Some people live in New York from the day they are born to the day they die without ever leaving the city. Even these people don't have enough time to see and do everything this metropolis has to offer. World-class museums, famous monuments, huge, lush parks, top art and entertainment, from Broadway musicals to daring street performances... the list could go on forever. It is a dynamic city, besides, one that changes and transforms on a daily basis, spawning all kinds of new, exciting, cutting-edge events and activities. The following are some of the most famous and beloved sights and attractions, but be always on the lookout. Blink and you might miss something unrepeatable. And be sure to pay attention to operating hours, as many museums have certain hours of free admission once a week.
This iconic 843-acre park was planned to give New Yorkers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and the designers did such a good job that when relaxing on one of the huge lawns, or picnicking by a lake, or strolling along its miles of biking and walking paths, it's often hard to believe you're right in the middle of Manhattan. The park also contains world-class museums and hosts countless activities and concerts, especially in the summer months.
What's New York famous for? Among other things, the traffic. Well, if you want to get a distinctive view of the sites and not be stuck in a motorized crawl, you may have the spirit of adventure calling you to sea.
If that's the case, take a page from the book of nautical adventures, say goodbye to the landlubbers, and hop aboard this 90-minute cruise through the waters around New York.
Taking in all the major landmarks - including of course the Statue of Liberty - you'll see all the parts of New York you've been picturing since you first saw a Woody Allen movie. Or Wall Street. Or Ghostbusters, Taxi Driver, Do the Right Thing - or any one of the hundreds of iconic films set in New York.
In the company of a fun, funny and knowledgeable guide, this cruise will take you from the Hudson River through the Upper Bay, into the East River, and back again. All you need to do is relax, take a hundred thousand pictures - if that's your thing, and soak it up.
Grab your camera and hail this unique water taxi. Running rings around New York, this checkered yellow cab/boat hybrid will whisk you around the Big Apple.
On nice days grab a seat on the upper deck and set to snapping pics of the iconic New York skyline. If the weather isn't cooperating, you can cozy up in the climate-controlled interior, as the 90-minute full loop scoots to six different piers.
Along the way you'll see the city’s most popular neighborhoods, waterfront attractions and bridges. Highlights include the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade, the 9/11 Memorial and many more.
The taxi departs from midtown’s Pier 79 at 44th street and the Hudson River. It then proceeds to Battery Park, with the option to visit the World Trade Center site, including the 9/11 Memorial and the 9/11 Tribute Center.
Additionally, you’ll also be able to get up-close views of the Statue of Liberty — one of America’s greatest national treasures.
Still devoted to American art, the Whitney houses 21,000 works by 3,000 artists across many media. You’ll find paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos, photography and new media. We’re not saying you’ll get to feast your eyes on each and every piece, but you will get an insight into how American creative genius has manifested itself from 1900 to today.
Andy Warhol might be the most iconic name among the artists featured, but you’ll also get to meet other 20th century titans such as Jasper Johns, Georgia O’Keefe and Edward Hopper.
In addition to the visionaries of the recent past, the Whitney is still very much dedicated to championing the new. Every two years the Whitney Biennial features the work of young up-and-coming American artists.
Like most New Yorkers, the Whitney has moved around the city, a lot. Its most recent move was in 2015 to a new Downtown building designed by famed architect Renzo Piano. The new building gives the Whitney more space than ever to showcase its massive collection of modern and contemporary American art.
Located on the West side of Manhattan in the Meatpacking district, the Whitney Museum of American Art right off the High Line is the place you’ll meet American genius of the now.
This particular museum is housed on the aircraft carrier (and national historic monument) the USS Intrepid. As if that's not awesome enough, the Intrepid actually served in World War II and Vietnam and helped out NASA in recovery missions.
Now like a retired old sea dog the Intrepid sits on the docks telling amazing tales of its many adventures and giving guided tours to some of the very impressive crafts on its deck.
A few of the cool aircrafts you can see here are the Lockheed A12 Blackbird known as the world’s fastest jet and spy plane (how cool is that?) The British Airways Concord (the fastest commercial airplane). Also housed on the Intrepid is the famous space shuttle Enterprise...yes, the real Enterprise that actually went into space!
Please note: if you want to include the Enterprise in your visit, make sure to choose the Space Shuttle Pavilion option.
Below decks you can enter submarine the USS Growler, and there’s an interactive hall with flight simulators and other activities that are guaranteed to not just be fun but also educational.
Docked right on the Hudson River next to many arriving and departing cruise ships, you can catch a view of the George Washington Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, the NYC skyline and...New Jersey?
The 9/11 Tribute Center provides a space for survivors, family members, first-responders, civilian volunteers, and community residents to share accounts of 9/11 with the general public. This self-guided tour takes you through galleries on a visceral journey through the events and aftermath of 9/11.
Volunteer curators — including retired firefighters, police officers, and surviving family members — give their personal accounts of the attack.
See artifacts from Ground Zero up close, juxtaposed with emotional recollections and testimonies from survivors of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Listen as your guide narrates the events and aftermath of the day.
Opt for a volunteer-guided tour for an additional fee.
A project of the September 11th Families Association, the 9/11 Tribute Center brings together those who want to learn about 9/11 with those who experienced it. The healing process demonstrated by the 9/11 community in the face of unimaginable horror speaks volumes of the tremendous depth of our humanity.
A museum of human body parts is more horror movie trope than an idea of a good day out. Thankfully, BODY WORLDS downplays the ick and shows off the wow. This exhibition, dedicated to the wide range of experience in human life, shows skinless human bodies engaged in activities from horse riding to chain smoking.
BODY WORLDS: PULSE is a real eye-opener - in that it peels back the layers of outward appearance to show the true humanity that exists underneath - and also because it shows dissected eyeballs.
Spend some time inside and you'll be grateful for the splendid mechanics of the human body, and for the layer of skin that covers it all so nicely.
This exhibition shows the actual costumes worn in the Star Wars films and the curators have more than done their homework to make this fun for everybody. Storm troopers jostle with droids, Naboo delegations parade beside officers from the original Evil Empire. There is a moving simplicity to seeing costumes stripped of people and the exhibition shows how our impressions of the film have been shaped by costume as much as actor.
The exhibition designers have made it refreshingly simple to enjoy. Movie quotes swirl around the display cases, and touch screens show early sketches. So you can see how Elizabethan gowns fused with African headdresses create the ceremonial costumes of the Naboo. You also see how the Rebel Alliance were dressed in orange to mimic 1950s astronauts, and Imperial officers - of course - were dressed like Nazis.
In fact, every aspect of the Star Wars universe has been thoroughly thought through and designed. With epic storytelling, iconic characters and cool flourishes it has captivated the popular imagination. This exhibition will prove that costumes have had an important role in that.