Millions of tourists visit New York City (NYC) every year, and there’s no shortage of attractions to visit! But if you want to go to places that aren’t crawling with tourists, explore our guide to non-touristy things to do for NYC travelers!
Grab a Bite at the Smorgasburg
New York City is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, but if you want something a little more accessible and affordable than a Michelin-starred restaurant, visit the Smorgasburg! The Smorgasburg is a food flea market put on every weekend from April to November in Brooklyn.
Over 100 food vendors flock to the Smorgasburg with all different kinds of delicious and exotic foods. You can have a taste of the world without leaving Brooklyn! The Chelsea food flea market is renowned, but it’s a tourist destination, while the Smorgasburg is more catered to locals.
Picnic at Orient Beach State Park
When you think of NYC, you probably don’t think of state parks and beaches, but that shows that there’s nothing you can’t do in the Big Apple! You can always visit Coney Island, but it can get overcrowded in the summer, so check out Orient Beach State Park instead!
Located on the north end of Long Island, Orient Beach has over 45,000 feet of waterfront with stunning views and even a maritime forest. Visit one of its four lighthouses, go kayaking, or enjoy a relaxing picnic. While you’re in the area, check out Greenport, one of the island’s safest and most scenic neighborhoods.
Stroll Along the High Line Elevated Park
NYC may be the concrete jungle, but that doesn’t mean there’s no green space! Between Hudson Yards and Chelsea, you’ll find the High Line elevated park—a former railway converted to a gorgeous green walking space in the summer.
The High Line is approximately 1.5-miles and regularly features impressive art installations. Take a stroll for spectacular views of the city and fascinating art pieces!
Sip a Cocktail at an Authentic Speakeasy
If your two favorite things are history and a finely-crafted cocktail, you’ve got to visit one of NYC’s many authentic speakeasies! Hidden and scattered throughout the city, these speakeasies take you back in time to the prohibition era of a century ago to enjoy a well-made cocktail and admire the atmosphere of the period!
Some of the top speakeasies in NYC include:
- Blue Quarter
- Please Don’t Tell
- The Back Room
- Bathtub Gin
Roller Disco in Central Park
Disco’s not dead in Central Park! During the warmer months, the Central Park Bandshell and Bethesda Fountain invite roller skaters and disco-lovers from all over the city as the park’s blacktop turns into an outdoor roller rink!
Even if you don’t like to skate, it’s a fun event to visit on the weekend to listen to some retro music and watch the city’s residents get down and boogie!
Those are some of our favorite non-touristy things to do for NYC travelers; which will you do first? Let us know what you enjoyed and your recommendations for other visitors!