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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

Maria the tour guide was very good.Everything was great.

The gospel singers were super.... Very warm hearted and special we were in the front row and you just start singing and dancing with them. It was a great feeling to be a part of them. Glad l booked this.

Very nice and interesting tour with Rachel!

Rachel was a great and well-prepared guide, so enthusiastic and helpful. The trip around the Statue of Liberty was amazing, as the visit inside the statue very interesting. The museum of the immigration in Ellis Island is very interesting and fascinating as well. The view of the Manhatttan skyline?BREATH-TAKING!! Highly recommended tour!!

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island: 4-Hour Guided Tour Reviewed by Francesca, 31/01/2018

We were only people on the tour, so got lots of personal attention.

It was Saturday in Brooklyn, so we expected other people on the tour. But it was just us! As a result, the tour was more a conversation with our guide, Josh, than trailing behind someone shouting to be heard in guide-ese. We enjoyed it a lot.

Very imformative and lots of fun. Great if you are 16 or 66

Brian went out of his way to show us a great time and reveal the multi-storied history of Manhattan.

Manhattan: 3-Hour Tenements, Tastings & Tales Tour Reviewed by Elizabeth, 23/01/2018

Nice and interesting museum to see we will recomend to any one

We like very much but we have to wait in the queu for about 1 hour with baby 2 years and my daughter 8 you should give some priority to families ....when we finish around 17.00 we wait for an ubber but for some reason they couldnt find us in the parkinking place then we have to wait inside the musem cause was very cold and try with an other ubber try to see for taxi nothing ....the museum was closing and they say to us to move out with baby in this cold not taxis I think you have to help customers with some transportation services we have bad expierence about help in us. ..

American Museum of Natural History Ticket Reviewed by Panagiotis, 15/01/2018