8 Things To Do Solo In New York City

Let the solo-travel fun begin.

NYC alone may sound intimidating to some, but there’s so much to explore that you might start to appreciate the ‘me’ time. Travel with an open mind, and stay at places with communal lounges or kitchens so that you get to meet like-minded travellers who may just end up being friends.

Sign up for a local art class or museum tour so that you can get to know locals. From our experience, locals give the best travel tips as they will likely help you avoid tourist traps.

Below are some activities solo travellers to the Big Apple will enjoy.

Watch a play on Broadway

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Did you know that Broadway has some of the best theatre performances in the world? Take this opportunity to experience a theatre play for yourself. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and if you’re lucky you can even catch a Hollywood star on stage. If you’re not a fan of theatre, there are other musical performances – ballet, jazz, and the like – happening in NYC. Search online for tickets or head over to your nearest box office. Tickets sell fast, so if you want to watch a popular show make sure to make a booking in advance.

Get lost in the streets of New York

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There is so much to do in the city and that’s why it’s called the “City That Never Sleeps”! There are a ton of shopping spots to spend your time and money, as well as restaurants that will give you tastes of the world. Manhattan, with its streets lined with designer shops, luxurious hotels overlooking Central Park, and the most expensive properties in NYC, is a good place to start.

Spend the day shopping

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If Sex And The City has taught us one thing, it’s that NYC offers one of the best shopping experiences in the world. Stroll down 5th Avenue, visit the luxury boutiques down in SoHo, and stop to admire the buzz on Madison Avenue. Feeling peckish after all that retail therapy? Stop at one of the many street carts and pick up a New York-style meal.

Experience fine dining restaurants

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Is it a waste of money to eat alone at a fine dining restaurant? Absolutely not! And where better than NYC to experience some of the best restaurants in the world. A few we’d suggest includes Le Bernardin, Per Se, and Gramercy Tavern. Life’s too short to not treat yourself to a fancy meal.

Visit the library

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When we travel, we generally seek out all of the life experiences that a city has to offer. So what better place to experience a city than to know it like a local? Many public libraries give visitors free entry to explore and learn about the city and the world beyond it. New York libraries are also a great study in American architecture styles.

Take a ride on the Staten Island Ferry

Weird suggestion? Yes, but hear us out. The Staten Island Ferry is completely free, so why not? It offers us breathtaking views of Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island, and the Manhattan skyline! Expert tip: Take the ride at sunset for a stunning photo opp.

Experience the Color Factory

If you want to take at least one Instagram-worthy picture during your trip, go to the Color Factory. You’ll walk across sixteen visually appealing and vibrantly coloured rooms with photo booths where you can take pictures. We could say it’s really the best setup ever for solo travellers who are embarrassed asking strangers to take their picture. The best part? They will email you all of your photos for free!

Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty is one of the most well-known and beloved monuments in America. The Statue represents liberty, independence, friendship, and democracy. The Statue was a gift from France to the United States to commemorate America’s centennial of independence. Definitely a place worth visiting!

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