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Don’t be seduced by hop-on, hop-off buses and promises of a once-in-a-lifetime trip: If you’re going to all the most touristy attractions in NYC, it won’t be memorable in a good way. Instead, hit up these lesser-known NYC attractions that lie off-the-beaten-path. Ready to scope out some of the city’s best museums? There are plenty of options besides the packed galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. The same goes for observation decks, botanical gardens and peaceful parks. You’ll escape the crushing crowds, make some truly wonderful memories and maybe even discover the secret New York that everyone’s so keen to find.
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