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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.

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What People Are Saying About New York

An exhibition build on fear, love and tears!

Very interesting and fantastic well performed exhibtion. I was so moved by every part of it.

9/11 Memorial Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Barbro, 02/14/2017

Great to get in so quickly and avoid the long lines

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!

9/11 Memorial Museum Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Marlie, 02/13/2017

Way too much time looking at the Oculus and other mall...

Amanda was terrific... just too much time at the Oculus and other mall...we didn't have enough time to fully enjoy the museum

Skip the Line: 9/11 Museum Ticket & Memorial Tour Reviewed by Matthew, 02/12/2017

Wonderful Garment Center Shopping Program

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.

Garment Center 3-Hour Insider Shopping Tour Reviewed by laurie, 02/11/2017

Absolutely an exhilerating experience. The security was excellent.

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.

New York: One World Observatory Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Juliette, 02/07/2017

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