There’s no place on earth like New York City. Its skyline is instantly recognizable to practically anyone in the world, and it offers a huge selection of activities and attractions that can make one’s mind boggle.
Every visit to the big apple can feel like a whole new experience. Manhattan is jam packed with hundreds of iconic places, and that’s not even counting the other four boroughs that make up the city.
There are many options for tours of New York City, but here are the top 10 attractions you absolutely cannot miss.
Times Square is the most-visited tourist attraction in the world, and it’s obvious to see why. It’s an expanse of towering neon advertisements and glittering skyscrapers, with vast opportunities for shopping and dining.
Empire State Building
Get an unobstructed view of New York’s iconic skyline from the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building. Currently the second-tallest skyscraper in New York (second to the recently completed One World Trade Center), it’s an art deco masterpiece that will surely take your breath away.
The Brooklyn Bridge
Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Brooklyn with Manhattan. An engineering marvel of its time, the bridge is best experienced on the pedestrian walkway.
Statue of Liberty
There’s nothing more iconic of New York, or even the U.S., than the Statue of Liberty. It’s easily visible from the city, but you’ll want to take a ferry out to the island for a closer look.
A monument to the tragedy that occurred on September 11, 2001, there are two waterfalls (the largest manmade waterfalls in the world) that sit in the footprint of the original twin towers.
NY Stock Exchange
Witness the excitement of the largest stock exchange in the world. It all started as a simple agreement under a tree, and now it’s the center for finance in the western world.
China Town and Little Italy
Visiting China Town and Little Italy is like entering a different world. The markets and restaurants boast the finest cuisine from their respective countries, and you’ll experience the diversity of cultures that makes New York so great.
“Top of the Rock” at Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is home to NBC studios and Radio City Music Hall, and there’s a vast network of underground shopping and restaurants in the plaza’s 24-acres. You’ll also get a panoramic view of the city at more than 800 feet high it the “Top of the Rock” observation deck.
The gem of New York’s parks system, Central Park is 843 acres of beautiful man-made landscape in the heart of Manhattan. Be sure to visit the Central Park Zoo, the Belvedere Castle, and the famous Friedsman Memorial Carousel.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nicknamed “The Met,” this enormous museum houses more than 2 million works of art. You’ll see the best of Greek and Roman Art, as well as artifacts from Africa and the America and an amazing Egyptian collection, complete with mummies.