Comprised of 5 neighborhoods, 302.6 square miles, and over 8.5 million residents, New York City can be an easy place to get lost in. We have compiled a list of ten popular places to see in order to help visitors to our New York-based rotations determine what to make a priority. To find out what museums, parks, and attractions are fun and affordable continue reading below.
Museums to Visit
1.) Statue of Liberty/Elis Island Museum
Admittance to these two places are included in the price of one ticket. Visitors to the Statue of Liberty will get to see the iconic copper statue up close and learn about its symbol of freedom and friendship. Those who visit the Elis Island Museum will get to follow the footpaths of immigrants who made their way to New York over a period of sixty years. Both these locations are important to the history of New York and the United States as a whole.
2.) Metropolitan Museum of Art
Known for its impressive front steps, many visitors to the MET don’t even step inside. Those who do, however, have the pleasure of saying they visited the largest art museum in the United States. The MET is actually made up of three separate museums all located in New York.
3.) Guggenheim Museum
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is easily recognizable for its oval shape and modern architecture. Visitors to the museum can see an array of painting styles including Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary among others.
Sights to See
4.) Brooklyn Bridge
A good place for tourist photos, the Brooklyn Bridge is an easily recognized location. While walking across the bridge can take less than fifteen minutes, dodging photographers and tourists can make it much longer. Visiting during sunrise ensures less foot traffic and offers the possibility of better lighting for photos.
5.) Boat Cruise of Manhattan
While there is an array of boat cruise options, the Staten Island Ferry is a popular choice. The ride to the Island lasts just short of a half hour. It’s an affordable option and does not require much planning. Buying a ticket prior to departure time, however, is needed
Parks to Wander
6.) Central Park
Central Park is the perfect place to waste a free hour or two in New York. The park is made up of several areas, which feature ponds, outdoor buildings, fields, sculptures, and even an ice-skating rink.
7.) The Highline
Built on a historic freight line above the city streets, the Highline, which is just shy of a mile and a half long, gives visitors a space to stretch their legs and take in the city skyline. The space features multiple seating areas, a water feature, and a handful of outdoor art spaces.
8.) Brooklyn Botanic Garden
This indoor and outdoor space resides on 52 acres of land and features a conservatory. In a cityscape, the garden provides a space for visitors to learn about the natural world and their role in providing stewardship. Within the garden, there are over 20 smaller sections devoted to certain species.
Attractions to Experience
9.) Coney Island
Located in the southwestern most part of Brooklyn, Coney Island is an iconic portion of the city that has a rich history and has been featured in many films. The Island is most famous for the myriad of amusement parks; however, the area has beaches, parks, and museums as well.
10.) Ellen’s Stardust Diner
A little on the steep side, this restaurant charges visitors upwards of twenty dollars for a meal. However, within this price is a show. Waiters and waitresses at Ellen’s Stardust Diner are trained singers and dancers, who can carry a tune while holding a tray of food. While it might not be as famous as New York-style pizza, the diner is an experience that will not be forgotten.
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