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New York City is one of the most visited places in the world—and for good reason. The city’s diverse population makes it a cultural capital for art, music, food, and much, much more.

Top 10 attractions in New York City

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Edge NYC

Edge NYC

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While all of New York’s observation decks have their merits, Edge NYC is the tallest outdoor deck in the Western Hemisphere. Head up to the site’s glass-floored platform for a unique view of the cityscape and enjoy a sunset or just spend some time spotting city landmarks, from Central Park to the Statue of Liberty.More
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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

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One of North America’s most majestic natural wonders, Niagara Falls is made up of three waterfalls—American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls—which plunge dramatically over the Niagara River. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the US with viewpoints and falls-themed attractions on both sides.More
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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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Guarding the entrance to New York Harbor on Liberty Island, the 305-foot (93-meter) Statue of Liberty came to the United States as a gift from France to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence—Lady Liberty has been a symbol of democracy and hope for NYC and the US almost ever since.More
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Empire State Building

Empire State Building

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The world's tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that's floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. After admiring the mosaics in the Art Deco lobby, take an elevator ride to the 86th or 102nd floor and get ready to drink in astounding 360-degree views from this iconic skyscraper observatory.More
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Central Park

Central Park

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The heart and soul of Manhattan, Central Park is 843 acres (341 hectares) of green space featuring running paths, a boating lake, ponds, a zoo, fountains, statues, gardens, and a skating rink. New Yorkers and visitors alike have gathered at this National Historic Landmark year-round since 1857 to enjoy a respite from Manhattan’s concrete jungle.More
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Broadway

Broadway

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Known as the Great White Way because the theater lights burned so brightly in the early days of electricity, New York City's Broadway has been the home of the New York theater district for almost 150 years. The history-drenched street is one of Manhattan's most famous thoroughfares, and many consider seeing a blockbuster Broadway show an essential New York City experience.More
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Chelsea

Chelsea

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An artsy neighborhood central to New York City’s LGBTQ culture, Chelsea has lost its edginess in recent years but makes up for it with chic restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. A top destination is the High Line—an elevated park built on an old rail line—which is well worth a West Side visit.More
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Bronx Zoo

Bronx Zoo

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Explore the biggest urban zoo in the world. The Bronx Zoo’s 265 acres (107 hectares) showcase species from across the globe, from monarch butterflies and Inca terns to snow leopards and lions. And special exhibits give you the chance to interact with gorillas and other animals.More
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Museum of Sex

Museum of Sex

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Dedicated to the history, complexity, and evolution of human sexuality, the Museum of Sex (aka MoSex) manages to be both risqué and informative. You’ll find a permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects—from photographs and artworks to sex toys—as well as several temporary exhibitions hosted throughout the year.More
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Times Square

Times Square

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The neon lights and video billboards of Times Square are one of New York City’s most well-known landmarks. This triangular intersection between Broadway, 42nd Street, and Seventh Avenue is home to the Big Apple’s famous theaters and the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop—an essential Manhattan experience.More

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Top activities in New York City

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Cold New York evening
Karen_H, Mar 2022
New York City at Night Bus Tour
All in all, a great tour which I would do again in the summer.
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Our first time in New York
Karen_S, Feb 2022
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
It was my granddaughter‘s 20th birthday and she wanted to visit New York City.
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Good Ride
Neil_R, Feb 2022
Taste of NYC Helicopter Tour
Great experience and people that we flu with would do it again and pay for more time to see more of New York City
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Very kind staff, quick...
Collin_S, Feb 2022
New York Helicopter Tour: City Lights Skyline Experience
Got to see a great view of New York City, and Times Square!
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The future is now
Nickolas_C, Jan 2022
Edge Observation Deck - General Admission
Just seeing New York City light up it was very beautiful to see how the city is still growing and hone ring the people who sacrificed a lot to make it happened
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Nice NYC
Leticia_O, Jan 2022
Edge Observation Deck - General Admission
Nice to see they put us in the elevator very tight.
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Amazing tour
Sarah_R, Dec 2021
Private New York City Christmas Walking Tour
She also catered the trip to what we wanted to see and took very nice pictures of us by the tree to have.
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learn, laugh and see cool things on this tour
Susan_S, Oct 2021
New York Catacombs by Candlelight
I learned a lot, laughed a lot, and got to see old and colorful things.
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Can't beat the New York skyline at night
Gavin_L, Mar 2022
New York City Harbor Lights Cruise
Seeing the New York City skyline at night was amazing experience, and great also to see some of the other Boroughs which you don't normally see if you are just visiting New York.
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Fun, informative tour!
Beth_T, Oct 2021
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
It was wonderful to see so many of the highlights of New York City in such a well organized manner.
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Great tour guide, great way to see a lot of NYC in a short amount of time
Steven_R, Oct 2021
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
The day flew by and we were glad to see so much of NYC in such a short amount of time.
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Amazing Tour of Manhattan Island
CAROLINE_R, Aug 2021
Circle Line: Complete Manhattan Island Cruise
It was the best way to see the Island.
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It's Beautiful, Touching and Sad all at the same time.
Kristine_A, Aug 2021
9/11 Memorial Museum Admission Ticket
You can spend all day there, so Please leave you time to visit it, no short cuts..
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Excellent day in Boroughs!
Stanislav_Z, Aug 2021
Boroughs of NYC: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn & Coney Island
Moreover, my native language is not English, and Jorge perfectly narrates in English for foreign tourists (he speaks clearly, not quickly) - I understood absolutely everything that he was telling.
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Wonderful
Ana_G, Aug 2021
NYC One World Observatory General Admission Ticket
Was a great experience to visit such a big building Thank you!
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Tour
cynthiaalday, Jan 2020
Washington DC Day Tour from New York City
Travel tour to Washington DC was a good experience and we were able to visit most of the federal historic govt buildings.
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Holiday pics in NYC
Julie_S, Dec 2019
Private New York Walking Tour with a Personal Photographer
Having a professional walking photographer at the beginning of our week in New York City was amazing to see so much and do so much in two hours was appreciated
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Cruise ready river very good view to see the building of New York City
Faris_A, Oct 2019
New York Dinner Cruise
Cruise river there is very good view to see the buildings of New York City when I was enjoying with attractive views I ate delicious dinner and I interested with Soft music only with other combinations of attractive look and tasty food
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A fun group activity
Lucie_C, Oct 2019
New York City Ghost Tour of Greenwich Village
Everyone said it was a fun, interesting way to see the city that we all have lived in for years.
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Summer in the city
Robert D, Aug 2019
Private New York Classic Film Tour (On Location Tours)
I would highly recommend both Jason and this tour- a great summer day out

All about New York City

When to visit

New York City is one of those rare cities where every season has unique attractions:

Summer weather means the perfect time to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, or even take a visit to the iconic Coney Island.

Chilly fall temps bring the changing foliage; renting a car for “leaf peeping” upstate is a great way to experience the Hudson Valley.

Winter activities center around the holiday season, with the legendary Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and skating rink topping travelers’ lists.

Spring thaw is an ideal time to experience the blooming trees of Central Park or even the Highline, if you can catch a break between rain showers.

Getting around

Walking: New York is a great walking city and relatively straightforward, given each borough’s numbered streets and grid layouts. Exploring by foot is ideal in the bustling neighborhoods with great shops, restaurants, and cafes tucked away in the city’s many corners.

Subway: New York is big, which means walking to and from destinations may not always be feasible. That’s where the city’s subway comes in. Single-fare tickets on the many different subway lines can bring you to virtually any part or borough and runs around the clock.

Taxi: New York is known for its famous yellow taxis. They are easy to flag down by waving your hand (look for taxis with the roof light on for vacancy). Uber and Lyft have large networks in New York, so if you are looking for a guaranteed ride, then apps are a safe bet.

Traveler tips

New York City is known for its wealth of fun dive bars and legendary pizza slice shops. No matter which attraction or neighborhood you end up visiting, there’s a good chance you are within walking distance to a notorious NYC establishment. If you’re walking the Williamsburg Bridge, or exploring Chinatown, you can’t miss 169 Bar—a local favorite adorned with leopard prints, color lights, palm trees, and a hits-only jukebox.

A trip to Times Square isn’t complete without stopping by Joe’s Pizza on Broadway. Originally a Greenwich Village shop, Joe’s went on to expand to multiple locations throughout the city—and for good reason. The owner has been at it since 1975, slowly perfecting the art of the slice, landing Joe’s on numerous Top 10 lists in a competitive pizza city.

A local’s pocket guide to New York City

Alex Maddalena

Alex is a writer with deep family roots in NYC. Having grown up just outside the city, he became familiar with all of the food and culture the city has to offer, including the outer boroughs. His favorite pizza slice is the square from L&B Spumoni Gardens.

The first thing you should do in New York City is...

get oriented. There are a lot of visible landmarks in New York that will help you explore by foot without a map.

A perfect Saturday in New York City...

begins with brunch followed by a trip to one of New York’s amazing museums. Saturday nights in New York are more bustling than usual, so make sure you’re rested before heading out for evening festivities.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Central Park truly is a thing of beauty. Walk around in the middle, and you’d be stunned to find out you’re still in one of the busiest cities in the world.

To discover the "real" New York City...

get lost. Start walking. No map. Let all the things in between shine through. You’ll find your way back when you’re ready.

For the best view of the city...

you can’t beat the view from the top of the Empire State Building, but the Manhattan Bridge offers a pretty spectacular view from the other side.

One thing people get wrong...

New York City is much more than Manhattan and Williamsburg. Head north to discover the Bronx, or even east into Queens, which is one of the most diverse areas in the world.

People Also Ask

What should I do on my first trip to New York?

During a first-time trip, explore New York on foot. The best way to see the city is to walk, to slow down and explore street by street. Travel between destinations by subway and then explore neighborhoods on foot. Additionally, don’t miss the chance to see the skyline from above at landmarks like the Empire State Building or One World Observatory.

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What is the most visited place in New York?

Times Square is the most visited place in New York City. This Midtown landmark is where annual New Year’s Eve celebrations are held and where the city’s most impressive billboards can be found. This area is also home to many Broadway theaters, hotels, restaurants, and bars.

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What should you not miss in New York?

Don’t miss exploring New York beyond the sights. Yes, go to the top of the Empire State Building and visit the Statue of Liberty, but also get lost in the winding streets of the West Village, linger over Greek food in Astoria, discover the city’s many green spaces, and engage with New Yorkers at restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops.

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What type of activities can you do in New York?

The list of activities in New York is practically endless. Rent bikes in Central Park, sip cocktails at a rooftop bar, see dinosaur bones at the Museum of Natural History, go sailing on the Hudson River, visit the Union Square Farmer’s Market, catch a Broadway play, people watch on the subway, try a variety of restaurants, and much more.

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Is it safe in New York?

Yes, it is safe in New York City. Visit New York and you will find streets that are well lit and locals who are willing to help with directions. As in any city, use common sense when it comes to keeping cash and wallets zipped away. At almost any time of day, New York offers safety in numbers on the subway and in the city streets.

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Is New York City the same as Manhattan?

Yes and no. The island of Manhattan is one of five boroughs that make up New York City, along with Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But you are correct to say that you are in New York City when you are in Manhattan, and these terms are often used interchangeably.

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What do locals do for fun in NYC?

Locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to fun in NYC. New Yorkers love to eat and drink, and there is always a new and exciting restaurant or bar opening somewhere. Locals spend time in green spaces like Central Park, visit galleries and museums, shop at the farmers market, ride their bikes, and generally bring a sense of exploration to their ever-changing city.

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What is the prettiest place in New York?

Each New Yorker may have a different answer. But some of the prettiest places in New York City include Central Park, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, the charming streets of the West Village, the piers and paths of Riverside Park, and the New York Botanical Garden.

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