Before I start, most of these things can be done at any age, but at different ages they become different experiences. I was 21 when I first visited New York and these were some of my favourite activities.
Seeing a Broadway show is something that had been on my bucket list. I was 21 when I saw Annie, 22 when I saw Wicked and 23 when I saw If/Then. Each of these shows resonated with me differently and each one talks to people in individual ways. The great thing about being in your early or late 20’s is that you feel like you can connect with the teenage characters and 30-40 year olds because you sit somewhere in the middle.
This deli became famous from the movie ‘When Harry Met Sally’ and both were in their 20’s when they visited Katz in the movie. This makes being 20 something the perfect age to grab a pastrami on rye, sit where they sat and ponder if men and women can be just friends.
Coney Island is a fun day out for all ages, but when you turn 21 it becomes a different day out. You still enjoy the rides at Luna Park, but you can grab a hot dog and beer at Nathan’s Famous afterwards, or even visit the Coney Island Brewery.
Friends first aired in 1994 and when this iconic TV series started the characters were in their mid 20’s. Follow in their footsteps at the same age and discover when our favourite gang spent their time in NYC.
Grand Central is a place that people commute in and out of everyday. It’s important to really take the time to explore this historic building and the beauty that it holds. If, like me, you’re a Gossip Girl fan, visiting in you’re early 20’s will make you feel like Serena van der Woodsen returning to the city.
Again, the Metropolitan Museum is a must-visit for all Gossip Girl fans as well as art lovers. The Met is the largest art museum in the US and includes over 2 million pieces of work; make sure you have plenty of time to spend here. Why not sit on the steps of the Met and grab some lunch, just like the Constance girls.
From children to seniors, the Yankees have supporters of all ages and everyone can enjoy the games. But being 21 means you can enjoy a beer with your Cracker Jacks and watch Jeter hit a home run!
This is one of my favourite views in NYC because you have the incredible Empire State Building right in front of you and it’s free! 230 Fifth is actually a bar, so you can be caught up in a round of cocktails and forget where you are before looking up and catching the breathtaking view. Because it’s a bar, you need to be over 21 to enter.
Having spent many years watching the girls from Gossip Girl spend their late teens on the Met steps and the 30 something women from Sex and the City meeting men in clubs, 22 felt like the perfect age to experience a TV filming first hand. From Jimmy Fallon, America’s Got Talent and Jerry Springer there’s something for everyone.
Another way to step into the lives of the Sex and the City ladies is by visiting the bars and restaurants that they frequent. Buddakan is an Asian restaurant in the Meatpacking District where Carrie and Mr. Big have their rehearsal dinner in the Sex and the City Movie. Get ready for your 30’s by dining like this fab 4!
Drive to Niagara Falls
What better way to wave your teen’s goodbye than by driving 400 miles to Niagara Falls? Road trips are often partnered with the US and with roads like Route 66 is easy to see why. Taking a spontaneous trip across the state or country is a great thing to do whilst at university, before graduating and stepping out in to the ‘real world’.
Watch the Sunrise
People always say that things get harder the older you get, so take full advantage of your 20’s and your ability to survive late night’s. The further I get in to my 20’s the earlier I go to bed! But, one of my favourite experiences in NYC was staying up all night and watching the sunrise over such an incredible city with friends.