plan to drive into the city.

Want to save yourself some headaches over transportation? Travel by bus or boat with Liberty Cruise NYC and you’ll be able to crisscross the city’s major boroughs and see all of the biggest attractions without having to worry about gas, tolls, or parking. Book online today for the best price!