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Top 10 Unmissable Attractions In New York City

10 essential sights to see in The City That Never Sleeps

There’s endless things to see and do in The City That Never Sleeps but some things can’t go a miss

If you’re heading to New York City and want to ensure you don’t miss any of the best bits, then check out these ten sights that you can’t go home without seeing.

There’s endless fun to be had in the Big Apple and you won’t be short of things to do. But to avoid FOMO, make sure the following are firmly in your plans.

Empire State Building

Asides from the Statue of Liberty, there’s nothing that symbolises New York City more than the Empire State Building.

Empire State Building
Photo by James Hose Jr

At one time, the tallest building in the world and in central Manhattan, the skyscraper’s top deck gives you breathtaking panoramic views of the whole of New York.

Even if you have a fear of heights, it’s a truly unmissable experience as you take in how colossal New York really is and a bird’s eye view of Central Park.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

You don’t simply want to visit the Statue of Liberty and take in its true size, but also absorb the history surrounding immigration into New York on Ellis Island.

Statue of Liberty
Photo by Jenny Marvin

A very short ferry journey from south Manhattan will take you to the Statue of Liberty before following on to Ellis Island where you can visit the museum as part of the immigration inspection station.

And if that’s not enough, you’ll also be amazed by the alternative perspective you’ll gain of NYC as you look back across the river at the seemingly endless row of skyscrapers.

Central Park

If you’re a fan of park or country walks, you’ll get the breathtaking best of both worlds with the distant views of skyscrapers in the background.

View from Central Park of skyscrapers
Photo by Alex Simpson

It’s arguably one of the best, if not the best, parks in the world with a large lake and endless walking routes as you weave your way through the most natural part of New York City.

Central Park is truly a sight and experience to behold. Best of all, it costs nothing.

Times Square

If you don’t make it to Times Square then have you even been to New York City?

Times Square in Manhattan, New York City
Photo by Andrae Ricketts

Times Square epitomises what the city is about – lively, entertaining, busy and world famous.

There are endless places to grab selfies, food, drinks and catch extremely talented street performers in action.

Brooklyn Bridge

It’s easy to forget how big of a landmark Brooklyn Bridge is when you consider those listed above – it’s size and the views it offers as it takes you over to the borough of Brooklyn are truly outstanding.

Brooklyn Bridge, connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York City
Photo by Keith Champaco

You can never get too many perspectives of New York City and there’s plenty to explore in Brooklyn also, if you have the time.

Try find a busier bridge than Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll need to give yourself plenty of time to walk from one side to the other and back.

Freedom Tower

On it’s own, the Freedom Tower is worth your time to simply look at. Stand directly beneath the skyscraper and it’ll appear as if it never ends.

Freedom Tower in Manhattan, New York City
Photo by Anthony Rosset

But there is more history to this landmark, formally known as the One World Trade Centre, as it stands in place of the original ‘Twin Towers’ which were destroyed in the tragic 2001 terror attacks.

It is also located next to the 9/11 memorial which is a breathtaking experience on its own.

Grand Central

Name a more famous train station than Grand Central…

Grand Central Station in New York City
Photo by Mathias Arlund

Its large atrium makes it truly the grandest train station you’ll experience.

Top of the Rock

If you want another taste of the Manhattan skyline and an alternative perspective on the Empire State Building, then Top of the Rock is the place to be.

View from Top of the Rock of the Empire State Building and wider Manhattan
Photo by Pedro Kümmel

Again, an opportunity for a panoramic view of the city, while being able to grab the best possible photos of the Empire State Building.

Madison Square Garden

Sports and music fans are in for a treat with a tour of the famous Madison Square Garden.

Inside Madison Square Garden
Photo by Seth Hoffman

The modern building is home to some of the biggest sporting and music events worldwide and you can also see NBA side New York Knicks and NHL’s New York Rangers in action if you’re lucky.

Hard Rock Cafe

Love your music? Then you’ll love the Hard Rock Cafe.

See real outfits worn by some of world’s biggest musical icons while enjoying great food and drinks.

If you’ve already experienced a Hard Rock Cafe in another city, this is certainly one you can’t afford to miss.

If you’ve got any more New York attractions that you feel are worth suggesting, let us know in the comments below.

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