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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- 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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I was reluctant booking our New York helicopter tour with Wings Air Helicopters because of the distance from our hotel (Lower Manhattan). Extremely happy I did use Wings Air Helicopters aviation and will strongly recommend to everyone who wants to see New York from the sky. It was easy getting to the airport (train form Grand central and then short Lyft ride). The staff was amazing, great communication before the flight, warm welcome when you arrive for the tour, unbelievable experience once in the helicopter. Wings Air Helicopters Team really knows how to make you feel special!
My wife and I had a brief stopover in New York and decided to use much of the time on this trip. It was a good decision. Our guide, Cherie, was very knowledgeable and imparted a lot of information. She also made the time enjoyable, whilst treating the subject matter with due respect. We felt that our time had been well spent and that we had received good value for money.
There is a very Knowledgeable Guy narrating on this trip.he points out all the main Attractions. You sail right up to the Statue of Liberty.Sail under the Fabulous Bridges.This really is a trip worth doing.There is a couple of bars on board selling cold drinks.
We spent over the five hours completing the tour and could have taken longer but time was pressing. Our guide was very interesting, the museum very sobering and informative bringing back memories of the day, the Observatory was a good way to finish the event.
We are glad we chose the flexible ticket where we can explore the islands on our own. We like exploring and learning things on our own terms. This tour was definitely worth the cost.