New York City Itinerary 2 Days

Things to See in New York City in 2 days

If you are looking for the best things to see in New York City in 2 days, these are the attractions you must include in your New York City itinerary for 2 days. Explore further to plan a perfect trip of 2 days in New York City.

This Plan is Good for You if You Are:

  • Visiting New York City for the first time and have 2 days in hand
  • Looking for places to visit in 2 days in New York City
  • Staying in New York City and wondering how to spend 2 days in New York City with family and kids
  • Backpacker planning to spend 48 hours in New York City
  • Want to create New York City itinerary on your own
  • Planning weekend vacation of 2 days in New York City

Recommended Itineraries for Spending 2 Days

Recent Itineraries for 2 Days in New York City

Here are the recent itineraries by tourists who have visited New York City. Stop wondering what to do for 2 days in New York City as these trip plans will help you decide easily. Select any of the customised itineraries and modify it according to your preference to have a great weekend in New York City.

How to Plan 2 Days weekend trip in New York City?

Planning a weekend getaway in the city of New York? Not sure how to explore this bustling city and what to do with 48 hours in NYC? The city has everything from museums, art galleries, restaurants, breweries, pubs, parks, to architectural landmarks. It may get overwhelming to plan a trip to such a vast city when you have limited time. So, read on to create the perfect New York City itinerary for 2 days.

Day 1: Big Bus New York Tour, Visit to Museum and Sightseeing

Take the Big Bus New York Tour to get the best of this city. Booking this tour well in advance is the best way to get around NYC and visit most of the important landmarks and tourist attractions. 1, 2 or 3-day tickets are available for this tour and it will cover more than 35 places to visit in NYC. But, if you are in the city for only 2 days, then take a guided tour only on the first day, visit all the major places, learn about captivating history, witness the architectural beauty, and soak yourself in the spirit of New York.

The tour will take you to places like the Empire State Building, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, The Statue of Liberty, iconic Brooklyn Bridge, and American Museum of Natural History. The tour will also take care of your taste buds and will let you enjoy scrumptious lunch at one of the gourmet restaurants around.

Visiting Times Square at night will let you have a glimpse of the lively nightlife NYC is proud to have. Spend the whole first day with your tour guide and plan the second day on your own.

Day 2: Central Park, Union Square and Nightlife Experience

Now that you are a bit familiar with the streets of New York, you can wander around on your own and have fun. Here is the list of places you can visit on the second day in New York City.

Central Park

We have seen this exquisite park in Hollywood movies so many times, that it feels familiar already. But, do yourself a favour and head to the Central Park first thing in the morning. It is spread over 843 acres and is adorned with more than twenty-five statues including Alice in Wonderland Margaret Delacorte Memorial, Angel of the Waters, and Balto. Rent a bicycle, visit strawberry fields, sit on the banks of lakes on the premises and admire the natural beauty that surrounds you. You can easily spend more than a couple of hours here.

Union Square

This square is a historic place that has witnessed the transformation of New York City since the last decade. There are many popular restaurants as well as street food vendors near Union Square where you can grab a lunch. Sit on the steps here and watch the world go by.

Bronx Zoo

If you are traveling with kids, then Bronx Zoo is the best place to be. And even if you aren't with children, this zoo will still entertain you to the fullest. Home to more than six-thousand animals, coming here will let you watch animals, birds, and reptiles in their natural habitat. You can also get your adrenaline rushing at the aerial adventure park on the premises.


Coming to New York and not attending Broadway shows is a sin. This is a mecca for art-lovers. You can get an opportunity to watch musicals, dramas, creative theatre shows along with other popular shows. Check the schedules, visit official websites, and book your tickets in advance to experience the creativity at its best.

Nightlife in New York

As this is your last night in NYC, club-hopping is a must. Choose from areas like Times Square, Chinatown, The Upper West Side, Greenwich Village, or Brooklyn and get ready to dance the night away.

Now that you have this perfect 2 days itinerary for New York, start packing your bags without worrying about anything.

Tours and Activities in New York City for 2 Days

Booking tours and tickets for popular attractions saves a lot of your time spent in a queue. Below are some of the tours and tickets recommended for 2 days in New York City

Best Hotels in New York City for 2 Day Trip

These are some of the hotels added in the past by our travelers to their New York City itinerary 2 days. Check out the hotels that suit you and add them to your trip plan.

With Less Days in Hand

With limited time in hand, explore our travel ideas for 1 day in New York City. During a short day trip you may visit the important attractions in New York City.

With More Days in Hand

With more than 2 days in hand, you can comfortably spend more time at famous attractions in New York City. Plan lunch or dinner at the best restaurants, enjoy night-outs, indulge in adventure activites. Explore 3 days and 4 days trip ideas for New York City.

What Next?

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