From the neon lights of Times Square to the natural beauty of Central Park, New York City has an infectious energy. One day you can browse Fifth Avenue’s designer racks. And the next, you see the views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. But this isn’t all the city has to offer you. Keep reading to learn three offbeat things to do in New York City.

Frick Collection

Inside an 18th-century New York mansion that was owned by steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick is a robust art collection featuring artwork from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. The collection has 16 permanent galleries as well as the Portico Gallery that features ceramics, decorative arts, and sculptures.

The High Line

The High Line was once a railroad track but is now an elevated space that runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking Districts (at the Whitney Museum of Art) to West 34th Street. It’s a landscaped “walking park” with curving walkways, picnic tables and benches, plants, public art installations, and views of the Hudson River and Manhattan skyline. It’s a fantastic retreat from the hullabaloo of New York City.

The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge stretches over the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. You’ll want to take the 40 minute walk across its promenade (boardwalk elevated above the roadway) because the views are spectacular. Watch out for in-line skaters and cyclists!

Who’s Ready to Explore New York City?

Imagine being in New York City and going off the beaten path, doing and seeing things that others may not have. And when you take a Celebrity Cruises vacation, you don’t have to worry about hailing a taxi or getting lost on the subway like I did. Somehow I made it to the Bronx Zoo and my fellow animal friends helped me to get back to my ship.