Top Tours & Activities in New York
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.
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.
The view of Manhattan from the observation deck is astounding. Book Empire State Building tickets ahead of time to skip the line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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- Best time to visitThere'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.
Things to Do in New York
Top Attractions in New York
- 1Manhattan Skyline
- 2One World Trade Center
- 3Empire State Building
- 49/11 Memorial
- 59/11 Museum
- 6Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- 7Rockefeller Center
- 8New York Harbor
- 9Ellis Island Immigration Museum
- 10St. Paul's Chapel
- 11Statue of Liberty
- 12Ellis Island
- 13Times Square
- 14Brooklyn Bridge
- 15American Museum of Natural History
- 169/11 Tribute Center
- 17Battery Park
- 18Broadway, New York
- 19Metropolitan Museum of Art
- 20Central Park
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Very interesting and fantastic well performed exhibtion. I was so moved by every part of it.
This was the most hoped for exhibit to be memorable, but instead, it was the least emotional. Big cold empty spaces /walls with few really meaningful exhibit items or stories. When you walk in and hear the voices/see the words of people telling you where they were when the buildings were hit, you become emotionally connected - as we all remember where we were. They should have followed with TV film footage on screens showing the actual event, the panic, the fright, the disbelief; the professional rescuers and all the good samaritans and all those incredible stories. Where were they? Young people under 18 yrs will not understand or feel the horrible impact of it all. I was very disappointed. The best building of all is the Oculus by Spanish architect Calatrava- the white dove of hope and peace rising out of the "ashes" of 9/11. It was beautiful!
Amanda was terrific... just too much time at the Oculus and other mall...we didn't have enough time to fully enjoy the museum
I had always wanted to see what goes on in the garment center district. This program allowed for a glimpse of that and the shopping did not disappoint. The 6 showrooms we shopped carried widely varied items, from sportswear to accessories to coats and I found several lovely items to buy. And at wholesale, you really cant go wrong. We were a group of 8 women and a delightfully helpful guide who kept us entertained with interesting tidbits and also kept us on time. 2 designers actually greeted us, which lends a special dimension .this is not store shopping so people should not expect to see the same amount of stock.but what is there is worthwhile.
We had been to the top of the Former World Trade Center Twin Towers, several times. This was a healing activity. My husband is a former police officer and was very impressed with the security prodedures and police presence. We will reccomend this experience to all people we come in contact who are inquiring what to do in the Big Apple.