If you are a new visitor to New York or you know the city well but you can’t decide how to spend your time in the big city, find out what are the most popular New York City tourist attractions.
1. Statue of Liberty
Representing a gift to the USA honoring the friendship established after the French Revolution, the Statue of Liberty has become a NYC symbol that welcomed immigrants who came to USA in search of a better life. The statue was designed back in 1966 and stands 305 feet 1 inch (93 meters) in height, from ground to the tip of the torch.
2. American Museum of Natural History
The museum was opened to the public back in 1869 and since them has evolved and grown in dimension. Besides the permanent exhibits and the Rose Center planetarium, the museum also hosts temporary exhibits so even if have visited the site before you can always find something new and interesting. If you have never been to NYC then the American Museum of Natural History is a must-see.
3. Metropolitan Museum of Art
The museum if one of the three largest art museums in the world and the biggest in the USA. The visitor number has reached 5.24 million in 2010. It offers a large collection from which one will certainly appeal to you. The galleries contain Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas and Asian art works to name just a few.
4. Central Park
The Central Park is a perfect location for a picnic, going on a boat ride of just enjoying a long walk. The shape of the park is that of a rectangle. The views of the park from the city as well as the view of the city from the park are both amazing.
5. Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Another great site for visiting while in the Big Apple is the Ellis Island Immigration Museum is reachable by taking the ferry through the harbor. The south side is not opened for the public and is also called the “sad-side” because of the lack of building renovation. The museum is famous for its interactive exhibits and art pieces that signify the challenges faced by immigrants.
6. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Make the best out of your visit to NYC by visiting The Museum of Modern Art. The building was founded back in 1929 and it is the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art. Today, the MoMA is the host to an impressive collection of modern artistic efforts. The galleries contain both paintings as well as sculptures, making this particular museum an interesting location for all ages, including children. If you are planning to travel with your family, the MoMA will be a perfect location.
7. Empire State Building
If you want to see the city from a different perspective you can change the angle and see it from above by visiting the famous Empire State Building. Not only will you be able to see the entire NYC but also you will be able to spot surrounding areas. Buy a ticked in advance as this site is quite popular.
8. Grand Central Terminal
The site suffered some renovations back in 1913 and has become since then an important tourist attraction. Shops and dining sites are interesting choices, but if you like you can also take a tour accompanied by a guide. The Grand Central Terminal is not only considered
9. Rockefeller Center
No matter what time of the year you are visiting New York, the Rockefeller Center is one of the most popular tourist destinations you can visit. In winter the center offers a splendid view due to the Christmas tree and ice skating rink. The rest of the year the Rockefeller Center is home to various shopping centers and dining locations as well as the Radio City Music Hall. So head for mid town Manhattan and check it out.
10. Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is a free ferry that offers transportation from lower Manhattan to Staten Island. The ferry is often used by commuters and tourists looking for a view of the harbor and the Statue of Liberty. If you are new to the Big Apple, a ferry ride might just do the trick and help you realize why NYC is so popular.