New York City is the largest city in the United States with a population of nearly 8,500,000 people. It is made up of five boroughs: Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan. NYC is rich with cultural landmarks, diverse dining opportunities, world class entertainment, and shopping. There are lots of cool things to do in NYC.
10. Yankee Stadium
Yankee Stadium, in the Bronx, is the ball park of the New York Yankees baseball team and also the city’s soccer team. The original stadium was completed in 1923. That site has been torn down and is now the site of Heritage Field. The current stadium is next to the old location, and was completed in 2008. Sports fans can enjoy a day of Yankees baseball with friends or family, and check out a large display of baseball history memorabilia in the Yankee Museum, near Gate 6. The stadium hosts tours for visitors, as well.
9. Times Square
For people who enjoy the bright lights and excitement of the big city, Times Square is not to be missed. It is a premier location for world class shopping, dining, and theater. Roughly a million people crowd the area each year for the annual ball drop on New Year’s Eve, a tradition since December 31, 1907. The area has had pedestrian plazas since 2009, and it is a family-friendly place. More than 300,000 people visit Times Square on any given day, fifty million per year. It is a popular area for a variety of events.
8. The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift to New York from France in 1886. Located on Liberty Island off of Manhattan, the copper statue represents the Roman goddess, Libertas, holding a tablet in one hand and a torch in the other. She represents freedom, and she welcomed immigrants arriving at nearby Ellis Island. The monument, which receives over 3,000,000 visitors per year, stands at 305 feet and has viewing areas at the base and pedestal, and in the crown. Admission is free, but those who wish to climb the stairs to the crown must get a free ticket in advance, as the number of people allowed is limited to 240 per day. Visitors will have to pay for the ferry ride to the island.
7. Ellis Island
One of the busiest hubs of legal immigration to the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Ellis Island is a popular national landmark with visitors, many of whom have relatives who passed through there on their way to new lives. It also has a darker history, as a deportation station during World War II. The island, along with nearby Liberty Island, is part of the National Park Service. Most of the island is closed to the public, but visitors can access the museum. Those who wish to visit the island can purchase a combination ticket for ferry service to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island.
6. Coney Island
Coney Island, in the borough of Brooklyn, is a popular seaside resort with an amusement park. The park was the largest of its kind from 1880 until 1944. Unlike typical theme parks, Coney Island is part of a neighborhood and has a beach. Rides include rollercoasters Cyclone and Thunderbolt. There are sideshows and carnival food. Other venues on the peninsula include the New York Aquarium and MCU Park, where the Cyclones play baseball. Tickets can be purchased online for the Luna Park amusement park, which is open April through October. Check their schedule for dates and times.
For those who love live theater, this city has some of the best in the world. The Broadway Theater District is among the top tourist attractions in NYC. More than 13 million tickets were sold to plays and musicals in nearly 40 theaters in the area. Some famous, long-running shows include Cats, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Wicked, Chicago, and The King and I. A Broadway show can be a great part of a romantic weekend evening. Tickets can be purchased on site, but you can buy them online to ensure they won’t be sold out when you get there.
4. Bronx Zoo
Kids will have fun at the Bronx Zoo. Among the largest zoos in the world, the Bronx Zoo originally opened in 1899. Today, it houses 4000 animals from 650 species. Some of the larger exhibits include the Congo Gorilla Forest, Jungle World, Butterfly Garden, Wild Asia Monorail, Tiger Mountain, African Plains, World of Birds, World of Monkeys, and World of Reptiles. The zoo has a long list of free attractions, in addition to a number of attractions that cost $5 each. One popular paid attraction is the Children’s Zoo, which recently underwent renovations.
3. One World Observatory
Located in One World Trade Center at 285 Fulton Street, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, One World Observatory allows visitors to view New York from floors 100, 101, and 102. Guests can get a 360 degree view of the city from floor 100. The elevator ride up is only one minute long, and includes an LED display showing a time lapse of the skyline of the city from the 1600s on. Available times change with the seasons, but tickets are available in fifteen minute increments from roughly 9:00 AM to 7:15 PM on week days. Tickets can be purchased online.
2. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art is home to more than two million works of art. It is the largest museum in America, and a popular tourist destination. Among the displays are European paintings by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, and many more. Some other displays are an Egyptian collection of ancient artifacts, and fifteen galleries of Art of the Arab Lands. Asian art, Greek and Roman art, and art from the Americas are also represented. From May through October, visitors can dine at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Roof Garden Cafe and Martini Bar and enjoy a beautiful view of the city. The museum is open every day, and there is an admission fee.
1. Central Park
Central Park is 843 acres of land in the borough of Manhattan. It is a National Historic Landmark, and one of the most visited destinations in NYC. More than 37 million people visit the urban park each year. Features of the greenspace include a six mile jogging loop, exposed bedrock which attracts climbers from all over the world, the six acre Conservatory Garden, the Central Park Zoo, 36 beautiful bridges and arches, a Swedish Cottage, and more. The park has been featured in countless films. Visitors can stroll the grounds for free, or take advantage of various tours, including horse and carriage tours. Tour tickets can be purchased online.
Whether you have a lot of time or just an afternoon, these are some of the best places to visit in NYC. The city has a rich history, beautiful natural areas, fun activities, and lots to see. The shopping and dining are unrivaled. People of all ages will enjoy what this cosmopolitan city has to offer.