Radio City Music Hall#21 in Best Things To Do 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.
In fact, it's through the stage door that most visitors experience Radio City. Enthusiastic guides will stroll you passed the Great Stage and let you see the hydraulic elevators that transport the stage sets. Travelers enjoyed the backstage tours, citing the knowledgeable guides and the iconic venue's interesting history as reasons they enjoyed the up-close look. One word to the wise: Take your tour earlier in the day – the closer you get to show time, the more abbreviated your history lesson will be. Visitors who were here for a show say there's not a bad seat in the house.
You'll find Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan, at 50th Street and Sixth Avenue. For tours, adults can expect to pay $30, and children younger than 12 can enter for $26. Tours run daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Show times and prices vary, so check the venue's official website for details on upcoming performances.
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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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