There's no way around this very fact: it is impossible to hit everything in New York City in one full day. Too many wonderful sights, restaurants, bars and shows to ever feel like you can leave with a full taste of the city. However, there are a few methods to the madness! Below you will find a full day mapped out in NYC, touring all there is to see in Midtown. So if you are heading to NYC anytime soon, here's a way to get a full-day's worth of New York!
10 a.m. Times Square & 42nd Street
The iconic Times Square is right around the corner from New York’s Penn Station, so take a stop there first thing in the morning when it isn’t as busy.
11 a.m. Pizza slices
Need a quick snack before more touring? Stop by a typical New York pizza stand and get a slice. You’ll find some of the best pizza in these small joints!
11:45 a.m. Bryant Park & the New York Public Library
Some of the most beautiful architecture is around this area of New York, including great views of the Empire State and Chrysler buildings. The public library is also a marvel, so be sure to take a peek inside.
12:30 p.m. Grand Central Station
This well known station has been in numerous popular movies, and is one of the most iconic spots of the city. Make sure to take a look of the main concourse. Grand Central also has a wonderful market of food if you are interested in taking a bit of the delicious New York food home with you!
1:30 p.m. Stop by NBC Studios
Fun fact: If you go to the gift shop at NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller, you may get handed free tickets to see a monologue rehearsal for Jimmy Fallon or Seth Meyers!
2:00 p.m. Picnic in Central Park
There are lots of markets, bakeries, sandwich and bagel shops that would be perfect to grab a few picnic lunch items! May not exactly be a cheaper option, but the people watching at Central Park is well worth it. Where else would you be able to see a man walking his cat on a leash?
3:30 p.m. FAO Shwartz
After your lunch, take a walk over to FAO Shwartz, one of the most famous toy stores in the United States. Head on inside and find the Big Piano, where you will be able to play piano with your feet. Plus, for the moms out there, Tiffany’s is located right around the corner!
4:30 p.m. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
If you weren’t able to get a tour or see a show at NBC Studios, why not enjoy the ice-skating right outside? It's an iconic spot for New York, and you never know what celebrities you will spot in the area.
5:30 p.m. City Tour
Have extra time? Take a walking or bike tour around the city! There are some great sites in Midtown, including the Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, MoMA, Trump Tower, and the Daily News Building.
7 p.m. Dinner in Midtown
There are numerous delicious places for dinner in NYC, but getting a table can be hard! Make sure to set reservations the morning of if you want a table. A few great options include Le Parisian, Cask Bar & Kitchen, and if you want to cab it, try The Spotted Pig.
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