New York City is famously known as the city that never sleeps. And that’s a good thing, because there’s so much to see in this pulsing, vibrant destination, that you’ll have your days and nights packed with things to do.
Empire State Building interior
Head to the Empire State Building for panoramic views across 6 states from the highest 360-degree open-air vantage point in New York City.

1. Visit the Empire State Building

One of New York City’s most interesting buildings, the Empire State Building is an Art Deco icon. Soaring 1,250 feet above the city, a trip to the top is a must. Head to the observatory on the 86th floor and soak up the Big Apple from above. Before you leave, pause to take a picture in the Fifth Avenue lobby — it’s been featured in a handful of films and is a must for your Big Apple bucket list.

Woman photographing the Statue of Liberty
Visit the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, and more with a priority ticket.

2. Fall in love with Lady Liberty

Visiting this symbol of freedom and hope is a must for history lovers. A gift from France in 1886, the copper statue turned its signature light green over time as the metal oxidized. To see the statue in all her glory, hop on a ferry and visit Lady Liberty with a priority ticket. This will give you pedestal access (the views!), entry to the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum, and an audio guide. 

Helicopter flight over Manhattan
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of New York’s Manhattan Island on a sightseeing helicopter flight.

3. See the sights from the sky

The Manhattan skyline is one of the most recognizable cityscapes in the world. Take it in with one of the most fun things to do in New York City: a helicopter flight. Board a specialty chopper with floor-to-ceiling convex windows for maximum views (and pack your camera). Your pro pilot will take you past famous buildings and sights from a completely new perspective in this thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Cyclists in Central Park
Experience New York City’s major attractions at your own pace with a rented bike.

4. Go green on two wheels

Central Park is…well…central to New York City. It’s the backdrop to countless books, tv shows, films, and everyday New York life. Head to the famous 840 acres (340 hectares) and experience the famed park for yourself by bike. Whether you want to take a quick ride or rent a bike for a whole day, you’ll be able to see the park’s many sights and even explore the rest of Manhattan. Cycle solo, with your travel buddy, or (if you’re traveling with kids) tire everyone out on a giant loop through the park. Afterward, grab a bite from a local vendor and relax as you watch the city go by.

Reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, on a visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

5. Be humbled by heroes

One of the most tragic events in New York happened on September 11, 2001. Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and pay your respects. The museum showcases films, a historical display, and an “In Memoriam” exhibition where you’ll learn about those who were lost. This is a sobering, yet essential sight on your list of places to visit in New York City.

Walking tour in NYC
Take a walking tour through NYC’s oldest neighborhoods and learn about the vibrant city’s culture.

6. Get clued up on community culture

Take a walking tour of some of New York’s most fascinating districts. First up, explore SoHo and its cool boutiques and impressive cast-iron buildings. Next up is Little Italy and Chinatown, home to immigrant communities and brimming with culture. Hear tales of history, gangsters, and the struggles people had to face. Best of all, you’ll get to sample delicious local foods along the way for a real taste of NYC.

Interior of the Guggenheim Museum
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum.

7. Admire all the art

On top of the list of places art lovers have to visit is the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Not only is the art collection an inspiration, but the building itself is an architectural gem. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it has a unique spiral form to showcase the artistic treasures inside. Visitors can see Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modernist arts from greats such as Klee, Modigliani, Chagall, and Kandinsky.

Visitors taking selfies at the One World Observatory
Journey to the top the One World Observatory and admire the incredible views over New York.

8. Climb to the clouds

Get bragging rights to say you’ve been up the tallest building in the Western hemisphere with a trip up One World Observatory. At 1,776 feet, the One World Trade Center is an impressive landmark on the NYC skyline. What’s more — you’ll get to the top in a hurry. A trip to the 102nd floor takes only 47 seconds! Once at the top, there are interactive exhibitions, historical displays, and, of course, jaw-dropping views of the city.

The Lion King on Broadway
See a performance of The Lion King live on Broadway.

9. Boast you’ve been to Broadway

Seeing a show on Broadway is the cherry on top of the New York cheesecake. With over 40 theatres on NYC’s longest street, you can pick and choose your entertainment, from award-winning plays to famous musicals. Classics like the Lion King are favorites with kids of all ages. If you’d rather brag about seeing Broadway’s longest-running musical, head to the Phantom of the Opera. It’s been playing since 1988!

Pizza
Take a foodie tour of Williamsburg and enjoy tastings of delicious food from some of the best eateries in the neighborhood.

10. Bite the Big Apple

Foodies know that Brooklyn is where it’s at for exciting eats and treats. Take a food tour of Williamsburg to discover why it’s such a hip spot for delicious food. You’ll taste and sip at various venues where you’ll meet producers and restaurateurs. Get local tips on the coolest hangout spots and enjoy the vibe of this lively, creative neighborhood.

Unforgettable memories

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