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Ten Things You Must See in NYC

You know it from your favorite Woody Allen film or Sex and the City episode. Whether you dream of combing East Village bookshops or sipping martinis in the Meatpacking District, there's something here for you. Skim our highlights and you will fall in love in a New York minute.

Manhattan Skyline

The iconic view of Manhattan's Skyline! Head to the Top of the Rock or the Waterfront Promenade in Williamsburg to see the Empire State Building as it gleams above city spires like a crown jewel.

Empire State Building

The view of Manhattan from the observation deck is astounding. Book Empire State Building tickets ahead of time to skip the line.

Battery Park

Battery Park is a cool green space at the tip of Manhattan along the Hudson River. Grab a picnic and catch the sunset while you marvel at the fact that this great big city is an island.

Top of the Rock

Rockefeller Center is an Art Deco skyscraper, and the view at the Top of the Rock is like no other. Photo op: catching the skyline here means the Empire State building is included in the view.

Statue of Liberty

An icon of freedom, the Statue of Liberty is a must see. Special exhibits or a climb to the top of the crown (booked in advance!) will make you feel like a part of NYC’s special history.

Ellis Island

The melting pot that is NYC: more than 12 million immigrants arrived here in search of the American Dream. View original manifests and get inspired by the history of Ellis Island.

Central Park

That sprawling green oasis in the middle, separating east from west. In the world-famous Central park you’ll find zoos, strawberry fields, bike paths, a great lawn, and much more.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

In this unparalleled museum of modern art, you get to see some of the greats up close and personal. Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol... the list goes on.

New York Harbor

One of the largest natural harbors in the world, the waterway is another great place from which to enjoy the view. Book a boat tour, sit back, and enjoy Manhattan’s magical lights.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Climb the regal front steps into a world of wonder and inspiration. From ancient to modern art, the Met is an art history paradise. The roof offers breathtaking Central Park views.

Planning your New York visit

How many days to spend in New York?

Spend at least five days in order to see New York like a local. Manhattan is the ultimate walking city, densely packed and not very long or wide. You won't have to go very far and you'll find Broadway plays to see, districts and restaurants to explore, drinks to be had, bookstores and botanical gardens to browse. And don’t miss a walk on the Highline or the Brooklyn Bridge!

Where to shop?

From Bergdorf Goodman to local Soho boutiques, there’s something for everyone. Our tip? Be sure to check out the Brooklyn Flea: tons of local designers will give you a unique take-home souvenir.

Where to eat?

Interested in finding the best eats in New York? Here are our favorites. Pizza: Check out Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn institution. Classic bagels and lox: Head to Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Authentic diner experience: Empire Diner and Tom’s Restaurant are two of the best. Fun brunch spot: Try Prune in the East Village, or Marlow & Sons or Cafe Colette (both in Williamsburg).

Good to Know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-05:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    There's truly no best or worst time to visit New York, because this city is alive 24/7/365. That being said, those on a budget should look to plan a trip between January and April, when prices will be (at least a little) cheaper. Also, summer travelers should plan 6 months ahead.
  • Events in New York
    Fleet Week
    25. May 2016 - 31. May 2016
    various venues (New York)
    Gay Pride Week
    21. Jun 2016 - 26. Jun 2016
    various locations (New York)
    Macy's Fireworks
    4. Jul 2016
    Macy's (New York)

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What people are saying about New York

a fantastic tour to see the highlights of Metropolitan Museum

This is a huge museum and even with the 3 hour extended tour we only just touched what was on display. Our guide took us through some of the many rooms and managed to pick out not only the famous exhibits, but also much less well know pieces which had wonderful stories revealed. When we arrived at the European Paintings our guide revealed a new world. He was extremely knowledgably about the fabulous works on display which rival the best museums in the world. We only realised after three and half hours that we had taken too much of our guides time. As we still had time before his next meeting he carried on and gave us even more of his time to reveal yet more marvels. I could not recommend this tour highly enough, if you go nowhere else in New York, this tour is a must.

A unique experience, told by one who witnessed the event of 9/11.

This was an execeptonal tour, by a guide who really knew what he was talking about. He witnessed the events first hand, working at the nearest hospital. He told moving tales of the people he meet and helped that day as the unbelievable horror unfolded. We went around the streets of Ground Zero after a visit to the very moving church, that somehow survived the blast. The church itself was used by the rescuers as a place of quite reflection while they took a rest. Today it houses tributes to those that gave their lives while trying to save others. We finished at the water memorials where the sound of falling water drowns out all the other city noises. Here our guide told us stories of individual bravery and how the effects are still being felt by those that were there. People are still dying from what they breathed in that day- our guide just prays he will not be amongst that number.

Super guide Bernardo very friendly and professional

10/10 We shall come back and deal with you Just say that your company is Open Tours because we fan not find The bus otherwise! But It was a great and complete tour
5.5-Hour New York City Tour Reviewed by Annie, 05/13/2016

Beautiful beigborhood, good food and Nice stories from Bruce

Lots of good stories from nicest Bruce during our private Tour trough The neighborhoods.
SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Food Tour Reviewed by Marjolein, 05/12/2016

Very good value but have a 2 week holiday to get the max holiday use.

Very good value. Helped us get very organised about the attractions and what was available to us.
New York City Explorer Pass Reviewed by Derval, 05/05/2016

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