When planning what to see in New York, it’s important not to feel overwhelmed. Attracting millions of visitors to the city every year, there are so many amazing landmarks to see here, from the Statue of Liberty to the Staten Island Ferry, from Coney Island to Times Square. You can indulge in an amazing food scene or visit world-renowned museums. Sightseeing in New York is anything but boring.
An icon of New York, the Statue of Liberty is so much more than a monument. After a 15-minute ferry ride, you’ll find yourself dwarfed by the statue, a symbol of freedom and friendship. Once there, guided tours are available around Liberty Island, or you can do your own tour and admire the history and views at your own pace. If you plan to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, we recommend catching the ferry before 1pm to allow yourself enough time on the island.
One of the most famous buildings on the New York skyline, the Empire State Building observatory is a popular attraction. Located on the 86th floor, some 1,050 feet above the streets, the building offers impressive views across New York. Drop a few coins in the telescopes and look around the city, or match up the views with the maps.
The Rockefeller Center, named after its developer John D Rockefeller Junior, is made up of 19 buildings in the Midtown area. A mixture of commercial properties, public artworks and art-deco buildings, the Rockefeller Center is well worth your time to visit. Head up to the observation deck, Top of the Rock, or take a tour of NBC Studios. The ice-skating rink and Radio City Music Hall are also popular attractions.
You’ll feel the energy and see Times Square well before you get there thanks to the flashing lights and vibrant billboards. Home to New York’s Theatre District, it’s easy to be swept up in the excitement. Restaurants and bars line the streets here too, so make your way through the crowds to have a drink or a bite to eat and soak in the atmosphere.
A walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is an amazing way to experience both New York and Brooklyn. As you cross the East River, you’ll see Lady Liberty to one side watching over Manhattan. Whether you leave from the Manhattan or Brooklyn side, you’ll be blown away by the views. As you make your way across the bridge, admire the amazing structure and impressive granite towers.
Grand Central Terminal, often referred to as Grand Central Station, is a New York attraction that’s often underrated. Featuring a vaulted ceiling with the constellations across it as well as bronze and gold statues and accents throughout, Grand Central boasts some seriously stunning architecture. The terminal, one of the busiest in the world, also houses shops and restaurants.
Linking the borough of Staten Island to Manhattan, the Staten Island Ferry is a passenger service that transports more than 21 million passengers every year. Taking 25 minutes, the ferry ride provides amazing views of Lower Manhattan including the Statue of Liberty and the Financial District. Even better, the ferry ride is free.
Opposite Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building displays some of the most spectacular art-deco designs in the world. While it no longer has an observation deck open to the public, the lobby is open Monday to Friday to see the gorgeous ceiling mural and the styling that’s reflective of the jazz era.