Grand Central Terminal

#8 in Best Things To Do in New York City
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Key Info

42nd Street and Park Avenue

Price & Hours

Free
5:30 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; shops and restaurants operate individual hours

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.3scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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. Before you enter, be sure to snap a few shots of the ornate beaux-arts neoclassical architecture outside. Inside the celebrated main concourse, you're treated to glimmering marble floors, gold and nickel-plated chandeliers and a sky-themed ceiling. Food options range from the upscale (Michael Jordan's The Steak House N.Y.C. or The Campbell Apartment) to the legendary (the Oyster Bar or the gourmet kiosks at the Grand Central Market) to the fast and easy (Starbucks). As mentioned, there are also plenty of shopping options, though most travelers suggest you leave most of Grand Central's pricey merchandise in the store. If you want a train-themed souvenir, visit The New York Transit Museum Store in the shuttle passage.

Travelers call the train station "iconic" and say it's a beautiful space to walk through or to grab a meal and people-watch.

Grand Central Terminal is another prominent attraction located in midtown Manhattan. You can reach the station on the 4, 5, 6, 7 or S trains. If you just want to take a quick peek, note the station is free to enjoy from 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. You can guide yourself through the venue or docent-led tours are available at 12:30 p.m. daily and cost $30 for adults and $20 for seniors, students and kids. You could also purchase the audio tour to enjoy at your leisure for $12 per adult, $11 per student and $10 per senior or child. Grand Central's shops and restaurants have more restricted hours; for information on their hours, plus details on tours, station maps and train schedules, visit the official website.

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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 green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.

“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden." 

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