To get the most out of what New York has to offer, try and map out a brief outline of what you want to see/achieve with your day. It’s a bit of a cliché, but there really is so much to see and do in this city that you won’t know where to begin.
Try dedicating one day to seeing Central Park and some of the museums that can be found nearby such as the MET or the American Museum of Natural History. Then another day see what Midtown Manhattan has to offer, and see sights such as Times Square, the Rockefeller Centre, the Empire State Building and more.
Then further down Manhattan take a day out to walk the Brooklyn Bridge, pay your respects at Ground Zero and go shopping along Canal Street and Soho. But once you do plan out your days, you’ll see a whole lot in a short space of time.
But one thing you must try to do is this – visit one of the other boroughs other than Manhattan. That small island only makes up a small part of New York City so remember that there are four others too, each with their own sights and attractions.
, New York, USA
This 843-acre wooded and landscaped oasis in the middle of the city has had 275 species of birds sighted in the park. There are several restaurants on its perimeter along with a boathouse, a carousel, ball fields, a running track, a reservoir and sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare. Always check out what is on round the time you are going to New York as the list of events taking part in Central Park is endless.
Extends from 59th Street to 110th Street, and from Fifth Avenue to Central Park West Manhattan.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
The Brooklyn Bridge was the largest and one of the first suspension bridge in the world when it was completed in May 1883. The Brooklyn Bridge is the most famous and best-loved bridge in New York City. The bridge provides excellent views of many, if not most, of the city’s tall attractions, including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building.
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn,, New York, USA
These 52 acre gardens boast over 12,000 kind of plants in beautifully manicured lawns and gardens. Founded in 1910, Brooklyn’s gardens are the best of the major gardens in New York City. If you do decide to pay these gardens a visit, don’t miss the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, The Overlook and the Osborne Garden.
Open 8am-4.30pm (Oct-March) and 8am-6pm (April-Sept). Closed Mondays. Admission $3.
405 Lexington Avenue, NY 10017, New York, USA
The Chrysler building was the tallest building in the world at 925 feet when it was completed in 1930. Don't go without having a look at the splendid murals and veneers in the lobby. And for some reason it seems more radiant during daylight hours.
Ellis Island, NY 10004, New York, USA
From 1892 to 1954 Ellis Island was the largest port of entry and inspection to the United States of America. The island is a great place to explore American immigration history, and trace family roots. The exhibits on the museum’s first floor describe the patterns of immigration including a multitude of interesting facts about the millions of people who passed through the processing station at Ellis Island.
Liberty Island, NY 10004, New York, USA
The Statue of Liberty is a potent symbol of freedom and democracy. After building the statue began in 1875, the statue was eventually presented as a gift from the French people to the United States in 1886. When the statue's sculpture Auguste Bartholdi built, he originally intended to fill the statue full of sand for stability.
Liberty Island is open daily from 9.30am-5pm.
Ellis Island is open from 9.30am-5.15pm.
350 Fifth Avenue, (at 34th Street), New York, USA
The Empire State Building, with its central Manhattan location, offers the best views of New York City. Try to go at night for great views and fewer crowds. Made famous by the movie King-Kong, the Empire State Building was the world’s tallest building for 40 years (with more than 100 floors). There are two observatory floors, the first on the 86th and the second on the 102nd.
To cut the wait by an hour, buy a combi-ticket for both the deck and 'Skyride'.
Observatory open daily from 9.30am-midnight; admission $12, $14 for 'Skyride', combo-ticket $22.
47th - 51st Streets, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, New York, USA
A wide-open plaza, the famous ice skating rink, home of the giant Christmas tree every December...Rockefeller Center has it all. In front of the central 70-story tower on Fifth Avenue you will find Paul Manship’s massive 1934 sculpture of Prometheus. There are also a number of stores selling everything from French books to Swiss chocolates to souvenirs of the city. The channel gardens are a nice place to relax for few moments, so called because they are located in the space between La Maison Francaise (the French House) and the British Empire Building.
Central Park West, at 79th Street, New York, USA
This museum is most famous for its recently renovated dinosaur exhibits and for its historic animal dioramas. Don't miss the mineral collection, which includes moon rocks and the 563 carat sapphire called the Star of India. There is also a great presentation of human evolution.
The Museum of Natural History is also the home of the new Rose Center for Earth and Space, which includes the revamped Hayden Planetarium.
Open daily from 10am-5.45pm with the Rose Center open until 8.45pm on Fridays. Admission costs $12, including admission to the new Rose Center.