Visiting New York City is one of those things that many people want to do. It seems to just be on everyone’s bucket list. I know it has always been on mine. With all of the iconic places to visit and the history that New York City has to offer, how can someone not want to visit. If I were to make a must see list of things to do in New York City, these are the things that I would do.
Statue of Liberty
Everyone knows that this is at the top of the list. This is a symbol of friendship from France we are taught about as a kid and everyone grows up wanting to see it. The Statue of Liberty National Monument is just a short ferry ride from Battery Park. While on Ellis Island, don’t miss walking through the same halls as 12 million immigrants who first came to America. While at the monument, you have the option to climb the pedestal and, with reservations, you can climb to the crown.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is located in the middle of midtown Manhattan. Known for having an incredible view, visitors love to go to the 360-degree-open-air observation deck that is on the 86th floor. Looking out from the observation deck, you are standing 1,050 feet above the city. As you look around, you will be able to see a panoramic view of up to 5 states. Besides the outstanding views, there is, also, the newly restored Art Deco lobby and murals, a Dare to Dream and Sustainability exhibit.
9/11 Memorial & Museum
n honor of the 2,983 people who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the February 26th, 1993, the Memorial sits in the footprints of the Twin Towers. There are 2 reflection pools and a plaza of trees, including the Survivor Tree. As you walk through the Museum tells about the event of 9/11.
If you have ever seen what wax figures look like on TV and wonder if they could really look like the people they are based on, you have to visit Madame Tussauds. Madame Tussauds is a world-famous wax attraction with over 225 life like statues. There are iconic figures from every generation. Recently they have added a 4D theater.
Central Park is shown in countless tv shows and movies. Hardly what you think of when you think of a park, Central Park covers 842 acres. Central Park offers a lot to do from jogging on the paths, taking a guided bike tour, ice skating, playing tennis, baseball or basketball, or take the kids to the playground. The park even features its own zoo, the Central Park Zoo, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
After being featured in so many tv and movies, how can you not want to see the neon signs and billboards. Walking down the street, you can see the area where the “ball drops” on New Year’s Eve and see some of the iconic stores featured in movies and pop culture.
If you are a shopper, then heading to Fifth Avenue must seem like a dream come true. One of the most well-known streets in the world for shopping, it is one of the most expensive streets in the world.
While there are many other things to see in New York City, these are just a few of the most iconic and must see things to do.