- 1 Statue of Liberty
- 2 Central Park
- 3 Rockefeller Center & Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- 4 Metropolitan Museum of Art
- 5 Broadway and the Theater District
- 6 Empire State Building
- 7 9/11 Memorial and Museum
- 8 Brooklyn Bridge
- 9 Fifth Avenue
- 10 Grand Central Terminal
- 11 High Line
- 12 Times Square
- 13 One World Observatory
- 14 The Frick Collection
- 15 New York Public Library
- 16 Wall Street
- 17 Radio City Music Hall
- 18 St. Patrick’s Cathedral
- 19 Carnegie Hall
- 20 Bryant Park
Here are some of the things to do in New York City during your stay.
Statue of Liberty
One of the most iconic statues in America, built in 1886, is a gift to America from France. It is also one of the largest statues in the world, with a height of over 150 feet. You will have the best view of the Statue of Liberty from Liberty Island, which you can reach by boat. Of course, it can be seen from many other places on land.
On your way to this historic monument (and if you’re interested in history at all), be sure to stop by the Immigration Museum, where you’ll learn more about the stories of immigrants who moved to the United States.
With a pre-purchased ticket, you can see the statue from the inside. The queues in the season are big, but the wait is worth it.
Tours to visit the statue and Ellis Island with access to the most interesting museums are available nearby
The huge Central Park is 2.5 miles long and half a mile wide, which gives you enough space for a walk along its alleys or a carriage tour. In winter, you can have fun skating in the Wollman Rink.
Here you can visit a number of attractions that are located within the park. Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, and the Lake. are great activities for families or just for a relaxing walk. Most of the seats are free, making Central Park a pretty budget opportunity to spend your day in New York.
Rockefeller Center & Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Rockefeller Center is located in Manhattan and is home to Rockefeller Plaza – a huge skyscraper with a beautiful view of New York. Most of the media buildings are located in the area. Top of the Rock Observation Deck, which reveals the most beautiful view over Manhattan, has three observation platforms on the 67th, 69th, and 70th floors. There are covered and uncovered parts of the tower that allow you to observe the view regardless of weather conditions.
At the base of the tower you can have fun like winter skiing, and during the Christmas holidays a huge Christmas tree is placed in front of the ice rink. Last but not least, one of the landmarks here is the bronze sculpture of Atlas.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
With a wealth of 2 million exhibits spanning 5,000 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met, is one of the most famous museums in the United States. It was established in 1870 and is divided into three sections.
The Met Fifth Avenue is the central collection, which has exhibits of Egyptian culture, photographs, ancient armor, decorative art, musical instruments.
If the museum is particularly interesting to you, you can buy a VIP pass, which allows you to visit the museum before its official opening (only 25 people are allowed). The Met Cloisters is another famous part of the museum that focuses on modern art.
Broadway and the Theater District
The name Broadway usually refers to Broadway theater, which is one of the must-see stops on your trip. Here is an endless choice of shows to enjoy – classic or contemporary. Buy your tickets in advance to make sure you don’t have to wait in long queues and you won’t be disappointed if the tickets run out. Definitely, this is one of the best things to do in New York City.
Shubert Alley is the pedestrian zone of the Theater District, where many playhouses are located. Historically, many actors have come here to find a way to start their careers.
Sardi’s restaurant, where you can see many famous actors, and the Music Box Theater are other most beloved places.
Empire State Building
The 381-meter-tall Empire State Building is one of New York’s most iconic sites. For 41 years, the building held the record for the tallest building in the world (before the construction of the World Trade Center). The Empire State Building has two observation platforms that reveal a view of 8 miles in diameter.
The 86th Floor Observatory offers an air-conditioned indoor area and an outdoor platform and is the highest outdoor viewing spot in the city.
The other platform is lower and is called Top Deck on the 102nd Floor.
The queues for visiting the Empire State Building are always long and you can waste a lot of time waiting. You have the option to buy Skip the Line Ticket which will reduce the time a lot.
9/11 Memorial and Museum
Hardly anyone in the world has not heard of the destruction of the World Trade Center by a suicide pilot on September 11, 2001. Today, a National September 11 Memorial was built on the site of the two buildings in honor of all 3,000 lives lost during of the attack, as well as the six killed during a bombing in 1993.
The memorial is surrounded by greenery, and on the site of the two buildings are created two huge pools along with the largest manmade waterfalls in northern America. The pools are surrounded by bronze panels inscribed with the names of the victims. The 9/11 Memorial Museum, which is also built around the ruins of the World Trade Center, manages to preserve parts of its structure by combining them with impressive glass architecture.
Your visit to the 9/11 Museum should be planned and tickets purchased in advance, as this is one of the most famous tourist destinations. There are also a number of places to explore, such as the Westfield World Trade Center, along with the Oculus Plaza, shops and restaurants.
Built in the late 19th century, the Brooklyn Bridge is the world’s first steel suspension bridge and today has become one of the hallmarks of New York. The Gothic style of its architecture is impressive. Of course, you can see this view from many places in Manhattan or from a ferry, but the best way is to go through the wooden walkway, which rises above the busy traffic (allowed only for pedestrians and cyclists). The walk will take you to one of the observation platforms, right next to a granite tower.
Fifth Avenue is a paradise for shopping lovers. Here some of the world’s most famous brands such as Tiffany and Cartier have stores. Even if you are not the biggest fan of this type of entertainment, you will surely find what to do in one of the most famous areas of New York from Central Park to New York Public Library.
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Station, as this landmark is called, is one of the architectural wonders of New York. The terminal was built in 1913 as one of the stations for the local metro and trains. The restored old ceilings are especially beautiful. In the building itself you will find a number of shops and restaurants.
High Line was used as a great line in the past, but today it has become one of the great tractions – a linear public park, which allows you to walk over the city streets surrounded by flowering trees. This is a great way to escape the urban atmosphere of Manhattan. You can reach this hiking route from many points along its stairs or elevator.
During your walk you will observe art installations, glass walls and benches on which to relax. Although the line is not very high, the view is impressive. One of the places you should not miss to see is the multi-level structure of Hudson Yards. In the south you can enjoy delicious food and first-class restaurants in the Meatpacking District. If you want to go shopping the Chelsea Market is your place.
Times Square is one of the brightest places in New York. At night the view of the shining billboards is dizzying, during the day you will also be impressed. This is also the place where the New York’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations take place. This is the name of the place since 1904, and before that it was known as Longacre Square.
One World Observatory
One World Observatory is one of New York’s newer landmarks, located at the top of the One World Trade Center building. Here you will have the opportunity to observe the hectic daily life of the city from a height of over 1700 feet. The very appearance of the building is impressive, built mainly of glass with atypical angles and a distinctive appearance. Even the elevator, which will take you over 100 floors, is an attraction, representing the development of New York from agricultural land to the present day.
The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection is one of the most famous museums in the city. The name of the museum comes from the donor of the building and the original art collection – Henry Clay Frick. Today the museum has 16 galleries and a wide range of works of art, porcelain, paintings and furniture. Monet, Rembrandt and Bellini are just some of the famous names you will find here. The halls are surrounded by flower gardens and greener
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library was established in 1911 and is a tourist attraction because of its impressive interior and architecture. A number of movies and TV shows have been shot here. The Main Reading Room is as large as two town blocks, and the periodical press room includes over 10,000 editions. Surprisingly, the exact name of the library is actually Stephen A. Schwarzman building.
Wall Street stretches from Broadway to South Street and is home to some of the world’s most important financial exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ, and the New York Mercantile Exchange. If you decide to visit this place, you can also visit nearby attractions such as Trinity Church and Federal Hall.
Radio City Music Hall
Radio City Music Hall is located near Rockefeller Center. This Art Deco theater was built in 1931 with funding from Rockefeller, and at that time was the largest indoor theater in the world. Events like the Grammy Awards and Tony Awards take place here today.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The Gothic style, the massive bronze doors, the capacity of 2400 seats and the Grat Organ will amaze you when visiting St. Patrick’s Cathedral. After the building was partially demolished at the end of the 19th century, $ 200 million was invested in the renovation until 2016, so that today believers and tourists can visit it and be amazed by this experience.
Carnegie Hall opened its doors as the largest concert hall in New York as early as 1891. Names like Tchaikovsky and Leonard Bernstein took part here. The hall is considered to have one of the best acoustics in the world. There are a number of organized tours that will allow you to learn much more about Carnegie Hall and explore its architecture.
Bryant Park offers you the opportunity to spend a quiet day walking, among the green alleys, or playing chess and backgammon (for a low fee). The park is located near the City Library. In the past, this area was known more as a criminal area, but today the diligence of the municipality has made it an ideal place for walks and games.
New York is truly a city where you can’t be bored, regardless of your hobbies. Architecture, history, art, entertainment and nightlife, shopping or just a quiet day in nature – there are plenty of things to do in New York City. Plan your vacation in advance, because there are many attractions and you will certainly need enough time to see as many of them as possible.