Top Ten Attractions in New York City

Top Ten Attractions in New York City
New York is a bustling, sprawling place and knowing which attractions to see is confusing if you only have a few days to romp across the entire city. Devote one day to each attraction, or knock them all off of your list in a weekend. No matter which way you see these famous New York attractions, your vacation will be an adventure that was worth the trip.

Central Park

Central Park is a public space that occupies one square mile in the heart of New York City's midtown and uptown neighborhoods. Although there are plenty of open spaces in Central Park to have a picnic or sprawl out on a sunny rock and relax, the park also boasts a carousel, baseball diamonds, several playgrounds for kids, fountains like the historic Bethesda Fountain, a boathouse and ponds that are perfect for turtle-watching. Best of all, admission to Central Park is always free.

Central Park
Between Fifth and Eighth Avenues and 59th and 106th Streets
New York, NY 10001
(212) 360-3444

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often called The Met, is a comprehensive museum that may take two or three entire days to fully explore. If you are only able to see a portion of the museum, check it out after going to Central Park, as the two attractions are right next to one another. The Met boasts a large collection of Egyptian art, Medieval art and sculptures on the roof garden.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a breathtaking sight that may require an entire day, because Liberty Island is only accessible by ferry. The ferry is available at Battery Park, and provides beautiful views of the entire New York Skyline. Once you get to the Statue of Liberty, walk all the way to the top of the great structure, then have a picnic lunch in the Statue of Liberty National Park.

Statue of Liberty
National Park Service, Statue of Liberty National Monument, Liberty Island
New York, NY 10004
(212) 363-3200

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is a historic building located in the center of midtown, Manhattan. Home to television shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Rockefeller Center offers behind-the-scenes tours of these and other television studios. Rockefeller Center features dozens of restaurants and the famous ice skating rink.

Rockefeller Center
600 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10111
(212) 632-3975

South Street Seaport

The South Street Seaport is no longer an actual working seaport, but it features breathtaking views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge. The South Street Seaport is home to the original Bodies exhibit, as well as the South Street Seaport Museum. Kids can ride the roller coaster simulation machine, while adults can enjoy a glass of wine or beer and gaze at the sunset from the pier.

South Street Seaport
Fulton and South Streets, Pier 17
New York, New York 10038
(212) SEA-PORT

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, located on New York's Upper East Side, features frequently changing exhibits that are made even more interesting due to the unique architecture of the building. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959, the Guggenheim remains one of the most visually stunning buildings in New York City.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-3500

Ground Zero

Ground Zero is the site of the World Trade Center buildings, which were attacked by terrorists in 2001. Visitors of Ground Zero can pay their respects to the lives lost, as well as peer into the construction site to view progress on the new design. Admission to Ground Zero is free and usually takes under an hour to explore.

Ground Zero
Vesey, Liberty, Church and West Streets
New York, NY 10038

Times Square

Times Square was a scary, unfriendly place to visit in the 1980s and earlier, but has now been gentrified and continues to be a safe place for children and families to visit. Times Square, located in the heart of midtown, Manhattan, is a great place to soak in the atmosphere of New York City, as well as the home of Broadway shows. Discounted tickets to Broadway shows are available at Times Square's TKTS booth, on 47th Street and Broadway.

Times Square
1560 Broadway, between 46th & 47th Streets
New York, NY 10036

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is a building complex that serves as the home of the Juilliard School, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Philharmonic and the School of American Ballet. Whether you're going to Lincoln Center to see a show or simply enjoy the ambiance, Lincoln Center is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 875-5000

Ellis Island

Ellis Island, located on the Hudson River, is a trip that may take the entire day to explore. The best way to travel to Ellis Island is by ferry from Battery Park, located on the southern tip of Manhattan. Ellis Island features a museum as well as games for kids to learn about the history of New York.

Ellis Island
17 Battery Place #210
New York, NY 10004
(212) 561-4588

Article Written By Megan Smith

Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.

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