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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

The tour was.wonderfully informative and entertaining.

I will definitely keep this on my list for visitors. The tour guide, David, was splendid! hats off to him and to this wonderful city.

Great views and a unique Christmas experience like no other!

AMAZING! I would recommend to anyone traveling to New York City for a Christmas experience. Jazz band played Christmas songs, while you get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline as your view! I can't say enough that I would do this again!

Excellent, very knowledgeable tour guide made the experience wonderful

I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide, Chuck, was amazing! He knew so much about the city and was able to answer all of our questions.

New York: Holiday Lights Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/07/2017

Fantastic, interesting tour with a great tour guide!

My husband and I have been to NYC several times and have never taken a tour. We love the history of NYC and love the charm of the neighborhoods. We took the tour with Sean as our tour guide and it was great! Worth the time and money (and is not expensive). Sean knew the history and was very informative. He made it very exciting. We learned things about the area I had not read even though I try to read and learn about the places we visit. It was casual amd interactive. He was happy to discuss and answer questions. We loved seeing The Players Club. It was beautiful and contained a lot of history. Sean made it possible to visualize the people and events almost as if you were there at the time. Would recommend this tour and we will take other tours from Top Dog Tours when we visit NYC again!

Incredible - breathtaking - an NYC must do

Incredible structure, beautifully done and crafted. Views like none other and all encased in warmth and air conditioning for an any time of year visit. Every point considered with the initial video presentation being a real bonus. iPad audio visual is a good addition particularly if you’re interested in history and geography.

One World Observatory Ticket: Skip-the-Line Reviewed by Rebecca, 11/29/2017