New York City is one of the most visited cities’ in the world. With nicknames like The Big Apple, The City of Dreams, and The City That Never Sleeps, it is no surprise that everyone wants to experience a bit of New York glitz and glamour for themselves. One of the great things about Manhattan is that it can appeal to everyone regarding attractions and activities. There are plenty of lower budget adventures to go on, and there is a fair share of expensive and private options for those who want to live big. With so much to do, it can be hard to define all of the points or places of interest in Manhattan. To narrow down your search, here are some fantastic options that will make you feel like a New Yorker.
Empire State Building
There are several discernable locations on this list that are quintessential New York, the first being the Empire State Building. Whether seen at night or during the day, the Empire State Building is a beacon in the city’s skyline. Take an elevator all the way to the top and bask in the beauty of New York City in glorious sunshine or under the starry sky.
Located between the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side is one staple of New York City—Central Park. As the fifth largest park in New York City, it boasts amazing views of the city skyline, ice skating in the winter months, beautiful bridges like Bow Bridge, a zoo, and statues including an homage to Balto and Alice in Wonderland. And let’s not forget a romantic carriage ride. There are multiple carriages that you can rent from drivers to take you around Central Park during the day or night. Picnics are also a popular activity in the park, with endless food choices.
The High Line
One tour that is off the beaten path, but surely not to be missed, is the walking tour of the High Line, Chelsea, and the Meatpacking District. One of the greatest things to do in New York is discovering fun tours that take you away from regular touristy things and into the hidden gems of the city. This tour begins with an adventure through the Chelsea Market, which is a beautiful building full of little shops and eateries. It’s great destination for food lovers. You’ll learn about the history of the building, and will be able to taste some amazing food along the way. Then a guide will bring you for a stroll on the High Line: a 1.45-mile-long linear park, greenway, and rail trail developed on an old New York Central Railroad.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ranked as one of the top five museums in the world, The Met is a sublime culmination of art, cultures, and treasures. Take a private one-and-a-half-hour tour with just you and your group through a virtually empty museum. This private tour will avoid the loud masses, allowing you to enjoy the art in your own little bubble. The museum itself exemplifies more than 5,000 years of art from all over the world. Take a walk around the world and through time in this structure full of rare and beautiful artifacts.
One World Trade Center
The One World Trade Observatory and the National September 11th Memorial Museum are tributes to honor those lost in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993. The museum focuses on the implications of 9/11, the loss, and how our country banned together to mourn the devastation of the attacks. At the end of the tour, visitors are allowed to ascend to the top of the new One World Trade tower and experience the One World Observatory. Breathe in the vibrancy of the city, the iconic sights, and the panoramic skyline from the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
Statue of Liberty
Lady Liberty is our symbol of freedom, and over the years she has greeted millions of people as they visited the land of the free. The views of the Statue from the water are breathtaking and reminiscent of what immigrants first saw entering New York Harbor. You can also tour Ellis Island, which originally opened in 1892, and was an entry point for 60 years with more than 12 million immigrants entering the country through its doors. Now a museum is located in the main building of the former immigration station complex, and you can search for your family surname on the Immigrant Wall of Honor outside. This is a great piece of history for those who want to know more about their family line.
Top of the Rock/Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is a New York City landmark in Midtown Manhattan. People come from all across the country to see the tree placed and lit up at Christmas time. In the winter, you can event skate at the rink in the center of the square. You can also tours the NBC studios or the center itself. The Top of the Rock observation deck boasts amazing views of the horizon, which can be seen during the day and at night. The skyline is breathtaking under a night sky when the city comes alive with light.
In a city with so many choices, there is no shortage of adventures to be had. Plan a long weekend packed with sightseeing, relaxation, and fun all in one place. Take a stroll along the Hudson or spend a night under the stars. No matter which adventure choose, Manhattan has something for everyone.