Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City on Your First Visit


New York City – The Big Apple

The Big Apple that is New York City is high on many travel lovers must visit or return-to lists. And why wouldn’t it be? From food to fashion, culture to comedy – highlighted in the books we read, the films we love and the T.V. we watch – it can feel like we know it already!

Visiting for the first time? Well, to make it that little bit easier and to inspire you, The Life of Stuff has teamed up e-visa.ie to write and share with you this short guide ‘Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City on Your First Visit‘.

Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City on Your First Visit - Cityscape

Before you Visit New York City – Get a Visa!

You must have permission to enter the United States of America before you travel. The only way to visit the United States is with an ESTA, a US visa or an American or Canadian passport. If you don’t have a US visa or an American or Canadian passport – the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to get permission to enter the United States is via an ESTA, or ESTA Visa.

ESTA stands for ‘Electronic System for Travel Authorization‘ and if New York City is your destination then you will need one. So our advice is to apply online as soon as you know you’re travelling. Your ESTA visa will last two years from the time it has been granted, offering unlimited number of trips to the US while its valid.

Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City

Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City on Your First Visit - TImes Square

Times Square

You couldn’t visit New York City for the first time and not visit Times Square! Found in Midtown Manhattan, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets and is hard to miss. Think of all those times you’ve seen it on the big screen from ‘Crocodile Dundee’ to ‘Spiderman’ and multiply that big screen to hundreds of screens and you’ve an idea how illuminated the world’s most visited tourist attraction is.

Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City on Your First Visit - Broadway

What to do when you’re there?

Well apart from taking lots of photo’s – why not catch a show! After all Times Square does lay the way to the Broadway Theatre District. A top tip to get cheaper tickets to the broadway show of your choice is to wait in line, on the day of the show, at one of the three TDF TKTS Discount Booths under the red steps in Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th Streets, Broadway and Seventh Avenue).

Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City on Your First Visit - Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock

The Top of the Rock Observatory is located at the top of the Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The Rockefeller Center itself is a hub for New York City art and history – take the lift up to the observation decks and you’ve got the city of New York as your art! The indoor and outdoor observation decks include views of Central Park, Manhattan’s Midtown and Downtown architecture.

Top Five Things to See and Do in New York City on Your First Visit - Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center

What to do when you’re there?

You can purchase tickets online or at the Box Office. Tickets are timed tickets and so you can choose what time you want to visit. If you’re unsure then select an unscheduled ticket – but you will need to exchange them for a scheduled ticket once you get there. There are three levels;

    1. The first deck is indoors and includes the Radiance Wall and gift shop – the best for all weather conditions.
    2. The second level which is outdoors and features the interactive ‘Breezeway’ – great for kids as visitors are assigned their own colour that moves with them as they walk around.
    3. The third level, found on the 70th floor is both outdoors and free from a glass enclosure – the highest and best level for taking photographs of the city arou