14 Activities that Will Make Your Trip to New York a Hit
There is so much to do in New York it is hard to pick the best out of already great bunch. Below are 15 top activities that will make you trip perfect.
New York is often referred to as the “greatest city on the earth” and it surely lives up to that name. It is indeed one of the most famous cities in the world, and offers an infinite number of attractions, activities and must-see places. It’s divided into 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.
New York a.k.a. The Big Apple is famous for its residents, nightlife, a beautiful skyline, sporting venues, memorials, statues, buildings, food and much, much more. It does not matter if you’re travelling with your family, significant other, or solo, visiting New York will be one of the best times of your life. Any good New Yorker will say you need more than one visit to look at all the attractions New York has to offer. Check out the list below for some of the most emblematic activities you must carry out next time you visit The Big Apple.
Time Square is one of those mythical, almost fictional places you have to visit in New York. Located in midtown Manhattan, Time Square is New York’s main commercial street. It starts at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretches from West 42nd to West 47th street. Time Square is usually packed with a combination of local merchants and visitors checking out the heart of the city. Due to the amount of traffic (vehicles, people and everything in between) Time Square is often referred to as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of the Universe and The Heart of The Great White Way. Time Square is a great place to start your New York adventure and get a good feel of the controlled chaos New Yorkers call daily life.
Considered one of the main landmarks in New York City, Central Park is a unique attraction that can provide a moment of peace and quiet in The Big Apple. Central Park is located in middle-upper Manhattan, so it’s a great place to continue your adventure once you visited Time Square. The 843 acres of land were designated as a national historic landmark in 1962, and houses an array of activities you just will not have time to get through in one day. These include: the Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, The Blockhouse, Burnett Memorial Fountain, Delacorte Theater, Fort Clinton, Diana Ross Playground, shopping centers, Marionette Theater, Rumsey Playfield, McGowan’s Pass & Tavern, the Zoo, Wollman Rink, the Victorian Gardens and more.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Although New York is often regarded as an urbanized city, it still holds a lot of culture and traditional attractions. Take for instance The Metropolitan Art Museum (also known as The Met). This juggernaut of a museum is the largest in the United States, and one of the most popular in the world hosting more than 5 million visitors each year. The Met’s permanent exhibits feature more than two million works and artefacts, and is divided into 17 different departments. The main building of The Metropolitan Art Museum is located in on the eastern edge of Central Park, along New York’s “museum mile”.
“Top of the Rock” Observation Deck
In the center of the Rockefeller Center lies the 14th tallest skyscraper in all of New York, often referred to as “The Rock”. At the top this iconic building, now named Comcast Building, sits one of the most famed observation decks in all of the United States. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck offers the best view of the city, its only competition being the 86th floor of the Empire State Building. The Top of the Rock offers a massive observation deck area with modern renovations done about 10 years ago, as well as restaurants and bars in the lower floors. Excellent way to end an evening of sightseeing with the best skyline in the United States.
National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Known as separate attractions, The National 9/11 Memorial and National 9/11 Museum were built to commemorate the 9/11 attacks that took place in 2001. It is also a tribute to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and is located in the former location of the Twin Towers. The memorial is located on the ground level of the site of the 9/11 attacks. The National 9/11 Museum is located in the underground right below the World Trade Center, and holds artefacts found at Ground Zero, as well as tributes and the last unidentified remains of the victims of the 9/11 tragedy buried deep underground.
One of the most beautiful in the world, the Manhattan Skyline is a free attraction that appeals to both long-life locals as well as new visitors and travellers. There are a few spots to catch the best view of the skyline. As we mentioned before, the Top of the Rock Observation Deck is a great place for a good view of the skyline. Other great places include the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, The New York Marriott Marquis Restaurant, Governor’s Island, and the Le Bain rooftop bar just to name a few.
Broadway is New York’s most famous road, and has been featured in books, films, songs, postcards, poems, commemorations, and in every young actor/actress’ dream. The most popular part of Broadway is located in Manhattan, and houses more than 40 theaters with nightly shows. It is known as one of the Meccas of theaters, selling more than 1.35 billion US dollars worth of tickets in 2014 alone. The vast majority of shows in Broadway are musicals, and are believed to have a massive impact in the New Yorker and American cultures. It is most definitely worth getting yourself a ticket to one of the shows as it will be one of the most memorable shows of your life.
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is the biggest railroad station in the world, holding more than 100 tracks along the platforms and in rail yards. It features a total of 44 platforms, more than any other railroad station on the planet, and receives more than 2 million tourists each year. The intricate design on the inside and on the outside gives it a suave visual appeal, combined with a smooth facade and extreme details in its memorials. Also one of the most popular filming sets for television shows and films, Grand Central Terminal will awe you in every way possible.
Although it may seem too cliche, pre booking a tour of New York City tour is a must. The City Tours will allow you to see the highlights of the city in one go, and offers a great chance for photography enthusiast. These do vary from 24 hours to 72 hour tours and can be narrowed down to single areas of the city: downtown, uptown, midtown, night scene, all around town, any of the 5 boroughs, tours with attractions and even helicopter rides.
Empire State Building
The Empire State building has transcended from a New York symbol to an emblem of the United States. Currently the 5th tallest skyscraper in the United States, the Empire State was named after New York’s favourite nickname. The Empire State is a commercial building, housing companies from all over the world. It also has an viewpoint on the 86th floor. The only reason why this is not considered the best view of the city is because you cannot see the Empire State building itself.
Statue of Liberty
Probably the most famous attraction and symbols of New York, the Statue of Liberty is a gigantic, neoclassical sculpture located on Liberty Island, Manhattan. It was a gift from the people of France to the United States of America, and depicts an image of the Roman Goddess Libertas. The robed female image holds a torch which represents freedom, and the enlightening of the American people. Although there is no cost to access the monument, all visitors must pay the ferry fee to get to Liberty Island. Once there, visitors may check out the viewpoint at the top of the monument and purchase souvenirs, take pictures and even video call friends and family.
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library system is the seconds largest in the United States and fourth largest in the whole world. The library system was founded in the 19th century, from a unification of grass-roots libraries, social libraries and wealthy philanthropist contributions. It holds one of the largest collections in the world with more than 53 million items available.
Madison Square Garden
Referred to as “The Square” by local New Yorkers, Madison Square Garden is one of the most popular sporting venues in the world. Home to the New York Knicks (formerly the Knickerbockers) and often the host of hockey, boxing, and musical events, The Square is a great place to see locals supporting their favourite sport clubs and doing what they love most.
Museum of Modern Art
Often quoted as the most influential modern art museum in the world, the Museum of Modern Art is located in midtown Manhattan. It includes works of architecture, photography, drawing, painting, prints, illustrations and more. It houses a library with more than 250,000 books available to the public and a restaurant called The Modern, which offers some of the best food in the state.
The Big Apple, The Empire State, The Greatest City on Earth, are just a few names that have been used to describe New York City. New York can surely live up to any of its nicknames. It brings everything you want in a big city, and even offers places to get a bit of peace and quiet for a relaxing time. It is definitely a must-visit city in the United States and even the World. Suited for solo travellers, couples and entire families, visiting New York will give you one of the most magical experiences of your life!
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