Top 10 NYC Attractions & Landmarks

Tours Apr 27, 2020

We think New York is amazing city! You, do too? Okay, let’s see what this multicultural, never sleeping city offers to its visitors. There is a huge number of interesting sights to be seen, starting from high-class restaurants, Broadway theaters, night clubs and world renown museums.

In this guide we will concentrate on the most remarkable and famous attractions in New York City. The Top 10 points of interest you must definitely see!

#1 Statue of Liberty

Address: New York Harbor

Lady Liberty is the emblem of New York. The statue is part of every guided tour of NYC. The monument have been there since 1886. It was presented to NYC by the French Government created by the sculptor Augusto Bartholdi to celebrate the Centennial of American Independence.

The glorious Lady weights 450 000 pounds and is 151 feet tall. The statue is built of thin copper arches to create the structure, which holds the “skin”. The Pedestal is designed separately to complete the initial design.

You can visit the Pedestal or take a tour to the Crown. Visiting the Crown might be difficult as you have to climb all the way to the top. Access to the Crown includes the small Liberty Island Museum, panoramic views and the original Torch / which was replaced by the current one in 1884/1886 due to restorations/.

Statue of Liberty
Celso Flores

Prices and Hours: Reserved Ticket for the Pedestal – $25, Reserved Ticket to the Crown – $28. All tickets include a ferry ride. Opening hours daily from 8:30 am-4:30 pm.

#2 Times Square

Address: Manhattan, NY 10036

Times Square
Andrés Nieto Porras

You’ve all seen Times Square in movies, but what will it be to experience it personally? In the very heart of Manhattan, there it is. Shiny billboards, lights everywhere, crowded streets. Street musicians and local sellers will meet you at your way. The street is full of sound and noise.

You can turn towards Broadway to see some shows / buy tickets from TKSTC/ or jump into famous shops, like The Disney Store. You can a shopping tour on 5th Avenue or visit Museum of Modern Art and Madame Tussauds.

Remember, that part of Broadway is closed to cars, so you will find yourself in the crowd of pedestrians.

Getting there: Metro Lines 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q

#3 Empire State Building

Address: 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118

Empire State Building
Empire State Building

Empire State Building is one of the 7th Wonders by the American Society of Civil Engineers and it deserves the prize! The building towers 102 stories above the ground and for more than 40 years it was the tallest building in the world. It was the first construction with more than 100 stories. The exterior is coated with Indiana Limestone panels.

The interior is created in Art-Deco style and the lobby entrance at 5th Avenue is 3 stories high, walls and floor covered with marbled stone panel. There you can see big amazing aluminum relief, depicting the building. It refers to mechanical age, including symbols like gears.

Be sure to visit the current multimedia Exhibitions – Sustainability Exhibit and Dare to Dream Exhibit. Also don’t miss the 86th floor observation deck and the 102 floor top deck, to experience some of the most spectacular views of NYC.

At nightfall you can observe sensational light show at Empire State Building! You can go to some of the many restaurants and shops inside the building.

Prices and Hours: Open daily from 8 am to 2 pm. An adult ticket to visit the Observation deck is $32. You can buy New York pass and go inside free.

#4 9/11 Memorial

Address: 200 Liberty St #20, New York, NY 10006

9/11 Memorial
Ivan Velazco

The Memorial honoring the victims from the tragic accident from September 2001 is 8 acres wide Plaza. It is quiet and calming place, planted with trees.

There two gentle waterfalls flowing into big pools. These waterfalls are the biggest man-made water pools in North America. They stay at the tracks of the building of the World Trade Center once were. The pools are outlined by bronze memorial panels, engraved with the names of all people, who lost their lives in 2001.

You can visit the Survivor Tree, which was found untouched by the attack. Under the Plaza level is situated the 9/11 Memorial Museum featuring pictures and videos telling the story of 9/11.

Prices and Hours: Adult ticket for the Museum is $24. It is open daily – Sin-Thu from 9 am to 8 pm and Fri-Sat 9 am to 9 pm.

#5 Brooklyn Bridge

Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY

Brooklyn Bridge
Jauher Ali Nasir

John Roebling is the designer of this unique hybrid bridge. Brooklyn Bridge is suspension/cable-stayed construction connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn with a span of 1595 feet. When it was built in 1883 it was the first of its kind.

Brooklyn Bridge can be visited on foot, with a car or on a guided bike tour. A pedestrian walkway is designed above the traffic, so this is the most complete path for visitors. It can be entered from both sides – from Manhattan or from Brooklyn. The walk is between 30 and 50 minutes, and you have a great chance to make beautiful pictures.

Brooklyn Bridge can be accessed 24/7. We suggest you to visit it at sunset.

Getting there: From Manhattan- trains 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/ City Hall Stop or from Brooklyn-A or C train to the High Street-Brooklyn Bridge subway stop and follow the signs.

#6 Grand Central Terminal

Address: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

New York Grand Central Station
Jens Fricke

Situated in Mid Town Manhattan since 1871, Grand Central Terminal is a true piece of architectural genius. Grand Central Terminal had a number of renovation – one major completed in 198 and one more in 2007. Grand Central has the highest number of platforms and serves 200 000 trains every day!

Built in beautiful Beaux-Arts Style, both interior and exterior are marvelous. Make sure once you enter to see the extraordinary Astronomic Mural on the ceiling restored today. At the outside, the Terminal is decorated with statues and sculptures with bronze details.

Grand Central Terminal has 68 shops and 35 restaurants. Don’t miss the famous Oyster bar and the extremely cozy bar Campbell Apartment.

Hours and Getting there: Open daily from 5:30 am to 2 am. Subway lines 4,5,6,7 and S line will take you there.

#7 One World Observatory

Address: 285 Fulton St, New York, NY 10007

View from One World Observatory
Arturo Pardavila III

One World Observatory is at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere – The One World Trade Center. You can see amazing 360-degree landscape view of this unique city! The top level of the Observatory is at the 100th floor and you can see “from the sky” every significant landmark in New York.

The main Observatory also includes the Sky Portal – sci-fi 14-foot wide disk, which displays real-time footage of the city. City Pulse is interactive, gesture sensitive, circle shaped compilation of monitors. They display videos with details about NYC life, culture, and history.

The sky pod elevator is also very interesting, it showcases time-lapse imagery from NYC through the years.

Prices and Hours: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm, summer until 10 pm. Standard adult ticket is $32.

#8 Top of the Rock

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

Top of the Rock
Randy Lemoine

Top of the Rock Observation Deck in the Rockefeller Center has three floors of sublime views of the city’s skyline. The amazing view can be seen from the 67th, 69th and 70th floor of the Center. Binoculars are provided to see in details different parts of the city through the glass panels.

Once you’re at the Rockefeller Center you might just want to see some Art-Deco exhibits, such as the Atlas or Prometheus sculptures, from their collection or try some fine dining or have a dessert. At the center, you can relax or shop in one of the many stores.

Prices and Hours: Ticket for two-time visit /morning and evening/ is $47 and a regular ticket is $32. Open daily from 8 am till midnight.

#9 New York Zoo in Bronx

Address: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460

Brooklyn Zoo
Dave Shafer

The Bronx Zoo is the largest wildlife park in America. The Zoo is interesting both for children and their parents. The Bronx zoo features 5000 animals from mammals to insects. You can see giraffes, camels, white polar bears, lions, penguins or go to the Congo Gorilla Forest.

Children can have a special day by taking the chance to feed penguins and sea lions. They can visit the 4D Theater, take a ride on the Bug Carousel or “catch” a Camel.

Prices and Hours: Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. Prices for adults are $33.95 and for children under 12 – $23.95

#10 Yankee Stadium

Address: 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451

New York Yankees

Yankee Stadium is the most famous baseball monument in the world. It was built in 1923. In 2006 the New York Yankees started building their new stadium and was finished in 2009.

Yankee Stadium is opened for visits, where fans can dive into their passion. Visitors have the chance to hold belongings of their baseball idols. The bat of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle’s gloves and Derek Jeter’s jersey can be seen and touched. Visitors can take a ticket for guided tour and see the batting area, the Monument Park, and the Yankees Museum.

One interesting thing is that the Yankees now offer some of their original seats. You can purchase a seat and have it in your home.

Prices and Hours: Yankee Stadium Tour is $25 per adult ticket. Opened from 11 am to 1:40 pm.

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