New York City is consistently ranked as one of the most-visited destinations in the world. The iconic city features activities for all types of travelers and is home to numerous world-famous landmarks.
Along with there being lots to do and explore in the daytime, you can find a multitude of fun things to do in NYC at night. Activities to try include dinner and sightseeing cruises, going to broadway shows, listening to jazz, and much more. If you're after some new things to do at night in the city that never sleeps, read on for 20 fun suggestions!
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The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most famous New York landmarks in the United States. Although most people choose to cross the bridge in the day, doing so at night is highly recommended.
On your walk, you’ll get to appreciate the views of the illuminated New York City skyline and can take some unique pictures. Being on the bridge for sunset is a great idea too. Starting your night walking across the bridge also means you can check out the nightlife in the destination at the end of the walk over the bridge: Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a pretty sustainable park close to the start of the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn. Hanging out in the park for a few hours and taking in the nighttime views of Manhattan is a fun and laid-back thing to do during the evening.
You can bring a blanket, drinks, and snacks and watch the twinkling lights across the water. In August, the park also hosts outdoor movies after dark which are well worth checking out.
Grand Central Station is the best known station in New York. Everyone traveling to the city has to go to see the stunning Grand Central Station. Although many choose to visit in the day, it’s also one of the cool places to go in New York City at night.
After taking some beautiful photos of the station under the night sky from outside, head inside to explore. The station will be much quieter at night and is magical, with bright lights illuminating the famous main terminal.
Times Square is one of the most-visited places in New York City, and the iconic area looks its best at night. As it becomes dark, the many illuminations in the square light up the area. Having admired the many lights and billboards that fill Times Square, you can check more attractions.
Things to do in the evening include exploring the many shopping outlets, which stay open until late and choosing from a multitude of dining options. Places to eat range from pizza shops to chain restaurants and high-end dining venues.
A great way to see NYC lit up at night is by going to the Empire State Building observation deck. The Empire State Building is one of the most famous landmarks in the world and has stood in New York City since 1931.
You can go to the Empire State Building observation deck until 11 PM, so there’s no excuse not to visit the building in the evening. Once on the viewing deck, located on the 86th floor, you’ll be able to take in stunning nighttime views of NYC.
The Staten Island Ferry is a well-known passenger ferry connecting Manhattan and Staten Island. Hopping on the ferry is one of the fun things to do at night in NYC. On the 25-minute ride, you’ll get to appreciate breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty lit up under the night sky. Conveniently, riding the ferry is free!
If you want to make a night of it, you can grab a cab to some of the bars and restaurants on Staten Island. These nightlife spots are a little quieter and more relaxed than bars and restaurants in Manhattan.
Manhattan has some of the best bars in the world, and an ideal way to see them is on a pub crawl. This tour will take you to the hottest drinking spots in the trendy West Village, and good times are guaranteed!
When on the tour, you’ll meet with other tourists to hit up four pubs and bars. At each spot, you’ll get free admission and amazing drinks deals. This fun pub crawl is the perfect way to meet new people, find new favorite drinking spots, and have an overall great night out.
Central Park is one of the, if not the, most famous parks in the world. The 843-acre park sits in the middle of Manhattan and attracts thousands of locals and tourists every day. A fun way to see the park at night is on a horse and carriage ride.
You’ll be taken through the most scenic parts of Central Park, taking in the scenic lit-up paths and surrounding illuminated skyscrapers. Landmarks in the park you may ride past include Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Castle, and the Central Park Zoo.
One of the world-renowned night activities in NYC is going to a broadway show. New York City is home to 41 broadway theaters and well-known shows that have been on Broadway include Hamilton, Les Miserables, and The Lion King.
Of course, the shows that are on will vary based on when you visit, but no matter what show you get to see, you’re guaranteed to have an amazing and memorable night out. If you can’t catch a show or want to learn more about the New York theatre district, you can also take a Broadway tour!
Greenwich Village is a picturesque area of Manhattan that’s a little more residential than some parts of the city. It’s an exciting area to explore in the day but is also a must-visit spot at night.
Things to do in Greenwich Village at night include walking along the beautiful streets, visiting Washington Square Park, getting dinner at one of the numerous amazing restaurants, and stopping for dessert at Magnolia Bakery. There are also multiple fun bars to check out, including Marie’s Crisis Cafe, a piano and cabaret bar.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a major North American Landmark. It’s known for its breathtaking art collections, and the array of events hosted there, including the annual Met Gala. Visiting the museum when in Manhattan is a must, but why not do so at night?
On Friday and Saturday, the Met is open until 9 PM, allowing for late evening viewings with less crowds than in the day. While many guided tours end around 5 PM, you can purchase a self-guided tour with museum admission until closing time.
Going out in New York City doesn’t have to involve crazy parties and getting home late. If you’re looking for some of the more chill places to visit in NYC at night, heading to AIRE Ancient Baths is for you. Visiting AIRE is also one of the fun non-touristy things to try in New York City.
AIRE has just eight luxurious spas worldwide, with one being in New York’s Tribeca. Relaxing treatments to choose from include soaking in thermal baths, getting a massage, and enjoying a Himalayan salt scrub. There’s even a wine and bath experience - the perfect way to unwind after a long week.
What better way to see New York City at night than flying over it on a scenic nighttime helicopter tour? You can choose a variety of time slots to fly in, including during sunset and after dark.
Once in the air, you’ll enjoy aerial views of all the major landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, and Central Park. Your pilot can also offer more information on the New York landmarks you see from above. Taking a nighttime helicopter ride over NYC is something you’ll never forget.
The One World Observatory comprises the 100th, 101st, and 102nd floors of One World Trade Center. These floors feature an observation deck and a restaurant. While seeing New York City at night from the observation deck is memorable, getting the same views while you enjoy a meal is even better!
Dining at One World Observatory is also one of the most romantic things to do in NYC. Dishes to order range from burgers and lobster rolls to filet mignon and NY strip steak. You can also choose from a range of craft beers, fine wines, and chic cocktails to accompany your dinner.
Watching the sunset and the city lights begin to shine is one of the most incredible things to see in NYC at night. An ideal way to witness this scenic change from day to night is on the Harbor Lights Night Cruise.
The sightseeing cruise will take you out on the Hudson River to enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline. You’ll also pass by many landmarks, such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty.
Harlem is a vibrant neighborhood in the upper part of Manhattan. One of the things the area is known for is being home to many jazz clubs. When in NYC, checking out some of these jazz clubs is a unique and memorable experience.
To make sure you see all the best spots, go on an evening Harlem jazz tour. The three-and-a-half-hour tour will take you to the area’s best jazz spots. You’ll also get to see some Harlem landmarks as you go between clubs.
New York City has a varied past, some of which is not always that pleasant. An interesting activity to try at night is an NYC ghost tour.
There are various tours to choose from, including gangster and ghost tours and tours taking you to haunted parks, restaurants, and university campuses. Whichever tour you choose, you’re sure to learn something new about New York and may even witness some spooky paranormal activity.
If you can’t choose what to do or what places to visit in NYC at night, going on a nighttime bus tour is an ideal option. The bus will take you to seven landmark locations and will drive you past multiple other attractions.
Places that you’ll stop include Times Square, Pier 17, and Hudson Yards. You’ll also drive by the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library, and many other places of interest.
Having dinner on the water with the beautiful nighttime New York City skyline behind you is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can partake in on a New York dinner cruise. The cruise takes you across the Hudson and East Rivers and features a delicious buffet dinner and live entertainment.
Landmarks you’ll see on the way include One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, and Ellis Island. You’ll also stop at the Statue of Liberty for ten minutes to get the perfect photographs.
New York City is one of the few cities home to a team for all of the big four sports: NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. They also have a soccer (MLS) team. Catching an evening game is a must-do nighttime activity for sports lovers.
You may also find the New York Giants or New York Jets NFL teams, the New York Mets MLB team, or the New York City FC MLS team playing an evening game at their respective stadiums. Of course, the time of year you visit will also determine which teams are active.
New York City is a destination everyone should visit at least once. The bustling city is filled with attractions, iconic landmarks, and fun activities to try. The city also has a vibrant nightlife scene, with an array of things to do and places to see at night. Whatever your interests, you're guaranteed to have some great nights out in NYC!
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