There is nothing quite like going solo in New York. While some people might shy away from visiting the Big Apple by themselves, it’s really an experience not to be missed. A solo trip to NYC means you’ll have time to do all of the things that you want to do, without other people rushing you along. If you’re looking for things to do to rock your first solo trip to NYC, here are some suggestions.
Solo New York Means People-Watching
When the weather’s good, grab a drink and a bench along the High Line, in Bryant Park (or any of the city’s many parks) or in the thick of Times Square, and just people watch. Whether you need inspiration for a novel or simply enjoy seeing humanity in its many shapes and sizes, people-watching is a fascinating activity, and NYC is a great place to do it.
Visit a Museum at Your Own Pace
Although the actual number differs depending on the source, there’s no doubt that the city has a plethora of museums to appeal to any visitor, and especially one that’s solo in New York. The best part of going to a museum when you’re by yourself is that you can view the exhibits at your own pace, on your own time. You may want to meander through the wings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Museum of Natural History that you’ve never seen before. Or, you may choose to visit some smaller museums — like The Frick Collection or the National Museum of Mathematics — and explore them from top to bottom.
Take a Tour of Nearly Anything
The Big Apple is way too big to see it all in one bite, so if you’re solo in New York consider taking one of the many tours available. You can take a sightseeing bus or helicopter tour, a tour of famous locations in movies and TV shows, or a tour of a specific NYC neighborhood. There are also walking history tours that introduce the city to you on a more personal level (check out a behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Central Terminal), and food tours that highlight the particular foods and dishes that NYC districts are known for.
Experience Evensong Like Medieval Times
Not many people know this, but one of the best ways to experience history is to seek out an old church or cathedral and experience evensong. In NYC, this is Saint Thomas Church at 1 West 53rd Street. If you’re solo in New York on a Sunday at 4 p.m. or Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 5:30 p.m. from September to May, stop by St. Thomas and take a seat to enjoy choral evensong as people have enjoyed it since the 16th century.
Meander Along the Brooklyn Bridge
You may not realize it until you see it, but you’re likely familiar with the Brooklyn Bridge, as it has starred as the backdrop in countless movies, television shows and photographs. You can rent a bike, but walking across its 1-mile span is even better, as you can stop at any point to just take in the views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Statue of Liberty or just the water flowing by underneath the bridge. Then, you can continue on to Brooklyn and spend the day exploring this hip borough, or head back to Manhattan to explore the historic South Street Seaport district, located steps away from the bridge.