New York City's Tourist Attractions

New York City's Tourist Attractions
New York City is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. Each year, over 40 million tourists come to the area to visit its many famous sites. Although the destination is as urban as it gets, there are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Riverside Park is a beautiful setting along the Hudson River with miles of walking and biking trails, spectacular gardens and a skate park. If you like to kayak, take one of the 30 local tours of New York Harbor guided by the Manhattan Kayak Company. These and a seemingly endless variety of other New York City attractions could fill a lifetime of visits.

Top of the Rock

The New York City experience would not be complete without taking in the views from atop one of its many skyscrapers. Most people have heard of the Empire State Building and its storied observation deck, but you can also get spectacular views from Top of the Rock, in Rockefeller Plaza. Panoramic views are available from one of three outdoor observation decks encompassing 55,000 square-feet of space spanning the 67th, 69th and 70th floors. Top of the Rock is open seven days per week from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Top of the Rock
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY
(212) 698-2000

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is a stunning theater complex offering hundreds of shows each year. Home to New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the New York City Ballet, this attraction is a must-visit for fans of the classical performing arts. Guided tours are offered several times per day, giving you the chance to see what happens both on and off the stage--you may even get a chance to see a rehearsal in progress. Several performances are staged daily, occasionally including some that are free of charge.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(212) 721-6500

Grand Central Terminal

The historic landmark of Grand Central Terminal is a transportation hub used by nearly one million daily commuters traveling in and out of New York City from Long Island, Westchester County and other nearby locations. In addition to its train service, Grand Central houses numerous shopping and dining venues, and hosts year-round special events. Make sure to check out the main concourse, home to the clock made famous as a rendezvous point in many movies, as well as the sky ceiling, which portrays the October to March zodiac and is illuminated with 2,500 fiber optic stars. The Municipal Arts Society and the Grand Central Partnership sponsor free tours every Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 p.m.

Grand Central Terminal
87 E. 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 340-2345

Article Written By Sarah Schreiber

Sarah Schreiber has been writing since 2004, with professional experience in the nonprofit and educational sectors as well as small business. She now focuses on writing about travel, education and interior decorating and has been published on Trazzler and various other websites. Schreiber received a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications.

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