Tribeca is one of the most under-rated neighborhoods in New York.

It’s got tons of iconic restaurants, fun outdoor activities, museums, and tons of history.

I really love spending summer afternoons strolling around the neighborhood with coffee before meeting friends for brunch.

Once a summer we do brunch, then play mini golf, before heading to Grand Banks for afternoon cocktails and some sun. 

Honestly, it’s one of the annual routines I’ve really missed now that I’m always traveling during the summers.

If you’re in town during the summer, I highly suggest having a chill afternoon using that afternoon as an itinerary.

For more ideas on things to do in Tribeca, check out the list below.

Best Things to Do in Tribeca

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1. Visit The Ghostbusters’ Headquarters

Hopefully, you’ve seen the original Ghostbusters, but even if you haven’t, you’ve definitely seen the many reboots being advertised over the last couple years.

If you’re a massive fan, you can buy patches and t-shirts inside the station.

This NYC Fire Department is still in operation, so be careful if the sirens go off while you’re taking your selfie in front of it or next to the pavement graffiti.

Address: 14 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

2. Have an Indulgent Breakfast

Tribeca has a bunch of really delicious spots, but my favorite is Bubby’s.

They serve up fluffy pancakes that quickly became a cult-classic amongst locals and celebs.

Fair warning though, if you don’t have a reservation, expect a bit of a wait.

Address: 120 Hudson Street (on the corner of N. Moore Street)

3. Have a Drink on a Boat

If you’re in town when the weather is just right, head to Grand Banks, a seasonal floating oyster bar on the Hudson.

This is one of my favorite places to have a bottle of wine and oysters with friends during the summer.

It’s a great way to chill on a boat, get some sun, and catch up with everyone.

If you get seasick, skip this place, since the waves are always present.

Address: Park, Pier 25 Hudson River, New York, NY 10013

4. Grab Something Sweet

Tribeca has a bunch of cute bakeries, so when you feel your energy waning, head to one of these popular sweet spots:

5. Go to the 9/11 Museum

This is a place you’ll want to spend at least two to three hours walking through.

Parts of the museum are really tough, but it’s a place everyone should see while they’re in town.

You’ll hear and see the story of 9/11 through media, artifacts, and personal narratives about the time surrounding September 11th.

Address: 92 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10006

Book your admission early for the best availability!

6. Visit the September 11th Memorial

Don’t forget to stop by the September 11th Memorial to pay your respects to those that were lost.

It’s free to visit, and worth walking around.

The memorial is built in the footprints of where the original Twin Towers stood.

Address: 180 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10007

Book one of these popular walking tours to learn more.

7. Check Out the View at One World Observatory

While you’re nearby, take a trip up to One World Observatory to see stunning views of the city.

If you can, time your visit for sunset, it’s truly magical!

On a clear day, they say you can see five different states from the observation deck.

They also have a restaurant at the top, if you’re looking to have dinner with a view.

Address: 117 West St, New York, NY 10006

Reserve your timed-entry early to guarantee your spot at the top!

8. Catch a Film at the Tribeca Film Festival

Every spring Tribeca Film Festival takes over the neighborhood with film premieres and parties.

It’s a fun time to try your hand at spotting celebrities, but it’s even more fun if you score a ticket to one of the films playing.

Head to their official website about a month before the festival to try your hand at snagging tickets to one of the popular indie films, talks, or events.

9. Hit Up a Bookshop

One of my favorite things to do on lazy afternoons is to stroll around cute bookshops looking for my next page-turner.

I end up wandering around Tribeca often after brunch, and these are some of my favorite book stores to browse:

10. See the African Burial Ground National Monument

This is a museum everyone should visit in their lifetime. It’s eye-opening to hear the stories of slavery and about what slaves in New York went through in the city’s early days. 

The staff at the African Burial Ground National Monument are really friendly and quick to answer questions you have. 

11. Grab a Delicious Lunch

Tribeca’s got a bunch of fantastic lunch options.

Just head to one of these popular eateries when you feel hungry.

One of my favorite things to do on lazy afternoons is to stroll around cute bookshops looking for my next page-turner.

12. Stroll Around New York Art Center

Head to the New York Art Center to check out the latest art exhibitions. 

Every time I swing by here, I end up discovering cool new artists to follow.

Who knows, one day I may even have the extra cash to become a buyer.

Address: 7 Franklin Pl g2, New York, NY 10013

13. Paint a Masterpiece at Muse Paintbar

I’ve been dying to go to one of the Sip and Paint parties here ever since my friend told me about them.

Muse hosts both public and private events, including themed nights.

If you’re looking for some low key fun in Tribeca, this is the place to go.

Address: 329 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

14. Play Mini Golf at Pier 25

Who doesn’t love a competitive game of mini golf?

The course at Pier 25 is perfect for families and adults who want to have a drink while playing 18 holes.

It’s also a brilliant spot to hit up either before or after grabbing oysters and wine at Grand Banks, which is a floating bar further down the pier.

Address: 225 West St, New York, NY 10013

15. Check Out the Architecture

Don’t forget to look up while you’re walking around the neighborhood.

Tribeca has a bunch of interesting history and both gorgeous architecture, pre-civil war and modern buildings. 

While you’re walking around, keep your eye out for the Jenga Building, which resembles a Jenga game, and 12 Warren Street which whose exterior was carved out of quarry stones.

Learn a bit of history while you check out the architecture with one of these popular tours!

16. Grab a Gourmet Meal

Tribeca’s got some fantastic restaurants for dinner, especially if you’re doing a date night or evening out with friends.

These are some of my favorite places to go:

17. Check Out the Jackie Robinson Museum

I haven’t been here yet, since the museum only opened this year, but I have a feeling fans of these popular athletes are going to love it.

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American baseball player to play in the Major League when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Address: 75 Varick St, New York, NY 10013

18. Go Kayaking at Pier 25

Head to Pier 26 when the weather is nice between June and September for a bit of free kayaking.

Fair warning, you’ll probably get wet, and you might have to wait in line, but it’s worth it.

Address: Pier 26, New York, NY 10013

19. Hit Up a “Secret Concert”

Sofar Sounds sets up a bunch incredible “secret” concerts around the city every week, occasionally they’re in Tribeca.

The show I went to had some absolutely amazing performers.

Check out there schedule to see where the next show will be!

Sofar Sounds

Each concert features three mystery performers in a surprise location. Book early to guarantee entry!

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20. Check Out City Hall

If you’re into Law & Order, you’ll want to take a bit of time to walk by City Hall.

Did you know it’s one of the oldest continuously used City Hall in the nation?

It also still performs all the roles in government that they designed it for back in the day. 

If you want the full experience, book one of their weekly tours early, as they do sell-out.

Address: 217 Broadway, New York, NY 10007

Final Thoughts

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I hope this list helps you discover all the best parts of Tribeca.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve found any new cool things to do in Tribeca. 

I’m always looking for more fun in the neighborhood!

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