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New York City – Unusual Attractions and Day Trips

New York City Off the Beaten Path

Mixed in with dozens of popular attractions, New York City also offers visitors plenty of unusual attractions and off-the-beaten-path day trips. Here are a few to keep you busy during your time in the Big Apple.


Seinfeld fans will get a kick out of Tom’s Diner, (a.k.a. Monk’s), at 110th street and Broadway. A work in progress since 1892, Cathedral of St. John the Divine will be the world’s largest Episcopal cathedral when finally finished. Wave Hill, once home to Mark Twain, has formal gardens, greenhouses, nature trails and a panoramic view of the Hudson River. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum gives visitors a glimpse into tenement living in 1870’s New York. The Chelsea Market has an interesting variety of shops and a Mexican restaurant there serves the best tacos ever. Alexander Hamilton is buried in the fascinating little graveyard attached to Trinity Church in lower Manhattan.

Out of Manhattan

Along with Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, the Cyclone, and minor league baseball, Coney Island also has an excellent aquarium. Families will have a great time at the Bronx Zoo. Hoboken, N.J., offers great views of Manhattan, night or day. It’s also, where they filmed ‘On the Waterfront’. The Brooklyn Bridge walkway and Brooklyn Promenade provide excellent views of Manhattan from the other side. Train buffs will find the New York City Transit Museum of interest. It’s also located just over the bridge in Brooklyn Heights. The famous Apollo Theater offers daily tours at reasonable prices. The free Staten Island Ferry cruises right past the statue of Liberty.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about New York City unusual attractions and day trips.

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