7 Fun Things to Do in New York for Locals and Tourists

New York can be a fun place, whether you’re a local or a tourist. There are museums, clubs, art galleries, and plenty of fun activities for adults and kids.

If you’re looking for something fun to do in New York, try these 7 adventures.

1. Visit East Aurora

East Aurora is a charming neighborhood in New York that may not be on your list, but once you see it, you’ll move it to the top. Located in Western New York just outside Buffalo, East Aurora is home to a 633-acre park called Knox Farm. You can go horseback riding, take a stroll through the pastures, hike through the forests, or go skiing in the winter.

A local favorite in East Aurora is The BAR-BILL Tavern. Among the tavern’s menu are some delicious chicken wings voted best wings in Western New York.

Other fun places to visit in East Aurora include:

  The Fillmore House. Millard Fillmore was the 13th president of the United States and he built his home by hand in East Aurora. For ten bucks you can take a tour of his former home.

  Vidlers 5 & 10. This is one of the biggest Five and Dime stores you’ll ever find. This store will take you back to simpler times before technology took over. For instance, they sell canning supplies and encourage people to preserve their food.

If you’re looking for a relaxing adventure or to spend time in nature, visit East Aurora.

2. Belvedere Castle

When you look at pictures of castles, most of them look pretty rundown, dilapidated, and kind of creepy. Belvedere Castle is the opposite: it’s beautiful and in great shape, but that’s because it was created more recently in 1872.

Originally constructed as an open-air lookout tower, this castle has changed functions over time. In 1919, it was converted into a weather station and offices were added inside to accommodate the staff. In the 1960s, it was abandoned and vandals took over. However, Belvedere Castle was renovated in 1983 by the Central Park Conservancy and fully restored and modernized in 2019.

The castle isn’t the only focal point. You can also take a tour through some beautiful landscaped areas.

3. Dining and drinking

You’ll find a plethora of good food and drink in New York. For instance, there’s the Time Out Market, where you can get a variety of New York favorites in one spot. For instance, they’ve got fried chicken from Jacob’s Pickles, Sugar Hill Creamery ice cream, and Fornino pizza.

There’s also the Dante Winter House Pop-Up, where you can get seasonal cocktails and a live band right on the waterfront. They’ve got a couple of food trucks, including one that serves affogatos. The city of New York can be considered as the global center of cuisine, and one can find food from almost all countries there. For instance, if you like Japanese food, you can search for a japanese restaurant nearby on the internet and go there to enjoy a delicious meal. Additionally, varieties of street foods from all over the world can be found in New York as well. On a similar note, if you’ve never had an affogato, you’ll want to try one. It’s vanilla ice cream or gelato topped with a hot shot (or two) of espresso.

4. The Statue of Liberty

You can’t visit New York without visiting the Statue of Liberty. This national monument is probably the most recognizable in the world, even though it’s located in the United States. Perhaps because it’s featured in so many movies and television shows.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and became a national monument in 1924. Although you can’t get inside the statue, you can climb up some stairs inside the pedestal the statue rests on. A nearby museum offers more information about the statue’s history and souvenirs.

5. The Guggenheim Museum

If you love art, you’ll adore the Guggenheim Museum. You’ll find plenty of masterpieces in this museum, including works by Vincent Van Gogh and Cézanne Gauguin.

You can buy tickets or become a member and get special access hours and tour the museum with a smaller group. If you have a New York CityPASS, New York Explorer Pass, or a New York Pass, you can get discounted tickets.

6. The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History has some pretty cool exhibits, including one featuring sharks. There’s also a butterfly conservatory, a blue whale model, dinosaur and brown bear exhibits, and various gems and minerals.

This museum hosts both permanent and temporary exhibits that people come from all over to experience.

7. The New York Botanical Garden

If you love plants, you’ll want to visit the New York Botanical Garden. You can take tours, classes, experience forest bathing, go bird watching, and there is even a garden just for kids.

New York is full of adventures

What are you waiting for? Make New York your next vacation destination. It’s the perfect getaway whether you have to travel across several states or you’re already nearby.

Krissy Georgiadis

Written by Krissy Georgiadis

Law graduate and wanderlust sufferer. I like rum and beaches.