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.
- Events in New YorkRockefeller Center Tree Lightning29. Nov 2016 - 7. Jan 2017Rockefeller Center (New York)New Years Eve at Times Square31. Dec 2016Times Square (New York)
Things to Do in New York
Top Attractions in New York
- 1Manhattan Skyline
- 29/11 Memorial
- 3New York Skyride
- 4New York University
- 5Madina Masjid
- 6New York Aquarium
- 7One World Trade Center
- 8Empire State Building
- 9Rockefeller Center
- 10Ground Zero Museum
- 11Chrysler Building
- 12Radio City Music Hall
- 13Central Park
- 14St. Paul's Chapel
- 15Ellis Island Immigration Museum
- 16The Ride NYC
- 17Statue of Liberty
- 18Ellis Island
- 19Brooklyn Bridge
- 20Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Other Sightseeing Options in New York
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What People Are Saying About New York
Very easy to hear and understand. One of the best guides we have had in a long time.
We'd recommend the New York City harbor tour without reservation. The tour guide was especially enjoyable and witty. There was only shortcoming: I had minor difficulty downloading and printing the ticket voucher beforehand. Also, when I tried to reconfirm the reservation 48 hours in advance -- as suggested -- my phone call to an 800-number was routed to someplace in Europe, which wasn't open. We finally tried a local number, and that worked fine. Overall, though, a fine trip and the chance to take pictures near the Statue of Liberty was a special treat.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to see and learn a lot about the history of Grand Central Station. I enjoyed the photos of the station in the past but trying to look at them in a small size on an iPad while in a group of about 20 was not really workable. I would suggest enlarging them, printing them out and laminating them so that they could be passed around and everyone could see them clearly. I would certainly go on another of Ben's Bagel Tours. The fresh bagel was a nice touch.
The guide was so knowledgeable and interesting as he gave us a history of the twin towers etc. He spoke loudly and very plainly so as entire group could hear his comments.
Boat left on time, we had coffee and hot dogs. Listened to the guide most of the time. Knowledgeable and humorous. Lots of interesting facts about the Manhattan shoreline. Good pics of the Statue as we approached, also the new World Trade Center, awesome. Overall, good value for the money. A highlight of our NYC break.