Offbeat Things to Do in New York City

by Laura Kalinowski Google
New York City is the second most visited U.S. city, according to

New York City is the second most visited U.S. city, according to "USA Today."

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New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States, known for traffic-heavy destinations such as Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. For the more adventurous traveler -- to whom falling in line with the rest of the tourists may seem mundane -- New York City has plenty of hidden treasures off the beaten bath.

Through the Looking Glass

Although New York City's most famous statue rests in the Upper Bay, another well-known lady can be found nestled in the city's largest park. Alice in Wonderland, along with the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat can be found in eastern Central Park, near 74th street. The large bronze statue doubles as a jungle gym for eager children who regularly climb the statue to sit on the mushroom next to Alice. All visitors are welcome to climb the statue and take pictures.


Taking the dinner party mystery theater to the streets of Manhattan, Accomplice ( puts guests in groups of 10 out on the streets to interact with actors and find clues to solve a mysterious plot. The "show" lasts about three hours, and tickets are $65 per person as of September of 2011. The tour stretches across several Manhattan neighborhoods, from Chinatown to the Financial District. The ticket price includes the show, as well as appetizers and drinks. This interactive, improv experience is recommended for adventurous tourists ages 15 and up.

Fit for a Ninja

For those who tend to side with ninjas on the pirates versus ninjas battle, Ninja New York ( is an ideal dining locale. The restaurant is set up to resemble a ninja castle, with mazes and "clever contraptions," and offers the lowest-priced Sapporo in New York City, at $2.95 a glass, as of September of 2011. This ice-cold Sapporo is served by each guest's own personal ninja server. Special course menus begin at $38.

Let's Talk About Sex

This Manhattan museum is no laughing matter -- the Museum of Sex ( hosts a virtual and artifact history of the evolution of sex. The media library showcases a history of sexual films, and the museum's theater showcases different types of exotic dance. Following an afternoon of learning, guests can stop at Oralfix for some aphrodisiacs. Tickets are $17.50 plus tax, as of September of 2011. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This museum is for guests 18 and up.

About the Author

Laura Kalinowski has been a professional writer since 2001. She has written for print, television and online publications, including "The Weekly Standard" and Wisconsin Public Television. Kalinowski holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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