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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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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

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

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 City 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 City

Excellent views but lighting and reflection create poor photo quality.

Excellent views but the lighting and reflection create poor photo quality. The staff photo is very "touristy" with a fake background. Also, the photo was not available when we were ready to leave. Loved the ride up but wished this display was elsewhere. The ride time is too quick to fully absorb the interesting content. Loved the folding wall "reveal" but felt ushered away too quickly. We have enjoyed the Empire, Top of the Rock and now One World. One World views are more extensive but the ability to go outside and observe makes these other experiences more enjoyable.

We so enjoyed our carriage ride through Central Park!

Was my first visit to NY! I’m 60 & had wanted to go to Central Park since I was a kid, had a great time walking through the park! The carriage ride was the best carriage ride I’d ever taken anywhere! I hope if DeBlasio still plans to take the carriage rides away that he rethinks it! One day I’ll return to NY & look forward to another carriage ride! Nice that citizens like Liam Neeson have some backbone to voice their opinion & support the people who provide the carriage rides, our guide was very good & made our ride the best part of my vacation!

Great, but the staff could have been nicer

If the staff on the boat, and the ones giving out the audio machines, plus those marshalling the crowds, would have been more friendly and polite, it would have been better. However, the gentleman manning the lift inside the statue was fantastic - he joked with us and wished us a lovely time. Maybe other staff could learn from him!

NYC: Priority or Flexible Statue of Liberty Ticket Reviewed by Anonymous, 07/06/2019

There is no better way to see the Statue of Liberty!

I cannot say enough amazing things about the Priority Statue of Liberty tour. The “regular” line snaked on forever and we just walked into the reserved line and saved so much time! This service is bar none. We keep talking about how happy we were to have picked this service and tour!

Excellent and well planned in and off on the liberty cruise in 15min.

Highly recommended. We had to reschedule due to our other city tour bus issues and cityguide took care of it even past cancel time. The service staff on phone and at the event was very cooperative. Niraj