Should See Sights In New York Metropolis
Going to New York and wondering what sights to see? Here are some great tips.
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
This may not come as a surprise to the top spot. These attractions are usually a must see when visiting New York City.
The Statue of Liberty is not only the symbol of New York City, but also the symbol of America. Ellis Island also represents our country and states that nearly half of Americans can trace their ancestors back to this island.
There are many ways to view the statue from the harbor, but the best would be to drive to Liberty Island for a close-up view. If you wish, you can visit the Statue of Liberty Museum and climb the dais for breathtaking views. Afterward, it’s a quick ferry ride to Ellis Island, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore the Immigration Museum and learn a lot about this gateway to America.
Both islands have special experiences for visitors, so it is worthwhile to discover them at least once for yourself. You can visit Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty with a guide to make your visit more interesting. Whichever way you choose to visit, these two must-see attractions should be high on your list.
Observation Decks: Empire State, One World Observatory, Top of the Rock
There is an amazing urban skyline in New York City, we have observation decks to match. The One World Observatory, Empire State Building, and Top of the Rock are in the top three. Each of them guarantees you an amazing view and an experience that you may never forget.
But going for all three may not favor many people due to the money and time factor, so I recommended picking one and taking lots of pictures. Each of them has advantages. Here are some quick highlights, but each has a blog post related to that attraction so you can read it all and choose the best one for you.
Empire State Building: This is the most famous, and it’s classic. It will open at the latest, so you can try to fit it well into your schedule.
Top of the Rock: The observation deck isn’t as high as the one at the Empire State Building, but it offers an unobstructed view of Central Park, and you can take a photo with the Empire State Building. Top of the Rock has different levels that give you more viewing options when fewer people are crowding.
One World Observatory: It’s sometimes called the OWO, and it’s the biggest and newest of them all. It’s also very popular as it is strategically located in One World Trade Center and overlooks the Statue of Liberty and the harbor.
The theater district is home to more than 40 Broadway theaters. That’s why New York is known for having the best live theater in the world. Whether it’s the latest hit or a new musical watching a Broadway show takes you from your position into another reality. That’s why Broadway is like magic!
A guide we prepared had lots of useful tips for exploring the place on our behind the scenes blog post on Broadway. He gives a few suggestions for the tickets, but while the cost may be high, there is still a way to go about it. For example, you can go to the TKTS booth in Times Square or sign up for TodayTix and get discounts instantly.
There is also the option to tour Broadway with a real NYC actor to learn more about the secrets of the NYC Theater District’s success compared to others in the world.
There is no better feeling than spending a sunny day in Central Park. Make sure you save this for a good day as you won’t be able to fully appreciate its beauty, mostly in New York’s back yard when the weather is raining.
Stroll The Ramble, ice-skate the Wollman Rink, pay tribute to Strawberry Fields, and picnic in Sheep’s Meadow. There are many options available and you find other New Yorkers doing the same. Get a glimpse of authentic New York City life in Central Park.
While rain could spoil your perfect time in the park, don’t let the cold weather block your plans. Whenever it snows in Central Park, it’s great fun and ice skating in winter feels great.
If you’re hungry afterward, there are plenty of food trucks in NYC for you to enjoy. Check out NYFTA for details.
Little Italy and Chinatown
New York City is massively diverse and you will experience it when you visit Chinatown and Little Italy. What’s the best part? These two are completely different, but they are very close to each other, actually next door. That’s the beauty of New York: you can enjoy two fascinating but completely different neighborhoods in the same place.
Many people visit the neighborhoods during the same trip. We’re doing the same for our neighborhood tour, including SoHo in the mix. Because of their proximity, you can enjoy everything in under an hour.
You can also stay longer if you want to enjoy lunch or dinner. Little Italy has plenty of pizza, pasta, and pastry options, as well as several annual celebrations that bring the neighborhood to life. As you leave Mulberry Street in Italy, you will pass Canal Street, the heart of Chinatown. Chinatown appears like a city within a city. Whether you need Chinese food, medicine, or decor, you can find it all here.
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge is easy and fun, and it gives you a chance to explore Brooklyn. The view is beautiful and it’s wonderful to experience the bridge on your own.
For excellent views, start from Brooklyn and head towards Manhattan. It keeps your front face in view and makes sure you start out with fewer crowds. This is a good opportunity for you to relax while enjoying the scenery. Many of them cycle on one of the city’s new motorcycles.
Guide Tip: If the weather is good, take a sunset stroll and see the Manhattan skyline come to life.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
There are many interesting and historical museums in New York. However, the Metropolitan Museum of Art stands out from the rest.
It is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the most visited museums in the world. The permanent collection contains more than 2 million works. The halls are usually full of art and culture so you can spend your day here and not see it all (but in this guide to the Met, we cover everything you need to see during your visit here).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is well located in Central Park, so it’s close to another attraction that’s recommended on the list.
Guide: The price of admission to mead is affordable so it’s easy to pay for.