Welcome to the Empire State, New York, one of the most populous states in the United States. If you are planning on moving to New York or just moved to the Big Apple, you may be wondering about what tourist attractions is worth your time as there are so many breathtaking sites to visit in the state.
While it is extremely difficult to narrow down the many tourists attractions in New York to just 10, the following tourist attractions are worth the time and will make your day anytime you visit any of them. The tourist attractions listed here are not arranged in order of prominence.
The Empire State Building
Built in 1931, the Empire State Building is the second-tallest skyscraper in Manhattan and its iconic features has changed the skyline of the state ever since. The observation deck on the 86th floor of the building gives a bird’s eye view of the city or you can visit the top of the Rock in Rockefeller Center for a clear view of the Empire State’s Art Deco spectacle.
The Statue of Liberty
The enormous Statue of Liberty shelters at the top of Liberty Island near the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Harbor. The iconic statue was dedicated in 1886 and has been playing host to many visitors ever since. In 1984, the statue was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The National Park Service is responsible for maintain Liberty Island.
The Chrysler Building
The Chrysler Building is the second most famous Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. The building is just a shade shorter, compared to the Empire State Building and it was constructed a year earlier. In 1976, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark and its unique architectural structure is admired and respected by visitors across the globe.
Grand Central Terminal
The Grand Central Terminal serves as a platform for dozens of trains, servicing hundreds of daily arrivals and departures. Also, the terminal houses posh eateries, cocktail lounges and retail shops. The terminal provides walking and audio tours too. Broadly renovated in 1998, the year 2013 marks the terminal centennial anniversary.
The Brooklyn Bridge
As at 1883 when the Brooklyn bridge construction was completed, it was the longest suspension bridge of its time. But presently, the bridge is an iconic landmark and the bridge is easy to walk across. Whether you set out on the Brooklyn or Manhattan side of the bridge you get an extensive view of the city while walking across the bridge.
Central Park cuts across 50 blocks in the middle of Manhattan and it’s difficult to pick a spot that visitors should see first. At the park, you could take a walk through the European-style Conservatory Gardens, visit Belvedere Castle or ride a gondola or paddleboat in the lake. If you are visiting with your children, seeing the statue of Alice in Wonderland would be worth your time and do not miss the carousel or the zoo.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
This magnificent museum famously known as “The Met” is one of the biggest art galleries in the world. The Met houses extensive collections of world arts from different eras. Some of the outstanding permanent exhibitions include the Arms and Armor collection, strong collections of Asian and ancient Egyptian art as well as renowned selections of 17th century Dutch paintings and the paintings of Spanish masters El Greco and Goya.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum commemorates the many lives lost in the September 2001 terrorist attack that completely destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center which was formerly situated on this site in lower Manhattan. The memorial was opened on September 12, 2011. Two square pools marks where the World Trade towers once occupied surrounded by trees and green space. The names of those who lost their lives are stenciled upon bronze parapets that surround the pool.
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry runs 24hours every day of the year and is not only considered an efficient means of transportation between boroughs but a tourist attraction in and of itself. The ferry ride, which cuts across the southern tip of Manhattan and the northern tip of Staten Island, lasts for about 25 minutes and offers a clear view of the Statue of Liberty as well as the New York skyline.
Bonus Attraction: Be sure to check out Ellis Island when you take this ferry tour or when you go visit the Statue of Liberty. Its located right next to the Statue and is a 10 minute ferry ride. Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. You won’t regret it.
Times Square located in midtown Manhattan is New York City’s true crossroads. The square is most famous for its attractive digital billboards that high up several stories and illuminates the city day and night. Near the square are places you will like to visit such as Broadway shows, restaurants, dozens of anchor stores to shop in, and don’t miss Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Also, the square is New York media center. Several media house such as the New York Times, MTV and ABC have offices at the square.