New York City welcomes over 66.6 million travelers from across the globe every year and is known as the city that never sleeps. With an array of breathtaking skyscrapers, museums and art galleries, and an endless list of international and experimental food, there is so much to see and do when in the Big Apple. While there is lots to check out during the day, when the sun goes down, there are a variety of activities you can do in NYC, too, and we have listed them below.
See a Broadway Show
Of course, one of the main reasons why millions of people flock to New York City is for the Broadway shows. Once you land in the city, you’ll find some of the planet’s most spectacular and elaborate theatrical shows, with 41 professional theaters to check out. If you’re after an entertaining evening like no other, there is a Broadway show that will suit just about everybody!
Some of the most popular Broadway shows include Wicked, Hamilton, and Mamma Mia. To avoid disappointment, it’s advised to book your tickets well in advance. As you would expect, the best seats get snapped up quickly, so don’t delay in claiming your spot!
View NYC From Above
There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing New York City from above, especially during the night, with glistening lights and a 360-degree view to feast your eyes on. There are four skyscraper observation decks you can visit during the night in NYC, including Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building. If you obtain a tourist discount pass, these activities are free, meaning you have no excuse not to check out the views (unless you have a fear of heights!).
Attend a Music Concert
For the music lovers, New York City welcomes some of the biggest stars in the world. With an array of music venues and vast arenas around the city, there is always an exciting gig taking place that you don’t want to miss out on. Whether you take a trip to the famous Madison Square Garden, or you prefer something a little more intimate and visit the Beacon Theater, make sure to check the listings so you know who’s playing.
If you’re an artist yourself and heading to the Big Apple to gain inspiration, the music scene in NYC is thriving. In fact, Pirate can help you as they have three established studio spaces dotted across the city that you can use to perfect your craft and find your feet. They have a guide on the NY music scene that’s worth checking out before you land in the big city.
Take a Night Walking Tour
If you don’t mind walking and want to explore New York City during the night, why not head out on a night walking tour? There are a variety of night tours that run from March through to November which gives you the chance to fully immerse yourself in all things NYC and explore the city’s rich history and heritage.
There’s no need to worry about your safety and security either, as you’ll be in a big group exploring the city together. It’s wise to check the weather forecast in advance, as you may not want to stroll around the city in the pouring rain or freezing cold!
Head to a Museum
Evenings are a great time to check out some of New York City’s finest museums. Many of them offer late hours, and in many instances, they’re free of charge to enter. If you want to beat the crowds, some of the most popular late-night museums include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Many of the museums are open until 10pm during the week, so if you have some time to kill and aren’t quite ready to head back to the hotel, learning about the history and culture of NYC is a great idea.
Watch a Sports Game
If you’re heading to NYC and consider yourself a sports fan, you’ll be happy to know the city is home to ten major sports teams, made up of five different sports. Whether you’re an NFL fanatic, or the NBA is more to your liking, New York City always has an exciting sports game taking place.
Before jetting to the city, make sure you check out the game fixtures. This is because seasons run through certain months of the year. The last thing you want is to arrive in NYC and find your favorite team like the Yankees or Devils aren’t playing!
Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
As one of the most famous bridges in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge is an exciting attraction to check out at night. You can stroll along the bridge at any time of the day, but if you’re wanting to catch the sunset and take in spectacular views, it’s wise to head to the bridge later in the day.
When you arrive at the bridge, prepare to take in some of the most mesmerizing landmarks that NYC has to offer, such as the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building.
Visit the Empire State Building
Arguably the most famous landmark in New York City, the Empire State Building welcomes millions of tourists every year. Although the most popular times to check out the building are throughout the day and at sunset, if you don’t want to be sandwiched in with thousands of people, it’s best to go later in the evening. When you take a trip up to the two viewing areas, you can take in some of the best sights of the NYC skyline. The last admission is at 1:15am, meaning there is plenty of time to take a visit once nighttime hits.
If a trip to New York City is on the horizon, there are tons of things you can do in the Big Apple during the night. Make sure you create an itinerary in advance so you can get the most out of your time in the Big Apple. Whether you enjoy sightseeing, watching sports, or checking out the history, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you in NYC.