From famous attractions to world-class shopping, dining, museums, and entertainment on Broadway and beyond, New York City is a mecca for world travelers. The Empire State Building, Central Park, and the Statue of Liberty are just the start of a world of wonder and sightseeing.
It's a city for all seasons with festivals, concerts, and famous events like New York Fashion Week and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. Its five boroughs have distinct personalities and offerings, from baseball in Queens to Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Cross the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan and see a musical in the Theater District or a comedy show in Greenwich Village.
The Big Apple's spellbinding skyscrapers blend seamlessly with historic architecture like St. Patrick’s Cathedral and museums like the Met, MoMA, and the Guggenheim. Attractions include the 9/11 Memorial, Ellis Island, and Rockefeller Center, where you can go ice skating in the winter.
Shopping and dining are among the best in the world, from prestigious Fifth Avenue department stores to the boutiques of SoHo. Taste the flavors of Michelin-starred restaurants, local delis, casual cafes, wine bars, and the food halls at Chelsea Market. The nightlife is electric, with dance clubs, cocktail dens, and local dive bars.
There's never a bad time. New York City’s weather changes with the seasons, and there is always something for everyone. The hot-chocolate-worthy cold of winter brings ice skating at Rockefeller Center, beautiful holiday decorations, and special shows on Broadway. Sun-kissed summers offer an array of celebrations and outdoor activities such as music festivals, concerts, and parades. Fall and spring usher in a comfortable climate along with street art installations, Fashion Week, and special museum exhibitions.
The lush greenery of Central Park is an urban oasis, with an array of walking paths and scenic views of the city. To cover more of the sprawling park grounds, rent a bicycle and lock to view all of the park's sights, including the famed fountain, Alice in Wonderland statues, rolling Strawberry Fields, and the iconic resevoir.
Many of the city’s coveted museums, including MoMA and The Met, charge an admission fee upon entry. However, there are many museums that offer an eclectic focus, are always free, and are typically located outside of the downtown neighborhoods. Check out The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Socrates Sculpture Park, and The Harbor Defense Museum.
People-watching is obvious, but there's a hidden gem for passengers taking the N Train from Manhattan to Queens. Keep your eyes focused on the right-side windows while under the East River. One window allows a view of aquatic life and the cement pillars of the Queensboro Bridge.
Skip the hassle of a crowded Statue of Liberty boat ride. Instead, take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. The round-trip cruise lasts about 50 minutes and offers stunning views of the skyline, Statue of Liberty, and more.