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Things to do in New York City

Things to do in  New York City

Welcome to New York City

New York City is one of the most visited places in the world—and for good reason. The city’s diverse population makes it a cultural capital for art, music, food, and much, much more.

Top 15 attractions in New York City

Statue of Liberty

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Guarding the entrance to New York Harbor on Liberty Island, the 305-foot (93-meter) Statue of Liberty came to the United States as a gift from France to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence—Lady Liberty has been a symbol of democracy and hope for NYC and the US almost ever since.More

Empire State Building

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The world's tallest building from 1931 to 1977, the Empire State Building is topped with a stepped Art Deco pinnacle that's floodlit at night and boasts holiday and commemorative colors throughout the year. After admiring the mosaics in the Art Deco lobby, take an elevator ride to the 86th or 102nd floor and get ready to drink in astounding 360-degree views from this iconic skyscraper observatory.More

Ellis Island

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As the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States, New York City’s Ellis Island was America’s busiest immigrant inspection station for more than 60 years. Today, the island’s restored main building houses the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which honors the US’s immigrant heritage, chronicles the island’s role in immigration history, and gives voice to the immigrants themselves.More

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City stands as a place of remembrance and a somber tribute to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Reopened 10 years after the 2001 attacks, the eight-acre (3.2-hectare) plaza—built on the World Trade Center site—features two massive square reflecting pools whose waterfalls cascade down into the footprints of the former Twin Towers. The surrounding plaza is a peaceful and moving green space, while the museum, located beneath the plaza, lends a deeper understanding to the impact of that day. You’ll undoubtedly leave with a heavy heart.More

SoHo

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New York City’s hyperhip neighborhood of SoHo is renowned for its stylish shops, art galleries, and trendy restaurants. Though it’s more relaxed than bustling Times Square, SoHo can get mobbed with shoppers and tourists. Stroll down the cobblestone streets, browse stores—from big-name brands to posh boutiques—or peek inside its many galleries.More

Central Park

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The heart and soul of Manhattan, Central Park is 843 acres (341 hectares) of green space featuring running paths, a boating lake, ponds, a zoo, fountains, statues, gardens, and a skating rink. New Yorkers and visitors alike have gathered at this National Historic Landmark year-round since 1857 to enjoy a respite from Manhattan’s concrete jungle.More

Brooklyn Bridge

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Extending for 1.3 miles (2 kilometers) across New York City’s East River, this 19th-century bridge sees constant foot, bike, and car traffic thanks to commuters and sightseers alike. After a construction beset by tragedies—at least 20 people died during the building process—this steel-wire suspension bridge, then the world’s largest, finally opened to the public in 1883. Today crossing the Brooklyn Bridge is an essential New York experience. Visitors come in droves to admire the bridge’s dramatic neo-Gothic towers and the stellar views of Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront.More

Flatiron Building

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Both an architectural marvel and one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks, the Flatiron Building has been a city icon since its debut in 1902. Named for its uncommonly thin, triangular shape, the building was designed by architect Daniel Burnham and is a National Historic Landmark. It is not currently open to the public.More

The Dakota Apartments

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One of Manhattan’s most storied—and macabre—buildings, the Dakota has pride of place on Central Park West. The architectural icon of the Upper West Side was a stand-in for the fictional Bramford in the horror film Rosemary’s Baby; it’s also where John Lennon was shot in 1980.More

One World Observatory

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Admire New York City from on high at the One World Observatory, the 100th-floor viewing deck which you’ll reach in just 47 seconds view high-speed elevator. On the ride up, impressive time-lapse technology showcases the city’s transformation from the 1500s to the present in immersive floor-to-ceiling screens. At the top, enjoy panoramic views of the city’s waterways, iconic skyline, and renowned landmarks.More

Rockefeller Center

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Radiating art deco glory, Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan is where you'll find Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, the Top of the Rock observation deck, and in winter, New York City’s famous ice rink and Christmas tree. Opened by John D. Rockefeller in 1933, it’s a classic NYC stop for its history as a cultural center and architectural icon.More

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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The World War II-eraUSS Intrepid aircraft carrier retired to Manhattan’s West Side, where it was transformed into a museum. The complex hosts noteworthy craft, including NASA’sEnterprise space shuttle, theUSS Growler missile submarine, and a Concorde jet. While there, check out original artifacts, film, and photographs, plus simulators that recreate the flying experience.More

Times Square

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The neon lights and video billboards of Times Square are one of New York City’s most well-known landmarks. This triangular intersection between Broadway, 42nd Street, and Seventh Avenue is home to the Big Apple’s famous theaters and the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop—an essential Manhattan experience.More

New York City St. Patrick's Cathedral

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The largest neo-Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States, New York City's St. Patrick’s Cathedral occupies an entire city block, and welcomes millions of visitors annually. First built in 1879, the Manhattan landmark is renowned for its soaring spires, colossal organ, and exemplary rose window, and is the seat of the Archbishop of New York.More

New York Harbor

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One of the largest natural harbors in the world, New York Harbor is the gateway to Manhattan. It’s also a scenic spot to explore and a must for first-time visitors to New York City, with photo ops aplenty along its walking trails, bridges, and piers.More

Trip ideas

The High Line

The High Line

Times Square

Times Square

9/11 Memorial & Museum

9/11 Memorial & Museum

One World Observatory

One World Observatory

How to Spend 2 Days in NYC

How to Spend 2 Days in NYC

How to Spend 1 Day in NYC

How to Spend 1 Day in NYC

Must-See Museums

Must-See Museums

How to Spend 3 Days in NYC

How to Spend 3 Days in NYC

Top activities in New York City

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
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Manhattan Sky Tour: New York Helicopter Flight
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New York Dinner Cruise

New York Dinner Cruise

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Niagara Falls in One Day from New York City
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New York CityPASS

New York CityPASS

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The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York

The Manhattan Helicopter Tour of New York

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9/11 Memorial Museum Admission Ticket

9/11 Memorial Museum Admission Ticket

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Bateaux New York Premier Dinner Cruise

Bateaux New York Premier Dinner Cruise

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Taste of NYC Helicopter Tour
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Taste of NYC Helicopter Tour

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New York Manhattan Scenic Helicopter Tour
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New York Helicopter Tour: Manhattan Highlights
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Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Great tour!
Bergen_S, Apr 2023
Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island Tour: All Options
I took my 14-year-old daughter on this trip for her spring break and it didn’t disappoint.
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Sitting on top
Takema_A, Mar 2023
SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience Ticket
He was able to see all over New York City.
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Amazing experiences
Joane_J, Mar 2023
Ultimate NYC Helicopter Tour
An amazing way to see New York City from a completely different perspective.
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The best dinner experience!
John_E, Jan 2023
New York Dinner Cruise
If you decide to go during winter months, bring a jacket.
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Wonderful
Mario_T, Jan 2023
New York City Statue of Liberty Super Express Cruise
It was a dream to see Statue of Liberty for all my family because is unique and is the beautiful thing in New York City I love it
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Happy 25th wedding anniversary!!
Shane_R, Dec 2022
Standard Central Park Horse Carriage Ride (Long Loop - 45 Minutes)
The trip was a surprise for my wife to see the New York City’s Rockefeller Center all decorated for Christmas (visit was on her bucket list).
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Exhilarating
Amanda_S, Nov 2022
Edge Observation Deck Admission Ticket Optional Upgrade to City Climb
Getting to see the end of the sunset with all the city lights lit in the New York City night sky was phenomenal!
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Great tour Very informative!
William_S, Nov 2022
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
Great way to see New York City.
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Great way to see the New...
David_H, Nov 2022
CARRIAGE RIDE OFFICIAL (VIP PRIVATE) in CENTRAL PARK since 1971™
Great way to see the New York City night life and Central Park.
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City tour
Carrie_M, Nov 2022
New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour
Truly the best way to see New York City!
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Phenomenal
Stephen_T, Oct 2022
New York City Cocoa and Carols Holiday Cruise
This was a phenomenal opportunity to see New York City with a different lens.
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A fun unique and different activity to do in NYC
Jade_M, Mar 2023
Behind The Scenes Factory Tour - M&S Schmalberg Flowers
I have no fashion background and was just looking for interesting things to do during my brief trip, and I had a great time.
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