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Things to Do in NYC on New Year’s Eve for Tourists

December 26, 2017 12:53 pm

Most people say that there is no place more magical to visit over the holidays than New York City – and we think they’re right! If you’ve never been to ‘The Big Apple’ for New Year’s Eve, 2018 is the perfect opportunity to experience NYC on New Year’s Eve as a tourist.

With so many distinct neighborhoods, famous landmarks and the excitement of a new beginning, we’re sure there’s something for everyone in your group to enjoy this year. Whether this is your first visit to New York City or you’ve been to here a few times before, experiencing the sights on New Year’s Eve is one trip that you’re sure to remember for many years to come.

Make sure you get the most out of your time in NYC with this comprehensive guide to enjoying the holiday festivities with the ones you love most and be sure to have a very Happy New Year!

10 Things to See and Do in NYC on New Year’s Eve for Tourists

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1. Check Out the Empire State Building

Empire State Building

No trip to New York City would be complete without a visit to the historic and beautiful Empire State Building. This attraction draws about 3.5 million visitors each year and never disappoints!

You and your group will be able to experience NYC with breathtaking, 360360-degreenoramic views and feast your eye on the historic city skyline.

Getting in: Empire State Building tickets are included on the New York City Explorer Pass®.

2. Meet the Stars at Madame Tussauds New York

Madame Tussauds, NYC, Winter, Ed Sheeran,

Spend a few hours hanging out with your favorite Hollywood actors, singers, and celebrities as you explore Madam Tussauds New York. This interactive wax museum features more than 200 lifelike figures that are waiting for their next selfie opportunity.

Before you head out on the town for your holiday celebrations, be sure to stop in and snap a pic with your favorite stars.

Admission: Madame Tussauds tickets are included with the New York Pass.

3. Take a Food Tour

New York City is one of the major food capitals of the world and with so many great dining options, it can be hard to know where to start.

Luckily, Food on Foot Tours is here to take the guesswork out of planning your meals! Learn all about the delicious meals being served all over the city –one bite at a time.

With so many different culinary styles to choose from in NYC’s great melting pot, we’re sure you won’t go hungry.

Getting in: Food on Foor Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.

4. Rockefeller Center Tour

Most people have seen the historic and beautiful Rockefeller Center on their TV and movie screens at some point and admired this beloved landmark for all it’s grandeur.

Now, you can discover the treasure that is Rockefeller Center for yourself with this incredible guided tour. Learn about John D, Rockefeller’s visions and aspirations for this timeless space and have fun with the iconic holiday decorations too.

Perfect for a few great holiday snaps, this is one tour in NYC that you won’t want to miss.

Admission: guided Rockefeller Center Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.

5. Top of the Rock Observatory

Top of the Rock, Observation Decks,

Once you’ve taken in the sights on the ground at the Rockefeller Center, be sure to head on up to the observation deck for another spectacular view of the city.

After taking a few snaps of the gorgeous crystal chandelier in the lobby, head on up to the 70th floor to feast your eyes on the true jewels of NYC.

Here, you’ll be able to get a look at everything from the famous skyscraper’s that dominate the city’s skyline to beloved landmark’s like Central Park!

Admission: Top of the Rock observation deck tickets are included with The New York Pass.

6. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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For New Yorker’s any excuse to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a good enough reason to head out for a day of exploration. So why not during your New Year’s Eve trip?

This beloved and famous museum is home to an extensive collection of art in a variety of different mediums. With more than 2 million pieces of artwork including wonders by Pablo Picasso and other greats –you’re sure to find something that fascinates you here.

Getting in: The Metropolitan Museum of Art tickets are included on The New York Pass.

7. Graffiti & Street Art Tour

This cool and interactive walking tour highlights some of the most interesting and iconic pieces of street art and graffiti that are located all throughout the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Get a real feel for NYC’s urban culture by taking a look at the artwork of some of the city’s most talented underground and alternative artists.

Getting in: Graffiti & Street Art Walking Tour of Brooklyn tickets are included on The New York Pass.

8. Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour

Grand Central Terminal, Indoors,

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stand in the center of New York City’s famous Grand Central Terminal at rush hour? Thousands of people pass through the station each day on their way in and out of the city, making for a breathtaking sight at any time of the day.

Since 1871, visitors have marveled at the majestic ceiling design in the terminal and now, with this interesting audio tour, you can learn all about the grand history of this NYC landmark.

Admission: Grand Central Terminal Audio-Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.

9. Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Have the little ones with you on your NYE adventure? Why not take some time out to ensure they’re enjoying the trip just as much as you are? Take a few hours to explore and play at the Brooklyn’s Children Museum before heading out to your evening activities.

With fun interactive exhibits and plenty of opportunities for learning, everyone in the family will have a blast here!

Getting in: Brooklyn Children’s Museum tickets are separately ticketed and not included on The New York Pass.

10. Dave and Buster’s Times Square

Planning on seeing the ball drop in Times Square? Then you should definitely make a pit-stop at Dave and Buster’s first!

This huge indoor arcade is fun for the whole family with great food, drinks, games and more.

Remember To Save On Attraction Admission

Lots of the fun things to do in NYC on New Year’s Eve for Tourists mentioned in this post are included on The New York Pass.

Whether you’re interested in learning more about art and culture, you want to check out the city’s skyline from multiple angles or you’re all about the fun and games –there really is something for everyone in your group to enjoy during the NYE holidays.

If you plan on visiting multiple attractions, consider using the New York Pass which grants you free entry to over 90 attractions in New York City. That way you can do more when you sightsee and make the most of your time in New York City.

For more information on the New York Pass, click here.

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