9 Unique Ways To Experience the Best of New York
The 5th Avenue entrance to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, New York | © Maurice Savage / Alamy Stock Photo
From the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge to Broadway and The Met, New York is jam-packed with world-famous attractions you won’t want to miss out on. Here’s how you can make your experience of them extra special.
For every traveler, there are some sights worth seeing, however unoriginal they might seem. In New York, this couldn’t be more true. However, there are often ways of experiencing these places with a difference, as these nine unique sightseeing tours – all carefully selected by Culture Trip – aim to demonstrate.
VIP tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Beat the crowds to the USA’s largest art museum with this out-of-hours VIP tour. Spanning five millennia, the works housed inside ‘the Met’ provide a mesmerizing timeline of how art has evolved over the years. Marvel at objects from the first cities of the ancient world, before moving onto masterpieces by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Jackson Pollock. There’ll be none of the usual queuing or jostling as you wander through the empty galleries before the museum opens to the public – and your guide will provide plenty of interesting insight along the way.
Central Park Sunrise Yoga Walk
With hundreds of acres of lush greenery, a picture-perfect lake, and meadows all perfectly lined with elm trees, Central Park is an idyllic place to escape New York’s crowded streets. But to truly experience the tranquility of this magnificent green space, try joining an early-morning yoga class led by a qualified instructor. You’ll power walk your way through the park just as the sun is coming up, stopping to pose and stretch at various spots along the way before soaking up the morning stillness in savasana. Stay close to your local guide as they identify and lead you past parts of the park you’d easily miss if you were on your own.
Circle Line: Beast Speedboat Ride
Hold on tight. This white-knuckle ride will see you bouncing through New York Harbor for all of 30 hair-raising minutes. Your ominous-looking vessel will be ‘The Beast’ – a speedboat that can cut through the water at up to 45 miles per hour. With speed demons ‘Mad Dog’ and ‘Wild Thing’ behind the wheel – and a selection of rock classics providing the soundtrack – you’ll slice and carve your way across the waves, before screeching to a halt within 130 meters of the Statue of Liberty for epic close-up views. Just don’t get too comfortable, as you’ll be hitting top speeds once again for the return back to base.