A Less Touristy Trip To NYC: A Guide For Unique Stuff To Do In The City

By Paige DiFebbo · August 04, 2021

New York City is a fun city to visit, because there are so many things to do and see there. If you’re looking for some things to do and see in New York that are less touristy, check out some of my suggestions below!

If you want to visit Central Park, you’ll also like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Central Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New York City, and it is definitely worth visiting while you are in the city. If you’re looking for something else to do outdoors where you can appreciate nature while staying in the city, you also will enjoy visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The gardens, which are open year-round, cover 52 acres with 18,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden includes a variety of gardens and indoor conservatories that you can explore while there.

If you want to walk along the High Line, you should also go to Elevated Acre

In recent years, the High Line has been a popular spot for both locals and tourists in New York. The elevated park built on an old rail line in Manhattan is really popular for a reason. It’s a unique outdoor space in New York with cool views of the city. However, it can get very crowded especially on weekends or when the weather is warm. So, if you’re looking for another cool, outdoor space in New York that is less well-known than the Highline, then you should go to Elevated Acre. Elevated Acre is a hidden garden right in the middle of New York’s Financial District. The one-acre garden can be reached by going up an escalator on 55 Water Street that’s set back from the sidewalk. At the top, you’ll find a quiet garden overlooking the city with great views.

If you’re looking forward to shopping in NYC, you should go thrift shopping

A lot of people come to New York City ready to shop, and there are plenty of neighborhoods in the city where you can buy a new wardrobe. If you’re excited to shop while visiting the city, then you should check out some of the thrift shops that New York has to offer. Thrift shopping is cheaper and more sustainable, and New York is known for its thrift shops’ selections. Some good thrift shops to hit up in New York are Crossroads Trading Co., Beacon’s Closet, L Train Vintage, and Cure Thrift Shop.

If you’re interested in history and want to visit the American Museum of Natural History, you also can learn more about the city’s history at the Tenement Museum

The American Museum of Natural History is a popular place for tourists who want to learn something on their trip to New York. If you want to visit the American Museum of Natural History, you also may be interested in visiting the Tenement Museum to learn more about the city’s history. The Tenement Museum’s exhibits tell stories about immigration to America. The museum also offers walking tours of the Lower East Side where you can visit historical locations and learn more about the neighborhood. New York is a city that is shaped by immigration, and this museum is an interesting way to learn more about people’s lives who immigrated to New York throughout American history.

If you’re planning on visiting The Met, you also may be interested in the European monastery at the Met Cloisters

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is another famous museum in New York that a lot of tourists visit during their trip. If you’re planning on visiting the Met, you should also consider checking out the European monastery at the Met Cloisters, which you can get into for free with your ticket to the Met. If you take the subway to the very top of Manhattan, you can visit the Cloisters, a complex run by the Met that recreates a European Monastery. Located in Fort Tryon Park, you can visit this building that features a collection of art from all over Europe. Although this less well-known museum is a little out of the way from the center of Manhattan, it is definitely a unique spot to check out in New York City.

If you want to visit the Empire State Building for views of the city, you should check out these two places for cool views

The top of the Empire State Building has amazing views of the skyline, which is part of the reason it’s such a popular spot for tourists, but it’s not the only place in New York where you can see cool views. If you want to see views of the Manhattan skyline, you should head over to Brooklyn Bridge park. This waterfront park is a great place to relax and enjoy the views of the city. Plus, you can appreciate the views for free. Another place for cool views of the city is Edge NYC, an outdoor sky deck located at 30 Hudson Yards. The deck is the tallest sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, and it’s suspended in mid-air, so maybe don’t go if you’re scared of heights. But if you’re not scared of heights, this exciting lookout spot has great views of the city.

If you want to take the Staten Island ferry, you should check out the Roosevelt Island Tramway

Speaking of seeing cool views of the city, a lot of tourists like to take the Staten Island ferry for the views. If you want to take the Staten Island ferry for the views, you may also like the Roosevelt Island Tramway for its views of the city. The tram accepts metro cards and runs every 7-15 minutes. On this aerial tram ride, you can see views of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island, and the East River. Riding the Roosevelt Island Tramway is definitely a unique way to check out some cool views while you are in New York.