Top attractions in New York City
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.
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Our Wall Street tour with Andrew was the best! They thought of everything we would want to know or might need on our tour like bathroom breaks, when and where would make a good pic, times we could sit and listen! It really was so informative and very accommodating with our schedule! I would have done all of our tours with them if I would have known! The tour was so interesting and we learned a lot neat facts! Thank you Thermosage! ❤️
Our tour guide provided a detailed and informative tour of Ground Zero. He added a lot of insight and perspective on a very tragic event.
I would really recommend this tour. It was a great informative day. Went early morning so everything was easy. Our guide Jacob was fab, knew loads, kept us all upbeat and was a pleasure to hang out with!! Really enjoyable day!
My friends and I really enjoyed the tour & our guide John. He was very friendly & super informative. He made us laugh and answered any question we threw at him. Above all, his patience with 6 crazy Texas ladies was above & beyond. Selfies & group shots everywhere along with a few tumbles from a couple of the ladies all the while keeping a smile on his face the whole time. He explained the history of the city with all the stops we made thoroughly and we walked away feeling like we knew the city a lot better. I would highly recommend this tour! We felt it was very personalized & the hours flew by. Thank you to John for making this so enjoyable!!!
Our guide was incredible!! She knew many details and was a lively and very good narrator. The tour is enchanting and you're going to visit places you can't find anywhere else. I can recommend it to everyone who is into history, crimes and thrilling stories and of course cocktails.