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Best Things To Do in New York City

Even if you're not mesmerized by the city's soaring skyscrapers and monuments, you'll be blown away by its flourishing arts, food, fashion and nightlife scenes. You can spend your morning browsing Fifth Avenue's designer racks and your afternoon catching stunning city views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. Or, if you're an art lover, you can admire the striking works on display at the Met and the Guggenheim before feasting on ethnic fare in Chinatown or Little Italy. If you still have some energy (and cash) left over, don't miss the chance to snag tickets to an award-winning Broadway show or hop over to one of the low key rooftop bars and jazz clubs illuminating the Meatpacking District after dark.

How we rank Things to Do

#1 Central Park

#1 in New York City

This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre Eden is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more. more
Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Central Park
This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre Eden is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more. more

#2 American Museum of Natural History

#2 in New York City

Visitors are thrilled with the American Museum of Natural History off Central Park West. Whether you're exploring the interactive exhibits on the land, the sea or outer space; user reviews take on a common theme. This museum is incredible. Even the cafeteria and gift shop are worth your notice. more
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
American Museum of Natural History
Visitors are thrilled with the American Museum of Natural History off Central Park West. Whether you're exploring the interactive exhibits on the land, the sea or outer space; user reviews take on a common theme. This museum is incredible. Even the cafeteria and gift shop are worth your notice. more

#3 Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck

#3 in New York City

This iconic plaza has it all — beautiful sculptures, an enormous skating rink, a fishbowl view of NBC Studios, plus hordes of stores and restaurants. Though undoubtedly there will be intense crowds, this is a big-city experience that's worth having at least once. During the wintertime holidays, the plaza sparkles with an illuminated Christmas tree and frolicking skaters gliding across the ice rink. But don't fret if your New York adventure doesn't take place during the cold months. There's plenty to do year-round. If you plan ahead, you can spend a morning watching a taping of the "Today" show, an afternoon observing the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and an evening catching a performance at Radio City Music Hall. more
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Rockefeller Center and Top of the Rock Observation Deck
This iconic plaza has it all — beautiful sculptures, an enormous skating rink, a fishbowl view of NBC Studios, plus hordes of stores and restaurants. Though undoubtedly there will be intense crowds, this is a big-city experience that's worth having at least once. During the wintertime holidays, the plaza sparkles with an illuminated Christmas tree and frolicking skaters gliding across the ice rink. But don't fret if your New York adventure doesn't take place during the cold months. There's plenty to do year-round. If you plan ahead, you can spend a morning watching a taping of the "Today" show, an afternoon observing the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and an evening catching a performance at Radio City Music Hall. more

#4 St. Patrick's Cathedral

#4 in New York City

This sprawling cathedral sits amongst the hustle and distinctively secular bustle of Rockefeller Center. But that doesn't take away from its otherworldly vibe. Whether you're religious or just making an architectural pilgrimage, you can't help but be impressed by St. Patrick's.  more
Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
St. Patrick's Cathedral
This sprawling cathedral sits amongst the hustle and distinctively secular bustle of Rockefeller Center. But that doesn't take away from its otherworldly vibe. Whether you're religious or just making an architectural pilgrimage, you can't help but be impressed by St. Patrick's.  more

#5 Bryant Park

#5 in New York City

Just east of Times Square lies one of the most beautiful four-acres in Manhattan -- Bryant Park. Though its lush green space has existed for more than 150 years, it was a revitalization project of the 1990s that made it a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike. This is the preferred place where Midtown Manhattan professionals come to eat lunch, where fashionistas come to strut during fashion week, and where performers showcase during Broadway in Bryant Park, Piano in the Park, and the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. more
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Bryant Park
Just east of Times Square lies one of the most beautiful four-acres in Manhattan -- Bryant Park. Though its lush green space has existed for more than 150 years, it was a revitalization project of the 1990s that made it a sanctuary for locals and tourists alike. This is the preferred place where Midtown Manhattan professionals come to eat lunch, where fashionistas come to strut during fashion week, and where performers showcase during Broadway in Bryant Park, Piano in the Park, and the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series. more

#6 Metropolitan Museum of Art

#6 in New York City

No museum in the United States is as celebrated as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spilling over with masterpieces from all over the world, including notable collections from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity, "the Met" is an art experience unlike any other, and like much in New York, it's impossible to see all the museum has to offer in one day (or even two days, for that matter). If you've never been there, then you should definitely visit its permanent collections (the first floor's Greek and Roman art, Egyptian art and the second floor's Islamic art exhibits are especially popular with travelers). If you've already visited the Met a time or two, then plan your next trip around the bi-annual exhibits by the Costume Institute, or head to Cloisters, an offshoot museum of the Met that's dedicated to medieval Europe's art and architecture located in Fort Tyron Park. more
Museums Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Metropolitan Museum of Art
No museum in the United States is as celebrated as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spilling over with masterpieces from all over the world, including notable collections from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity, "the Met" is an art experience unlike any other, and like much in New York, it's impossible to see all the museum has to offer in one day (or even two days, for that matter). If you've never been there, then you should definitely visit its permanent collections (the first floor's Greek and Roman art, Egyptian art and the second floor's Islamic art exhibits are especially popular with travelers). If you've already visited the Met a time or two, then plan your next trip around the bi-annual exhibits by the Costume Institute, or head to Cloisters, an offshoot museum of the Met that's dedicated to medieval Europe's art and architecture located in Fort Tyron Park. more

#7 National September 11 Memorial & Museum

#7 in New York City

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum serves as the primary tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the six lost in the 1993 bombing. The Memorial's twin reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls rest as eerie footprints where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. The 1-acre-sized pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed. more
Monuments and Memorials Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum serves as the primary tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the six lost in the 1993 bombing. The Memorial's twin reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls rest as eerie footprints where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood. The 1-acre-sized pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed. more

#8 Grand Central Station

#8 in New York City

At this beautiful train station, you can eat some lunch, or shop till you drop, but recent travelers most enjoyed just taking in the scenery. According to one TripAdvisor user, "Grand Central Station is breathtaking. It is a shining example of the amazing, vast, grand, 'old New York' architecture." more
Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Grand Central Station
At this beautiful train station, you can eat some lunch, or shop till you drop, but recent travelers most enjoyed just taking in the scenery. According to one TripAdvisor user, "Grand Central Station is breathtaking. It is a shining example of the amazing, vast, grand, 'old New York' architecture." more

#9 Empire State Building

#9 in New York City

New York City Tourist 101 dictates that you must swing by this landmark structure in midtown Manhattan. And despite the hefty admission fees, the crowds and the long lines, recent visitors insist that you won't be sorry. In fact, taking a trip to the top of the Empire State Building is either the perfect way to begin or end your Big Apple excursion — on a clear day you'll be able to the see the city's major highlights some 1,050 feet beneath you. Pick up the multimedia tour, available in eight languages, which guides visitors through the icon's exhibits and views with additional background on the building's history. The tour is included in the admission price and given to guests to enhance their visit. more
Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Empire State Building
New York City Tourist 101 dictates that you must swing by this landmark structure in midtown Manhattan. And despite the hefty admission fees, the crowds and the long lines, recent visitors insist that you won't be sorry. In fact, taking a trip to the top of the Empire State Building is either the perfect way to begin or end your Big Apple excursion — on a clear day you'll be able to the see the city's major highlights some 1,050 feet beneath you. Pick up the multimedia tour, available in eight languages, which guides visitors through the icon's exhibits and views with additional background on the building's history. The tour is included in the admission price and given to guests to enhance their visit. more

#10 Statue of Liberty

#10 in New York City

This brightly shining beacon draws visitors year-round. So let's discuss your visiting options. The most popular method involves waiting at least 90 minutes for the ferry to cart you from Battery Park (in Lower Manhattan) to the statue located on Liberty Island, then making a stop at Ellis Island before returning to the mainland. The first boat of the day leaves at 9 a.m., the last boat leaves around 5 p.m., but almost all travelers complain of the long queues and security screenings on top of the $18 ferry fee for such an abbreviated trip. more
Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Statue of Liberty
This brightly shining beacon draws visitors year-round. So let's discuss your visiting options. The most popular method involves waiting at least 90 minutes for the ferry to cart you from Battery Park (in Lower Manhattan) to the statue located on Liberty Island, then making a stop at Ellis Island before returning to the mainland. The first boat of the day leaves at 9 a.m., the last boat leaves around 5 p.m., but almost all travelers complain of the long queues and security screenings on top of the $18 ferry fee for such an abbreviated trip. more

#11 Museum of Modern Art

#11 in New York City

You don't have to be an art lover to appreciate the Museum of Modern Art; this airy Midtown gallery also doubles as a shrine of pop culture and 20th century history. Some of the most significant contemporary pieces hang on its walls, including Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, Van Gogh's Starry Night¸ Dalí's The Persistence of Memory, Monet's Water Lilies, and the list goes on and on. "Fantastic works from so many greats like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, to name a few... A must for any Art lover!" raves one TripAdvisor user. The $25 entry fee can be hard to stomach, but travelers insist you won't regret the money spent. more
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Museum of Modern Art
You don't have to be an art lover to appreciate the Museum of Modern Art; this airy Midtown gallery also doubles as a shrine of pop culture and 20th century history. Some of the most significant contemporary pieces hang on its walls, including Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, Van Gogh's Starry Night¸ Dalí's The Persistence of Memory, Monet's Water Lilies, and the list goes on and on. "Fantastic works from so many greats like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Picasso, to name a few... A must for any Art lover!" raves one TripAdvisor user. The $25 entry fee can be hard to stomach, but travelers insist you won't regret the money spent. more

#12 New York Public Library

#12 in New York City

This main branch, officially called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, attracts plenty of book lovers, history junkies and architecture aficionados. Most people swing by the Bryant Park landmark to say hello to Patience and Fortitude (the famous stone lions guarding the entrance) and to admire the lovely Beaux-Art design. more
Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
New York Public Library
This main branch, officially called the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, attracts plenty of book lovers, history junkies and architecture aficionados. Most people swing by the Bryant Park landmark to say hello to Patience and Fortitude (the famous stone lions guarding the entrance) and to admire the lovely Beaux-Art design. more

#13 Times Square

#13 in New York City

Some say that Times Square is like a five-block metaphor for New York City itself — it's exciting, colorful and always jumping. Others describe this area of Midtown Manhattan as artless, overpriced and congested. Perhaps this commercial stretch from West 42nd to West 47th Street is a little of both, and though locals would advise you to avoid it, you should at least catch a glimpse of its neon lights. Most travelers recommend visiting the area after dark. "I love Times Square, especially at midnight when it's brightly lit and the place is a hive of activity. It's quite a sight," exclaimed one TripAdvisor user. more
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Times Square
Some say that Times Square is like a five-block metaphor for New York City itself — it's exciting, colorful and always jumping. Others describe this area of Midtown Manhattan as artless, overpriced and congested. Perhaps this commercial stretch from West 42nd to West 47th Street is a little of both, and though locals would advise you to avoid it, you should at least catch a glimpse of its neon lights. Most travelers recommend visiting the area after dark. "I love Times Square, especially at midnight when it's brightly lit and the place is a hive of activity. It's quite a sight," exclaimed one TripAdvisor user. more

#14 The High Line

#14 in New York City

Set on an abandoned rail track on Manhattan's West Side, this sprawling nearly 1½-mile-long landscaped park stretches over three of the city's most lively neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Standing 30 feet above street level, the High Line offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's cityscape. But the vista isn't the only reason visitors and Manhattanites flock to this manicured green space. Here, you'll find continually changing public art installations, a handful of food vendors and a sprawling picnic and sunbathing area (known as the 23rd Street Lawn). more
Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
The High Line
Set on an abandoned rail track on Manhattan's West Side, this sprawling nearly 1½-mile-long landscaped park stretches over three of the city's most lively neighborhoods: the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen. Standing 30 feet above street level, the High Line offers sweeping views of the Hudson River and Manhattan's cityscape. But the vista isn't the only reason visitors and Manhattanites flock to this manicured green space. Here, you'll find continually changing public art installations, a handful of food vendors and a sprawling picnic and sunbathing area (known as the 23rd Street Lawn). more

#15 Chrysler Building

#15 in New York City

Technically, the Chrysler Building is an office building open Monday through Friday, but you don't need to go inside to appreciate its aesthetic appeal. Recent visitors praise the building's unique architectural style. "The Chrysler building is awesome. I am amazed by its beauty and grandeur every time I see it, and cannot imagine New York City without it," said one TripAdvisor user. more
Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Chrysler Building
Technically, the Chrysler Building is an office building open Monday through Friday, but you don't need to go inside to appreciate its aesthetic appeal. Recent visitors praise the building's unique architectural style. "The Chrysler building is awesome. I am amazed by its beauty and grandeur every time I see it, and cannot imagine New York City without it," said one TripAdvisor user. more

#16 Broadway

#16 in New York City

Some out-of-towners spend their entire New York trip at one show or another on the Broadway circuit. And if you like plays and musicals, this is where you should be — "The Great White Way" represents the heart and soul of American theater. Considering that nearby Times Square is a dizzying maze of sights and sounds with no real starting point, some visitors suggest you can see all you need to of that neighborhood just by trundling back and forth between shows. As one TripAdvisor user wrote, "When visiting New York — seeing a Broadway show is a must. Walking along the street with the lights and signs is mind-blowing." more
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Broadway
Some out-of-towners spend their entire New York trip at one show or another on the Broadway circuit. And if you like plays and musicals, this is where you should be — "The Great White Way" represents the heart and soul of American theater. Considering that nearby Times Square is a dizzying maze of sights and sounds with no real starting point, some visitors suggest you can see all you need to of that neighborhood just by trundling back and forth between shows. As one TripAdvisor user wrote, "When visiting New York — seeing a Broadway show is a must. Walking along the street with the lights and signs is mind-blowing." more

#17 Brooklyn Botanic Garden

#17 in New York City

Wander along Brooklyn's Washington Avenue, and you can't avoid stumbling upon this verdant 52-acre park. A main highlight here is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, punctuated by ambient wooden bridges and exuberant Japanese maples. And if you arrive at the end of April, you can't miss the Cherry Esplanade (Sakura Matsuri) when rosy cherry blossoms burst into bloom. Another standout: the Shakespeare Garden, which contains more than 80 plants described in the playwright's works. more
Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Wander along Brooklyn's Washington Avenue, and you can't avoid stumbling upon this verdant 52-acre park. A main highlight here is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, punctuated by ambient wooden bridges and exuberant Japanese maples. And if you arrive at the end of April, you can't miss the Cherry Esplanade (Sakura Matsuri) when rosy cherry blossoms burst into bloom. Another standout: the Shakespeare Garden, which contains more than 80 plants described in the playwright's works. more

#18 Fifth Avenue

#18 in New York City

It's fitting that St. Patrick's Cathedral would be on the same street with stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels. That's because for many people, shopping is a religious experience, and here between 34th and 59th streets you'll find the Holy Grail. Even if you're not planning to put your credit card to work at high-end stores, travelers say a stroll along Fifth Avenue is a must. "This may have been my favorite place in the whole city. The store windows all have such unique designs and are great for pictures," according to one TripAdvisor user. more
Shopping Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Fifth Avenue
It's fitting that St. Patrick's Cathedral would be on the same street with stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels. That's because for many people, shopping is a religious experience, and here between 34th and 59th streets you'll find the Holy Grail. Even if you're not planning to put your credit card to work at high-end stores, travelers say a stroll along Fifth Avenue is a must. "This may have been my favorite place in the whole city. The store windows all have such unique designs and are great for pictures," according to one TripAdvisor user. more

#19 Frick Collection

#19 in New York City

Tucked inside an 18th-century New York mansion that once belonged to steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick, this robust art collection features works that span from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. While here, you can admire the works of renowned artists like Manet, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Goya, Degas and Turner, among other masters. The collection includes 16 permanent galleries, as well as a recently opened Portico Gallery that showcases sculpture, ceramics and decorative arts. more
Museums Type
Frick Collection
Tucked inside an 18th-century New York mansion that once belonged to steel tycoon Henry Clay Frick, this robust art collection features works that span from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. While here, you can admire the works of renowned artists like Manet, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Goya, Degas and Turner, among other masters. The collection includes 16 permanent galleries, as well as a recently opened Portico Gallery that showcases sculpture, ceramics and decorative arts. more

#20 Radio City Music Hall

#20 in New York City

It's where Ella Fitzgerald pined for the man she loved, the Rolling Stones couldn't get no satisfaction and Lady Gaga had a "Bad Romance." Among performers, there's no New York concert venue that's quite like Radio City Music Hall. You can visit the space for a performance or to get a dose of its lengthy, melodious history on a one-hour Stage Door Tour. more
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Radio City Music Hall
It's where Ella Fitzgerald pined for the man she loved, the Rolling Stones couldn't get no satisfaction and Lady Gaga had a "Bad Romance." Among performers, there's no New York concert venue that's quite like Radio City Music Hall. You can visit the space for a performance or to get a dose of its lengthy, melodious history on a one-hour Stage Door Tour. more

#21 Coney Island

#21 in New York City

Known as the "the People's Playground," this famous amusement area in Brooklyn has witnessed an illustrious past. In the early 1900s, Coney Island enticed New Yorkers to visit with its bathing pavilions, seaside resorts and amusement park. The Great Depression took its toll on the fun-loving spot, causing many area attractions to close. But after years of economic instability, Coney Island has reclaimed its place on the Brooklyn map, with a fresh roster of eateries and entertainment (including a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest and an annual Mermaid Parade) found along the 2.7-mile-long boardwalk. And in 2010, Luna Park reopened its gates and returned to its formal splendor, welcoming visitors to once again ride the famous Cyclone rollercoaster. Coney Island now features several separate amusement parks, as well as a museum (currently closed for renovations), which hosts a variety of exhibits and shows. more
Amusement Parks Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Coney Island
Known as the "the People's Playground," this famous amusement area in Brooklyn has witnessed an illustrious past. In the early 1900s, Coney Island enticed New Yorkers to visit with its bathing pavilions, seaside resorts and amusement park. The Great Depression took its toll on the fun-loving spot, causing many area attractions to close. But after years of economic instability, Coney Island has reclaimed its place on the Brooklyn map, with a fresh roster of eateries and entertainment (including a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest and an annual Mermaid Parade) found along the 2.7-mile-long boardwalk. And in 2010, Luna Park reopened its gates and returned to its formal splendor, welcoming visitors to once again ride the famous Cyclone rollercoaster. Coney Island now features several separate amusement parks, as well as a museum (currently closed for renovations), which hosts a variety of exhibits and shows. more

#22 The Guggenheim

#22 in New York City

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, or simply, "The Guggenheim," is one of the most well-known art museums in the country, and it's just as renowned for its cutting-edge design as it is for its pieces. The coiled building (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) stands out on Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. Inside, the halls are chocked with some of Norman Rockwell's, Pablo Picasso's and Wassily Kandinsky's best work. As one TripAdvisor user put it the Guggenheim is "a building of amazing design but also with such a diversity of the world's best art. A must-see in New York."  more
Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
The Guggenheim
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, or simply, "The Guggenheim," is one of the most well-known art museums in the country, and it's just as renowned for its cutting-edge design as it is for its pieces. The coiled building (designed by Frank Lloyd Wright) stands out on Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. Inside, the halls are chocked with some of Norman Rockwell's, Pablo Picasso's and Wassily Kandinsky's best work. As one TripAdvisor user put it the Guggenheim is "a building of amazing design but also with such a diversity of the world's best art. A must-see in New York."  more

#23 Brooklyn Bridge

#23 in New York City

One of many signature landmarks of New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country. Its six-lanes (and one pedestrian and bicycle walkway) span the East River, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Walking across the bridge remains a tourist pastime. "Limestone, granite and intricate steel cables make the bridge a beautiful sight to photograph. It's an easy walk with spectacular view of the Big Apple," raved one TripAdvisor user. more
Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Brooklyn Bridge
One of many signature landmarks of New York City, the Brooklyn Bridge is also one of the oldest suspension bridges in the country. Its six-lanes (and one pedestrian and bicycle walkway) span the East River, connecting Manhattan to Brooklyn. Walking across the bridge remains a tourist pastime. "Limestone, granite and intricate steel cables make the bridge a beautiful sight to photograph. It's an easy walk with spectacular view of the Big Apple," raved one TripAdvisor user. more

#24 Ellis Island

#24 in New York City

For 62 years this was the United States' main immigration entry point, and many U.S. citizens have at least one ancestor who passed through here. You can just glimpse Ellis Island (north of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty) when you stand on the shores of Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. But most agree that to truly appreciate this historic site you'll have to take one of the Statue Cruises ferries over for a visit. more
Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Ellis Island
For 62 years this was the United States' main immigration entry point, and many U.S. citizens have at least one ancestor who passed through here. You can just glimpse Ellis Island (north of Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty) when you stand on the shores of Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. But most agree that to truly appreciate this historic site you'll have to take one of the Statue Cruises ferries over for a visit. more

#25 Bronx Zoo

#25 in New York City

No, we're not referring to the Yankees' less affectionate nickname, but the actual wildlife conservatory in Bronx Park. According to travelers, these 265 acres of more than 4,000 animals should be near the top of every young family's itinerary in New York. And if you're an older visitor, the Bronx Zoo could be a great way to escape the nonstop activity in Manhattan. If you're not an animal lover, however, stay far away — this zoo's claim to fame is that it's the largest metropolitan animal park in the country. more
Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Bronx Zoo
No, we're not referring to the Yankees' less affectionate nickname, but the actual wildlife conservatory in Bronx Park. According to travelers, these 265 acres of more than 4,000 animals should be near the top of every young family's itinerary in New York. And if you're an older visitor, the Bronx Zoo could be a great way to escape the nonstop activity in Manhattan. If you're not an animal lover, however, stay far away — this zoo's claim to fame is that it's the largest metropolitan animal park in the country. more

#26 Apollo Theater

#26 in New York City

One of the most famous music halls in the United States, "the Apollo" started as a burlesque theater in 1914. By the 1930s, it transformed into a concert hall that helped launch the career of several black musicians. A then-unknown Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5) and Stevie Wonder all performed on the Apollo stage during an Amateur Night competition. If you're in Harlem on a Wednesday you can still go to Amateur Night. You can reach Harlem and the Apollo on the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street. more
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Apollo Theater
One of the most famous music halls in the United States, "the Apollo" started as a burlesque theater in 1914. By the 1930s, it transformed into a concert hall that helped launch the career of several black musicians. A then-unknown Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5) and Stevie Wonder all performed on the Apollo stage during an Amateur Night competition. If you're in Harlem on a Wednesday you can still go to Amateur Night. You can reach Harlem and the Apollo on the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street. more

#27 Metropolitan Opera House

#27 in New York City

Stroll through the courtyard of the Metropolitan Opera House even if you're not going inside for a performance. Every element of this opulent building — from the limestone architecture, to the lobby's glittering chandelier, to the acoustics in the concert hall — is gorgeous. Travelers call this opera house a feast for the eyes and ears. more
Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Metropolitan Opera House
Stroll through the courtyard of the Metropolitan Opera House even if you're not going inside for a performance. Every element of this opulent building — from the limestone architecture, to the lobby's glittering chandelier, to the acoustics in the concert hall — is gorgeous. Travelers call this opera house a feast for the eyes and ears. more

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