What comes to your mind when New York City is mentioned? Everyone seems to know about the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, the Empire State Building, and other amazing attractions. What most people don’t realize is that New York City has lots of quirky, alternative sights and things you’ve never thought of doing. Here are some of the things you should consider doing during your NYC vacation.
Dessert Walking Tour in the City
For travelers who got a sweet tooth, a dessert walking tour is the perfect treat. Remember New York is known for its amazing food scene. Why not take this 2-hour walking tour through Manhattan an taste some red velvet at Magnolia Bakery, try some gourmet chocolate cupcake at Crumbs Bake Shop, and get inducted into a sugar induced coma at the gelato at Amorino.
Fly on a Trapeze
If you want to have some thrilling experience during your New York City vacation, enroll for some flying classes at Trapeze School New York. Here visitors are taught how to fly on the trapeze before they get to experience the thrill at the school’s outdoor location on the Hudson River. The two-hour classes cost between $55 and $75.
Learn to Surf
You could use your New York Vacation time to upgrade your surfing skills at Rockaway Beach. If you’ve never surfed, this is the perfect place to get started and have your first surfing experience. The surfers at the beach are happy to teach visitors how to surf. You can join a group lesson at Locals Surf School in the city as well.
Get Kissed by a Sea Lion
Get to the New York Aquarium where you can sign up for a Sea Lion Encounter at $39.95. During the Sea Lion Encounter, visitors are allowed to get up close and personal with the beautiful creatures and even get a kiss from one of them. The encounter begins with a short orientation followed by a Sea Lion Celebration show before participants can pose for a photo with a sea lion. Children aged 6 years and below aren’t allowed to participate in the show.
EmptyMet Tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Often referred to as the largest museum in the Western hemisphere, the Metropolitan Museum of Art features a one-and-a-half hour tour before the museum opens to the general public. During the EmptyMet tour, visitors are taken through the building itself as well as the famous exhibits and collections inside. You get an opportunity to explore the museum before anyone else gets through those doors.
Catch an Even Better Sunset After a long day exploring different attractions across the city, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to capture a beautiful sunset at the top of the Empire State Building. Hundreds of tourists come here every day to get a much better view of the sunset just before dusk. You can also get to the Sunset Park in Brooklyn and enjoy beautiful sunset views with a backdrop of the gorgeous landscape and Manhattan skyline.