10 New York attractions you can’t afford to miss

New York City is one of the greatest cities on the planet, with incredible attractions to see and experience that are unique to the city. Let’s take a look at the best attractions to see while vacationing in the Big Apple

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1. Broadway

Barrymore Theatre

Home to a plethora of plays the entire year round, Broadway provides entertainment for all in the family. Whether coming to see The Lion KingThe Phantom of the Opera, or The Book of Mormon, the options abound in the little area in Manhattan known for having some of the biggest stars performing in front of live studio audiences. 

2. Empire State Building

Empire State Building

Offering amazing views of the city, the Empire State Building is an iconic landmark on the island of Manhattan. On any given day the location is visited by thousands of tourists, and it’s for a good reason: there is simply no other building in the city that allows you to fully take in all of New York.  

3. Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers

Home to fun and games and food, Chelsea Piers is a fun escape for locals and tourists alike. Taking a cruise from the Pier around Manhattan is an absolute must! Pro tip: make sure to pack a light jacket when on the cruise, as temperatures are much lower on the water! 

4. Long Island

Long Island

Long Island is a solid 3 hour drive from end to end, and offers a serene respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Escaping for a day trip is highly recommended, as quiet beaches and beautiful towns are located throughout the island.

5. Central Park

Central Park

Right in the heart of Manhattan is one of the most beautiful parks in the world: Central Park. A horse drawn carriage ride offers a romantic tour of the park, and in the winter the beauty of the snow covered grass against the backdrop of the city is a sight to behold.

6. Times Square

Times Square

Full of tourists and buskers alike, Times Square is a unique New York experience that all travelers must see for themselves. Make sure to recreate your own iconic photograph, or enjoy a nice lunch on the steps of the TKTS booth (which also offers great discounts on show tickets!). And there are plenty of cool hotels to stay in the area that keep you in the middle of the action.

7. Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Gifted to the United States by the French, the Statue of Liberty is a massive and beautiful edifice that has recently been reopened to the public. Its size is something to behold, and the lawn around the statue offers some of the best picnic views in New York.

8. The High Line

The High Line

This elevated, urban park is located on the west side of Manhattan, and is quintessential New York City. Formerly an elevated railway location, the High Line is now home to community farmer’s markets, artists, and much more. The other park in New York City, High Line is a hidden gem for tourists and locals alike! 

9. 9/11 Memorial Museum and Plaza

9/11 Memorial Museum and Plaza

Paying tribute to the thousands that lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Plazawas opened in May 2013 and has drawn over 500,000 visitors in its first 7 weeks. Though sobering and heartbreaking, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Plaza is a testament to the fortitude of both New Yorkers and the American people, and should be on every visitor to the city’s itinerary. 

10. Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall

Home to the world famous Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is a classic art deco theater that transforms every winter for the Christmas Spectacular, an iconic New York City event. Be sure to go on a guided tour to see all that happens behind the scenes at Radio City Music Hall! 

Is there a place you can’t miss when visiting New York City? Let us know in the comments section.