I was born and raised in New York and still haven’t seen everything this incredible city has so I decided to rent a bike and spend the day sightseeing downtown along the East River. Most people don’t realize all you can do and see there. Plus, it is a great option if you don’t want to spend a bunch of money. You can still have a fun day out and get to see so much! You can get a cheap bike rental for the day or just walk around, although it would be a pretty long walk to all of these locations! If you rent a bike, make sure you get a lock as well if you are planning on leaving it to explore on foot. If you don’t, it might not be there when you get back!
East River Park- Where else can you get amazing views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge? There are also playgrounds, sports fields and courts, gardens, children’s water play areas, and walking paths.
Manhattan Bridge and the infamous Domino Sugar Factory logo!
Brooklyn Bridge– You can also go bike riding over the bridges from some great views of the city.
South Street Seaport- Go shopping or grab a bite to eat either inside the mall or outside. Some businesses are still closed because of Hurricane Sandy but theres still enough to do to enjoy yourself! Full directory here –> Seaport NYC along with event information. You can also walk around and check out The Street of Ships. Want to take your sightseeing onto the water? Hop on a cruise with the Circle Line or Water Taxi.
Battery Park (technically here starts to change to the mouth of the Hudson River but still along the path!). You can catch the ferries to Staten Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. If you don’t, you can still see them from afar. This area is part of the financial district. You can venture away from the river and check out the New York Stock Exchange or visit the World Trade Center Memorial.
Grab something to eat from a vendor, go to a restaurant or even hangout at a beer garden. Nearby is Stone Street which has a ton of indoor and outdoor bars and restaurants.
If you do decide to go explore the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, you can buy tickets for $18.
Not planning on going there? Take a free 25 minute ride on the Staten Island Ferry and get some up close views as you pass them by.