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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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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

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

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 City 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 City

Today was my daughter's 16th birthday. It was a challenge to find something to do or somewhere to go. The choice was easy for her. Lady Liberty. I begin with this to stress the importance of having a good day for her. Our tour guide was an amazing man named Ceasar. He didn't to to us. He spoke WITH us. He shared information so genuinely with my family. When we made it back home, we talked about the tour and what it would have been like without him, if we had just walked around on our own. From incredible facts to the best seat on the ferry, Ceasar was too notch. The fact that he made a genuine connection made our tour an event. He created a memory for us. We are forever grateful. He is an asset to the company, the city, and humanity. It was a great tour lead by a great man.

Statue Of Liberty Ferry Ticket with Pedestal Access Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/23/2020

I got many questions answered to myself. Like why in the second building got killed twice more people then in the building that was attacked first. Why authorities didn’t let people go? Why people been asked to go back in place? During every fire alarm people asked to leave the building and not to use the elevator. The first building was on fire and in the second building people was asked to stay in place and wait. It was records of people phone calls confirming that. This is ridicules. All lives in the second building could be saved. At least many. Elevator worked and all stairs was opened for 20 min between two planes. A lots of detail that people can explore and understand materials provided.

New York: 9/11 Memorial and Museum Entry Ticket Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/27/2020

Empecably done with the families of those who were lost in this tragedy in mind. Loved hearing the different families sharing their loss. Really put the names to the faces impacted me the most. Alot of work of putting together the artifacts for the collection. Made an impact on me as well. To really see the destruction of the day. Watching the events on TV doesn't compare to seeing the museum Up close an personal

30 minute flight will cover mid to upper Manhattan. If you want the full experience including Brooklyn Bridge and the statue then I suggest the 45 min package. Nevertheless, it IS a must when coming the NY. The scenery is great and it's an experience of a lifetime. Kevin was our pilot and he was very informative and polite. We actually got a little more time than we booked for and we appreciate that!

Couple's Private Helicopter Tour over New York Reviewed by Carlos, 10/16/2020

Booked my tickets online, skipped the line and went straight to security check line. Then first stop is statue of liberty, the views are just amazing. Then spent some there and then went on to Ellis Island and then came back to NYC. The whole staff was friendly and helpful. Even the captain came out and thanked everyone. Will definitely recommend this affordable trip to anyone.