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NYC Things to do: 5 Top NYC Attractions

Our NYC Visitors Blog article, ‘NYC Things to do: 5 Top NYC Attractions’ introduces you to some of the most popular New York Attractions you should not miss during your next visit to NYC.

June 7, 2019

Whether you’re visiting New York for a few days or over a week, there is never enough time to see and do everything this incredible city has to offer. That is part of the beauty of New York – it is a city that is always changing, there is always something to do, see or experience.  

This article, ‘NYC Things to do: 5 Top NYC Attractions’ includes only a few of the best New York attractions, so look out for more upcoming articles on more of the best attractions in NYC. 

Let’s get started; NYC Things to do: 5 Top NYC Attractions:

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Address: 1000 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028
Telephone: 212-535-7710
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 3 Miles

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most visited museums in the United States with over 7 million visitors each year – more than any other NYC Attraction.  If you are a casual fan of art or a passionate lover of ‘all things art’, you will enjoy a visit to this amazing museum. There are several choices for how to see the many exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

People looking at a painting of pilgrims at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most visited museums in the United States with over 7 million visitors each year – more than any other NYC Attraction.

If the weather is nice be sure to make you way to the rooftop of the Museum and enjoy the latest exhibit in an open-air display.

If you have very limited time, consider the ‘Highlight Tour’ – this short tour introduces you to the
most important exhibits and pieces of the museum.   This tour is offered all day long and it is free with the cost of admission.

The ‘Audio Guides’ Tour is one of the most popular tours and allows guests to learn about the various exhibits at their own casual pace with the assistance of audio played through a headset, with detailed narration of the art pieces they are viewing.  The prices at publication at for the Audio Guides Tour is $7.00 for Museum members and $5.00 for kids 12 and under.

The ‘Gallery Talks’ Tour focuses its presentation on all the exhibits and pieces in a single gallery.  This tour is also free of charge with a paid admission to the museum.  

Detail of the Book in the hand of the Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France in 1886 during the French Revolution to celebrate the friendship between France and the United States.

2. Statue of Liberty
Address: Ellis Island, New York, NY 10004
Telephone: 212-363-3200
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 5 Miles

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most photographed landmarks in New York.  The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France in 1886 during the French Revolution to celebrate the friendship between France and the United States.

Visitors can see this important attraction from the shore of Lower Manhattan at Battery Park.  Riders of the Staten Island Ferry can get a great view of the Statue of Liberty for free as the ferry passes by on the way to Staten Island.

Liberty Island  and Ellis Island are two separate islands in the New York Harbor.  The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island.  Ellis Island is home to the Ellis Island Museum and the former Immigration Station and hospital. 

Both Liberty Island and Ellis Island are visited by the same ferry so visitors can easily visit both islands in a single day.

Tickets are required to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and it is recommended that you purchase your tickets in advance to visit these popular NYC Attractions. 

3. Theater District & Broadway Shows
Address: Theater District, New York, NY
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 2 Blocks

Who doesn’t love a Broadway show? The music, costumes and amazing performers! There is a Broadway Show for almost every type of taste or interest; comedy, drama, musical, one-man shows and more!

The vast majority of Broadway Theaters are in one concentrated area of Manhattan, West 41st Street to 54th Street and between 6th Avenue and 8th Avenue.  There are approximately 40 theaters in the Theater District and more smaller theaters spread out across Manhattan, or ‘Off Broadway.’  

Broadway Shows are very popular things to do when visiting New York so it is recommended that you purchase tickets as early as possible. You can do so by visiting one of the many websites that offer tickets to all the shows, like Broadway.com or you can visit the individual website for the theater presenting the play you are interested in. 

If you do not purchase tickets in advance of your arrival to New York, you are still in luck, there are numerous ways to buy your tickets, including purchasing tickets at the popular TKTS Booth in Times Square.  For more tips on buying discounted Broadway Show tickets, see our NYC Visitor Blog article, ‘How to Buy Discounted Broadway Show Tickets.’ 

Empire State Building with red or green lights
The lights that shine on the top section of the Empire State Building change for the holidays and other special observances.

4. Empire State Building
Address: 20 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001
Telephone: 212-736-3100
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 1.7 Miles

The Empire State Building is easily one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of New York.

Visitors can view this iconic NYC Attraction from many of the Rooftop Bars in the city or for a more up close and personal experience, guests can purchase a ticket to venture up to the top of the Empire State Building and enjoy amazing views of the New York skyline from the 86th and 102nd floor Observation Decks.  

Interesting facts about the Empire State Building:

  • The Empire State Building is 1,453 feet tall and there are 1,860 steps from the street level to the 102nd floor of this landmark.
  • Guests can see almost 80 miles in any direction from the Observation Decks on a clear day.
  • Approximately 10,000 to 20,000 people visit the Empire State Building each day.
  • The Empire State Building is struck by lightning an estimated 100 times each year.
  • The Empire State Building is a famous movie star of such movies as Annie Hall, King Kong, An Affair to Remember, Taxi Driver and Sleepless in Seattle, to name just a few.
  • The lights that shine on the top section of the Empire State Building change for the holidays and other special observances.

The guest lines to visit the Empire State Building can be long so be sure to visit this top NYC Attraction early in the day.

9/11 Memorial in New York City
The 9/11 Memorial includes the beautiful reflection pools that mark the footprints of the Twin Towers and are the largest man-made waterfalls in the United States.

5. 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Address: 180 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007
Telephone: 212-312-8800
Distance from our Times Square Hotel: 4.7 Miles

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is a very somber NYC landmark but also a very important memorial of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.  

The 9/11 Memorial is free to visit and open to the public.  The 9/11 Memorial includes the beautiful reflection pools that mark the footprints of the Twin Towers and are the largest man-made waterfalls in the United States.  The panels around the reflecting pools feature the names of the nearly 3,000 victims inscribed on the edges.  

In the Plaza around the reflecting pools is a beautiful grove of approximately 400 Oak trees.

Inside the 9/11 Museum, guests can view and reflect on more than 23,000 images, 10,000 artifacts and over 500 hours of video footage from that honor the victims and celebrate the heroes who responded to the attack that September day. 

New York is home to many great NYC Attractions and this article, ‘NYC Things to do: 5 Top NYC Attractions’ only highlights 5 of them.  Look for a future article in our NYC Visitors Blog where we will present more NYC Attractions you may choose to enjoy during your upcoming visit to New York.  

Visit our NYC Visitors Blog for more informative articles on ways to make the most of your next visit to New York.

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