There is no way that you’re going to manage to see all the main highlights that New York has to offer in a single visit. The Big Apple is always known to offer something unique, new and exciting to explore, irrespective of how many times you end up visiting the city. And the vast number of “must see” attractions to choose from makes it even more difficult to plan the perfect trip to New York. We have shortlisted some of the main things to do in New York to make planning the perfect holiday a bit easier.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is considered to be one of the symbols of New York and the United States of America and it really doesn’t need any introduction. The best way to reach the Statue of Liberty is to use a ferry from the Battery Park to Liberty Island. This trip should take at least 90 minutes. The first ferry leaves at 9 AM while the last ferry leaves at 5 PM.
Central Park is as much of a park as it is a concert hall and a museum. Located right in the middle of New York, the Central Park is famous as one of the most famous attractions of the city. This 843 acre oasis is a favorite among locals and tourists alike and it is possible to visit the Central Park to check out architectural delights, dine, explore the zoo, exercise and enjoy nature. With more than 21 playgrounds, 48 fountains and sculptures and 36 bridges, there is always something to explore in Central Park. Some of the most popular attractions in the park include Alice in Wonderland, Bethesda Fountain, Loeb Boathouse, Strawberry Fieldsand the Wollman Memorial Rink.
Many believe that the Times Square is a miniature version of New York itself. It always has something on offer, is extremely exciting and colorful. The best time to explore the Times Square is around midnight when the place is full of activity and is brightly lit. The biggest draw of the Times Square is its annual New Year’s Eve ball. The humongous Waterfort Crystal Ball descends 77 feet from the one of the buildings while locals have a blast. Times Square is also home to all sorts of restaurants, attractions and shopping galleries.
Empire State Building
Empire State Building is a must see while in New York. This Midtown Manhattan structure attracts crowds despite the heavy fees and serpentine queues. In fact, people state that you’re likely to end up feeling sorry if you choose to ignore the Empire State Building while in New York. If you’re lucky enough to visit the Empire State Building on a clear day, you should be able to see the main highlights of the city about 1050 feet below you from the Empire State Building observation deck.
Rockefeller Center is full of breathtaking sculptures, a magnificent skating rink, hundreds of restaurants, cafes and stores and a view of NBC Studios. The place is always crowded, but it is definitely worth visiting at least once. If you plan your visits properly, you can also catch a shooting of the popular “Today” show or enjoy an evening performance at the Radio City Music Hall.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as The Met, is considered to be one of the most celebrated museums in the world. It is full of masterpieces from all over the world and its most notable collections are from Ancient Egypt. The museum offers hundreds of masterpieces from Greek art, Roman art and Islamic art.
Broadway is the place to be for all those who like plays, theatre and musicals. It represents the heart and soul of American theatre and is known to offer guests with a mind blowing experience with its various lights and sounds.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is famous for its beautiful architecture, otherworldly vibe and serene surroundings. It is a must see for anyone having faith and all it takes is 30 minutes to check out this beautiful landmark.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is located close to Central Park West. Whether you are interested in land based exhibits, sea based exhibits or outer space based exhibits, you are likely to find something of interest in the American Museum of Natural History. The museum is home to about 32 million artifacts that are spread over 4 city blocks, 45 exhibition halls and 25 buildings. Some of the most popular attractions at the American Museum of Natural History include The Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Hall of the Universe, the dinosaur exhibits and the Butterfly Conservatory.
Fort Tilden Beach
The Fort Tilden Beach is considered to be one of the best kept secrets in New York. This clean stretch of sand is famous for its grassy dunes, isolated feel and pleasant atmosphere. Tourists can easily reach the Fort Tilden Beach using bicycles, subways and cars. Don’t forget to bring something to eat as the area is very sparse when it comes to restaurants, stores and cafes.