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Top 10 Best Places to Visit in NYC

Updated on July 2, 2019

One of the most popular cities in the United States is New York City. New York City has it all from morning to night, there is always something to do. So, here are the 10 best places to visit in New York City.

Before I start this list, if you would like to save money on attractions by purchasing a cityPASS. The cityPASS offers discount on different attractions which can save you up to 100 dollars per person if you attend to all of the attractions included on the cityPASS.

1) Liberty/ Ellis Island

Between 1892 and 1954, the isle located in the New York Harbor served as the entrance for over 12 million immigrants from forgeign countries hoping for a better life. The museum on the Ellis Island was actually where the immigrants would get checked for diseases as well as everything else the immigrants need to go through before they make it to America. The museum has a 45 minute audio tour. They come in 9 languages and also has an engaging version for kids. The Liberty Island is where the statue of liberty is. If you purchase the cityPASS, you will have a chance to visit both Liberty and Ellis Island. While on the Liberty Island, you will experience around 2 hours of audio tour over the history of liberty island and the statue of liberty as well as a great view of the statue. You can also go inside of the statue of liberty but you will need to purchase an additional pass which is not included on the city pass.

Here is a good video for you to watch to see the vibe at liberty island

2) 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The 9/11 Museum is also included in the cityPASS. Freedom Tower (One World Trade Center) stands where the Twin Towers stood before the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The North and South Pools were exactly where the twin towers were. The pools features everyone who died during 9/11.

Here is a video of the vibe at Central Park

3) Central Park

The Central Park is one of the most relaxing places to visit in New York City. If you need a nice place to hang out for a day, the Central Park would be a good place to go. There is so much to do in an 843 acre park. The Great Lawn is an area you would see kids play around. This is also a great place to rent a bike or run. There is also an area called the Loeb Boathouse where you can rent a boat to go fishing in Harlem Meer.

4) Top of Empire State Building

The Empire State Building and Rockfeller are both attractions where you get to have a bird’s eye view of the entire city. These are both included on the cityPASS so I recommend attending one during the day and one during the night. That way, you can have a good bird’s eye view of the city during day daytime and night time. There is also a ticket where you can go all the way up to the observation deck in the Empire State Building for an even higher view of the city.

5) Times Square

The Times Square is fueled by advertising. Full of lights and action, it is a wonderful place to hang during the night time. With all the available shops around, it gets very packed during the Christmas time where everyone wants to buy gifts for their loved ones. It gets even better during the new years where every New Yorker would gather around and see the New Year's Eve Ball Drop!

6) The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States which is included on the cityPASS. This museum stores over 2 million art pieces and is placed in 17 different cultural categories. They have art stored that are over 5 thousand years old! From the middle ages to the 20th century, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has it all which is why they attract millions of customers annually.

7) American Museum of Natural History

Located on the westside of Manhattan, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world which is included in the cityPASS. For a very small amount of money, you will have access to explore over 90 thousand pieces! The museum has traces from animals from millions of years ago. Just about every type of animals of all sizes from any time in history are there from Dinosaurs from millions of years ago to butterflies from hundreds of years ago. They also have a huge room known as the hall of ocean life that displays ocean life from the past. The displays in the American Museum of Natural History are one of the most realistic displays I have ever seen! They also have a gigantic whale which is an actual size for a live whale hanging on top of the room which can take 3 days to clean!

8) Coney Island

Looking for a day to relax at the beach? Looking for a place for pizza for only one dollar per slice? Well, the Coney Island is where you need to be! There is an amusement park full of wonderful rides and there is a beach right beside it. What’s better? It is free to enter! Unfortunately, the rides cost money but you can buy a pass for $29 dollars for unlimited rides all day! There are also tons of other attractions including skating, mini golf, aquariums and more. The only things that cost money are the rides and food which are both way cheaper than what you will normally find!

9) Ice Skating

If you are looking for a chance to go ice skating outside underneath a glorious view? Well, there are tons of skating rink. There is one in Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, etc. Most of these skating rinks are below 50 dollars per person. However, my personal favorite one is the Rockefeller Skating Rink because of the amazing view. Unfortunately, if you don’t want to wait in a line of over 100 people, you will have to pay close to 100 dollars per person to get in. I personally recommend only going to Rockfeller if you either think it is worth spending that much money to get in or if you have a lot of time to wait. Otherwise, I think the one in Central Park is better.

10) Broadway

Now, one of the hottest topics of New York City… the broadway shows. Yes they are expensive but it is for a great price. The theatres look very high class and ever one of the actors on the stage bring joy into our eyes. All of these shows are incredibly well planned and very entertaining. The broadway show I watched was “The School Of Rock”. I will take a poll here. Would you like me to write an article about my experience there?

New York City is one of the most popular places to travel to all year around. I hope this article gives you some ideas of where to go based on my experience.

Should I write an article about "The School Of Rock?"

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      Mikey Karlovsky 

      3 months ago

      Never been to New York, thanks for informing me what to do if I do!

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      Louise Powles 

      3 months ago from Norfolk, England

      This article was really interesting to read. I'd love to visit New York.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      Great list of ideas of things to do in NYC.

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