New York City is legendary for all the cool activities and sights it offers. But it can get overwhelming to narrow down the list of worthy experiences in a short period of time, especially when it comes to planning group activities in NYC. Check out the Suiteness-curated top 5 experiences to add to your itinerary that is sure to impress the rest of your travel buddies. We bring you a blend of the quintessential with the new.
Group Activities in NYC
Walk the High Line
This beautiful stretch of public park is built on a 1.45 mile-long elevated rail structure that runs through Gansevoort to West 34th. There was a time when these train tracks ran at street-level. However, due to the increasing number of collisions with pedestrians along the busy New York streets, the tracks were later reconstructed to an elevated level. It was ordered by the city to tear down the tracks when something interesting started happening. Seeds blown from the wind began planting themselves atop the train tracks, transforming it into a beautiful rustic garden. Mayor Bloomberg and high-end fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg saw the potential beauty in this space and transformed their vision into what is now known as the High Line. The elevated park is perfect for a group stroll through NYC.
Gallery Hop in Chelsea
If you want to continue in the High Line area, then Chelsea art galleries are worth seeing. This a city where people come to turn their dreams into reality. Artists from all over flock to Chelsea to immerse themselves in the sophisticated art world. After all, it is known for its abundance of art galleries that pull in local artists all the way to international art sensations. If you want to be one of the first people to check out new art galleries, try Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. Have worldly conversations over flowing drinks and contemporary art.
Eat Mind-Blowing Pizza at Rubirosa
Nestled in the streets of NoLita, this eatery is one of the best thin-crust pizzas you will find in the City. And it’s not a tight squeeze by any means, like most other popular pizza spots in Manhattan. Large groups are seated in their intimate rustic-chic style Family Room, which can be entirely private or semi-private. The menu options accommodate parties of 8-20 people. Some options include shareable portions of antipasti, three pizzas and two pastas. With great ambiance, plenty of seating, and large portions to share, this place is a must for group activities in NYC.
Catch Fresh Air Along the Brooklyn Bridge
This is an iconic New York experience, whether you’re a local or a tourist. The Brooklyn Bridge consists of two lanes, one for bikers and the other for walkers. However, biking across isn’t recommended if you’re a visitor. Catch a breath of fresh air, whip out those selfie sticks, and take your time! Give yourself at least an hour to get across. You’ll want to pause and take lots of photos as this is a spot that offers up some really great views of New York’s skyline. Now, once you’ve crossed the East River, don’t be in such a hurry to turn around and head back towards Manhattan. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge puts you in Dumbo, one of the most scenic and lively neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Walk around and experience the other side of New York. A different vibe but with equally great eating and shopping options.
Frolic in Central Park
Central Park is a marvel that exists in the middle of a concert jungle. In fact, it’s known as “The Heart of the Island at the Center of the World.” The city playground is for people of all ages, with plenty of various activities. Rent a bike and wheel your way around the 843 acres of plush greenery. Stroll through the Conservatory Garden or people-watch in the Sheep Meadow located on the Upper West Side of the park. Enjoy a picnic or paddle around the lake. Whatever fun activity you decide to partake in, Central Park is essential to any group activities in NYC.