Despite being one of the most popular cities on the planet for tourism, New York City tends to be viewed through a pretty narrow lens. A huge majority of the landmarks, restaurants, bars, attractions, and sights that are commonly recommended for visitors are in the central burrow of Manhattan. And while you should definitely make time for some of these highlights – the new World Trade Center, Central Park, 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center, and countless restaurants to name a few – you should also remember that there’s a whole lot to see beyond Manhattan.
In fact, a full, thorough account of things to see and do in New York could be hundreds of items long before even getting to Manhattan. These seven ideas, however, represent some of the best this massive city has to offer in its “outer burrows.”
7 New York City Attractions Outside Manhattan
Yankee Stadium (Bronx)
You don’t need to be a Yankees fan, or even a baseball fan, to appreciate Yankee Stadium as a New York City landmark. While the old stadium that was torn down after 2008 might have had more of a legacy, the new stadium (which was built just across the street) is perhaps a more impressive structure. The absolute picture of a modern stadium, surrounded by a wall that makes it seem almost palace-like, it’s a gold standard in athletic venue design, and a very nice place to watch a ballgame. The atmosphere is strong as well, with the team currently second in attendance in Major League Baseball after a few relatively down seasons.
Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
New York’s “other” parks beyond Central Park tend to get massively overshadowed, and with good reason. But it’s also true that Brooklyn’s Prospect Park would be a much more famous place if it were in just about any other major city. It’s a huge park itself, and a beautiful place for a morning or afternoon walk. Jogging paths, bridges, a lake, city views and vast open grassy spaces comprise the park.
New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
A lot of cities boast of their botanical gardens, but few can rival the one in the Bronx for scope and splendor. This venue features more than a million plants on 250 acres, and contains a remarkable conservatory housing simulated environments like a desert, a rain forest, etc. The New York Botanical Garden also happens to be just next to the Bronx Zoo, which is also among the city’s better attractions outside of Manhattan.
Statue Of Liberty (Liberty Island)
Technically speaking, Liberty Island is designated as part of the Manhattan burrow, so we’re breaking the rules a little bit with this one. Furthermore, you probably don’t need to be told that this is one of the iconic places to see or visit in New York. But because it’s on its own island south of mainland Manhattan, it does feel like a separate attraction altogether, and it truly is worth seeing up close if you get the opportunity to do so.
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Queens)
The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center is a sprawling complex in Queens, best to visit during the U.S. Open. This two-week tournament is held annually beginning on the first Monday of August and welcomes tens of thousands of fans to New York. It’s hard to make such a definitive statement, but it’s certainly fair to wonder if it’s the most impressive tennis facility on the planet. Featuring the two largest stadiums in the world as well as beautiful public areas and a huge array of outer courts, it’s endlessly enjoyable to visit.
As far as the New York culinary scene goes, Tacocina doesn’t have a particularly noteworthy reputation. It’s a casual taco joint with good food. However, it’s one of the hotter new restaurants in town, thanks largely to its on-the-water setting in Brooklyn. This is just the sort of place you want to eat at in a big city crisscrossed by rivers, which makes it well worth a visit and a meal.
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (Queens)
Queens is actually known for a fairly diverse culinary scene these days. But it has its share of bars too, and the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is probably one of the more impressive drinking venues you can find outside of Manhattan. Established in 1910, it’s actually the oldest beer garden in New York City. It’s known for its authentic European brew selection, as well as a comfortable indoor-outdoor setting that makes it a great place to hang out or meet up with friends.
These are just a few great New York City attractions outside Manhattan to consider for your next trip to the Big Apple!
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