Things to Do in NYC for European Visitors on Vacation

February 23, 2018 5:23 pm

Looking for things to do in NYC for European visitors? New York City is one of the top destinations in the United States for Europeans.

If you’re traveling to America from this area of the world and are looking for the top things to do in the city, we’ve got you covered.

Our recommendations for our European visitors include:

  • The Statue of Liberty
  • The Met Cloisters
  • One World Observatory
  • The High Line
  • Food on Foot Tours
  • Broadway
  • And more

Free Entry with The New York Pass®

Free entry to many of these popular New York attractions and activities are included on The New York Pass®.

Used by over 3.5 million travelers, the New York Pass is the ultimate sightseeing pass, which includes admission to 90+ attractions, Fast Track Entry at select attractions, a free guidebook, & much more.

Learn more about the New York Pass benefits & how to save up to 70% off attractions.

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty, Family,

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon that represents the freedom immigrants find when they arrive in the country. A gift from France, this is the perfect place for Europeans to get a glimpse into what makes the United States what it is.

If you have ancestors who traveled to the US, you may even find their names in the American Family Immigration History Center found on Ellis Island.

Getting in: Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum and ferry tickets are included on The New York Pass. Please note: tickets for access to the pedestal and crown levels in the Statue of Liberty are sold separately and require advanced reservations. You will not be granted admission with The New York Pass.

Times Square

Times Square, Neighborhood,

Many people are familiar with Times Square and its popular New Year’s Eve celebration, but this area of New York is a true sight to behold throughout the year.

As you walk through this busy area of the city, you will notice a vast array of people, making it ideal for people watching, along with costumed characters, bright lights, flashy billboards, musicians and more. It’s the perfect place to spend some time shopping and taking in the unique sights of this popular city destination.

Getting in: Times Square is free and open to the public.

Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Big Bus | New York Pass

A fully-guided hop-on hop-off bus tour is one of the best ways to start your trip. It’s one of the most popular things to do in NYC for European visitors in particular because you can listen to pre-recorded narration of the tour in your choice of 10 languages.

You’ll learn all about some of NYC’s most important history, see all the biggest landmarks and sights, and get a feel for the layout of the city so you can make a note of the attractions and areas you want to come back to and explore after the tour or later in your trip.

Getting in: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tour tickets are included on The New York Pass.

One World Observatory 

Get sky-high views of the city skyline from the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Even though the observatory is located above floor 100 in the building, it takes a mere 60 seconds to get to the top via the unique elevators that allow you to look around while you are on your way to the top. This observatory is located at the top of the new One World Trade Center building.

Getting in: One World Observatory tickets are sold separately.

Food on Foot Tours

The food you will find in New York City is diverse and unlike anything you have likely experienced anywhere in Europe.

The Food on Foot Tours have earned a number of awards and is a great way to get a taste of the various types of foods available throughout the city.

On the tour you’ll get to walk through many of New York City’s boroughs and experience the various culinary styles that can be found in each one.

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

SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown Walking Tour 

New York truly is a melting pot of cultures, and it’s quite evident when you spend time touring some of the most cultured areas of the city.

The SoHo – Little Italy – Chinatown walking tour is the best way to learn more about the variety of customs that have made this city what it is. This tour is operated by experienced guides who can tell you a little about each area and its history and significance to New York culture.

Getting in: Soho – Little Italy – Chinatown Walking Tour tickets are included with The New York Pass.

Go to Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium

One of the most American things you can do is take in a New York Yankees baseball game. If you’re an avid sports fan or simply want to immerse yourself in this popular American pastimes, consider taking in a game while you are in the city.

Even if you are here during the offseason, you can get a glimpse into this important part of American culture by taking a tour of the stadium. Not only will you see one of the most famous stadiums in the country, but you will learn all about the 27-time World Champion team.

Getting in: Yankee Stadium Tour tickets are included on The New York Pass – all games and other events are separately ticketed.

The High Line

A visit to the High Line park

By David Berkowitz from New York, NY, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

In a major metropolis like New York City, finding green space can be difficult. While most people are familiar with Central Park and it certainly is a must-do for most visitors to the city, the High Line can offer a unique experience in a similar atmosphere.

Build on an old railway line that went out of service in the 1980s, this park runs from Hudson Yards to Chelsea, creating the perfect place for hikers to take in the sights and sounds of the city in a luxurious green space.

Getting in: The High Line is free and open to the public.

The Met Cloisters

The Cloisters from Garden

By Jose olivares (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Met Cloisters is an interesting type of museum that will rival many of the museums that are commonly found throughout Europe and a favorite museum among NYC natives.

This museum is home to the Met’s medieval arts and architecture and consists of beautifully designed gardens and a castle that looks like it came straight out of medieval Europe. Even though this castle was built fairly recently, it was constructed from stone acquired from several French cloisters, giving it an authentic feel.

Getting in: The Met Cloisters tickets are included on The New York Pass.

Broadway Shows

You haven’t seen a show until you’ve taken in one of Broadway’s finest – catching a Broadway show is one of the most popular things to do in NYC for European visitors-or any visitor of that matter.

In this area of the city, you will find a vast array of show options, including musicals and plays.

You will enjoy some of the most popular musicals and plays ever written, all performed by seasoned actors and actresses. This is an experience that is unlike any other theater event you will ever see..

Getting in: Broadway shows are separately ticketed events.

Learn about Graffiti as an Artform

Graffiti has become somewhat of an icon in a major American city like New York City. While Europeans aren’t as used to the presence of this type of art, it has become an essential part of New York culture and truly makes the city unique.

In fact, when you take the Graffiti & Art walking tour in New York City, you will be exposed to some of the most expressive pieces of street art in the country, all created by talented New York artists who have taken their art to the streets in a new medium.

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

Remember To Save On Attraction Admission

Lots of the fun things to do in NYC for European visitors 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 that the whole family will enjoy 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.

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

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