Things to Do in Upper Manhattan & Uptown NYC

Things to Do in Uptown Manhattan

Looking for things to do in Uptown Manhattan?

Manhattan’s northernmost territory known as “Uptown” is made up mostly of residential areas, world-famous museums, and iconic landmarks with lots of attractions and tours. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Uptown Manhattan.

One of Uptown Manhattan’s most popular features is Central Park, the first public landscaped park in the US now a hive of activity for locals and tourists alike. Whether you opt to take a guided tour of the 770 square acres or plan to have a picnic and just relax in the park, be sure to explore Central Park and see some its highlight features during your trip!

Guided Tours in Uptown Manhattan

South of the park, you can access guided walking or biking tours such as Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours or Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour that allow you to explore the park with an expert or journey along at your own pace with a rental bike.

Central Park isn't the only area of Uptown worth exploring; the creative and historic borough of Harlem is also located in Uptown. Get to know the neighborhood by taking one of the many tours offered in the area, like the Hallelujah! Gospel Wednesday TourHarlem One Stop Cultural & Heritage Walking Tour,or  Step-On Group Tour Packages. These are great introductions to the area that explore the history of cultures within the borough.

Museums in Uptown Manhattan

Museum Mile is located in Uptown, consisting of a section of Fifth Avenue from 105th street to 82nd street on the East side of Central Park. This portion of Fifth Avenue's nickname is due to the many great cultural art museums located there.

Some of the museums along the Museum Mile include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo Del Barrio.

On the West side of Central Park, you’ll find gems like the New York Historical Society, a great resource to brush up on New York specific history, and the American Museum of Natural History, which features changing exhibits that focus on the history and development of multiple species on Earth through lively artifacts and interactive displays.

Further uptown, in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, a few of New York City’s most unique historical museums reside: The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and the Cloisters Museum and Gardens.

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is the last farmhouse located inside of New York City and visitors can view the old colonial farmhouse and get to know the rural history that existed in New York prior to the large skyscrapers.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Fort Tryon Park is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where you can expect to see breathtaking art pieces with a bit of a twist. Its collection of over 5,000 objects exclusively features art and architecture stemming from the medieval ages, including sculptures and written text from the 12th to 15th centuries.

Get a taste for the rich culture and history instilled in Harlem, a neighborhood that was at the forefront of artistic creations with Jazz musicians and poets by visiting The Studio Museum in Harlem. Many of the art exhibits featured in the museum were created by artists of African descent and some native to the Harlem region.

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