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When I think of New York, I think of finance, business, conferences, history. There is so much to do in New York, but here are a few ideas of sites to see after that conference you’re in town for.
The Empire State Building is open from 8 am to 2 am, with the last elevator heading up at 1:15 am, giving you plenty of time to stop in assuming you don’t work past midnight. It costs $32 to visit the main deck and $52 to visit both the top and main deck. Both options offer magnificent views of the city, and access to exhibits filling you in on the history of the building.
Another option for a view of New York City, the Rockefeller Center’s observation deck is open until midnight with the last ticket being sold at 11 pm. For $32, you can ride up to the observation deck. You can also pay $20 for a tour of Rockefeller Center, with tours starting as late as 7:30 pm.
Located where the World Trade Center once stood, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is open until 8 pm during the week with the memorial open until 9 pm. Tickets to the museum are $24 for an experience covering one of the most tragic events in United States history.
The picturesque Central Park in New York is a great place to stop by after five if you just want a break from the office. There are a variety of things to see and do in the park, and visiting their website is a good idea if you’d like to stop by a specific attraction.
You can literally just walk in at any time. I actually attended a conference in the hotel connected to Grand Central Station, and appeared here on accident. Beautiful building! It’s technically open until 2 am, and there are plenty of places to eat and shop at if you come earlier in the evening.
The Brooklyn Bridge is a National Historic Landmark, which also presents an excellent Instagram opportunity.
If you’re walking around New York late at night, you can tell that you’re approaching Time Square by the bright light glowing between the buildings. This is one part of the city that truly never sleeps – you’ll feel wide awake, and can take care of some random shopping if you’re so inclined.
What other attractions can you check out in New York after five? Let us know in the comments.
Visiting the New York City area?
- Head 10 minutes outside the city with Hoboken After Five
- Explore Manhattan in New York After Five
- Enjoy Broadway and Time’s Square in New York’s Midtown After Five
- Go further south to New York’s Financial District After Five
- Take a trip to New York’s capital in Albany After Five