A Student’s Guide to a Weekend in New York

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New York City is one of those iconic locations that just about everybody dreams of visiting. In this guide, I’ll share how to spend a weekend in New York. From the impressive skyscrapers and world-class museums to hundreds of little theatres and jazz clubs. New York truly is a city that has everything. It’s no wonder that the city is known as the ‘Big Apple’ is the setting for so many of the world’s most iconic stories.

The Vessel at Hudson Yards during the holidays.
The Vessel at Hudson Yards during the holidays. Photo by Laura Peruchi.

From classic works like The Great Gatsby to hit modern TV shows like Gossip Girl, many of the popular works that students study and enjoy take place in New York City. It’s no surprise, then, that many students dream of one day visiting the city. The great news is, as New York is a city that has everything, it’s also a fantastic place to visit for educational purposes all year round. Even in the off-season, when other tourist locations have shut their doors, you’ll never run out of things to do in New York in December. Here’s a handy New York travel guide to help you begin your research of the best New York places to visit! 

Traveling with family 

Because this is an impressive place, many students will be delighted to spend a weekend in New York with their families. Many essays about family talk about the importance of spending time with family. Therefore, it is a great idea for students to spend a weekend in New York with their families. Reading free examples of these family essays is sure to get you excited to travel with them to New York. The city is such a great place to spend time with family, as it offers such a diverse range of experiences. There really is something for everyone!

Sarah Funk and Laura Peruchi on the row boats at Mohonk Mountain House. Photo by Thiago Ghisi
Sarah Funk and Laura Peruchi on the row boats at Mohonk Mountain House. Photo by Thiago Ghisi

Not only can you find great inspiration for your essay writing, but the whole family can all learn something by heading to one of New York’s many impressive museums! Institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art are all world-famous museums where every member of the family is sure to find something they love. Climbing to one of the tallest points in New York, like the One World Observatory at the World Trade Centre, gives you and your family the chance to look out at panoramic views of the city. If that’s not one of the best spots for a family photo, we don’t know what is! If you yourself would like to write a paper or essay about family, the great idea is to base it on the story of a weekend in New York.

Getting educated in NYC 

Of course, as a student, New York City is exciting for all the opportunities it presents to learn. Many tourist attractions in New York act as an amazing resource for acquiring knowledge and education. Besides the large, world-famous museums listed above, there are a whole host of other, more niche educational spots to visit during a weekend in New York. Samples of some lesser-known museums include the New York Transit Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Museum of Moving Image, and even the Museum of Mathematics!

met museum
Photo by Ilse on Unsplash

And this is only just the beginning of what New York has to offer! With so many fascinating locations, you’ll never get bored or run out of answers to the question of what things to do in NYC this weekend! These world-class museums are sure to have you returning to the classroom feeling inspired.

Taking it easy 

Beyond all the educational lessons that NYC has to offer, it’s also one of the best places in the world to kick back and relax. The city is teeming with fun and interesting locations for you to enjoy in your downtime. Central Park is a world-renowned open space right at the heart of Manhattan, where you can enjoy a slice of solitude and nature amongst the hustle and bustle of city life. Central Park offers everything from food and performances to beautiful nature installations and even the New York Zoo! It also makes for a great place to meet fellow young people looking to hang out.

Rock Staircase in Central Park.
Rock Staircase in Central Park. Photo by Laura Peruchi

Beyond the park, New York is famous for being home to some of the coolest cafés and restaurants in the world. Students can walk into many of the cozy New York coffee houses or beloved pizza joints, and expect to strike up a conversation with people from all over the world.

Prince Street Pizza's Sicilian Slice
Prince Street Pizza’s Sicilian Slice. Photo by Jason Gonzalez-Smith

New York is truly a global city that attracts people from every corner of the globe and all walks of life. Making a trip there is sure to not only teach you a lot about the city but a lot about the world in general. With this guide as inspiration, you can get started planning your student trip to NYC today. 

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