The list of New York sightseeing options includes so many attractions that it can be tough to fit everything in, especially if you are short on time and only in the city for a few days. To make the most of your time, learn to prioritize some attractions over the others. While everyone will have their own priorities during their trip to New York City, here are the sights that should most definitely be on your bucket list.
No New York sightseeing trip is complete without a visit to Broadway
. Ideally, you should see a show, as there is nothing like it. If you aren’t into theater, at least take a stroll along Broadway to check out the multiple theaters and signs while snapping some photos.
Central Park is a huge attraction with multiple things to do and see within it. Take some time to at least walk or bike around the park. In the winter, go skating on the lake or at the ice rink. In the summer, go for a paddle on the lake. You will also find the Central Park Zoo
here, which is worth a visit if you have time.
Empire State Building
The iconic Empire State Building
stands 102 stories tall. There are two observatories you should definitely check out. The one on the 86th
Floor is 1,050 feet above the ground, while the one on the 102nd
Floor is 1,250 feet above the ground. At the very top on a clear day, you can see as far as 80 miles away, giving you views of all the landmarks in New York City and into the adjoining states.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Perhaps the most famous art museum in the country, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
is another New York sightseeing must-see. The Met was founded in 1870 and has more than 2 million pieces of art. You will find pieces spanning Egyptian art, armor, costumes, musical instruments, photos, and more.
Statue of Liberty
No matter what your plans for New York sightseeing are, you should make sure to visit the Statue of Liberty
. Built in 1886, the iconic statue is a symbol of freedom. It is just under 152 feet tall and weighs around 450,000 pounds. Visitors should, at the very least, admire it from the distance or on a boat. If you have time, take the ferry to Liberty Island to see it up close; just remember to buy tickets in advance. Otherwise, you can get a nice view from Battery Park or from a boat tour.
For many people, the best way to check off everything on their New York sightseeing bucket list is via a tour. This way, you can see and get to learn about everything, then go back to your favorite attractions.