Are you looking for things to do alone in NYC? If so – keep reading!
If you’re visiting NYC solo, you might be on the lookout for fun things to do alone in NYC during your trip! You might also be a little worried about finding things to do alone in NYC – But the good news is, NYC is an amazing city to visit alone!
It’s a safe place to visit, there are loads of things to do alone in NYC, and the city lends itself extremely well to solo travellers.
Also – Once you’re finished reading this article of things to do, you might want to head on over to my ‘ultimate guide to NYC‘ – where you’ll find endless information about getting around, what to eat, see and do, and even money-saving tips and tricks.
But first – here are some of my favourite things to do alone in NYC…
Take a food tour
The first thing on my list of things to do alone in NYC, it’s a food tour! Doing an NYC food tour is actually one of the best things to do solo in NYC! A food tour is a guided group tour (usually between 5-10 people) where you’ll be taken around some of the best local restaurants or cafes to try their ‘speciality dish’ or just something extremely delicious.
It’s great for solo travellers in NYC because it’ll give you a chance to meet new people, try lots of new food and explore a neighbourhood too! There are loads of food tours in the city, but here are a few of my top picks… Definitely one of the top things to do alone in NYC!
Visit the observation decks
Next up on my list of things to do alone in NYC, it’s visiting an observation deck. There are four main observation decks in NYC and it’s definitely worth visiting at least one during your solo trip to NYC. I’ve listed them out below so you can see which is best suited to you! Make sure you add at least one of these to your list of things to do alone in NYC.
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The One World Observation Deck – Amazing views from the highest building in NYC.
The Empire State Building – An NYC classic, this is one of the original observation decks!
Top of the Rock Observation Deck – My personal favourite, this observation deck has the BEST views over the city and the Empire State.
The Edge Observation Deck – A brand new observation deck with a glass floor overlooking downtown NYC!
Read more: What is the best observation deck in NYC?
Take the Staten Island Ferry
My next suggestion of things to do alone in NYC, take the Staten Island Ferry! If you want to do something fun (and free) one afternoon, taking a round trip on the Staten Island Ferry is actually a really nice choice for things to do alone in NYC. It’s completely free (it’s just public transport, not a tour or anything!) but the views over the city on your way over to Staten Island are insanely good.
There’s a little shop on board, so you can sit down, people watch, enjoy the view, you name it. It’s a really relaxing and lovely idea for things to do alone in NYC.
Watch a Broadway show
I can’t visit NYC with watching a Broadway show, so it had to make my list of things to do alone in NYC! If you’re looking for things to do solo in NYC, then a Broadway show has be on your list. Actually, going alone to a Broadway show is a great way to score cheap tickets! Usually, single seats are priced lower than seats together, so you might be able to snatch up a really good seat for a pretty affordable price, which makes this one of the best choices for things to do alone in NYC!
Watching a Broadway show is one of the absolutely top things to do alone in NYC and it is also a great way to score tickets to the newer or more in-demand shows! These are my favourite shows:
Frozen the Musical (based on the hit Disney movie, it was so happy and upbeat and just so “Disney”)
Mean Girls (based on the classic teen movie, it’s a great choice!)
The Cursed Child (two plays in one day. A incredible theatrical must-see for ANY Harry Potter fan)
The Lion King on Broadway (A Broadway must-see, this is like the ‘ultimate’ Broadway musical)
Come From Away (uplifting musical about the true events following 9/11, in a small town where many planes were rerouted)
Moulin Rouge! (quite a new addition to Broadway, based off the movie of the same name. Looks so good!)
Wicked the Musical (Another classic, this was one of the first shows I saw on Broadway!)
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
Next up on my list of things to do alone in NYC, the Brooklyn Bridge! Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is a must-do for anyone visit NYC, and it’s definitely one of the best things to do alone in NYC because going alone lets you soak in all the views!
First of all, it’s one of the most iconic bridges in the world, so you definitely need to make time to walk across it! Secondly, the views you get from the bridge are amazing, and it’s one of the best ways to see the NYC skyline. It’s definitely one of the best things to do alone in NYC, so don’t miss it!
Visit Time Out Market
Next on my list of the best things to do alone in NYC, it’s the Time Out Market. The Time Out Market is located in Brooklyn (right under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO) and it’s one of the best places to eat in NYC if you’re visiting solo.
It’s a brilliant food hall full of some of NYC’s best food chains, or restaurants. They’re all located in a food hall, with communal seating, and they serve up their best dishes. It’s a lot of fun, a must-visit for any foodies! Also – the rooftop has some of the best views in the city, so make sure you head up there before leaving!
This is definitely one of the best things to do alone in NYC, especially if you’re feeling nervous about eating on your own. Lots of locals go here in the evening to eat alone, so you won’t feel out of place.
Visit one of NYC’s many museums or art galleries
Next up on my list of things to do alone in NYC, visit one of the many museums. We all know NYC is full to burst with museums and art galleries. On a rainy day (or if the weather isn’t too great) then heading inside to a museum or gallery is a perfect way to spend the day solo in NYC.
I personally recommend the Museum of Modern Art or MoMA as many people call it (click here to buy skip-the-line tickets). It’s one of my favorite things to do alone in NYC.
Read more: 15 fun museums in NYC you need to explore!
Stroll through Central Park
You can’t beat a leisurely stroll through Central Park, so it had to make my list of things to do alone in NYC. The park is huge too, so you could easily split this out into 2 days if you wanted to break it up! During the daytime, you can walk through the park on your own completely safely – so don’t let that worry you. The park is always full of locals, visitors, and event tour groups and cyclists. It’s the hub of the city and so many people enjoy spending time there, and it’s a great choice for things to do alone in NYC.
If you want to do a walking tour of the park to make sure you see all the best bits, and to make sure you don’t get lost, I recommend this one. Or, you can read my full list of Central Park tours (there are all kinds to choose from, including running tours and even movie tours!). These are definitely one of my favourite things to do alone in NYC.
Visit the Statue of Liberty
Next on my list of things to do alone in NYC, the Statue of Liberty. There are loads of different ways you can see the Statue of Liberty (I’ve written about lots of them here) but the classic way to see The Statue of Liberty is probably the ferry ride, with admission to Liberty Island. This is a must-do if you’re visiting NYC, it’s one of the main sights to see, and it’s just one of those absolutely iconic places.
Check out the street art on a walking tour
Another really cool walking tour, this time taking you around some of the city’s best street art and graffiti spots. I love tour groups (especially walking tours) when you’re travelling alone in NYC, because it’s the perfect chance to meet people.
This tour is fantastic and there are so many amazing locations included where you can take some great photos. This tour is super cool, which is why it had to make my list of things to do alone in NYC.
Museum of Ice Cream
Next on my list of things to do alone in NYC, it’s the Museum of ice-cream. This is a totally random, fun, a bit weird, but really interesting museum – and it’s definitely worth giving it a visit. It’s one of those museums that is so bizarre you’d only find it in a city such as NYC, so make sure you add it to your list of things to do alone in NYC.
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Walk the High Line
Next on my list of things to do alone in NYC, it’s the High Line park. The High Line is a public park that was made on top of old abandoned rail lines in the Soho area of NYC.
It’s a really special place, constantly changing with the seasons, and with some beautiful places to sit and relax and enjoy views of the city. On a clear day it’ll be busy, so I recommend getting there early to avoid the crowds. Oh, and it’s free! This is a really great choice for things to do alone in NYC!
Visit the Color Factory
Probably the most quirky things on this list of things to do alone in NYC, it’s Color Factory! This is a new immersive art installation / museum that will transform the way you feel about colour and art. It’s really unique, so much fun, and it’s somewhere you can easily spend a few hours (because there’s so many interesting things to see and do).
I recommend booking online ahead of time, as it can get quite busy – especially because people are starting to realise just how amazing it is! This is for sure one of the best things to do alone in NYC!
Take a guided tour
Guided tours are brilliant things to do alone in NYC. First of all, being in a group setting is refreshing when you’re traveling alone (it’s nice to have some conversation and laughter!) but also, it’s a great chance to potentially meet other solo travelers and potential friends for a dinner date later in your trip.
Go thrift shopping in Brooklyn
And finally on my list of things to do alone in NYC… Thrift shopping! This is always more fun when you’re solo, as you can really take the time to browse each and every rack of clothing to find that perfect item. As you’d probably expect, NYC has some amazing thrift shopping, but Brooklyn has to take the crown.
I hope this list of things to do alone in NYC has been useful!
As you can see from this list, there are so many amazing things to do alone in NYC! The city has plenty of awesome activities and things to do for solo travelers!
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