What to do in New York with teenagers
My Mom and I love to go to New York City, and she is always planning the next trip. We visit NYC together usually once a year and I look forward to the adventure. The thing is, I do not love everything she likes to do, but we compromise. Over the years, I have made a list of my favorite destinations to share. Here’s what to do in New York with teenagers.
DO, Cookie Dough Confections, 550 LaGuardia Pl
Cookie Dough Confections is by NYU. We stood in line for 30 minutes to get inside and it was worth it. They had over 20 flavors of freshly made cookie dough. Instagram: @cookiedonyc
Washington Square Park, 1 Washington Sq E
The perfect place to eat said Cookie Do but also to take in all types of gatherings within the park. You can find dancers, bubbles, artists and some people doing strange things too. Instagram: #washingtonsquare
NBC Studio Tour, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Studio 1A
We’ve toured NBC three times. Seeing the Saturday Night Live set and behind the scenes of some TV shows is very fun. It is also possible to see a celebrity but you have to keep your cool, and no photos are allowed. It’s also a good idea to book this in advance because it sells out. Instagram: @nbcstudiotour
Free Today Show Concerts, 30 Rockefeller Plaza
The show often has free concerts on the plaza. We have seen Bon Jovi, Maroon 5, Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran. You have to get up very early but the concert is free, and friends from home might see you on TV. One time we paid to sit in the bakery next door and watch a concert because it was raining and very crowded. Upcoming concerts are usually listed on today.com. Instagram: #todayplaza
Chelsea Art Galleries
On our last visit to New York, we spent an afternoon walking around Chelsea and to numerous art galleries, many of which are weird but some are pretty cool. We took an Uber to Taglialatella Galleries and started our gallery crawl there.
Midtown Comics, 200 W 40th St
There are thousands of comic books, posters, action figures and all kinds of interesting comic-themed products to look at or purchase. Instagram: @midtowncomics
Tao Uptown, 42 E 58th St
Tao restaurant has Asian fusion food, a very cool vibe. and an enormous Buddha statue. There are several locations. Instagram: @taony
Nintendo NY, 10 Rockefeller Plaza
It’s the only Nintendo store in the United States and features games that have not been released yet. You can try out some games before you buy them. They also have vintage video games on display like a museum. Instagram: @nintendonyc
Doughnut Plant, 89 E 42nd St
Hidden in Grand Central Terminal, Doughnut Plant has delicious gourmet doughnuts and it is worth the effort to find in the city. Instagram: @doughnutplant
The Meatball Shop, 798 9th Ave
Go to a Meatball Shop for a bucket of balls. It cracks me up every time, but they have several locations and the Italian food is very good.
Aidan Holm is a Sophomore from Vero Beach, Florida. He enjoys playing video games, eating donuts and getting into deep discussions with Alexa. You can follow him @travelfromHolm on Instagram. Below is a photo of Aidan with his mom, Kelly, in Washington Square Park!
Thank you so much for these suggestions for what to do with teens, Aidan!
And, if you’re on a budget, you can find plenty of free stuff to do in NYC.