5 New York City Attractions You Should Visit at Least Once

New York City is packed with things to do, but it can be hard trying to decide what to visit first on a trip to the city. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a frequent visitor, aim for these five iconic attractions to make the most of your stay in New York City.

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty remains one of New York City’s most emblematic attractions. The teal statue was first constructed in France before it was shipped over, then assembled and dedicated in 1886. With her torch raised above her head (symbolizing lighting the way to freedom)

How to get there

Statue Cruises runs the official ferry from the Battery to Liberty Island (and Ellis Island, as well). The ferry is the only way to reach the island and generally leaves every 20–25 minutes. You can find more schedule info at statuecruises.com.

Empire State Building

There’s perhaps no better way to experience NY than by climbing to the top of the Empire State Building.

From the start of construction to modern-day fame, the story of the Empire State Building is one you’ll never forget.

Intended to be the world’s first 100+ story building, the Empire State Building construction began on March 17, 1930. Construction was completed in a record-breaking 1 year and 45 days.

Empire State Building

20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

One World Observatory

One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, is the focal point of the Lower Manhattan skyline. The tower officially opened in 2014, complete with a memorial for the Twin Towers below. Tickets allow visitors to skip the line and go directly to the observation deck after a 47-second elevator ride. The three floors of the indoor observatory showcase 360-degree views of New York City’s skyline, New Jersey and Brooklyn

One World Observatory is located at One World Trade Center at West and Vesey Streets in Downtown Manhattan.

One World Trade Center
117 West Street
New York, New York 10007

Entrance on West Street

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The largest art museum in the United States, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, doesn’t welcome 7.3 million visitors per year for no reason: the enormous building stretches over several city blocks and into Central Park, boasting more than two million pieces of art. 

Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. Every day, art comes alive in the Museum’s galleries and through its exhibitions and events, revealing new ideas and unexpected connections across time and cultures.

The Met

1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028

American Museum of Natural History 

The museum was officially created 150 years ago on April 6 and is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in Theodore Roosevelt Park, right across Central Park.

The American Museum of Natural History occupies more than 186,000 square meters (2,000,000 square feet). It is one of the largest museums in the world.

The museum complex comprises 28 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, a planetarium, and a library.

American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024-5102
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm

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