Top Tours & Activities in New York
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.
Things to Do in New York
Top Attractions in New York
- 1Manhattan Skyline
- 2Statue of Liberty
- 3New York Harbor
- 4One World Trade Center
- 5Ellis Island Immigration Museum
- 6Ellis Island
- 7Battery Park
- 8Top of the Rock Observation Deck
- 9Fifth Avenue
- 10Rockefeller Center
- 11Empire State Building
- 129/11 Memorial
- 1334th Street
- 149/11 Museum
- 15Times Square
- 16Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
- 17Castle Clinton National Monument
- 18St. Paul's Chapel
- 19Broadway, New York
- 20Lower Manhattan
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Loved both segments of the tour. First was walking around and learning more about the history of Broadway. Second was focused on New Amsterdam Theater and how Disney salvaged and remodeled this magnificent theater.
The tour is comprehensive. Being able to shift between open and enclosed areas is nice. The free snack (fruit and yogurt platter) was a nice touch
The Empire State Building tour was everything that I had hoped for. Seeing a storm roll over NYC from that height was incredible. The views over the city from that height are amazing. You can really see what an incredible city it is.
So happy we went and experienced the museum. Last time we saw it was not to long after the incident.
Hit the main spots we wanted to see, provided ample time to see the sights and take pictures. Could have used more time for lunch as we had to walk over 10 blocks. It was hot, a vehicle ride would have been better since we had a young child. We opted for a taxi ride back to the start point . Which was actually a treat . Otherwise we enjoyed the walk in the city. We had difficulty finding our meet-up place after lunch but called the number provided and was promptly directed to where to go.