Top Ten Attractions in New York City

Top Ten Attractions in New York City
Walking the streets of New York City is an attraction in itself. But there is more to see in this bustling city than commuters, street vendors, shops and restaurants. Ascend the Empire State Building, absorb the lights of Times Square, then relax in the shady oasis of Central Park. Museums, architecture, history, monuments and theater round-out the attractions of this world-class city.

Times Square

Nothing compares to the moving crowds and flashing lights of New York City's Times Square. Go at night when the lights stand out and the crowds gawp.

Times Square Information Center
7th Avenue, between 46th and 47th Streets
New York, New York 10036
(212) 768-1560


See a show. Any show. From long-running classics like The Lion King to new revivals, Broadway thrills old and young with the best acting, dancing, singing and scenery.
729 7th Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10019
(800) BROADWAY or (212) 541-8457

Empire State Building

Take the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building. This sleek, Art Deco skyscraper is famous for the romantic 360-degree views from its 86th Floor Observatory. The American Society of Civil Engineers named it one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World for the sturdiness of its construction and the speed with which it was built.

The Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, between 33rd and 34th Streets
New York, New York 10118
(212) 736-3100

Brooklyn Bridge

Whether you walk the mile across the Brooklyn Bridge, or just take in a distant view, this nineteenth-century suspension bridge is worth the trip. View the bridge from Manhattan at South Street Seaport's Pier 17 or enter the elevated walkway at Park Row.

Statue of Liberty

Not only is the Statue of Liberty a meaningful national monument, but the ferry ride to Liberty Island breathes fresh air into your urban vacation. Ascend the statue to the crown then stop on Ellis Island for a glimpse of American immigration history.

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

Central Park

There are few better places to soak in local life than Central Park. Families picnic on expansive lawns while bikers, joggers and rollerbladers speed through the tree-lined paths. Rent a boat on the lake, visit the zoo, search for hidden statues (there are over 50) and grab a bite at Tavern on the Green.

Central Park Conservancy
14 East 60th Street
New York, New York 10021
(212) 310-6600

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has sculpture and paintings from around the world. Don't miss the Greek and Roman statue atrium, the indoor Egyptian temple and the Frank Lloyd Wright room.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, New York 10028-0198
(212) 535-7710

American Museum of Natural History

No trip to New York is complete without seeing the big blue whale in the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Ocean Life. Founded by Theodore Roosevelt and the supposed setting of 2006's Night at the Museum, this institution houses dinosaurs' skeletons, impressive mammals from around the globe and collections of Native American artifacts.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024-5192
(212) 769-5100

Guggenheim Museum

The white spiraling building of the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is art itself. Though architecture often overwhelms art here, the museum contains a celebrated collection of modern and contemporary artworks.

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

Grand Central Station

With its Tiffany glass, opal clock, sculpture collection and painted ceiling, Grand Central Station is more than a place of transportation. Its restoration recreates its 1913 splendor, but its restaurants, lounges, market and shopping are fully modern.

Grand Central Station
87 East 42nd Street
New York, New York 10017
(212) 340-2345


Article Written By Kelly Aspen

Kelly Aspen's writing focuses on natural places, cultural sites and wildlife. She has more than 10 years of experience as an editor and writer for various magazines, books and websites.

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