Top Things To Do In New York City At Night

By TripHobo Travel Expert on Nov 12, 2018
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New York City puts the "life" into "nightlife".  You can’t miss these experiences that can only be had at night in the Big Apple: watching the sunset from the Empire State Building, a romantic stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge in the moonlight, feeling the pulsating music on the dance floor of a chic Manhattan nightclub, or the thrill of a live Broadway performance.  There is an endless array of delectable meals, exotic cocktails, decadent desserts, live music performances, and dazzling entertainment to be had at night.  

Here’s a list of top things to do in NYC at night:

Enjoy a Broadway Show 

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Some of the most widely acclaimed talent in the world can be found on a Broadway stage.  Whether it’s a musical or play, a trip to New York just isn’t complete without catching a live performance.   Off-Broadway plays are also worth looking into and are usually more economical and many times, if they’re popular, eventually make it on Broadway.

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Aerial Views of NYC at Night

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A 360-degree view of glittering NYC at night is pure magic. Enjoy views that will take your breath away from atop the: Empire State Building, The Rockefeller Center (aka The Top of the Rock), One World Trade Center Observatory, Fort Tryon Park,  and The Brooklyn Bridge.

Take a Night Walking Tour

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A night walking tour through the Big Apple puts you right at the heart of the pulsating excitement that is so unique to NYC.  See famous architectural feats in Midtown and be dazzled by the lights in Times Square. Stroll the High Line or Wall Street’s Financial District and South St. Ferry to see the sun going down as it’s reflected on the skyscrapers.

A Hop On Hop Off Night Bus Tour

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A night bus tour is the best way to feel the thrill of NYC after dark.  A Hop on, Hop Off New York tour, lets you relax in the comfort of a double-decker bus while catching eye-popping views of famous New York destinations.  Choose Downtown, Uptown, Midtown Manhattan or Bronx and Brooklyn, or opt to see them all!  

Night Cruises

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Night cruises are another unforgettable way to experience NYC aglow at night. Tours are seasonal and are available only in warmer months. Some of the top attractions include Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, and the Brooklyn Bridge. The highlight is cruising along on the water and taking in views of the Hudson with a backdrop of NYC’s skyline ablaze with skyscrapers and lights.

Bar Hopping

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So many bars, so little time!  Countless NYC bars from swanky to dive, are open until the wee hours of the morning (4 am.).  There are numerous bars that don’t swing into action until midnight.  Even if you don’t drink, rooftop bars with spectacular views like Le Bain at the Standard Hotel on the High Line, just can’t be missed.  

Dance the Night Away

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Whatever your taste in music, you’ll find it in NYC.  From ultra chic penthouse clubs to outdoor dancing in one of the many area NYC parks, you’ll find countless places to shake your groove thing!  Explore the best of Hip Hop, and Salsa or listen to the hottest new DJs New York has to offer.

Live Music or Comedy

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Laugh till you cry at a live comedy performance in NYC.  Visit a Blues or Jazz club and hear your favorite performers play live.  Visit the Lincoln Center or The Metropolitan Opera House to experience the best performing arts has to offer, see live ballet, opera or orchestral performances that you’ll never forget.

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