The Big Apple, the city that never sleeps! New York City is bustling with attractions, activities, nightlife, shopping, and dining. There is bound to be something here for everyone, just try being bored! Here are some attractions that should be on your list when visiting this great city:
1- The Statue of Liberty
No trip to NYC will be complete without viewing the iconic landmark that sits in the New York Harbor and represents the life and liberty of the United States. Take a ferry out to Liberty Island where you can stand at the base of the Statue of Liberty and if you choose to climb to the crown. Most ferry tours also include a stop at Ellis Island, the point where immigrants were brought before being cleared to enter the US.
I have visited Liberty Island multiple times and one tip that I would give you is to visit early. The ferry and island can become quite crowded throughout the day, with ferries coming to the island from both NYC and New Jersey. I have found that earlier in the morning is the best time to go to avoid the crowds.
Please note that if planning on climbing to the Pedestal or Crown advanced reservations are required and space is limited-plan ahead.
2-The 911 Memorial and World Trade Center
During your visit to NYC be sure to stop by the site of the 911 memorial honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. The memorial features two reflecting pools with the names of all of the lives lost in both the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center inscribed on the outer walls.
You can also check out the museum which sits next to the reflecting pools. The grounds of the memorial are free to enter, however a fee is required to enter the museum. The museum features artifacts from the World Trade Center buildings destroyed in the attacks.
3-Visit Times Square
Whether to spend some time shopping or to just take in the sights Times Square is a must do! Times Square is a shopping district in the city well known for bright lights and entertainment. Spend some time shopping some of the famous shopping outlets featured in Times Square such as Sephora, Old Navy, Gap, American Eagle, Footlocker, Disney Store, and so on, take in the sight of the location of the famous New Year’s Eve ball drop, or see a broadway show. There is something for everyone here!
One of my favorite experiences I had with Times Square was the night that a couple friends of mine and I decided to explore late-night. While many of the shops are closed the streets are still bussing with street side vendors and the environment is much more relaxing than that of the mid day commotion.
4-The Empire State Building
Stand at the bottom of the Empire State Building and see it towering over you or walk inside and take a ride to the top and observe stunning 360 views of the city. If you are going to ride to the top be aware of the weather condition as fog will greatly reduce visibility and limit views of the city. If you want to avoid the crowds the best time to go would be early in the morning when the building is first opening for tours. Avoid weekends if possible as well as the attractions tends to be more crowded. A ride to the top is sure to give you an unforgettable experience.
5-Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge crosses over the East River connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. The bridge offers walking and bike trails across the entirety of the bridge. Spend some time walking or bike riding on the bridge, even if you do not cross it completely. Enjoy some stunning views of Manhattan from on the bridge.
6-Spend some time soaking up the sun at Battery Park.
Walk along the paths of Battery Park alongside New York Harbor. The path will give you views of the harbor, the Statue of Liberty, and the city. During the day you will find vendors throughout the park and if lucky may find someone dressed up as the Statue of Liberty like we did on my last visit to the city.
7-The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building is another of NYC’s most famous skyscrapers and one not to miss on your trip to the Big Apple. View the building from the outside at the base, from afar, or step inside and view the lobby of this beautiful building. Please note at this time ride to the top tours are not available at the Chrysler Building.
Central Park is another must see attraction that should be on this list, but as I have not yet had the opportunity to explore it I will not get into details about it. Stay tuned for a Central Park Itinerary from my upcoming trip to Central Park!