Things to Do in Uptown Manhattan

By Shashia Mitchell

Things to Do in Uptown Manhattan

Looking for things to do in Uptown Manhattan?

Manhattan’s northernmost territory known as “Uptown” is made up mostly of residential areas, world-famous museums, and iconic landmarks with lots of attractions and tours. There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Uptown Manhattan.

One of Uptown Manhattan’s most popular features is Central Park, the first public landscaped park in the US now a hive of activity for locals and tourists alike. Whether you opt to take a guided tour of the 770 square acres or plan to have a picnic and just relax in the park, be sure to explore Central Park and see some its highlight features during your trip!

Guided Tours in Uptown Manhattan

South of the park, you can access guided walking or biking tours such as Central Park Bicycle Rentals & Tours or Central Park Sightseeing Walking Tour that allow you to explore the park with an expert or journey along at your own pace with a rental bike.

Central Park isn't the only area of Uptown worth exploring; the creative and historic borough of Harlem is also located in Uptown. Get to know the neighborhood by taking one of the many tours offered in the area, like the Hallelujah! Gospel Wednesday Tour , Harlem One Stop Cultural & Heritage Walking Tour,or Step-On Group Tour Packages. These are great introductions to the area that explore the history of cultures within the borough.

Museums in Uptown Manhattan

Museum Mile is located in Uptown, consisting of a section of Fifth Avenue from 105th street to 82nd street on the East side of Central Park. This portion of Fifth Avenue's nickname is due to the many great cultural art museums located there.

Some of the museums along the Museum Mile include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo Del Barrio.

On the West side of Central Park, you’ll find gems like the New York Historical Society, a great resource to brush up on New York specific history, and the American Museum of Natural History, which features changing exhibits that focus on the history and development of multiple species on Earth through lively artifacts and interactive displays.

Further uptown, in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, a few of New York City’s most unique historical museums reside: The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum and the Cloisters Museum and Gardens.

The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is the last farmhouse located inside of New York City and visitors can view the old colonial farmhouse and get to know the rural history that existed in New York prior to the large skyscrapers.

The Cloisters Museum and Gardens in Fort Tryon Park is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where you can expect to see breathtaking art pieces with a bit of a twist. Its collection of over 5,000 objects exclusively features art and architecture stemming from the medieval ages, including sculptures and written text from the 12th to 15th centuries.

Get a taste for the rich culture and history instilled in Harlem, a neighborhood that was at the forefront of artistic creations with Jazz musicians and poets by visiting The Studio Museum in Harlem. Many of the art exhibits featured in the museum were created by artists of African descent and some native to the Harlem region.

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What's on in New York

There is so much to see and do in New York; keep up to date with our What's On page and make sure you have a holiday to remember. From one-off events to parades, New York is packed with things to do and places to go from local haunts to famous venues. Check out the New York Pass blog for more local information, suggested itineraries, events calendar, and more. January Three Kings’ Day Parade Celebrate Three Kings’ Day with a march that begins at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue and travels to Third Avenue to end at 115th Street and Park Avenue. Expect floats, camels and puppets in this quirky event. Broadway Week/Must-See Week Keep an eye out for bargains this week as there are loads of Broadway shows and museums are offering half-price tickets. February Chinese New Year Celebrate the Year of the Pig in Chinatown where you will see the annual Chinese New Year Parade. Expect floats, dancing, and yummy food. New York Fashion Week Get your hands on some fashion show tickets or scan the streets for the fashionistas flocking to Manhattan. Cameras at the ready! Valentine’s Day New York City is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one. Go on a date to the top of the Empire State Building, or take a romantic sunset boat cruise around Manhattan Island. George Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day There are plenty of events happening in NYC for Presidents’ Day, and as schools have the day off, there are loads of events specifically for kids! March St Patrick’s Day Celebrate at the St Patrick’s Day Parade before heading to one of New York City’s many Irish pubs for a pint of Guinness. Macy’s Flower Show If you need an excuse to go shopping, you have to visit Macy’s for their flower show. See, and smell, the stunning, themed flower arrangements fill up the iconic department store. April Easter Parade If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City over Easter, you can’t miss the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. See the wonderfully weird bonnets at Fifth Avenue, from 49th St to 57th St. May Five Boro Bike Tour Join 30,000 riders on a 40-mile tour around New York City’s five boroughs, as the cyclists take over the roads. Mother’s Day Take your mother to NYC for mother’s day, and go see some art at MoMA, or take a tour around Radio City. Memorial Day A day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the United States is commemorated by parades in Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx and observance in Manhattan. June National Puerto Rican Day Parade Join the crowds along Fifth Avenue to celebrate National Puerto Rican Day with a parade honoring Puerto Rican culture. Father’s Day Treat your dad to a trip to New York for father’s day and take him to see the iconic Madison Square Garden and go on a bike ride around Central Park. New York Pride Parade Don your rainbow attire and join the crowds celebrating Pride in the heart of Manhattan. July Independence Day The fourth of July is one of the most important dates in the US calendar - celebrate in style with many events happening all over NYC. August US Open Tennis fans have to head to Queens to attend the US Open, one of the most important tennis events of the year. September SummerStage Throughout September Central Park will be taken over by New York City’s largest free, open-air arts and culture festival. Labor Day Celebrate the annual workers’ holiday with parties and barbecues all over New York - or escape the city and head to the beach. Feast of San Gennaro There’s only one place to be on 19 September and that’s Little Italy. Head to the district to celebrate the Italian-American holiday with live music and delicious food. October New York Film Festival Get tickets to the screening at the New York Film Festival to see preview screenings and interviews with the stars. New York Comic-Con Join thousands of fans at the annual New York Comic Con and see the amazing costumes and meet your favorite stars. Columbus Day The Columbus Day Parade takes place on Fifth Avenue and celebrates Christopher Columbus landing in the Caribbean in 1492. Village Halloween Parade The village is the only place to be on Halloween, as thousands of New Yorkers march in amazing costumes. November New York Marathon Take to the streets to cheer the runners as they make their way through NYC’s five boroughs in the annual marathon. Veterans Day Parade Join New Yorkers at the parade as they celebrate with the biggest Veterans Day event across the US. Thanksgiving Day Parade If you’re in New York for the holidays then the Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must. See huge floats, balloons and performers make their way down through Manhattan. Looking for even more things to do this Thanksgiving? December Radio City Christmas Spectacular A Christmas must in New York is seeing the Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Looking for even more things to do this Christmas? The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting You know the season is upon us when The Rockefeller Center Tree gets lit up. Christmas has arrived in New York City! New Year’s Eve There’s only one place to be on New Year’s Eve and that’s at the iconic Times Square.
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Hanukkah in New York

Looking for ways to celebrate Hanukkah in New York? (Or Chanukah. Both are fine.) We’ve got your list, with everything from family days to a Hanukkah Christmas party that will go into the wee hours. Hanukkah Family Day-The Jewish Museum Looking for a fun family activity to celebrate Hanukkah? Check out the Jewish Museum’s Family Day. Participants will make a Hanukkah lamp with found objects, visit the galleries, and watch a performance. Families will also participate in other projects, including a group one, which takes place throughout the day. December 15. [caption id="attachment_3450" align="alignnone" width="413"] Photo Courtesy of the Jewish Museum[/caption] Large Menorah Lighting While the world’s largest menorah is in Manhattan, a close runner-up can be found in Brooklyn. It’s been a Hanukkah fixture since 1985, and during Chanukah, thousands of people come out to see it being lit. Revelers will be greeted with live music and latkes, and gifts are given to every child. Note: The rabbi who lights the menorah is assisted by a 60-foot boom lift, something worth seeing in and of itself. Chanukah on Ice You might have celebrated Chanukah at Grandma’s or a neighbor’s...but have you ever celebrated it on the ice? Well, you can do just that at Lasker Rink, in the north corner of Central Park. A DJ will play music throughout the evening, and special guest appearances are promised. Guests will also be treated to delicacies like latkes and donuts. And—ta da!—there will also be a giant hand-carved ice menorah. (It will be lit during the festivities, which take place December 22. Now that’s Hanukkah in New York!) And if you’re hankering for more ice skating, check out our tips here! Menorahs and Manhattans Want to imbibe some Manhattans while crafting a menorah? Of course you do. Head to the 92nd Street Y and you can do both. (The program is part of the Bronfman Center for Jewish life; check out their other programs as well.) December 14. Xmas-Hanukkah @ Slate If you’re looking for more of a party atmosphere, there's the Xmas-Hanukkah @ Slate event. Billed as an event for young professionals, it’s got a DJ, dance floors, and music ranging from hip hop to Israeli and Top 40. Dec. 24 (although technically it goes til 4 AM the next day.)
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