While there’s nothing wrong with touristy attractions—some things you just have to see—the experience might be memorable for the wrong reasons: crowds, wait times, lack of time to fully enjoy… If you’re a repeat visitor or a local looking to get off the beaten path, these non touristy things to do in NYC are for you.
Visitors to New York flock to well-known attractions like the Empire State Building, Central Park, Chelsea and Times Square. You can find equally impressive views, natural beauty, art galleries and colorful photo ops at other lesser-known spots. These alternative things to do in New York are just as memorable and far less crowded. After you’ve explored these non-touristy alternatives, go a little deeper and discover the best secret spots in NYC.
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