Now that we've established how much I love the Big Apple, let's explore some of the best sights in New York City!
This post is the third of four that will highlight Vince's and my favorite sights, bites, and nights in New York City. Today we'll highlight our favorite indoor sights, then finish with nights. You can see our list of favorite outdoor sights and restaurants here.
I've been to NYC enough times to lose count (over 10 times?) and Vince has traveled there with me three times now. Between the two of us, we've got some pretty robust lists of favorites!
(A Note: The photos I'll share below were taken at various times across the past 10 years. They were taken with various cameras and skill levels I've possessed over the years. If any of them look super old, grainy, poorly shot, etc. that's why!)
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Vince and I visited the Cooper Hewitt for the first time on our latest trip to NYC. We had a free morning before our flight home and picked this museum on a whim. I'm so glad we did!
This museum is off the beaten path of New York's traditional museum checklist, which is refreshing. It's not too crowded and the people there are legitimately interested in the exhibits. It's like no other museum I've ever visited. If you appreciate good design, the Cooper Hewitt is THE museum for you!
I'm a book lover, which means I love visiting book stores. Anytime I walk into a bookstore for one book, I leave with at least three ;)
If you love books, The Strand is THE bookstore to visit in New York! Plan to spend at least an hour in here if you're coming to shop, and that's not even including the rare books floor! During our visit, I found a nice bench on the third floor where Vince could sit while I browsed. I walked out with four new books :)
The American Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History is a pretty dated museum, but I still love visiting it. It's got some really fun dinosaur and early human exhibits. One of my favorite exhibits is of a giant redwood tree slice! It's such an old tree that there are rings that were formed during key moments in American history like the American Revolution, the Moon Landing, and more.
World Trade Center
I visited the World Trade Center on my very first trip to New York City in 3rd grade, and I try to visit it as often as I can when I return to NYC.
The area has changed drastically since my first visit, and that's partially why it's such a meaningful place for me (as it is for so many people in the world). Every time I visit the ever-changing area, I'm reminded of everything that has changed in my life and in the world around me.
Chelsea Market is a fantastic place to visit in New York City! It's an old Nabisco factory turned marketplace that's full of great little boutique shops (think books, spices, teas, gifts, etc.) and tasty artisanal treats. Lots of locals come here for coffee dates and lunches. You can spend hours exploring this place soaking up some amazing smells and sights. Above the market are offices. Fun fact: The Food Network is housed here!
A note: This place gets crowded on the weekends and during weekends, so try to visit during off hours!
Museum of Modern Art
I don't pretend to be super well-versed in the art world, but I do enjoy visiting places like the MOMA to take in some of the most amazing and important pieces of art in the world. When we visited the museum a few years ago they featured a Cy Twombly exhibit that was absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully next time I'm in NYC I'll get to see an equally beautiful exhibit!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met has been made famous by such events as the annual Met Gala and such shows as Gossip Girl. It's a staple in New York's Upper East Side culture and a gorgeous museum full of a wide variety of exhibits. They have everything from Egyptian artifacts to Catholic relics to historic architectural sketches. It's got a little of everything!
The Guggenheim holds a special place in my heart because of its relation to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. I was a member of that Guggenheim when I studied abroad in Bilbao!
The building that houses the Guggenheim in New York is just as amazing as the artwork it houses. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright himself! Built into a large spiral, every gallery extends off of the center, which is pretty cool. Once you reach the top you can head down the giant slide (just kidding) to the gift shop!
A Broadway Show!
You haven't really visited New York until you've taken in a Broadway musical! Vince and I have seen The Lion King twice (it's gorgeous) and I used to love seeing Cats when it was still showing.
The best way to get tickets is to try to buy them the day-of at the discount Broadway ticket booth located in Times Square. It's a bit of a hassle to have to schedule your day around this, but the savings can be totally worth it!
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central is a beautiful landmark in the middle of New York City. The hustle and bustle is exhilarating! Definitely take the time to visit this beautiful station right in the heart of the Big Apple.
This list doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of all the sights that New York City has to offer. You could spend months here and still not see it all. Use this list (and our tips!) as a springboard to develop your own list of favorite sights in New York City!