20 New York City sights worth seeing
The Big Apple, like that forbidden fruit, beckons millions of travelers to visit New York every year. Of course, there are many guides to New York City that help make an impression of the city, but we offer our own rating of the most beautiful and interesting places, without seeing them, consider that you haven’t seen New York City either.
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1. Statue of Liberty
Of course, this is the main symbol of not only New York, but all of America. To get inside, you have to take a ferry ride.
- How to get : By ferry.which leaves from Battery Park every 15 to 20 minutes. They run daily from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.
- Statue of Liberty admission price:
- $18 for adults.
- $9 for children.
If you don’t want to spend the trip and the entrance fee, we suggest taking the free ferry from Staten Island and just cruising past the Statue.
2. the Empire State Building.
You’ve probably seen this skyscraper in American movies. Construction began back in 1929 and since then the building has been considered one of the most recognizable landmarks of New York City and the “heart” of the city. Two observation decks are open to the public and when you climb them you can see all of New York City at your feet.
- Prices :
- Entrance to the Empire State Building on the 86th floor costs
- $32 for adults,
- $26 for children.
- $52 for adults,
- $46 for children.
3. Rockefeller Center
The observation deck of this skyscraper is worth going to at sunset, which is when you get a view of the aforementioned Empire State Building and all of New York, drowning in the fading rays of the sun. There are handy urban binoculars on the site.
4. High Line Park.
This unusual urban park was opened not so long ago – in 2009. It was built 10 meters above ground level on the site of the former railway line. On the area of 160 hectares are many secluded places with benches, lounge chairs and tables, where it is pleasant to relax and eat.
5. Metropolitan Museum
One of the largest art museums in the world is located in downtown Manhattan. It probably won’t take a month to see the entire exhibit, but it’s definitely worth a visit for at least a couple of hours.
The price of admission, $25, hangs above the cash register, and many tourists dutifully pay how much. In fact, admission to the museum itself is free, and $25 is the recommended fee for its development.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s hours of operation are:
- Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m,
- Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you don’t like mediocre museum tours with hundreds of dates and obscure terms, you’ll love the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s signature tour! You can visit it in New York and get acquainted with the collections of one of the leading museums, and some of the secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will allow you to learn more about the history of New York.
6. World Trade Center
This skyscraper was not completed until 2014. The building was a new symbol of freedom and was erected near the site of the 9/11 tragedy. As we wrote in our review of new sights, the building, 381 meters above ground level, houses the One World Observatory, which recently opened to the public.
7. The Museum of Modern Art.
Not far from the Metropolitan is another interesting museum in New York City. It contains modern masterpieces of painting, sculpture and design.
- The cost of admission tickets to The Museum of Modern Art in New York:
- $25 for adults.
- $14 for students.
- Every Friday from 16:00 to 20:00 admission is free.
8. Central Park.
Nestled among the concrete jungle of New York City is an oasis, a vast 3.41 km2 park. You see in the movies how the locals take a morning run or an evening stroll here. It really is a “meeting place that can’t be changed” be sure to stop by to see it.
If you’re in New York during the warmer months, be sure to take a boat ride on Jacqueline Kennedy Lake. You can also take a bike ride and check out the zoo. In the winter, there’s an ice rink in the park. There are events throughout the year, the schedule of which can be seen here.
9. Times Square
One of the most famous squares in New York you should visit and it is named after The New York Times which has its editorial office here since 1904. Skyscrapers, neon advertising signs, and people scurrying about as if in an anthill with important faces – it all has its own special magnetism. When you stand in the middle of Times Square, it seems to be where all the hustle and bustle of the world is concentrated.
10. Brooklyn Bridge
The most beautiful, oldest, and iconic – you can think of many things to describe the Brooklyn Bridge, but it’s better to walk across it. Bridges in New York are a separate category of sights. Specifically that unique suspension bridge was built in 1883 and connects Manhattan to Brooklyn.
If you stroll across the bridge in the evening, be sure to stop at the foot of it from the Brooklyn side to gaze at the fantastic panorama of Manhattan. It is the one most often placed on postcards of New York City.
The Cloisters Museum.
Tourists look here much less often, and for good reason – the place stands out sharply among the other significant sights of New York. On the Upper West Side, in a beautiful building stylized as a medieval abbey, is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The cloisters (indoor galleries) house a unique collection of medieval Christian art, and in the courtyard you can sit down at a café table (cappuccino $5, glass of wine $12) and watch the game of splashing in the exquisite fountain.
If you drop in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised: suddenly, in an instant, you are transported from a noisy and eternally hurried metropolis to the quiet harbor of the Middle Ages of one of the most interesting places in New York.
As in the case of the Metropolitan, the entrance fee is only recommended, if you wish you can go absolutely for free.
12. 9/11 Memorial Museum
If you want to commemorate the victims of 9/11, visit the museum, which is located on the site of the twin towers. More precisely, on the site of the destroyed buildings are now placed two unusual pools and a small park, and the museum itself is located under them.
- Admission costs :
- $24 for adults,
- $15 for children.
13. Broadway Theater.
One evening in New York City, be sure to dedicate a visit to a Broadway show. You don’t even have to study the repertoire. Usually the hotel clerk can tell you what to see tonight and book a ticket for you. If you’re afraid that you will not understand much of the show – don’t worry, Broadway musicals are understandable to anyone, go for sure.
14. Guggenheim Museum
The museum building itself is like a work of art, what to say about the collection gathered there. If you want to admire unusual masterpieces of modern art – you need to visit this place when you visit New York. Be warned, the exhibit is updated quite often and the museum is closed to the public when a new exhibition is being prepared. You can keep track of this on the official website. The price of the admission ticket should be specified there as well.
15. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
If you’re in New York in the spring or summer, be sure to check out the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. A beautiful place, the gardens are open to the public on all days except Mondays. Although admission is usually paid, it is free on Tuesdays. You can also get in free on Saturday from 10:00 p.m. to 00:00 p.m. if you want to have a romantic night stroll.
16. Coney Island
Don’t know what to do in New York City? An island of entertainment in the ocean of New York business life. The first fast food joint, the first roller coaster, and the first children’s ride all made their first appearance on Coney Island. Be sure to stroll along the Rigelman Promenade and the famous Brighton Beach, lounge on the beach, test your nerves on the roller coaster, and try a local hot dog.
17. Wall Street
Include Wall Street, the financial center of the world, in your itinerary of interesting and iconic places in New York where you can learn what and how business America lives and at the same time see one of the strangest symbols of the Big Apple – the “Attacking Bull” statue, which, according to the architect’s idea, should symbolize the strength of the American people.
18. Grand Central Station
You don’t need to go anywhere and walk in New York, just come and see the beauty of the Central Station building in New York. The ceiling of the main hall is decorated with an amazing mural depicting the signs of the Zodiac and 2500 stars, 60 of which are illuminated. It is also at the train station that you can taste the most delicious bagel bun in New York City.
19. SoHo neighborhood.
Once home to factories, factories, and up until the mid ’80s this area of Manhattan was reclaimed by the bohemian trend and many galleries and atmospheric establishments. Today SoHo is a gated community where tourists flock to revisit the neighborhood’s stores and cafes.
20. New York Public Library
If you have time, go to the New York Public Library. Not to read, of course, but to appreciate the monumental architecture of its building, which without exaggeration can be called the temple of science.
- Entrance to the Empire State Building on the 86th floor costs