10 Days in New York- Itinerary for First Time Visitors

10 Days in New York City - Sample Itinerary with The New York Pass®

10 days in New York City is the perfect amount of time to really get to know the city and take your time visiting all the top attractions and things that interest you.

Below is an example of a popular 10-Day New York City Itinerary you can use for inspiration for planning your own sightseeing itinerary. You can use the itinerary below as a guide to create your own itinerary tailored to your sightseeing interests and things you want to do in New York City.

With the New York Pass, you can pick and choose any of the over 100 included attractions to make the perfect itinerary for you and your trip. The possibilities are endless!

This Sample 10 Day Itinerary Includes:

  • Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Luna Park at Coney Island
  • Empire State Building Observation Deck
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • and more...

DAY 1

Big Bus New York Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Start your trip with a comprehensive tour of New York City to get a feel for the city's layout and top attractions.

This bus tour takes you to major landmarks like the Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, and lots more. You'll get access to the tour's 3 popular routes: Uptown, Downtown, and Midtown and have the flexibility to hop on or off at any of the 25+ included stops.

In addition to the scenic ride, you’ll also get some great entertainment from the guided tour experts as they share the history of attractions along the route.

For Travelers visiting New York from January 2 - April 15, 2018, enjoy the bus every day your New York Pass is activated to help get you around the city. 

9/11 Tribute Center

Pay homage to the victims of the tragic Twin Tower attacks in 2001 and 1993. Inside of the 9/11 Tribute Center, you'll hear testimonies and stories from family members of the victims with recorded audio and visuals.

Shearwater Classic Schooner - Manhattan by Sail

Climb aboard the historic Shearwater Classic Schooner and sail along the shores of New York City. While on the ship, you’ll enjoy a gorgeous waterfront view as well as the sights of New York’s most popular landmarks.

Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tours & Rentals

Ride along one of the most iconic bridges in the United States, the Brooklyn Bridge. Not only can you join an informative tour with an expert guide that will teach you the history of the bridge, you can also rent a bicycle and ride at your own pace.

Museum of American Finance

Finish the day discovering the rich financial history of the United States and learning about the role that New York City played in the country’s economic growth.

You'll learn about American economic heroes, like Alexander Hamilton, and how they shaped the financial growth of the United States from its founding to present day.  

DAY 2

Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Journey to Battery Park and take the ferry to the Statue of Liberty. Between pictures with Lady Liberty, make your way to the Immigration Museum which uses creative installations to tell the story of immigrants entering the United States for the first time and being processed through Ellis Island.

Secrets of Downtown: Tour Lower Manhattan

Get to know Lower Manhattan like never before when you take the Secrets of Downtown Tour. Of course, you’ll learn about the financial district, but you’ll also learn a secret or two about Lower Manhattan’s treasured landmarks.

Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

End the day by learning about Jewish history at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. You’ll get a deeper understanding of Jewish life within the 20th and 21st centuries with help from creative story-telling exhibitions.

DAY 3

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Make your way to the borough of Brooklyn and enjoy the beauty living at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There are many different species of plant life and so many gardens to view. The entire family will enjoy this trip as there are gardens for ages.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Take the kids on an adventure they won’t soon forget. At the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, they’ll be able to enjoy interactive exhibits that help them learn while having fun. They can also play with other children their age and make new friends.

Brooklyn Museum

Put the icing on your trip to Brooklyn by visiting the Brooklyn Museum where art and culture are always on display. Many of the exhibits within the museum not only aim to please aesthetically but also hold a political or social message.

In addition to its permanent collection, the Brooklyn Museum is host to creative temporary installations being shown throughout the year, too.

DAY 4

American Museum of Natural History

Start your day at the American Museum of Natural History and explore the wide spectrum of exhibits from the Hall of Biodiversity to the Fossil Halls and even the Hall of Human Origins. These amazing historic exhibitions will certainly be worth the trip. 

Lincoln Center Tour

Join a tour of the historic Lincoln Center and discover all of the prestigious performance organizations that host operations within the plaza. You’ll even get to see a few of the popular performance halls.

Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours

Rent a bike and take a cruise through the 843 acres of Central Park. You can go at your own speed or tag along with a tour as a guide teaches you about the many gems of the park.

DAY 5

Luna Park at Coney Island

Have some fun in Coney Island at the world-famous Luna Park. You can enjoy 4 hours of access to some of the park’s most popular Modern Thrill and High Thrill level rides.

Deno’s Wonder Wheel

No trip to Coney Island is complete without visiting Deno’s Wonder Wheel. Climb on to the classic carnival ride and take in the beautiful view of New York City as you fly 150 feet in the air.

Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises

Go on a waterfront voyage and see the amazing sights of New York City on Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. You can pick which popular cruise is best for you and tailor your experience as an experienced guide teaches you about the history of NYC landmarks.

DAY 6

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Get a close-up view of the USS Intrepid and learn all about the ship that was built during World War II. You can also spend some time roaming the museum and admiring the new exhibits on display.

Empire State Building Observation Deck

Experience a new view of New York City as you look out in every direction from the 86th floor observation deck at the Empire State Building.

Tip: you can visit late night; last admission is at midnight and the ESB observation deck remains open u ntil 2 in the morning.

DAY 7

The RIDE

Take the show on the road as you experience The Ride. You’ll see all of New York City’s most popular landmarks as well as special guest performances along the way.

Madame Tussauds New York

Hollywood is here in New York City! Make your way to Madame Tussauds in Times Square and see all of the biggest celebrities in one place. You’ll see lively wax figures of icons like President Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, and Michelle Kwan.

Greenwich Village Walking Tour

Explore Greenwich Village on a guided tour that takes you to all of the most exciting destinations in the area. You’ll also get to visit the famous Washington Square Park which is home to summer festivals and activities all year round.

DAY 8

Top of the Rock

Nothing beats the view of New York City from the top of the Rockefeller Center. Start your day with some beautiful high-rise sightseeing on 3 separate observatory levels at Top of the Rock.

Rockefeller Center Tour

After sightseeing at Top of the Rock, follow it up with a tour of the entire Rockefeller Center. Get to know all of the great activities within the plaza as well as the vision that John D. Rockefeller had for the building.

Inside Broadway Tours

Get a taste of life on Broadway as a real Broadway actor/actress shows you the ropes and shares their experiences. You will also get to visit Manhattan’s theater district where all of the top shows are being performed.

DAY 9

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Dive into the culture and creativity on display at the world renowned Museum of Modern Art. In addition to the iconic art pieces being showcased, you can also catch daily film screenings and discussions.

On Location Tours Central Park TV & Movie Sites Walking Tour

Join a unique tour of Central Park showcasing areas that have appeared in blockbuster hits like Home Alone 2 and Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as hit TV shows like Sex In The City.

Whitney Museum of American Art

End the night viewing American art pieces on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art. You’ll find exhibits featuring classic works from both the 20th and 21st centuries.

DAY 10

Yankee Stadium Tours

Walk the legendary Yankee Stadium in the Bronx and learn the history of the iconic New York Yankees. You’ll get to see the field as well as memorabilia from the teams 27 World Series championships.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Travel to Manhattan’s uptown region and visit a religious staple in New York City, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Admire the cathedral’s roman and gothic style of architecture from the 1800’s.

New York Historical Society

What better way to close out your trip to NYC than by paying a visit to the New York Historical Society? You’ll see some amazing installations that highlight the development of the city as well as the culture of New York.

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