Metropolitan Museum of Art#6 in Best Things To Do 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 semiannual exhibits by the Costume Institute, or head to The Met Cloisters, an offshoot museum that's dedicated to medieval Europe's art and architecture located in Fort Tyron Park.
Travelers adore the Met, calling the facilites and artwork first-class. Many suggest consulting the museum's website to strategize what exhibits you'd like to see ahead of your visit to make the most of it. You can also sign up for a separate guided tour for a more in-depth understanding of the museum's contents.
You can take the 4, 5 or 6 train to the 86th St. station; the museum is located at 1000 Fifth Ave., on the eastern perimeter of Central Park. You can visit the museum from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 9 p.m. (You can also patron the museum's Great Hall Balcony Bar or Petrie Court Café and Wine Bar for a quick cocktail.) Suggested admission to the Main Building and The Cloisters Museum and Gardens is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors and $12 for students; kids younger than 12 can enter for free with a paying adult. Tickets are valid at all three locations for three consecutive days. You can purchase tickets online or in person. If you are a resident of New York state or a student in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, the admission is "pay what you wish." These tickets must be purchased in-person with a valid ID. Be sure to visit the art museum's website for additional information, including upcoming exhibits.
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#1 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 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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