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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

Our guide was Sara and she was informative and knowledgeable.

Having a tour was very helpful in allowing me to see these sites efficiently. Sara knew the ropes when it came to the ferries, and was able to provide us with key information. I had a busy day planned and I was thankful for the guidance.

onderful experience I would recommend to everyone.

Our guide, Alice, was well versed in the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. She provided us with a plethora of interesting facts during the tour. I would recommend this to anyone planning on visiting the sites. Alice was not only knowledgeable of the facts, she provided facts and tidbits we would have never gleaned just visiting the museums.

My family and i had a great time experience

Indeed its a great experience for me and my family for this tour at Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. We've learned a lot from Robert thru the history and great stories in this tour.. He's been always there assisting the group for whatever our needs, concerns, questions specially to my mom which she has a knee problem... Given a chance again to have a tour in NY my family and i we'll be looking for Robert to have another great experience...

Bad accustic,no special spots for children

We could´t hear the guide well on the roof,children could ´t see well while the adult tourists would take all the good spots.the city is great.

Mike is a fount of knowledge, organized, and interesting, great tour!

We met at 9:15 am for the Statue/Pedestal/Ellis Island tour. Mike rounded up everyone, explained what we were going to do and led the way. He had tons of information presented in a way that made it interesting and kept both my wife & I and our two teenage sons engaged. What you get from this tour is beyond just information about the Statue & Ellis, which are amazing, you also get the seamless logistics of moving through large crowded spaces, where to go for the best view, where to be to get on & off the ferry boats, what vantage points give you the most impact, plus a great sense of humor. Way more than we expected, we were commenting to each other how much more difficult it would be if we had to navigate and pay attention to where to be. With Mike we could concentrate on the purpose of the visit & maximize our time looking at & understanding how the SOL came to be, the vision of the creators, and what it stands for today & what happened at Ellis. Highly recommended, we had a blast!