New York City is widely considered one of the most engaging cities in the world. Known fondly as a melting pot for its diverse population, this city has something any visitor can enjoy. Consider the following itinerary for planning a full day of activity in the Big Apple.

Enjoy Brunch in the City

Brunch is a delicious city staple. Penelope serves a $20 prix-fixe brunch on weekends. Pick your main dish and pair it with a brunch cocktail or coffee, tea, and juice. Indulge your sweet tooth with Nutella French Toast or go savory with the Mhmm Biscuits and Gravy topped with sunny side–up eggs and vegetarian gravy.

If you’re in the mood for something unusual, brunch at Tanner Smith’s is an innovative affair. Try the Brussels Sprout Hash with fried egg and dill creme fraiche or Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce served with goat cheese, peppers, slow-roasted tomatoes, and grilled sourdough bread.

Central Park
Central Park in Manhattan.

Stroll Through Central Park

Central Park is the quintessential green space in New York City’s otherwise ultra-urban landscape. The park offers enough activity to easily fill a long afternoon.

Explore the Central Park Zoo, take a spin on the carousel or skating rink, and enjoy the views in the Conservatory Garden. Head to Belvedere Castle where you can see Turtle Pond, the Ramble, and the expansive Great Lawn from new heights. Whether you’re meandering on the trails, bird-watching around the park’s sweeping green acres, or people-watching from any spot, you’ll find no shortage of highlights.

Get a Late Lunch

Avoid some of the lunch rush by dining a little later. The Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter offers filling plates that are sure to satisfy. Grab a Catfish Plate complete with a biscuit and side, or go for a fried catfish sandwich with pickles, remoulade, and lettuce. If you’re not in the mood for seafood, the fried chicken is delish as well.

September 11 Memorial
National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Remember Sept. 11

Visit the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and pay homage to those who were lost on one of New York’s most tragic days. The best way to experience the museum is through a guided tour. Several options exist, from the 45-minute outdoor tour to the 60-minute “Uncommon Courage: First Responders on 9/11” tour. During the summer months and spring break rush of March and April, the museum also offers a youth and family tour geared toward children.

Grab Dinner at Gramercy

Gramercy Tavern is a must-taste destination if your schedule allows you to get a table. The inspired menu features a rich assortment of dishes. Enjoy a multi-course menu starting with a duck liver mousse or Island Creek oysters. For your entree, try the pork belly fried rice with spring onion, pepper, and broccoli raab. Dessert is a decadent affair with picks such as chocolate pudding cake, buttermilk coconut cream pie, and sticky toffee sundae.

After a full day of exploring NYC, head back to your hotel to rest up for a new day of discovery in the morning. New York City has enough to keep you busy no matter how much time you have before you catch your flight home.