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  • $24 for adults; $15 for kids 7-17
  • Sun-Thurs 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
    Fri-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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  • Monuments and Memorials, Museums, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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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 pools are enclosed in bronze panels on which the names of every victim are inscribed. The museum spans across 110,000 square feet and relays the narrative of the attacks through a series of multimedia displays, real-time recordings, authentic artifacts and an interactive table.

Recent visitors cited the overall atmosphere of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as sobering but moving. "After 9/11 the whole city changed, the mentality changed," says Shawn Harris, head concierge at the WestHouse Hotel New York. "What was knocked down, we rebuilt, and it's a monument to our strength. It's gorgeous inside even though a little somber." Many travelers say they were impressed with the site as a whole, noting its respectful and informational displays.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is accessible via the Fulton Street subway stops, which are serviced by the A, C, J, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 lines. Admission to the memorial is free. Admission to the museum costs $24 for adults, $18 for college students, seniors and veterans, and $15 for kids ages 7 to 17. Family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks, as well as 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, may enter for free. On Tuesdays, admission is free for all visitors between 5 and 8 p.m. The memorial welcomes visitors daily from 7:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.; the museum is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Last entry is two hours before closing. For up-to-date information, check out the official National September 11 Memorial & Museum website.

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Soaking up strolls and scenic views in Central Park is a favorite pastime among visitors and residents alike. Songquan Deng / Shutterstock

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a tribute to those lost during the 2001 terrorist attacks and the 1993 bombing. Evan Semonies - cosmophotography / Getty Images

Travelers say you must plan to see a Broadway show when in the Big Apple. Perennial favorites include "Wicked" and "Jersey Boys." Fresh photos from all over the world / Getty Images

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is called "the Met" for short. alotor / Flickr

You can see everything from dinosaurs to meteorites at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. bastix.net / flickr.com

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Catch the ferry to the Statue of Liberty from New Jersey for shorter lines. Celso Flores / Flickr

Visitors come to Grand Central Terminal to admire its architecture, people-watch, grab a bite to eat or catch the train. Allen McGregor / Flickr

The MoMA has many famous pieces, including some by Dalí, Monet and Warhol. basterclaus / Flickr

The New York Public Library, which first opened in 1911, has one of the country's largest book collections. hibino / Flickr

Pack a picnic for the High Line, Manhattan's elevated green space. Albachiaraa / Shutterstock

It takes about 30 minutes to walk from Manhattan to Brooklyn on the Brooklyn Bridge. Set out early in the morning or later in the evening to enjoy some peace on the beautiful bridge. Lukas Schlagenhauf / Flickr

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You can come to Bryant Park for the scenery, the concerts, or the free Wi-Fi. dandeluca / Flickr

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Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic design of the Guggenheim Museum encases famous works by Picasso, Rockwell and Kandinsky. Ben Hider / Getty Images

You can see the Rockettes perform at Radio City Music Hall every holiday season. Aleks Ivic Visuals / Getty Images

Taking in the sweeping views from the Top of the Rock is a must for first-time NYC visitors. stockelements / Shutterstock

In buzzing Times Square, neon lights flicker 24/7. Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock

Housed inside a French-style mansion once owned by magnate Henry Clay Frick, this expansive museum showcases masterpieces from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. Stuart Monk / Shutterstock

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The beautiful St. Patrick's Cathedral sits opposite Rockefeller Center. Matteo Colombo / Getty Images

Travelers say the Bronx Zoo is a hit with kids. ikrichter / Flickr

In spring, you can't skip a trip to this sprawling Brooklyn green space to watch the Cherry Esplanade (Sakura Matsuri), when the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is accented by bright-pink cherry blossoms. Colin D. Young / Shutterstock

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