Whether visiting New York City for the first time or making a return trip, the metropolis holds countless experiences and adventures. There are literally thousands of locations to see, places to eat and options for entertainment. However, by general consensus, some destinations are definitely a must see.
Encompassing more than 800 acres and situated in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park is one of the most unique open spaces on the planet. The diverse landscape includes rolling fields, expansive grass lawns, numerous walking trails and placid bodies of water. The many attractions found here include the Belvedere Castle, the Central Park Zoo and the historic Friedsam Memorial Carousel. During the summer, the Delacorte Theater offers live Shakespeare performances in an outdoor setting. Rumsey Playfield serves as the center for a number of performing-arts festivals.
The iconic location boasts an 87-year-old roller coaster, a classic boardwalk and the New York Aquarium. Visit a real circus sideshow, or spend time in the amusement park that features more than four dozen rides. The Pavilion offers a number of live shows daily and the Arcade entices visitors to test their skills at any one of the many traditional midway games. Anyone having a sweet tooth makes a point of stopping in at the Coney Connection for the chance to indulge in a wide variety of old-fashioned candies.
The “Big Apple” offers a wealth of museums that encompass a wide selection of subject matter. The American Museum of Natural History is considered the largest and best in the country. Astronomy and fans of space exploration enjoy visiting the Hayden Planetarium located at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses a collection of pieces spanning from medieval times to current day contemporary artists. Military history enthusiasts enjoy touring the Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and visiting the Sea Air Space Museum.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
Get tickets and board a Statue Cruises vessel for a journey to two of the most widely known landmarks in New York. Whether having had relatives who arrived at Ellis Island or not, the museum provides an interesting look at the history of immigration. The Statue of Liberty continues standing as a beacon of hope in the harbor. The museum located in the pedestal features the original torch that she once held, along with a fascinating history of the statue. Anyone having at least a moderate amount of fitness may be tempted to climb the steps to experience the view from Lady Liberty’s crown.
By day, the famous intersection offers a vast selection of restaurants, name brand stores and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Street vendors also offer a variety of wares that include original artwork and jewelry. Kids of all ages cannot help but make a point of exploring Toys “R” Us and seeing the indoor Ferris wheel. At night, the array of lights make quite the sight and illuminate the area like the midday sun. Many reserve tickets and spend the evening at one of the many Off-Broadway or Broadway shows.