One of the best things about discovering a new city is heading off the beaten path and seeing parts of the city that only the locals know about. It’s often these “off the beaten path” spots that leave us with the best memories, but it can also be difficult for us to identify those spots and to know where to go to see them.
The good news is that we’ve put in the research for you to identify just a few of the best vacation activities for New York City and for Brooklyn in particular. Here’s what you’ll want to get up to during your trip to the Big Apple.
1. Check out the high line or the Elevated Acre
The High Line is a famous area in New York City where an abandoned railway line has been turned into a municipal park. It’s a stunning place to wander around and to absorb the heady sights, sounds and smells of the natural world, but it’s also often busy and packed full of tourists. An alternative is to visit the Elevated Acre, which is a little less iconic but still stunning, and it has the advantages of keeping you away from the crowds.
2. Go on a cruise leaving New York
One way to see New York from a different perspective is to go on a cruise leaving New York. There are all sorts of different destinations available, including shorter cruises that just take in the local area. There’s something indescribably majestic about cruising out of New York and on to pastures new. You can almost feel the weight of the generations who made the same trip before you.
3. Hit up the flea markets
New York is almost synonymous with flea markets, and there’s no shortage of them out there if you’re looking to do a little shopping. It can be a great way to pick up cheap, quirky and above all unique gifts for your friends and family, so make sure that you pack light and travel with some space in your case to take things back with you.
4. Visit your favorite movie sets
Remember the fire station from Ghostbusters? That’s a real-life place in New York City and it’s only one of the many must-see movie sets in the area. These are worth visiting anyway because of both their beauty and how impressive they look in real life, but it’s also a lot of fun to take a cheeky Instagram photo to impress your friends.
Now that you know just a few of the highlights that are out there and waiting for you during your trip to New York City and Brooklyn, it’s over to you to start planning your trip. The city that never sleeps is waiting for you! Here’s hoping you have a wonderful time!