New York City pulses with energy and history with its entertainment, world-class museums, fashion, media, and finance. With so many different things to do it can be hard decision planning your trip. So, to help you out we have put together the top ten things you need to be doing when exploring the city so fondly known as The Big Apple. If you’re searching for an unforgettable holiday experience, New York is hard to beat.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Presenting over 5,000 years of artwork from all over the world this museum is in three of the most iconic sites in New York City – The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloister. The museum comes to life through many different events and exhibitions that reveal both new and unexpected information.
The Statue of Liberty
This is more than just a monument in New York City, ‘she’ is known as a “beloved friend and a living symbol of freedom to millions around the world”. Exhibits of history and symbolism are put on to give tribute to those who created The Statue of Liberty.
This is undoubtedly one of the most visited urban parks in the United States. It has several lakes, ponds, two ice skating rinks, the Central Park Zoo, Belvedere Castle and Strawberry Fields. The perfect place for a day out and a picnic.
Visit the Brooklyn Bridge – either drive over it or take a walk. It was built between 1868 and 1883 and it connects Manhattan to the borough, Brooklyn. It is one of New York’s most famous landmarks.
Empire State Building
Standing 103 stories tall, the Empire State Building is located on Fifth Avenue and attracts around four million visitors annually. It has been featured in several different movies such as, ‘Elf’, ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. Couples who marry on the 80th floor on Valentine’s Day become members of the Empire State Building Wedding Club and receive free admission to the observatory every February 14th.
National September 11 Memorial
This is a non-profit memorial and museum located in New York City to commemorate, exhibit, educate and remember those people who were killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, as well as the ones who risked their lives trying to save others.
The famous Rockefeller Centre is located in Midtown Manhattan and has 22 acres of commercial buildings – it’s one of New York’s most popular attractions. It’s also home to numerous events such as the lighting of the famous Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree that is broadcasted live on TV around the world. Surrounded by so much history and culture, it is a must-see for anyone who hasn’t been.
Coney Island has been ranked as one of the country’s most preeminent seaside resorts. Filled with restaurants, bars, and an amusement park there is so much for you to do here it is the perfect place for a packed day out. Decade-old concessions lined the boardwalk and are kept weird with outsize characters from circus sideshows and the annual Mermaid Parade.
This is a giant cut-price department store that has been open in Downtown Manhattan since 1961. It’s known as the retail icon for designer brands and great prices but be prepared – things can get pretty busy here as shoppers battle for the same rack. It pays to get there early!
Times Square is the place to be. Full of crowds mixing shoulder to shoulder, a chaotic mix of billboards, digital displays, on television broadcasts and bright lights, it’s a sensory overload. You will get your fix of everything quirky and you can eat, drink and be entertained to your heart’s content in Times Square.