There are so many places to visit in New York City. Your trip can’t last forever. Which New York City attraction will you enjoy seeing the most? Decide where to go based on your personality and what you like to do.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)- My favorite place to explore is the famous Egyptian exhibit know as the Temple of Dendur. The scale of the room makes you feel as if you’ve been transported back to ancient Egypt. Check out their current exhibitions as they change frequently.
SOHO– This is a great place to experience up and coming designers. There are many shops that sell unique items that can’t be found anywhere else. Global Table sells a wide variety of beautiful pottery and gifts created by designers all over the world.
American Museum of Natural History– (pictured above) Experience history through the dioramas of life from the stone ages and beyond. The butterfly observatory is a wonderful place to start. I also recommend seeing one of the planetarium shows. Call me naive but I really thought all the animals were fake before I visited. In all honesty, avoid this museum if you consider yourself a devout animal lover.
Grand Central Terminal– I talk about why this is such an amazing destination in my New York City Weekend Trip post. The building is filled with so much history and has so many secret passageways that the average tourist doesn’t know about. Seek out a local and have them show you around.
Chrysler Building– Experience this beauty located steps from Grand Central Terminal. The architecture up close really is stunning. The doors remind me of the gates to the Emerald City in the movie The Wizard of Oz.
Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges (DUMBO)- (pictured above) See the engineering wonders that are these two magnificent bridges. You may have heard of the DUMBO area. Funny enough, it stands for “down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” Before I wrote this post I thought it stood for “directly under manhattan brooklyn ‘something.'” This is a great place for an artistic photo-op.
Times Square– (pictured above) This is the place to come and take your “I was in NYC” pictures. Stare and gaze up at the flashing lights everywhere. Take it all in. Remember that there are a million other people that also want to go there. Try to avoid peak times if you want it all to yourself. That’s really a lie. There are always people there. This city really never sleeps.
Statue of Liberty– Check out this attraction for the best way to see Lady Liberty in all her glory. Dedicated in 1886, she is considered by many as an international symbol of freedom and democracy. She was the first sight of America for many people who entered through Ellis Island.
Staten Island Ferry– If you don’t have time in your schedule to visit Lady Liberty, ride past her in the ferry. It’s also a great way to get pictures of the surrounding area. It is also free.
Empire State Building– Considered a symbol of New York, a visit to NYC is not complete without a trip to the Empire State Building. Don’t worry about when you arrive, since the building is open 365 days a year from 8 am-2 am. Stay at the observatory at the top for as long as you like since there are no time limits. You’ll have all the time you need to take the perfect shot of New York City from above.
Central Park– Plan a picnic on the lawn. Stroll through the zoo and take pictures of the animals.
5th Avenue– This is the place if you love designer brands. Think Louis Vuitton and of course Saks Fifth Avenue. There is also the Tiffany & Co. flagship store that features the Blue Box Cafe. Be sure to make reservations for “Tiffany Tea“.
Wholesale District- Think about where everything that arrives overseas passes through. Get some very exclusive deals before the retail markup. I’ve had trouble buying here since I do not have a wholesale ID. I know people that have been able to get some great deals. Supposedly, there are secrets to buying without an ID.
The Highline– Walk high above the city and gain a different perspective. This attraction is a park built above ground using a historic elevated freight line. They have an app that guides you through the park.
Staten Island Ferry– Ride the ferry directly from Manhattan to Staten Island. Avoid rush hour. As I mentioned above, admission is free.
Central Park– (pictured above) Check out the festivals scheduled for the bandstand. I once went to an amazing Korean Festival a few years back. The park is a lot larger than many people imagine. Explore as much as you can.
These are my suggestions. I plan to include more detailed guides to specific neighborhoods soon.