10 Things You Can’t Miss in New York City

It’s no secret why New York is called “The City That Never Sleeps.” With countless stores, restaurants, museums, galleries and more, there is no shortage of things to do in New York City.

Whether you’re visiting with friends, a significant other, your family members or kids, you’re sure to find plenty of fun things to do. To get you started, here are 10 things you can’t miss in New York City:

1. Time Square

Times Square in New York City

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One of the most iconic locations in the world, Times Square is a constant hub of excitement. From the shops to the restaurants to the brilliant lights and sounds, Times Square is certainly not to be missed. Stop in at the NHL Store, the Hershey’s Store, Forever 21, Quiksilver or The Sanrio Store.

Grab some delicious Italian food at Becco or tasty Asian cuisine at the funky Ruby Foos. Catch a glimpse of the famous MTV Studios and see where the New Year’s Eve ball drops. There’s so much to see and do in Times Square that there will never be a dull moment!

2. Rockefeller Center

The famed Rockefeller Center is more than just a hot spot for dining, shopping and timeless New York attractions. The Top of the Rock Observation Deck is open everyday from 8am to midnight. Radio City Music Hall hosts concerts, stage shows and movie premieres, including the Grammy Awards and the premieres of several Harry Potter films.

The GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, a.k.a. “30 Rock,” is the headquarters of NBC and the location of shows such as Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live.

3. Empire State Building

Empire State Building Tourist Tips

One of New York’s most iconic landmarks, the Empire State Building is open to visitors for 18 hours every day. Take a guided audio tour to learn more about the incredible sights you’ll see from the top of the city. For more info, check out our insiders guide to visiting the Empire State Building.

4. Central Park

Central Park foliage photo-walk, Nov 2009 - 10

Strikingly beautiful all year round, Central Park provides the ideal escape from the chaotic streets of New York. Seeing over 35 million visitors a year, Central Park is home to 50 fountains, 36 bridges and 21 playgrounds.

5. Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty NYC

This irreplaceable symbol of the United States is located on Liberty Island. There are several city boat tours that circle the island, as well as tours offered right on the premises that can be reserved in advance. These tours allow visitors to travel up 354 stairs to the crown of the statue, which is truly an experience unlike any other.

6. West Village

From 6th Avenue to the Hudson River and 14th Street to Houston Street is the beautiful West Village. Bakeries, jazz clubs, bookstores, bistros and art galleries line the cobblestone streets of this quaint and trendy neighborhood.

7. Broadway

See some of the best live entertainment in the world at a Broadway show. Broadway is an area of Manhattan comprised of forty 500-seat theaters, including the New Amsterdamn Theater, the Gershwin Theater and the Imperial Theater.

Jaw-dropping performances of shows such as The Lion King, Hair and The Book of Mormon play here year-round.

8. SoHo

SoHo in New York City

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SoHo is known worldwide as a uniquely chic New York shopping district. Located in lower Manhattan, the stores of SoHo range from street vendors to luxurious boutiques. With approximately 500 buildings full of shops and restaurants, there is sure to be something for guests of all ages and styles.

9. American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

As one of New York’s most beloved museums, the American Museum of Natural History is equal parts fun and educational. Visit the planetarium, enjoy interactive exhibits and come face-to-face with real dinosaur skeleton.

10. Chinatown

Chinatown food tours NYC

Manhattan is home to the largest Chinatown neighborhood in the United States. With an area of two square miles, NYC’s Chinatown welcomes visitors and locals to hundreds of restaurants, markets and shops. Visit the Pearl River Shop on Broadway for souvenirs or the Excellent Dumpling House for delectable dim sum. You can also visit the Chinatown areas in Queens and Brooklyn!

There is an endless list of things to do in the Big Apple. Be sure to return again soon to experience even more in this incredible city!

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  1. Sean says

    I enjoyed reading your blog. It is worth going to see the most famous tourist traps of New York as they are famous for a reason. They are the highlights of New York. Espcially if it is your first trip to New York then you have to see the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and so on. You can try and escape the madness of New York on further trips!!!

  2. Florrie says

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