Thursday, 3 January 2013 9:51 AM
If you're heading to New York soon on a trip to the USA, you'll no doubt have lots of things you're keen to do. While you'll most likely want to include a trip to the city's most famous sights – such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and the Statue of Liberty – on your itinerary, it is also worth exploring other areas.
Here are just a few of the places you can explore to really experience what it is like to live in New York.
o Watch a game of baseball
Whether you're a big baseball fan or not, it is worth heading to the Yankee Stadium to watch one of the city's biggest teams perform. The Yankees and the Mets are the two sides based here and many people fill up their venues every week for the big games. You can experience the support, enthusiasm and passion for the sport by sitting among fans.
If you happen to be in New York City (NYC) when a game isn't taking place, you can take a 45-minute tour of the stadium instead.
o Experience New Jersey in Hoboken
NYC is full of exciting attractions to visit, but if you want to learn more about the history of the wider area, head to New Jersey. Here, you can see how people conduct their daily lives outside of the busy inner city.
Hoboken is a great destination to visit, as it is only a short trip out of NYC and you can access it via the subway, ferry, bus, light rail or transit rail. You can just walk around the area to see what a traditional New Jersey location looks like, take in an amazing view of New York's skyline or head to one of its many restaurants to sample the array of cuisines from all over the world that are on offer here.
Its Italian, Mexican, Cuban, Asian, European and Middle Eastern residents have changed the face of dining in Hoboken, and you can find a variety of international dishes here. It is still worth tucking into traditional American food, with diners and cafes serving huge breakfasts and restaurants offering seafood recipes from the south and delicious grilled meats aplenty in Hoboken.
o Go for a walk on Roosevelt Island
You might not always want to be in the busy city centre during your time in New York, in which case you can head to Roosevelt Island, which is an islet dedicated to America's 26th president Theodore Roosevelt.
It was named in the 1930s in honour of the politician, who was a keen conservationist, with the island formerly being known as Mason's Island.
o Enjoy the outdoors at East River park
Another place that will allow you to enjoy being out in the open is East River Park. While most holidaymakers head straight for Central Park to get back to nature on their New York trip, this lesser-known area is still definitely worth visiting.
It covers 57 acres and, if you come here, you can go cycling, stretch your legs walking and watch children play in some of the sports fields when they're not having fun in the playgrounds. East River Park also offers great views of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges, so make sure you bring your camera when you come here.
If you're coming to New York on a Cunard cruise or another liner, this is a great opportunity for you to explore the city and its surroundings before combining your holiday with trips to other destinations, allowing you to enjoy a lot of interesting experiences on one getaway.