She encouraged everyone to try something new.
Visitors who want to take in all New York has to offer during the holiday season should take a walk down Fifth Avenue to see the decorated window displays. A stop over at Times Square will let people see the setup for the annual New Year's Eve ball drop, which will be taking place just a few days after the bowl game.
People up to the challenge the brave the cold -- and the crowds -- on New Year's Eve should plan to arrive at Times Square early in the morning to secure a good spot for the ball drop.
Clarksburg native Emily Shaffer said ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a must, but if people are worried about crowds they can head over to Bryant Park on the Avenue of Americas to skate.
Admission to the Rockefeller Center rink is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Skate rentals are an additional $10.
But stopping and looking at the Rockefeller Center tree, which is decorated with 30,000 LED bulbs that stretch across five miles of wire, according to TimeOut New York, is free.
For another free light show, head over to Madison Square Park to see a pair of illuminated geodesic spheres, one inside the other.
The 20-feet-in-diameter Buckyball sculpture by artist Leo Villareal is composed of multicolored LED tubes that put on a changing light show. Lounging in one of the surrounding wooden zero gravity chairs will make the viewing a special experience.
Lemanski added that visitors should avoid cabs if possible, and take time to walk around the city.
"Walking and riding the subway is the best way to get a feel for New York City. You get to see so much and actually experience the different people and sounds and smells," she said.
"You can see where Bob Dylan hung out or where the Beat generation lived. Every famous person has spent time here, so you're constantly walking in their footprints," Lemanski said.
People interested in art can check out any of the more than 80 museums, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the American Museum of Natural History.
For something new, the Museum of Mathematics on East 26th St between Fifth and Madison avenues opened its doors on Dec. 15. The museum is not just a learning experience, but "a place to realize all the remarkable things math can be used to create.
Its more than 30 interactive exhibits include the Wall of Fire, a laser "wall" that shows visitors that cross-sections aren't always what you think they are; and Math Square, a Jumbotron on the floor that connects each person standing on it by the shortest path possible, changing the moment anyone moves, according to TimeOut New York.
Admission to the museum is $15 for adults and $9 for children.
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