5 top tourist attractions to visit in New York*
New York is definitely on most people’s bucket lists and it’s a fantastic city with plenty to see and do. I went a few years ago and, as it was my first visit, I did all the most famous tourist attractions. Here are my top five tourist attractions to visit in New York City…
1. The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is probably one of the things that springs to mind when you start to plan how you’re going to explore New York attractions. The Empire State Building has 102 floors and was finished in 1931. This Art Deco skyscraper provides 360 degree views of New York City – a view that’s even more incredible at night time.
2. The Statue of Liberty
Again, almost synonymous with NYC is Lady Liberty. Situated on Liberty Island, you have to get a ferry over to the monument which makes it feel like a really special trip. I went to the top of the crown of the Statue of Liberty which was an incredible experience. The views were fantastic and it was a real novelty to be inside such a famous statue. A limited number of tickets for the top of the crown are available each day so you need to book in advance if you’d like to do this.
3. The Rockefeller Center
Another amazing place for views of the city is the Top of the Rock observation deck at the Rockefeller Center. There are three indoor and outdoor viewing decks where you can get 360 degree views of the city. Be sure to visit the Rockefeller Center at Christmas to go ice skating on the famous rink and catch a glimpse of the huge Christmas tree there.
4. Central Park
Every time I look at an aerial shot of New York City, I’m amazed that Central Park is there in the middle – a large rectangle surrounded by hundreds of buildings. There’s plenty of the park to explore – sculptures, carousels, and gardens. I wandered around, took a horse and carriage ride, and watched some street performers.
5. Times Square
Ok, so not so much of a tourist attraction as it is really just in the middle of Manhattan – you can’t go to New York without walking through its brightly lit billboards and advertisements. You’re so used to seeing it on TV that being there feels a bit like a movie set. If you’re lucky enough to be there on New Year’s Eve like I was, you’ll get to see the famous ball drop at midnight – definitely one of the highlights of my stay.
I really want to go back to New York one day soon so that I can explore everything that I didn’t get to see properly – the Brooklyn Bridge (just for that insta shot), the High Line Park and catch a show on Broadway.