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Best Ways to Celebrate Your 21st Birthday in NYC

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New York City is well-known as being the city that never sleeps, and you can bet that you won’t sleep a wink as you get excited about celebrating your 21st birthday. On top of hosting around-the-clock entertainment and dining options, the city is also surrounded by gorgeous blue water that lets you watch the skyline drift away as you jet off to see new sights such as the Statue of Liberty.

The Big Apple has something for everyone, and you can start exploring these 21st birthday ideas that NYC visitors and residents alike will help you maximize every minute of your big day.

Go Out to a Nice Restaurant

The Empire State is chock full of delightful restaurants, making them one of the best places to go for your 21st birthday in NYC. You can never go wrong with planning a nice birthday meal, either, and New York has options for birthdays under 21 that will elevate your party to a new level. While you might’ve been fine having a generic pizza party in high school, times have changed.

You’ll find some of the finest cuisines in NYC that range from innovative gourmet meals to new takes on your favorite classic dishes. If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, then check out the menu options at Kumi where the chef blends Korean flavors into the menu.

If you still like pizza, then try out the Bluefin Tuna option that beats anything you’ll find in your hometown. Or head over to LAVO where you can find gourmet Italian food, including brick oven pizza, before you head down to their club for some musical entertainment.

See a Broadway Show

Another exciting birthday party idea is watching a Broadway show, and going to one is the epitome of being an adult who enjoys the finer things in life. NYC has a constantly rotating schedule of shows to check out, and you’re guaranteed to find one that you’ll enjoy.

Keep in mind that Broadway tickets sell out fast, which means you’ll want to include looking at the latest calendar of events as part of your birthday planning checklist. As you do, keep in mind that you can find afternoon shows that allow you to create more room for taking in that beautiful NYC sunset in the evening.

Go Jet Skiing & See the New York Skyline

Being immersed in the city that never sleeps is an experience all in itself, but you also don’t get the full effect of the skyline when you’re running amidst the crowds and touring the Empire State Building.

Jet skiing is one of the more off-the-map adventures that you can plan for your 21st birthday in NYC. While most people don’t think about heading away from the crowds, you can plan to step away from it all and see the city from a different perspective. This is also are great idea for your 30th birthday in NYC.

Sea the City’s jet ski tours are perfectly suited to beginners, which means that you can usher in your 21st year with a brand new experience while still being under the care of a safety-minded tour guide.

Even if you’re an experienced rider, you’ll find that jet skiing around the harbor is much different from other places. Here, you’ll be able to see the beautiful NYC skyline along with other popular sites such as the Brooklyn Bridge.

We even offer winter tours that can let you see the skyline lit up in all its holiday glory, which can make being born during the colder season all the merrier.

Laugh at a Local Comedy Club

Starting your life as an official adult off with laughter is a great way to set the stage for a happy future. Since you’re already looking for a fun time, adding a comedy club to your itinerary is the perfect way to get everyone in party mode.

Two of the best comedy clubs in the world exist in NYC, and you might want to check out The Comic Strip Live or the Gotham Comedy Club for your night out on the town. Both of these options include some of the world’s top talent for comedy shows, and you never know when an alumnus such as Adam Sandler might drop in.

Like others before you, you just might get the chance to see an up-and-coming comedian before they hit the big time, and that’s worth some serious bragging rights when you’re celebrating your 30th.

Just remember that your friends might let it slip that it’s your birthday, which might lead to some serious ribbing from the night’s comedian. Remember to take it all in stride, and enjoy being in the spotlight, even if it’s just for the night.

Go on a Hot Tub Boat Tour

Hot tub boat tours are literally one of the hottest 21st birthday ideas that NYC has to offer. While most other boat tours leave you with nothing to do but stand around on the deck, our unique watercraft is outfitted with not one but two hot tubs that let you soak in style.

Each hot tub holds 10 people, and you have the option of booking both or just one to fit your party crowd’s needs. There’s also a bathroom and changing room on board along with coolers for your favorite party drink, which you can enjoy as you float along the harbor with a USCG licensed Master Captain at the helm.

You can choose to take the tour as a standalone adventure or pair it with a ride into NYC for your birthday meal and comedy show. Either way, you’ll remember the pure luxury of lounging with your friends as you view the magnificent Manhattan skyline.

Start Planning Your 21st Birthday Adventure

We hope you enjoyed our list of NYC celebration ideas! When your 21st birthday party is just around the corner, you don’t have time to waste with planning an adventure that you’ll always remember.

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Sea the City Jet Ski tours offer a unique way for tourists and New Yorkers alike to get up close to the sights and attractions on their very own Jet Ski. Book online today!

What you’ll see: Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island, Freedom Tower, Janes Carousel, One Brooklyn Park, South Street Seaport, Empire State Building, and more!