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Attractions in New York

New York has a lot of great places where you can find interesting attractions like the famous and iconic skyscrapers, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. There are a lot of parks, museums, monuments, culture, and history. Renowned places like Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Terminal, Times Square, the theater district of Broadway and Fifth Avenue are just some of the many interesting attractions that you can visit in New York City.

There is also a great variety of events and festivals that are also interesting attractions for those who travel to New York City. Because it's an enormous city, there are too many places to visit so just a trip will not be enough to see all the spectacular attractions. Come and visit as many times as you need to discover everything that this metropolis has to offer.

Empire State Building

Attractions in New York

It is a historical monument and one of the most famous examples of Art Deco buildings in New York City. This skyscraper is located on Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. The Empire State Building features an outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor and another one in the 102nd floor, both offering stunning panoramic views of the city. For more than 40 years, this was the tallest building in the world until the construction of the World Trade Center (the Twin Towers) in 1972. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the Empire State Building is the tallest in the city. It is 443 meters high, including the pinnacle, and features a great variety of places to visit like art exhibitions, restaurants, banks and the New York Skyride, a motion simulator attraction.

Statue of Liberty

Attractions in New York

It is located on Liberty Island, south of Manhattan and close to Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France to the United States to commemorate the centennial of US independence. The statue was made by Frederick Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor and the design by the engineer Gustave Eiffel, who also created the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. The Statue of Liberty was inaugurated in 1886 and turned into the icon that represented liberty and autonomy because it was the first thing that the immigrants from Europe saw upon their arrival to the United States. The statue is considered a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Attractions in New York

Located in the Rockefeller Center, extraordinary panoramic views can be enjoyed from this observation deck. Central Park and famous landmarks of New York City like the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the Hudson River and the East River can be admired from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

Rockefeller Center

Attractions in New York

This is a well known attraction because of the many activities that are organized here, depending on the season, like the giant Christmas tree and the ice skating rink that attracts locals and tourists during the winter. Rockefeller Center is a commercial complex made up of 19 buildings with luxury boutiques, a lot of shops and renowned theaters. You can find Radio City Music Hall and enterprises like the National Broadcasting Company, located right next to the GE Building, where you can find the famous Top of the Rock Observation Deck. This attraction is located in Midtown Manhattan, which covers the area between Fifth Avenue and 6th Avenue between West 49th and West 50th Streets.

Central Park

Attractions in New York

This public park is located in Manhattan and consists of 341 hectares. It offers a great variety of wonderful landscapes and resting areas. Various ponds, lakes and beautiful bridges are part of Central Park besides extensive green areas where sometimes concerts and artistic events take place. There are various monuments, two restaurants and the Belverade Castle which serves as a weather station. The Park also features the famous Central Park Zoo and the Children's Zoo. Gorgeous green areas, many attractions, sports facilities, recreational activities and educational programs for adults and children are what make the park so special.

Fifth Avenue

Attractions in New York

This is probably the most famous thoroughfare in New York City. It is a nice area with a lot of luxury apartments, as well as exclusive boutiques offering items from famous designers like Gucci, Ferragamo, Fendi, Armani, Luis Vuitton and more. Fifth Avenue is one of the premier shopping streets in the world similar to the Champs-??lys?©es in Paris, Oxford Street in London and Via Montenapoleone in Milan, making it the shopping area for wealthy people and celebrities on an international level.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Attractions in New York

This museum located in Manhattan is a must when you travel to New York City since it is one of the most important museums in the world. It exhibits a collection of more than 2 millions works by artist like Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rodin and many more. The collection comprises of ancient art from Greece and Cyprus, as well as paintings and sculptures from renowned artists and an extensive cultural heritage or African, Asian, Egyptian, Byzantine and Islamic art.


Attractions in New York

Broadway (which is located in Times Square) is as important as Fifth Avenue in Manhattan since the Theatre District is where excellent musical and theatrical performances are presented in professional theaters. Some theaters on Broadway have a long and interesting history. There are more than 30 theaters where you can have a great time in New York City.

Brooklyn Bridge

Attractions in New York

This is one of the three bridges connecting the Manhattan and Brooklyn boroughs. It is 1,828 meters long and stretches over the East River. Its completion was in 1883 and was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge, featuring Neogothic architecture, is one of most representative of New York City icons. The Brooklyn Bridge has automobile lanes and a wide pedestrian walkway for walkers and cyclists so enjoy a long walk and majestic views of Lower Manhattan.

Financial District (Lower Manhattan)

Attractions in New York

It's in the Financial District where Wall Street is located. There are banks, important skyscrapers and monuments. The main tourist attractions are Trinity Church, the New York Stock Exchange and Federal Hall. Lower Manhattan is the area where the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) was located, now known as Ground Zero. From the Financial District, you can take the ferry in Battery Park to go to Liberty Island, Ellis Island, Governors Island and Staten Island.

Times Square

Attractions in New York

It is the main plaza in New York City and an important intersection in Manhattan. Times Square is well known because of its spectacular digital advertisements and has everything: first class hotels, a great variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs as well as tourist attractions like Broadway and famous skyscrapers. It is a commercial area where you can find electronic items, shopping malls, toys and all kinds of incredible products.

Manhattan Attractions

Attractions in New York
  • American Folk Art Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Battery Park
  • Bryant Park
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Chinatown
  • Chrysler Building
  • Church of Saint John the Divine
  • Ellis Island
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • Federal Hall Memorial
  • Foley Square
  • Gothic-style Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Governor Island
  • Grand Central Terminal
  • Ground Zero Museum of Workshop
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Harlem Jazz and Musical Festival
  • Jewish Museum
  • Lincoln Center
  • Madame Tussaud's
  • Madison Avenue
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Museum Mile
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • New York Public Library
  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Radio City Music Hall
  • Riverbank State Park
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space
  • Soho (Neighborhood)
  • South Street Seaport
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • Staten Island Ferry (Staten Island)
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Tenement Museum
  • The Cloisters Museum and Gardens
  • The National Academy Museum
  • Tribeca (Neighborhood)
  • Trinity Church
  • Union Square Park
  • United Nations Headquarters
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Woolworth Building

The Bronx Attractions

Attractions in New York
  • Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Bronx Wildlife Center
  • Bronx Zoo
  • City Island
  • Crotona Park
  • Hall of Fame for Great Americans
  • Judaica Museum of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale
  • Museum of Bronx History and Historical Society
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Orchard Beach
  • Pelhalm Bay Park
  • The Edgard Allan Poe Cottage
  • Van Cortlandt Park
  • Woodlawn Cemetery
  • Yankee Stadium

Brooklyn Attractions

Attractions in New York
  • Astroland Amusement Park
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Historic District
  • Brighton Beach and Neighborhood
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Brooklyn Borough Hall
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Bridge
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Brooklyn Heights Neighborhood
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Chinatown
  • Coney Island Boardwalk
  • Dumbo Neighborhood
  • Fort Hamilton
  • Grand Army Plaza
  • Harbor Defense Museum of Fort Hamilton
  • New York Aquarium
  • Park Slope
  • Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
  • Prospect Park
  • Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
  • Williamsburg

Queens Attractions

Attractions in New York
  • Contemporary Art Center
  • Downtown Flushings (Chinatown)
  • Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
  • Jackson Heights
  • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Preserve
  • Louis Armstrong House Museum
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • New York Hall of Science
  • Noguchi Museum
  • PS1 Contemporary Art Center
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Queens Museum of Art
  • Queens Zoo
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • The Bowne House

Staten Island Attractions

Attractions in New York
  • Alice Austen House Museum
  • Borough Hall
  • Clove Lake Park and Silver Lake Park
  • Forth Wadsworth
  • Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
  • Miller Field
  • National Lighthouse Museum
  • Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
  • Sandy Ground Historical Museum
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
  • South Beach Boardwalk
  • Staten Island Botanical Garden
  • Staten Island Children's Museum
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • Staten Island Zoo

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