10 Things to Do in New York City for Adults and Couples on Vacation

February 26, 2018 10:30 am

If you’re planning an adults-only vacation in New York City, you’re in luck. There are so many things to do in New York City for adults and couples that the most difficult part of your vacation will be deciding what to do!

Adults and couples will especially appreciate the cultural experiences available in the Big Apple. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend getaway or an adventurous vacation, you’ll find what you seek in New York City.

From galleries to museums, historical sites to shopping, our list of top attractions for adults and couples on vacation include:

  • Empire State Building
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Walking Tour
  • MoMA
  • Greenwich Village Walking Tour
  • Museum of Sex
  • And more…

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Empire State Building

No couples vacation in New York City would be complete without a visit to the Empire State Building. This iconic structure soars over the city’s skyline, offering incomparable views from its two observatory decks, with a peak more than 1,000 feet above the streets below.

Watch the sunset from the 102nd floor, marvel at the Art Deco lobby and explore the exhibits in this historic landmark.

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

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum interior - designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

World-renown collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art await at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Informally known as ‘the Guggenheim,’ the museum has drawn art enthusiasts since it opened its doors in 1939.

Here, you can see works from artists such as Klee, Modigliani, Mapplethorpe, and many others. The Guggenheim building itself is a work of art designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Getting in: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Walking Tour

Explore three of New York City’s most vibrant neighborhoods in a walking tour that encompasses the SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown districts. Lead by an expert guide, you’ll explore three of NYC’s most popular and diverse communities.

In swanky SoHo, you can browse the boutiques and fine dining establishments frequented by celebrities. Little Italy offers a glimpse into Old World traditions, while Chinatown brings Chinese cuisine and culture to life.

Getting in: Soho – Little Italy – Chinatown Walking Tour tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.


exhibits at the MoMA

Known for its displays of provocative and heady art, MoMA P.S.1. gives the world’s experimental and adventurous artists a home. This exhibition institution features the latest in creative innovation, with long-term and constantly changing installations that include musical and other live performance pieces.

Founded in 1971, MoMA P.S.1. has long been known as the city’s leading center for contemporary art. Adults and couples alike should expect to see and experience the new, the unusual and the cutting-edge, as this space continues to push the envelope.

Getting in: MoMA tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Greenwich Village Walking Tour

Explore the Bohemian Capital of New York on the Greenwich Village Walking Tour. Long a hangout for the artistic and the avant gard, the Village is the birthplace of New York counterculture;  through the decades, residents like Edgar Allen Poe, Salvador Dali, Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol and Joni Mitchell all called Greenwich Village home.

Today, the Village is still known as an artistic haven, but you’ll also stroll past some of the city’s hottest eateries, preserved historic landmarks and New York University on this expert-led tour.

Getting in: Greenwich Village Walking Tour tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Museum of Sex

Museum of Sex - New York Pass

If you’re seeking cultural attractions on the NSFW side, the Museum of Sex offers a curated look at the history, evolution and significance of — you guessed it — sex.

Exhibits, displays, installations, and programs incorporate current scholarship on human sexuality, all with the goal of sparking engagement and discussion.

The Museum’s permanent collection features more than 20,000 artifacts, from art to fashion, technology to photographs, sourced globally and spanning many eras. This exploration of the birds and the bees is presented without self-censorship.

Getting in: Museum of Sex tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Wall Street Tour

Wall Street Walks | New York Pass

Take a walk through New York’s Financial District on the Wall Street Tour. Led by expert guides, you’ll learn about Wall Street’s evolution, from a street bazaar in the 1800s to the global center of finance and power.

Explore the lives of iconic figures such as JP Morgan and Andrew Carnegie as you tour significant sites such as the Federal Hall National Memorial.

Getting in: Wall Street Walking Tour tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Shearwater Classic Schooner Cruise

Shearwater, Classic, Manhattan, Sail

Hop on board a historic yacht and cruise in vintage style around Manhattan’s tip–one of the most popular things to do in New York City for adults and couples.

You’ll love the views of the iconic New York skyline, but the trip’s highlight has to be the waterfront, up-close-and-personal perspective of the Statue of Liberty.

The Shearwater Classic Schooner has been plying the waters off Manhattan since 1929, making it a perfect couples activity.

Getting in: Shearwater Classic Schooner Cruise tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

The Met: Cloisters

Take a trip back in time to medieval Europe when you visit the Met: Cloisters. This branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is dedicated to all things medieval, from art and architecture to manuscripts and sculptures, and features a collection of more than 5,000 items.

Strolling through four acres of carefully maintained gardens is like traveling back in time to the twelfth through fifteenth centuries.

Getting in: The Met: Cloisters tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

When Harry Met Seinfeld: Bus Tour

When Harry Met Seinfeld Tour - New York Pass

New York City served as the backdrop for many popular movies and shows, like When Harry Met Sally, Seinfeld, the Nanny and How I Met Your Mother. Join the When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour and see the settings for your favorite shows and movies in person!

Take a first-hand look at the places where Jerry, George, and Elaine hung out on this fun tour, including the restaurant from Seinfeld, with a focus on areas north of Times Square.

Getting in: When Harry Met Seinfeld Bus Tour tickets are included with the New York City Explorer Pass®.

Remember To Save On Attraction Admission

Lots of the fun things to do in New York City for adults and couples on vacation mentioned in this post are included on The New York Pass. Whether you’re interested in going on guided tours of the city, going museum hopping, or getting out on the water, an NYC sightseeing vacation tailored to adult interests is easy to plan with The New York Pass.

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.

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