24 Things to do in New York City in 24 Hours

You step off the Megabus onto the bustling streets of New York City and you suddenly feel overwhelmed not knowing what to do during your only one-night stay you could afford. Let’s be honest—whoever said, “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” clearly wasn’t a broke college student. Getting to the Big Apple may (or may not…traffic!) be half the fun, but you need a plump bank account and a GPS-like sense of direction to make your trip Gossip Girl-esc. Or do you? For those of you fortunate enough to visit this summer, Valley has compiled 24 things you can do to help you make the most of your 24 hours in the City that Never Sleeps.

1) Start by deciding to explore the city with company you enjoy

2) For hands-free adventuring carry a cute cross-body bag

3) Skip purchasing souvenirs and fill your camera roll with photos instead

4) Peep in the windows of all the fancy shops on 5th Avenue

5) Daydream about purchasing even just one thing at Tiffany & Co

6) Go to Times Square—at night

7) Get an Italian-style espresso at the chic Zibetto Espresso Bar on 5th Avenue

8) Find a comfy rock to sit on at Central Park and people watch

9) Eat a surprisingly delicious savory crepe from a street vendor for $5

10) Take the Staten Island Ferry for free to see the Statue of Liberty from the water

11) Take yourself out to a ballgame at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field

12) Get chocolate-covered strawberries at the Godiva store

13) Eat aforementioned strawberries in the Trump Tower garden

14) See Shear Madness, the longest running play in the U.S., for $49 and laugh until your cheeks hurt

15) Browse the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a student rate of $12

16) Take a cute picture sitting in between the ‘V’ and the ‘E’ of the LOVE sign on 6th Avenue

17) Stop by AYZA Wine and Chocolate Bar for a $10.95 two course lunch (and a chocolate martini!)

18) Loop through the flagship Macy’s store on W 34th Street

19) Get a slice of famous cheesecake at Junior’s in Grand Central Station

20) Go into the NHL store on 6th Avenue and play the display video games

21) Take a break with Bryant Park’s free wifi

22) Utilize Rockefeller Center for a photo opp

23) Check here for seasonal street festivals

24) Pretend you’re an architecture major and marvel at the beauty of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

25) BONUS! Proceed to snap a picture at each of the above 24 locations on Snapchat and find as many geotags as possible

New York City is a city of vast opportunities, and the possibilities are endless when it comes to how you decide to spend your time there. Two visits are never exactly alike, so what are your favorite things to do on the streets of the Empire City?