Top 10 Must See Attractions New York
The Big Apple has so many tourist attractions that it will be difficult to choose the best ones to see if you are in NYC for a short visit. There are hundreds of attractions to choose from, but here are the the ones that we believe everyone who visits New York City MUST see.
Top 10 Must See Tourist Spots in NYC, New York, USA
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is visible from almost anywhere in New York City and when you take a trip to it’s 86th floor outdoor observatory, you will be rewarded with breathtaking 360 degree views of the city. For an additional charge, you can go up to the 102nd floor enclosed observatory as well. Though the Empire State Building is not the tallest building in New York anymore (the Freedom Tower / World Trade Center 1 building which is still under construction now holds that distinction), it’s still the best view that money can buy in NY.
Statue of LibertyLocated on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty is an absolute must see for all visitors to NYC. Liberty Island is accessible by Circle Line – Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc. ferries only. One round trip ferry ticket includes visits to Liberty and Ellis Islands.
You will definitely feel like you are at “the crossroads of the world” when you visit Times Square (42nd Street) with huge flashing lights, giant screens and neon signs everywhere. Be sure to stop by the Times Square Visitors Center to obtain free maps and brochures with valuable savings to many New York attractions. Multilingual tourist counselors are also available to answer your questions for free.
The Central Park extends from 59th to 110th streets and 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue. It is home to a zoo, playgrounds, skating rinks and a lot more. One of the most romantic and popular ways to see Central Park is from a horse-drawn carriage.
Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock
The Rockefeller Center has everything from shopping to fine dining to great entertainment, all in one spot. The NBC studios and the World famous ice skating rink are located here. During Christmas time, the whole place turns into a Winter Wonderland with the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and beautiful lights and decorations everywhere.
Tours are available of the Rockefeller Center as well as NBC studios. The Top of the Rock Observatory offers breath-taking views of the city as well as the Empire State Building. Though the Top of the Rock is nearly 200 feet lower from ground level than the Empire State Building Observatory, it offers a different perspective. However, we recommend you choose to visit only one of the observatories during your time in NYC.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art or “The Met” as it’s popularly known, is one of the largest museums in the world. It has specimens of different categories of art from all over the world during every epoch of recorded time. Going through the entire Met is a full day affair. Within are more than two million works of art including arts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Egypt, Greece, Rome, medieval art, musical instruments, photographs, and 20th-century art. The museum is located on the “Museum Mile”, which is a stretch of 5th Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets. Nine world class museums including the Guggenheim museum are located on the Museum Mile.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is a great place to spend a day,especially for families with kids. Founded in 1869, the AMNH has something that will spark the curiosity of people of every age. Whether you are interested in dinosaurs, neanderthals or meteors, you’ll find it at the Museum of Natural History. Be sure to check out the life-size replica of a blue whale hanging from the ceiling of the Hall of Ocean Life.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax MuseumIf you have ever wanted to get up-close and personal with your favorite celebrities, then you cannot miss the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in New York. You will be able to mingle with nearly 200 amazingly life-like wax statues of the biggest stars in entertainment and sports or historical and political iconic figures. You can stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone from Abraham Lincoln and Gandhi to Beyonce, Johnny Depp or Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson.
United Nations BuildingWhen you walk on to the premises of the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, you are officially not standing on American soil anymore, but on international territory! We suggest you take a very informative guided tour of the facility that will let you go into the Security Council room, the General Assembly room and many others. There is definitely something cool about being in a room where the leaders of all the countries in the world have been!!
If you have seen postcards of New York City, we bet you have come across quite a few featuring The Brooklyn Bridge. Built in 1883, it’s one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US. Take a relaxing walk along the Brooklyn Bridge to catch some spectacular views of the New York skyline and also the Statue of Liberty at a distance. You can choose to walk all the way across to Brooklyn where you can visit the gorgeous Brooklyn Bridge Park at the foot of the bridge or you can take a short walk up the Brooklyn Bridge to see the sights and make your way back into Manhattan.