Connect with us


Outside The Box Activities For Your NYC Vacation

On the mile-long checklist of must-see tourist outings in New York City, plenty are worth their salt, even for the most jaded of natives. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge, exploring Chinatown, wandering the boardwalks of Coney Island – activities of this sort aren’t on the same stereotypical day-tripper page as, say, ice-skating in Rockefeller Center or visiting the Statue of Liberty. Fanny packs and borough maps aside, no one will guess you’re not indigenous to the Big Apple. Let’s take a look at a few…

Outside The Box Activities For Your NYC Vacation

As we all learned from the movies, Central Park is for everyone. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy nature’s fortress, you can simply go for a stroll, have a Katz’s Deli pastrami picnic or hit up the zoo. Or you could spend an afternoon doing something a little different: try your hand at some urban geocaching.

Outside The Box Activities For Your NYC Vacation

Central Park is certainly not the only place to hunt for caches, but it is home to the most popular cache location in the city. This adult version hide-and-go-seek (or scavenger hunting) is wildly popular across the country. If you feel like tying in a historical angle with your treasure hunting, try geocaching with a metal detector. Heck, maybe you’ll find a 100+ year old coin or similar relic while you’re at it. If you’re feeling staunch about not doing anything tourist-y whatsoever, get your fix in Fort Tryon Park instead.

Outside The Box Activities For Your NYC Vacation

 Sure, sightseeing in a double decker bus is a mainstay for NYC tourists, but how about exploring something a little more specific? Say, your favorite genre of music? No matter what ‘that genre’ is, someone will likely say it originated New York. Jazz, punk, folk, hip-hop – you name it, this city gets credit for it (where credit is due, I suppose). If you’re in the mood for a lengthy debate, mention that NYC was “The Birthplace of _____” and watch people from Chicago or Los Angeles or London or wherever spit venom.

Except…for rap. Whether it started in Brooklyn or the Bronx, hip-hop’s native city is basically undisputed. You can actually take a guided hip-hop tour. Hop on a luxury bus and explore sites of notorious rap battles, nightclubs that helped push hip-hop into the mainstream and infamous music video locales. Kool Herc and Kurtis Blow probably approve.

Outside The Box Activities For Your NYC Vacation

Want a great view of the stunning city skyline? Here’s a tip: avoid the Empire State Building like the plague. Sure, it’s an incredibly renowned vantage point, but the lines are longer than Disneyland’s and the ambiance is strikingly similar. For most of us, that’s not a good thing. The Roosevelt Island Tramway should suit all your aerial cravings for a fraction of the price and a substantially less time spent waiting in line.

Built in 1976, the tramway was close for several years before opening back up in 2010. The tram ride lasts less than ten minutes, but you end up covering more than twice the distance as the height of the Empire State Building – horizontally, of course. Admission is acquired by MetroCard, which should appeal to native city-dwellers. The tram is wheelchair accessible and you can even bring your bike. Score!

Outside The Box Activities For Your NYC Vacation

And if you’re really in the mood to do as the locals do, why not try your hand at panhandling for change in Times Square? I’m only half joking. Toss on your favorite superhero or children’s character costume and get ready to throw elbows jockeying tourists for tips. Street “performers” (term used extremely loosely) in NYC are being subjected to police crackdowns lately, mostly for aggressively soliciting money from visitors.

Frankly, if your grandma from Sheboygan wants to get her picture taken with a grubby Sesame Street character in the middle of a day-tripper mecca like Times Square, well…that’s her prerogative. If she doesn’t want to tip them $10, for simply existing, she can expect to be harassed. Get in on the action! Make your NYC vacation snapshot a mugshot and create a memory you’ll truly never forget.

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

THC Vape Juice THC Vape Juice
Lifestyle23 hours ago

Get the Best Thinks of THC Vape Juice and Know Their Flavors

E-juice or vape juice is a blend of water, nourishment grade enhancing, a decision of nicotine levels or zero nicotine,...

money-india-currency-indian-68912 money-india-currency-indian-68912
Finance1 day ago

Exclusive Loan Schemes Indian Government Launched for Women Entrepreneurs

According to the 6th Economic Census of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the share of women entrepreneurs is...

Apartment Makeoverw Apartment Makeoverw
Home Improvement3 days ago

7 Creative Ideas for an Apartment Makeover

Whether or not you feel like your apartment is due for an upgrade, it is essential always to have ideas...

Home Improvement3 days ago

The Top Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in 2019

When it comes to Winter, unless you are celebrating Christmas or New Year, it can feel a bit like a...

6 Tips to Boost the Value of a Beachside Apartment 6 Tips to Boost the Value of a Beachside Apartment
Home Improvement3 days ago

6 Tips to Boost the Value of a Beachside Apartment

It does not matter whether you are looking to offload your property or get a quote that you are comfortable...

Business1 week ago

Is a Local SEO Strategy Right for Your Business? And What to Do Next

Local SEO is certainly one of those terms that have made their way across the internet in recent years. There’s...

The Day Of Marriage The Day Of Marriage
Lifestyle2 weeks ago

6 Things That Are Commonly Forgotten On The Day Of Marriage

Planning a wedding is something that’s like creating a base which will be important for having a wonderful wedding. It...

Markets & Finance2 weeks ago

When You Would Need A Cover Letter

The main concept behind a cover letter is to tell a job, internship, academic program (really anything you’re applying for...

Health2 weeks ago

7 Great Techniques to Help You Get a Good Night Sleep

Sleep is a significant activity for any human being. That’s why it’s a shame that modern society tends to glorify...

Tech3 weeks ago

What you Should Look for in the Upcoming Redmi Note 8 & Redmi Note 8 Pro

Post the unveiling of Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro in August this year in China, it’s much...

Business3 weeks ago

Understanding Who you’re Selling to

As you move on from just simple survival as a business, it’s important to make sure you’re playing to your...

gn-gift_guide_variable_c_2x gn-gift_guide_variable_c_2x
Travel3 weeks ago

Saving Money While Having Fun in Honolulu

Conquering the Honolulu with a Small Budget Hawaii may not be considered as a budget-friendly destination but you should not...

Travel3 weeks ago

5 Tips For Getting Around in Vegas

Las Vegas is always on most travelers’ to Do list. Travelers to Las Vegas usually choose to fly, however road...

Education3 weeks ago

5 Different Engineering Degrees You Can Study

Engineering is no longer the fearsome career path it once might have been. Engineering courses of study and achievement of...

Home Improvement4 weeks ago

Sparks and Smoke: 6 Signs Your House Needs Rewiring

If you bought an existing home, it’s likely the wiring was done a long time ago. Over the last few...