10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in New York
One of the best cities within the world, New York is often a windstorm of activity, with known sites at each flip and never enough time to check all of them. Here, we have selected “Top 10 places to visit in New York”. Some people come back here to fancy the Broadway shows; others come back specifically to buy and dine; and plenty of coming back merely to check the sites: The Statue of Liberty, New York Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, historic neighborhoods, and various world-famous museums.
1. THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
One of the most typical things to do in New York is visiting the Statue of Liberty. When you step off the ferry on Liberty Island, not only will you be face-to-face, but you can even climb the pedestal or crown and take in the views of Manhattan. But then also we put this site in the first position out of the top 10 places to visit in New York.
And then that same ferry takes you to Ellis Island, where you can enjoy the moving Museum of Immigration or a tour of the abandoned hospital. The Statue of Liberty is also among the world’s seven wonders.
However, we recommend that you only go to the statue if you have the time (and patience): it’s one of the busiest attractions in New York and it will take you several hours to get on board, visit both islands, and return.
2. TIME SQUARE
Times Square is the heart and the most touristic place in New York. All of us who visit this city pass this intersection several times, either during the day or at night, to be mesmerized by its advertising signs and neon lights.
To get the best photos of this place, we recommend climbing the TKTS red stairs, from where you have a fantastic panoramic view of all of Times Square. This site is also perfect for buying Broadway tickets for the same day with incredible discounts.
If you want to soak up the atmosphere, a good option is to have a long coffee and sit on one of the red chairs and tables just to watch life go by. If we also tell you it’s one of the free activities in New York, the plan is even more delicious.
3. CENTRAL PARK
Relaxing, walking, picnicking, or exercising are just a few of the many things to do in Central Park, the best place to take a break from the stressful and noisy New York times.
This park is the green lung of Manhattan and is huge, full of lakes, lookouts, statues, and gardens. It is therefore advisable to take the time to complete this list of must-see attractions in Central Park. We recommend visiting on a Sunday when there is more atmosphere and New Yorkers take the opportunity to play sports like baseball or have a family picnic. Another great way to explore this 4-kilometer long park is to rent a bike on your own or take this bike tour with a guide in Spanish so as not to miss any point of interest.
Central Park has also been the location of many films such as “Home Alone 2”, “When Harry Met Sally”, or “Breakfast with Diamonds” which if you remember the scene of the movie. We put this place in the third position out of the top 10 places to visit in New York.
4. BROOKLYN BRIDGE
The Brooklyn Bridge, built-in 1883, connects Manhattan Island with the borough of Brooklyn and is the most photogenic and cinematic bridge in New York.
Crossing the East River at sunset for nearly 2 kilometers on this suspension bridge is also one of the best experiences you can have in this city. Plus, there are several places where you can snap some of the best photos of New York, both crossing the bridge and later on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Empire Fulton Ferry Park, two spectacular overlooks that offer unique perspectives of the bridge from the Brooklyn side
When crossing, you just have to be careful to walk on the lane open to pedestrians and not to enter the cycle path, as this can lead to accidents.
We recommend approaching the bridge during the day and night to see it lit up.
The Top of the Rock, located in the Rockefeller Center complex, is our favorite New York vintage point. We put this place in the fifth position of the top 10 places to visit in New York.
Located between the 67th and 70th floors of the Comcast skyscraper, this lookout offers sweeping panoramic views of Manhattan with the Empire State Building on one side and Central Park on the other.
Admission is included if you have one of the city’s tourist cards that save you time and money, such as the New York Explorer Pass, CityPASS, or New York Pass. We’ll talk about them all in the next point.
If you don’t have a card, another great alternative to skip the lines is to pre-book this ticket.
Remember that even if you have the ticket, you need to go ahead to reserve the time or you may run out of seats, especially at times as crowded as sunset, the time that in our experience is one of the best of the day. We went an hour before sunset to see the color change, the sunset, and New York at night.
6. THE HIGH LINE
What used to be an elevated railway line over the streets of Manhattan is now the High Line, a garden several kilometers long in which flowers and art sprout between the rails.
And luxury buildings: this elevated park has become so famous that a thousand and one unique buildings have grown around it.
Enjoying these contrasts while cruising the High Line is another one of those unique things to visit in New York.
7. FLATIRON BUILDING
The Flatiron Building, originally the Fuller Building, is one of the most famous buildings in New York. Located next to Madison Square Park, this 97 meter tall, centenarian building has an architecture that will not leave you indifferent with its triangular shape and an end only 2 meters wide. Also the location of scenes from films like Spiderman or Armageddon, New Yorkers dubbed it “the iron” because of its similarity to the records of the time.
Besides having multiple photos from different perspectives, this area is also a good place to eat as you are right next to Eataly, an Italian shopping mall full of quality products and restaurants.
8. THE VESSEL
The Vessel, a futuristic staircase-shaped monument in the form of a vessel, is the new jewel in New York.
Located in the new Hudson Yards neighborhood, this 45-meter-high work of art with 2,500 steps is still the main tourist attraction in this little-known area. In addition to climbing many stairs, you have several viewing platforms to recharge your batteries and enjoy the view.
Although The Vessel is free, you need not book your ticket in advance on this page. We put these places in the eighth position of the top 10 places to visit in New York
A few yards from The Vessel is the end of the two-mile walk on the High Line, a park built on an old elevated railway line that is another must-see in New York. There are several points with good views of the city and it is very pleasant to sit down and have a picnic in one of the designated areas.
You can also take advantage of a visit to the High Line to get closer to Chelsea Market, a beautiful indoor market with very good restaurants and shops with quality products.
9. WALL STREET
In the financial district is Wall Street, one of the most touristic and famous streets in New York. This area includes the stock exchange building, the Federal Reserve, and a little further away the famous Wall Street Bull or Charging Bull, which is supposed to be touched for good luck. During the midday hours on weekdays, you will see some brokers in suits rushing out of the buildings to grab a hot dog and eat it while they chat in small groups. And you have to keep in mind that the large amount of money that goes there is not resting.
Close to Wall Street is the famous Century 21, one of the best outlets in New York with incredible discounts on big brands.
10. THE FIFTH AVENUE
Fifth Avenue is the most famous shopping street in New York. This grand avenue, which crosses the city from north to south, is lined with shops, some luxurious like Tiffany & Co, known for the “breakfast with diamonds” scene and others more popular like the Apple or Disney stores. These more exclusive stores are concentrated between 34th Street and 59th Street. This is the section we recommend, even if it’s just to see the storefronts.
One of the most prominent buildings on Fifth Avenue, along with the Plaza Hotel and Trump Tower, is St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is located directly across from Rockefeller Center and is considered the largest neo-Gothic Catholic church in North America. Well worth going to this white marble church to see its huge organs and the sculpture of the Pieta. The best photo of this building is from the Atlas sculpture in Rockefeller Center, where you can see the architectural contrast of the cathedral with the skyscrapers surrounding it.