Looking for the right time to visit New York City, but hoping to skip the typical Big Apple tourist scene in favor of a more local experience? The Governors Ball Music Festival is right around the corner, and might have exactly what you're looking for.
Started by local music lovers eight years ago, it features 60-plus artists of all genres, plus a selection of the best eats in town, street artists from around the city, interactive games and activities, and more. What better way to experience the music, art and culture at the heart of NYC?
Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Orlando and New York City, including some standout hotel options and other highly reviewed local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)
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Cheapest New York City flights
Currently, the cheapest flights between Orlando and New York City are if you leave on May 31 and return from New York on June 4. United currently has tickets for $141, roundtrip.
There are also deals to be had earlier in May. If you fly out of Orlando on May 30 and return from New York City on June 2, Spirit Airlines can get you there and back for $145 roundtrip.
Top New York City accommodations
To plan your accommodations, here are some of New York City’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.
The Standard, High Line (848 Washington St.)
If you're looking to splurge on top quality, consider The Standard, High Line. The hotel has a 4.4-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $275.
All 338 rooms have ground-to-ceiling windows with spectacular views that include the Hudson River, the High Line or the city skyline. It is within close proximity to the west side highway, Javits Center, SoHo and the Financial District.
The Dream Downtown (355 W. 16th St.)
There's also the 4.5-star rated The Dream Downtown. Rooms are currently set at $204/night.
Situated between the thriving Meatpacking District and Chelsea, the Dream Downtown is the latest addition to the Vikram Chatwal Hotel portfolio. This luxury property features 315 loft-inspired rooms and a rooftop lounge with city views.
Ace Hotel New York (20 W. 29th St.)
If you're looking for an inexpensive place to stay, there's the Ace Hotel New York. The 4.3-star hotel has rooms for $84/night.
The Ace Hotel New York is a 12-story hotel in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The new boutique hotel has 269 rooms and is located near the Theater District.
Local restaurant picks
New York City has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.
Levain Bakery (167 W. 74th St.)
First things first: dessert. For a popular option, check out Levain Bakery, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 42 reviews on Skyscanner.
"The chocolate chip walnut cookie here is amazing!" wrote visitor Sandy.
Red Rooster (310 Lenox Ave.)
If you're looking for a local favorite restaurant pick, head to the Red Rooster, with 4.5 stars from 56 reviews.
The Red Rooster is part of the vibrant Harlem community. The menu reflects the roots of American cuisine while celebrating local farmers and artisanal food makers. The Red Rooster features a takeout market, bar and restaurant.
The Meatball Shop (84 Stanton St.)
Also worth considering is The Meatball Shop, with 4.6 stars from 49 reviews.
"These are the best meatballs I have ever had," wrote ABelle.
What to see and do in New York City
To round out your trip, New York City offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park (334 Furman St.)
First up is The Brooklyn Bridge Park. It has 4.6 stars from 469 reviews.
Located in the heart of New York City, The Brooklyn Bridge Park is a great place for tourists and residents to visit. This park is located beside the Brooklyn Bridge, considered one of the portals into the city and although the park itself is simple, it also offers an amazing view of the entire city.
The High Line Park
The High Line Park is another popular destination. It has 4.7 stars from 390 reviews.
This repurposing of the old railroad line running through the Meatpacking District of Manhattan has become an outdoor favorite for locals and tourists alike. With wood-planked floors and landscaping, the High Line is a great place to escape the craziness of the city and enjoy a few quiet moments.
"This is the best place I have found to walk in the city yet," wrote visitor Lars.
The Statue of Liberty
Finally, spend some time at The Statue of Liberty, with 4.6 stars from 410 reviews.
A symbol of the country's possibilities, the Statue of Liberty National Monument includes nearby Ellis Island, where many European immigrants started on their journey of becoming Americans.
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