Our top 10 New York attractions
1. Statue of Liberty:
Holding her torch aloft like a beacon, this 93 metre-high national monument is an iconic image of America. Visitors can tour the statue’s interior and climb the 354 steps to the crown or for a more leisurely option, jump on the free Staten Island Ferry and sail right past this awe-inspiring site.
2. Brooklyn Bridge:
With its Gothic-style stone towers and web-like steel cable design, this famous suspension bridge has inspired poets, musicians and artists and been decreed ‘a structure of beauty’. Walk or cycle across the elevated wooden promenade and take in stunning Manhattan views before refuelling with a slice of pizza from the legendary Grimaldi’s.
3. Central Park:
New York City's living, breathing verdant heart is a humanmade wonder, bursting with life and activity. Smack bang in the middle of Manhattan, this is the city’s version of the great outdoors and the perfect place to rest and play. Enjoy a picnic under the trees, take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage, visit the zoo or enjoy afternoon tea at the Boathouse.
4: Empire State Building:
With its needle-like shape piercing the Manhattan skyline, this 130-storey, Art Deco-style building is symbolic of the great heights to be scaled in pursuit of the New York City dream. Two observatories offer panoramic city views; the first on the 86th floor has both indoor and outdoor viewing decks, and the second is an enclosed gallery on the 102nd floor.
5: Times Square:
A magnet for the wonderful, weird and wacky, New York's famous intersection is the ultimate urban jungle with a frenetic mix of yellow cabs, flashing lights, huge billboards and non-stop energy.
6. The High Line:
A former rail track, this 2.3 kilometre-long, elevated green walkway runs from 34th Street to the Meatpacking District and is a favorite urban space, brimming with public art, pop-up bars, cafes and street markets
7. Rockefeller Center:
Home to NBC Studios, this Art Deco cultural hub also boasts some of the best unobstructed panoramic views of New York’s famous skyline from its 70th-floor observation deck. Open until midnight, why not check out the bright night lights of the big city for a truly magical experience?
8. Radio City Music Hall:
Boasting 6,000 seats, this 1930s Art Deco ode to Manhattan is the world’s largest indoor theatre and has hosted performances by some of the all-time greats, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald. Take a Stage Door Tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at this opulent venue, learn the secrets of the Great Stage, and even meet a Rockette.
9. American Museum of Natural History:
See the original exhibits from the movie, Night at the Museum, at this world-famous institution, which is home to an overwhelming 30 million objects in 45 exhibition halls across five floors and four city blocks. Must-sees include T-Rex and the vast collection of dinosaurs, the incredible Hall of Biodiversity, and the state-of-the-art Hayden Planetarium.
10. Madison Square Garden:
This enormous donut-shaped building is not only home to New York’s Knicks NBA basketball team but also a world-renowned entertainment venue playing host to big-name acts, theatrical performances and special events. Even the Pope has graced the Garden. Take an All Access tour and see the 20,000 seat arena’s exclusive VIP areas, the Chase Bridges and even visit the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms.