Unlocking New York City: A Three-Day Adventure for beginners

Slip into your coziest shoes, because you’re in for a whirlwind weekend with your loved ones. From jaw-dropping cityscape views to dazzling Broadway spectacles, the choices are endless. Here’s how to make the most of your 72 hours in the Big Apple.

While some of the attractions in New York City can be on the expensive side, a city pass offers you the opportunity to access some of the following experiences at discounted rates. It’s a great way to make the most of your visit while keeping your budget in check.


Are you ready to discover the city like a seasoned local? Well, you’re in luck! There are myriad ways to experience the vibrant heart of the city. Whether you prefer leisurely strolls on walking tours or the flexibility of hop-on-hop-off bus adventures, NYC is yours to explore at your own pace.

As the noonday sun approaches, don’t miss your chance to savor one of the city’s most iconic treats – a bagel from the legendary Ess-a-Bagel. It’s a taste of New York’s culinary history in every bite.

In the afternoon, head over to the Empire State Building*. Ascend to the top for breathtaking views of the city, taking in the bustling streets and iconic landmarks from above.

If you’re up for a laid-back evening, savor unparalleled views of the city at night during an evening Circle Line cruise*. Sail from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty and the Williamsburg Bridge, all while enjoying the convenience of a fully stocked café and bar, free WiFi, a temperature-controlled indoor space, and a spacious outdoor deck for capturing the perfect city skyline photo.


Rise and shine! Day two of your adventure in the city that never sleeps promises a captivating journey through knowledge and culture.

Start your day with a visit to the American Museum of Natural History*. Wander through its vast halls and be captivated by the diverse exhibitions that delve into the mysteries of our planet, our universe, and the cultures that have shaped our world. Whether you’re fascinated by fossils, enchanted by ancient civilizations, or intrigued by the cosmos, this museum has something to pique your curiosity. Located in Manhattan, the museum provides an excellent blend of learning and entertainment.

Plan for a full day at the American Museum of Natural History; there’s an abundance of captivating permanent and temporary exhibits to explore.

After your explorations, make your way to Central Park for a leisurely picnic. The park offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with lush greenery and picturesque landscapes that provide the perfect backdrop for relaxation and dining.

Following your picnic, it’s time to indulge in something sweet. Head over to the Museum of Ice Cream, a vibrant and fun destination within the city, where you can immerse yourself in a world of frozen delights. Enjoy unlimited ice cream treats in various shapes and forms, learn about the history of ice cream through 12 multisensory installations, connect with loved ones through engaging activities led by talented guides, and play in the world-famous sprinkle pool, frolicking in a sea of colorful confectionery.

Enjoy the immersive musical numbers, dazzling stagecraft, and an unforgettable evening in the Theater District with a good Broadway show.


Your last day offers a combination of art, enchantment, and breathtaking views.

Your journey in the city that never sleeps begins with a sweet twist at M&M’s World, a colorful wonderland right in the heart of Times Square. It’s a delightful way to kick off your adventure, and you can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere while exploring the store.

Explore the stunning art deco motifs and sculptures at the Rockefeller Center*. This iconic complex, built during the Great Depression, is a testament to human ingenuity and artistic craftsmanship. It showcases a remarkable collection of art deco design, celebrating the spirit of progress, industry, and human achievement.

As you ascend to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck, the city spreads out beneath you in a breathtaking 360-degree view. You’ll be captivated by the panoramic vistas of the New York City skyline, which include renowned landmarks such as the Empire State Building and Central Park.

Cap your visit to the Rockefeller Center with a spin on The Rink if your trip falls between November and April, a quintessential New York experience.

Next, embark on your journey to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island*. These tours depart from Battery Park, which can be reached via a short subway or taxi ride from the Empire State Building area. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tours offer a deep dive into the history of immigration in the United States and allow you to explore two iconic landmarks. You’ll learn about the rich history of immigration at Ellis Island, once the nation’s busiest immigration inspection station, and stand in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and hope.

Conclude your three-day adventure with the enchantment of the Harry Potter Experience, which should be in close proximity to Rockefeller Center or at the very least, easily accessible from the area.

*Attractions included in CityPASS. For more info, you can visit https://www.citypass.com/new-york-comparison