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It’s no secret that New York City is a playground for sightseers, but with time in the Big Apple limited, one of the hardest things is actually prioritising what to see.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – NOV 19: Empire State Building closeup on November 19, 2011 in New York City. Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark and was world’s tallest building for more than 40 years.

Some prefer to get up close to the iconic landmarks they’ve seen in the movies, while for others the abundance of sporting activities across the city means they’d rather catch some live action.

While choosing where to spend your time – and hard-earned cash – can be a tad confusing, here’s our pick of the top 5 things to do while you’re in the Empire State.

New York Pass:

If sightseeing is one of the reasons you’re off to NYC, grab yourself a New York Pass and you could be heading up the Empire State Building, taking a cruise on the Hudson River and rubbing shoulders with (wax) celebrities at Madame Tussauds in no time at all.

The passes cover a range of activities, and one of the main benefits of getting one is the flexibility. The cost of the pass depends entirely on how many sights you’d like to see, so you simply take a look at what’s included and then decide exactly how many of the famous landmarks you’d like to check off your list, ensuring you only pay for what you want to visit.

For anyone on a budget, the pass is also a great way to save yourself some cash, as buying individual tickets can quickly add up.

Nice Guy Tours:

For foodies heading to NYC to gorge on the delectable cuisine the city offers, a great way to take in some of the city’s sights while getting your fill is with Nice Guy Tours, the walking street food tour that’s rated number 1 on Tripadvisor.

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NEW YORK,USA – AUGUST 15,2015 : Street kiosk selling ethnic food at a street fair next to the Rockefeller Center in Manhattan

The company is run by Dante – a man who knows as much about New York City as he does about food – and guests are offered a variety of different walking tours, each covering its own unique part of the city.

Dante takes guests on a personalised tour through the streets of New York, offering insightful information about the city, while stopping off at some of the best cafes, bistros and street food vendors to ensure that each of his patrons finish with both a full belly and some interesting new knowledge of the city.

American Museum of Natural History:

You might remember it from Night at the Museum, as this famous building was the setting for the blockbuster movies, but anyone visiting New York needs to see this incredible place in person.

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NEW YORK CITY – AUGUST 8: Entrance to the famous American Museum of natural history on August 8, 2013 in NYC. New York is the biggest city in the United States

Ideal for all of the family, the museum features a range of themed exhibitions, with space, science & nature and history all covered, ensuring there’s something to pique everyone’s interest.

As well as a model of the blue whale – the largest living creature in history – there are also dinosaur fossils and exhibitions, and there’s even a full-size T.Rex on show, meaning visitors are sure to leave the museum amazed by some of the artefacts on display.

Helicopter tour:

If you’re heading to New York to see the sights and get some Instagram-worthy snaps, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better way of achieving your goal than with a helicopter tour of the city.

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Take in the magnificent, awe-inspiring sights as you soar above the city’s skyline for one of the most breath-taking experiences imaginable.

While the tours aren’t cheap – FlyNyon offer a 12-15 minutes ride for around $99 p/p – they’re most definitely worth it, and this is sure to be the highlight of any trip to NYC.

Shopping tour

As well as the sights and attractions, one of the things that draws tourists to New York in their droves is the excellent shopping, as the city boasts a multitude of department stores and outlets offering designer goods at knockdown prices.

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One of the best is undoubtedly Woodbury Common, a village made up of over 200 designer stores each offering great value on big brands such as Givenchy, Chanel and Jimmy Choo, amongst many others.

There are a number of companies offering tours to the village from NYC, and for tourists heading to NYC to indulge in some shopping, this is an absolute must.

Guest post by Anna Mumford of NewYork WeekendBreaks.com. For more inspiration for your trip to the Big Apple and for a helpful guide to spending 3 days in New York, head over New York Weekend Breaks.

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