New York City is known as the city that never sleeps for a reason – there’s something interesting to do on nearly every street corner. Whether you’re a first-time visitor looking for a memorable stop to add to your first trip, or you’re already familiar with the city and just looking for some activities you may not yet be aware of, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top 10 quirky things to do in New York City.
Become a spy at this interactive museum in New York City. This memorable attraction features exhibits such as a hall of lasers, a fully interactive experience that you can attempt to traverse. The museum is currently operating, but requires visitors aged 12 and up to show proof of vaccination.
2. The Evolution Store
This unique, quirky gift shop features all manner of strange and unusual items! The shop offers everything from fossils to preserved animals. Even if you’re not in the market for bringing any of the quirky wares home, the store is still guaranteed to make for a memorable and entertaining visit.
3. Lexington Candy Shop
Experience a slice of history – along with some great food – at Lexington Candy Shop. This old-fashioned soda shop offers cheeseburgers, pancakes, and delicious milkshakes among other options. The diner is currently open for both indoor and outdoor dining.
4. Bushwick Murals
Head on over to the Bushwick neighborhood to see some incredible street art and murals. Street artists have long flocked to this neighborhood, but the creation of the Bushwick collective in 2012 allowed artist’s from across the world to come together to create temporary murals.
5. Seaglass Carousel
Carousels might bring back memories of childhood carnival trips, but this carousel is bound to be memorable for all ages! Part gorgeous art exhibit and part ride, the Seaglass carousels feature sculptures inspired by various ocean creatures. You can purchase tickets for the carousel online or in person.
6. Sleep No More
After a period of closure, New York’s hit immersive theatre production Sleep No More will reopen in February 2022. You can buy tickets online now. This retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is truly unlike your average theatre production. Instead of watching the events unfold, you will find yourself experiencing them unfold as you traverse 100 rooms and over 100,000 square feet.
7. Please Don’t Tell
Experience one of a kind ambiance at this “hidden” speakeasy-themed cocktail bar. This well-loved New York spot features a secret entrance. You’ll enter the bar through an unassuming phone booth, and then be free to enjoy all manner of mixed drinks. The bar is currently open and operating.
8. Indoor Skydiving
Try out skydiving with a visit to iFly! Located in Yonkers, New York, iFly is currently welcoming visitors. No experience is necessary – the qualified instructors will walk you through everything you need to know to have an enjoyable and memorable time. You can book your flight online, or read more about the experience at their website.
See one of the world’s smallest museums with a visit to the Mmuseumm. This tiny museum is located within a freight elevator. Its exhibits include all manner of human artifacts. The Mmuseumm aims to highlight frequently overlooked and ignored items, such as old gloves. The Mmuseumm can be viewed through its viewing window 24/7. To see the exhibits up close, timed entry tickets are also available for purchase online.
10. The Elevated Acre
New York City is known for its urban hustle and bustle. However, this unique park manages to combine nature with the city. The elevated acre is a peaceful nature park – located on the roof of one of New York’s buildings. Bound to be a memorable stop, you’ll want to be sure to add this quirky park to your internary!
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