1:The best of New York
Looking south at the New York City skyline in Lower Manhattan at sunset.
If this is your first or second trip to New York City. It can be pretty unbelievable when you’re trying to choose among all the enticing attractions. It’s not known as the Big Apple: New York City is the major center of the worlds of entertainment, finance, fashion, music, art, theater, literature, and architecture. This is a scene with a lot of history as a bonus. You can’t see it in one trip. Many of the attractions on this list are iconic New York City institutions and are likely to be on your list. The selections are in no particular order. They are all top attractions. If you have enough time after visiting these landmarks, visit Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park, shop on Fifth Avenue, ride on top of the One World Observatory, take a walk on the High Line, and skip the bars in the Meatpacking District.
2:Statue of Liberty
The 1886 Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States during the French Revolution to commemorate the friendship established between the newly formed United States of America and France. It has become a symbol of American freedom and welcomes immigrants who come to America in search of a better life.
Only visitors who are fit and planning ahead can visit the Statue of Liberty’s crown, as tickets limit access to about 240 people a day. Even if you can’t visit the crown, a visit to Liberty Island is very rewarding. It was amazing to see the Statue of Liberty Island and realize how big it is. Ranger-led island tours are free and provide a wealth of information about the Statue of Liberty and its history.
Approximately 22 million annual riders and approximately 1.5 million Staten Island Ferry passengers are tourists who take free rides on iconic New York scenery. Passengers and tourists can see New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty on this hour-long drive between Lower Manhattan and St. George, Staten Island.
3:Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is New York City’s most iconic and recognized symbol and a visit to this legendary building and its observation deck is a must. This classic New York City attraction offers millions of visitors each year spectacular views of New York City and its surrounding areas from the 86th; and 102nd-floor observation decks. The Empire State Building, which opened during the Great Depression in 1931; reflects its Art Deco era in its architecture and lobby. Buying tickets to the observation deck in advance can cut down on wait times, which is especially important if you’re in New York City during the peak holiday season.
4:Metropolitan Museum of Art
More than 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history are housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, America’s premier art museum. If you’re an art lover, the Met is well worth a visit for its vast and diverse collection. There’s no way to see everything this museum has to offer in one day, but in just a few hours you can taste its most important gems.
5:Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Founded in 1929 as the first museum entirely dedicated to contemporary art, the Museum of Modern Art has an impressive collection of modern art. From painting and sculpture to film and architecture, MoMA’s diverse collection has something for everyone. Don’t miss its gift shop, where you can buy elegant souvenirs for your trip.
6:American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History has grown since it opened to the public in 1869. In addition to the Ross Center’s planetarium and permanent exhibitions, the museum hosts a series of temporary exhibitions. It’s a beautiful place for kids, with IMAX TV shows and a discovery center full of activities for kids. A food court and several cafes offer visitors a variety of dining options and the opportunity to refuel during long-term visits.
7:Grand Central Station
Grand Central Station is both an important transportation hub in New York City and a true example of the fine art architecture.
Renovations since opening in 1913 have made Grand Central more than just a transportation hub. You can shop, eat, and just be amazed by this architectural landmark of New York City. Its special attractions include Campbell Apartments, the Whisper Gallery outside the oyster bar; and the main kiosk clock, making it a particularly special destination, and it’s all free.
Since the mid-1800s, Central Park’s 843 acres have provided an excellent escape from New York City’s concrete jungle, and 42 million people visit the oasis each year. New Yorkers and tourists come to Central Park to exercise, relax, and explore year-round.
One of the reasons Central Park is such a magical place is that no matter how many times you visit. There is always something new to discover or explore. Visitors can enjoy a picnic in Central Park, watch a SummerStage concert, or even take part in free walking tours offered by the Central Park Reserve.
Central Park was the first major landscaped park in the United States and was designed by Frederick Raulmstead and Calvert Walkers. The pair designed Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, which is smaller but beautiful and an awesome attraction in Brooklyn.
Rockefeller Center is a major place for tourists any time of year. But while the holidays it’s famous for its Christmas tree and ice skating rink. Constructed during the Great Depression, the complex’s Art Deco architecture. The works of art make it a destination value even without all the shops, restaurants, and events happening.
In addition to the Christmas tree and ice skating rink. The Midtown Manhattan landmark offers visitors the wonderful Rock Observation Deck where you can enjoy Manhattan views from the 850-foot-high street. A concert at Radio City Music Hall, Shows, and performances throughout the year.
10:Brooklyn Bridge and Lower Manhattan
The Brooklyn Bridge from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights, across the East River. It is an authentic New York experience that is often dramatized as scenes in movies and TV shows. It is free and magnificent. Stroll along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on the Brooklyn side for spectacular views of Lower Manhattan; and buy dogs from street vendors on the Manhattan side, across from City Hall Park.
11:Broadway and Theater District
Broadway, the Great White Road, is a New York legend. It runs from West 41st Street to West 54th Street and from Sixth to Eighth Streets. It’s home to the 39 Broadway Theater, and for many visitors to New York City; it’s a major reason to go. Dinner and theater is an authentic New York experience, and this is where you’ll find it.
Times Square, with its beautiful lights and legendary status, attracts more than 400,000 people every day. It’s a busy place with many tourists typical of New York City. Neighborhoods became more friendly, with less traffic and more plazas, seats, and tables to relax and watch people. And food carts where you can get a snack and a drink to refuel.
It will be impressive after dark in Times Square when the glow from billboards and street signs makes it hard to believe it’s night.
World Trade Center Memorial, New York City
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum needs no introduction or explanation. The twin reflecting pool.