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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 guide that was on our boat was very pleasant.

Would recommend this tour to my friends since the guide that was on our boat had a thorough knowledge of the history of Newyork and The Statue of Liberty. She gave us a lot of information which was very helpful. Thanks once again for this tour.

60-Minute Cruise Around the Statue of Liberty: Multilingual Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/17/2018

Peter Van Buren provided an excellent tour!

As a family of four with an eight and ten year old girl we were cautious about our activities at the 9/11 Memorial. Our kids are educated in the topic and mature, yet we wanted to strike the right balance between the emotional challenges that 9/11 presents for all of us and the need to learn. Our guide, Peter Van Buren, did an amazing job striking that balance. The tour was in depth with artfully placed stories that were told with a skill that made the tour personal. There were moments where the content was heavy which we expected, Peter was kind enough to give us a gentle heads up so that we could step away at important moments. I was grateful for his consideration, but the content was appropriate throughout. For a long time I have believed that guided tours can be a significant enhancement to special places. Over time that has certainly proven to be true, but only when the guide is a caring expert like Peter. I highly recommend touring the 9/11 Memorial with Peter Van Buren

Had a fantastic in Washington, first class trip.

I always use Get Your Guide, always 100%, we got bus from NYC to Washington at 5am and we had a great day away, the guide, sorry, I forget her name, was absolutely fantastic.

This tour is hands-down the best night tour of New York City.

If you do only one tour in New York City, choose this one. I’ve gone on a lot of tours, and this tour is the BEST tour. You will not get better views of New York City anywhere!

Half-Day Panoramic Night Tour of New York City Reviewed by Ann Marie, 07/15/2018

The whole experience was pure entertainment

Out of all the activities/visits we carried out in New York this was by far the best. The lift was amazing and then as you stand at the top with all the screen showing different aspects of NY. I won't reveal what happens next but I would strongly recommend visiting. All I can say is no one knows creativity and entertainment like the Americans.