Though I’m not going this year, here are some of the things I love to do when visiting New York if you’re in the midst of planning your trip to BEA, otherwise known as book heaven.
I’m a food enthusiast. I’ve planned whole vacations around places to eat. NYC is one of the best places to try new and exciting things to eat, both cheap and spendy. My go-to place to find eats? Eater. There’s a list of links on the right side that will take you to the best places for dinner, for drinks, for brunch, etc. and keep you up to date on what’s new and popular. And they have a great app.
If you’ve never been to New York, the touristy destinations are a must. The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, The Empire State Building, Central Park, etc. are amazing if you can schedule them in to your visit.
Some of my other favorites:
The Museum of Modern Art – I don’t always understand it but modern art museums are always fun for me. I love trying to figure out what the artist was trying to say. The MOMA is pretty awesome and offers free admission from 4-8 pm on Fridays.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – a perennial favorite. They have literally something for everyone. I love the Arms & Armor collection.
Tenement Museum – choose a “path” of an immigrant family and learn about how they lived. Completely fascinating. Probably not for small kids or impatient adults.
Walking & Exploring
One of my very favorite things to do in cities is just walk around, take in the sites and architecture, and people watch. NYC is one of the best places to do this. You can go on your own or take part in one of many organized, themed walking tours.
Scott’s Pizza Tours – hubs and I did one several years ago and found Scott to be an epically funny tour guide. And bonus, you get to eat the pizza.
Neighborhoods/Places to Walk – Little Italy, Chinatown, Times’ Square, Chelsea, The Highline, Lower East Side, Central Park
I’m a theater girl, always have been. Seeing a show on Broadway, for me, is a quintessential New York experience. My BEA companions and I have our tickets purchased already and I’m ridiculously excited. You can check out a full listing of what’s on via Playbill and purchase tickets through the links provided there, or try a discount site.
You can also visit the TKTS booth in one of their 3 locations to snag some great deals on day-of tickets. Be prepared for lines though.
These are only a very small sampling of things to do when you’re not at BEA – please feel free to add your own favorites in the comments!