Visiting New York? Check out this guide to take a full advantage of many things to do in NYC at night.
You’ve likely heard the phrase “the city never sleeps.” That’s definitely the case for New York City. There are tons of things to see and do in the city that it’s impossible to see them all during daylight hours. To see everything you want, you need to hit the town at night.
There’s something magical about New York City at night. Everything’s lit up, and a new population of the city awakes. To take full advantage of this nighttime perspective, try these things to do in NYC at night.
Hit the (Observation) Deck
If you want to be blown away, save your trip to one of the many observation decks for the evening. You’ll get a 360° view of New York City lit up at night. There are three observation decks open in the evenings: the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, and One World Trade Center Observatory.
One World Trade Center Observatory Video
Take an Evening Walking Tour
If heights aren’t your thing, consider going on a walking tour at night. You’ll get a real feel for NYC if you go on a trip during the day and at night. There are many popular routes including Midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Brooklyn Bridge, and the 911 Memorial. Most tours try to set you up to take in the skyline lit up at night.
Brooklyn Bridge at night video
Laugh a Lot
Few people know that New York’s stand-up and improv scene gave us some of this generation’s best comedians. If you want to see a well-known comedian at a top comedy club, be prepared to shell out the cash.
For more affordable options, check out the Upright Citizens Brigade (founded by Amy Poehler), The Irish Exit (Michael Che and Aziz Ansari got their starts here), and Poco (you can regularly find performers from Comedy Central, NBC, and Adult Swim here).
Put On Your Boogie Shoes
New York City has so many diverse cultures and tastes that you can find pretty much any music and dance preference you like. Some of the best dancing clubs are located in Brooklyn, but you can find many in Manhattan, too.
If you want a more affordable way to see these clubs, try signing up for a pub crawl that visits several dance clubs.
Take in a Show
Going to a Broadway show is one of the most iconic things you can do in NYC. Unfortunately, many people don’t even try because they think tickets are too far outside their price range.
To find Broadway tickets on the cheap, try entering the lottery for the shows you want to see or head to the red TKTS booth to see which same-day tickets are available. These tickets are often sold at a steep discount to fill the house.
Lion King Broadway show video
Eat Till You Drop
With all the diversity in New York City, you can find authentic cuisines from all over the world. Whether you opt for a hole-in-the-wall place or a Michelin Star restaurant, you’re sure to have a fantastic food experience.
There are so many fun things to do in New York City at night, and we only scratched the surface in this article. Among other activities, you can also see the ballet, stay late at many of the museums, or take a boat tour.
Each event varies in price range and suitability are given the weather. In the city that never sleeps, you can find the perfect activity for you and your family.
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