Things to do things to do attractions US > New York > New York

Top Attractions In New York City, USA - Updated 2020

attractions in ny
Barry
Barry
Updated

It’s no doubt that New York City is one of the world’s most popular destinations; a vibrant city with a buoyant personality. With millions of people from different nationalities coming together to form a unique character, this is certainly a place you should visit when you have the slightest opportunity. Numerous attractions pepper the city, from the iconic statue of Liberty to the lofty One World Trade Center, to even the historic Grand Central Station. There is plenty to keep you busy; lots to see and do. Below, we’ve put together a list of the top attractions in New York City. Scroll down to learn about them.

1. Statue of Liberty (from USD 25)

attractions in ny | statue of liberty

This iconic statue of part of the identity of New York City; a towering fixture on Liberty Island. Made of copper, it was born in France, designed by French sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, built by Gustave Eiffel, and gifted to the United States in the late 1800s. Today, she stands as a symbol of the liberties enjoyed in the US, a sign of the country’s freedom, symbolized by the broken chains at the statue’s feet. You can visit the Statue of Liberty which welcomes scores of people each day. Several tours are organized to this monument.

NYC: Statue of Liberty Priority or Standard Ticket

Duration: 4 to 6 hour

5132 reviews

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art (from USD 79)

attractions in ny | metropolitan museum of art

Known locally as ‘the Met’ this is a haven for art lovers, a museum that prides itself in being the largest art museum in the US and among the largest in the world. There are more than two million pieces, traced back more than five millennia. Among the works of art are five paintings by Johannes Vermeer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art opens every day at 10 am, receiving hundreds of visitors each day. It’s no wonder it was the third most visited art museum in the world, in 2016.

NYC: Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) - Guided Museum Tour

Duration: 2 to 2.5 hour

15 reviews

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

3. Broadway and the Theater District (from USD 30)

attractions in ny | broadway and the theater district

Anyone who claims to be a lover of the arts must have heard of Broadway. This destination in Manhattan has served as ground zero for hundreds of world-renowned stars in the world of music and acting. Teeming with theaters, movie cinemas and recording studios, the Theater District is New York’s entertainment nerve center. Take a tour of this district, learn its history and watch a show. The Broadway experience is one you most certainly must gain first hand.

Broadway Theater District Walking Tour

Duration: 2 hour

1 review

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

4. Empire State Building (from USD 46)

attractions in ny | empire state building

Rising to a total height of 1,454 feet (443 meters) the Empire State building is one of New York’s most noticeable buildings, a monumental structure at the heart of Manhattan. Since 1931, this skyscraper has owned the cityscape of New York although it isn’t the tallest building in the city; it’s currently the fifth tallest. This building has made cameos in hundreds of TV shows but its most iconic appearance was in the 1930s movie, King Kong. Today, the Empire State Building is part of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and it’s among the designated New York City Landmarks. Its summit offers a panoramic view of New York City, one that attracts hundreds of locals and visitors; one you ought to experience for yourself.

NYC: Empire State Building General & Skip-the-Line Tickets

Duration: 1 hour

5344 reviews

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

5. 11 Memorial and Museum (from USD 19)

memorial and museum

The United States and the world as a whole changed on September 11th, 2001, when two aircrafts, controlled by terrorists, rammed against the Twin Towers causing the two buildings to collapse, leaving behind the death of close to 3,000 people in their wake. The site of this catastrophic event is today a memorial and museum in honor of those who lost their lives on that tragic day. Tickets to the 9/11 Memorial can be bought up to six months in advance, so plan to visit this site and tap into the emotions of the victims.

Private Tour: 9/11 Memorial and Ground Zero

Duration: 2 hour

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

6. Times Square (from USD 35)

Characterized by pulsating lights and enchanting billboards, you’ll be forgiven for standing in awe when you arrive at Times Square. This intersection looks unassuming at day time, but when the sun goes down and the lights turn on, the street takes on a different persona. This is a commercial hub in which millions of people scamper through each day. It’s also a center for entertainment, boasting proximity to Broadway. A trip to New York is never complete without visiting Times Square.

Times Square Walking Tour

Duration: 1 hour

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

7. Brooklyn Bridge (from USD 329)

Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has, since then, been the link between Brooklyn and Manhattan, stretching 1825 meters (5987 feet) and rising to a height of 84 meters (276.5 feet). It should take you about an hour to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, at a relaxed pace, enjoying the view of New York from the East River. There are several walking tours organized on the bridge, in which you’ll also get to learn a lot about its history. If you prefer a different means of crossing it, consider cycling across.

Brooklyn Bridge DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights Walking Tour

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

1 review

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

8. One World Observatory (from USD 38)

one world observatory

Found in the One World Trade Center, the One World Observatory spans three floors in the building; the 100th to 102nd floors. If you’re in New York and you don’t have time to experience all of the city’s attractions, the observatory will serve them all up to you in one gulp. Get a panoramic view of the city from this lofty vantage point in the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, with a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline. You can also get a tour of the city’s skyline, with detailed information on the history of New York. And when you get hungry, drop by the on-site cafe to satiate your palate.

New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

Duration: 1 day

6318 reviews

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

9. Wall Street (from USD 35)

wall street

Wall Street is a financial hub, not only in the United States but also in the world. This reputation has earned New York the title of being the world’s most economically powerful city. Hosting stock exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ among others, there is no doubt that Wall Street is where the money is. Whether you’re a financial expert or not, a visit to Wall Street is worth your time.

Wall Street Insider Tour

Duration: 75 minute

135 reviews

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

10. Central Park (from USD 15)

No one who has been to New York has passed up an opportunity to visit this monumental park, earning its fame for being the most visited park in the US. Though it isn’t the largest US park, it falls among the top five, spanning an area of 341 hectares (843 acres). Its real estate is made up of artificial lakes that look more natural than man-made. There are also several hectares of wooded area and expansive meadows as well as playgrounds for kids. Paved tracks run through the park, offering an idyllic location for cyclists, joggers or even skaters. Central Park certainly deserves its position on the list of the United States National Historic Landmarks.

Behind the Scenes Tour: Central Park and Top of the Rock

35 reviews

See our full list of recommended Hotels in New York, New York, US and also compare the prices with Vacation Rentals in New York, New York, US

Never a dull moment in New York

New Yorkers work hard but they play hard as well. There is never a dull moment in this city so, if you’re visiting, spare ample time to explore the wealth of attractions. The list above is a great place to start but it’s hardly conclusive. Book a trip and fully experience New York.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

Tour img 1737331 75
Still Need Travel Insurance?

You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101

*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.

As a freelance writer, I have gathered experience over the years that give me the capacity to create content that not only entertains but educates. And nothing prides me more than to be a part of...Read more

Have a question? Ask fellow travellers and travel experts here.
 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore New York
Good things are meant to be shared!