Spend A Weekend in New York City Tips for a Quick (and Touristy) Trip to Manhattan

The following is a post from Patrick G. Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick wants to share some tips about How one can spend his/her weekend in NYC. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.

While people may want to stretch their New York vacations for longer than a weekend, spending two to three days in the Big Apple still allows visitors plenty of time to have a good time.

Broadway Shows

Booking a Broadway show ahead of time is an excellent idea for the well-prepared traveler who wants to go to a show. Getting tickets before you go is also an imperative to ensure seats for incredibly popular shows, such as those with big name stars. Tickets to musicals are often hard to get day of, too.

If you choose not to get tickets before your trip, save some money and visit a discount ticket center, such as the Times Square TKTS Center, located at Broadway and 47th. They have day-of tickets to many shows, and offer discounts up to 50%. Tickets can still be pricey, but they are usually worth it.

In one weekend, assuming the trip is Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, can be used to see up to three shows – Friday evening, Saturday matinee and Saturday evening. Most of the theatres are centrally located around Times Square, giving visitors plenty of time to get from theatre to theatre. With the bevy of restaurants in the area, finding time for a meal should be no problem, either.

Museums NYC


Even if you choose to go to a show or two (or three) there is plenty of time to visit at least one of Manhattan’s museums. No matter your taste, there is a museum for everyone. Such as:

  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Paley Center for Media
  • International Center of Photography
  • The Morgan Library and Museum

Other New York City Fun

Though they may be considered cheesy, there are some things that everyone should do in New York at least once.

Go to the top of the Empire State Building or Top of the Rock – Get a view of the city from one of its highest buildings.

Visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty – The first thing many people ever saw as they entered the United States was Lady Liberty. Take a ferry tour of the sites from Battery Park.

Walk around Central Park – If you happen to be in the area on a beautiful day, take in the sights and sounds of Central Park. This expansive green, modeled after London’s Hyde Park, is quite scenic in the spring.

Take a picture in Times Square – This stretch between Broadway and 7th is always buzzing. See the place where the ball drops to mark the beginning of each year, or just sit on the big red bleachers and watch the other visitors take in the sights.

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