Tourists Share Their Favorite NYC Spots

Ever wonder what NYC spots are most popular amongst visitors?  Me too!  I was excited to stumble across a survey conducted by Kaplan International, where they asked 355 of their students, aged between 18 and 59, from 39 countries, about what they loved doing in New York during their time here.  Here’s a link to the complete article, but check out this quick video and let’s talk about the survey results:

The most popular tourist attraction was voted Times Square.  Love it or hate it, I have to agree with this one.  Visiting New York and NOT making your way to Times Square would be like going to Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower, Siem Reap and not visiting Angkor Wat, or Athens without a stop by the Parthenon!  It’s a must-do, at least once.

Some of the other survey results I absolutely agree with are “best loved shopping destination” (SoHo), “favorite park” (Central Park), and “favorite area for nightlife” (Meatpacking District).

Photo Credit: Robin Vandrunen

Now if I were answering the survey, a few of these answers would change, looking more like this:

“Most popular gallery or museum”.  They said the MET.  I say MOMA.  Let’s chalk this up to personal taste in art.

“Favorite place to eat out.”  They say Little Italy.  I say…anywhere BUT Little Italy?!  Granted, I’m SURE there must be some solid, authentic, hidden joints in the hood, but if so, I’ve yet to go to one.  Everytime I walk through the area, it’s a hoard of young hostesses trying to wave you in from the sidewalk with promises of heaping plates of overpriced noodles and tomato sauce that taste more like Ragu than Naples.  And let’s not skip over the key word here: overpriced.  Now, if any locals (or visitors!) want to challenge me on this and point me in the direction of a tried and true, authentic, high quality restaurant in Little Italy, I’m totally game!  Leave your suggestions in the comment section below, I do love a challenge!

Photo Credit: Steve Hinkle

“Best loved Broadway musical.”  They say Lion King.  Which I love, truly I do!  But Mama Mia will always hold that top spot in my heart, sorry Disney.

“Most popular live music venue.”  They say Madison Square Garden.  I say…hey!  You’re in New York, small and intimate is the way to go!  I’ve always been a fan of Joe’s Pub for a solid lineup, cool vibe, and great location.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!  If you’re a New Yorker, do you agree/disagree with these?  And for the non-New Yorkers, are these spots that would peak your interest to visit?  


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen



This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox.





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