Experience the neon at night in Times Square, the bustle of Grand Central Terminal, or some freewheeling fun at Coney Island’s amusement park. New York also has its serious side in Brooklyn’s hip, artistic neighborhood or the sobering 9/11 Memorial at World Trade Center Ground Zero. Out on the harbor, the Statue of Liberty — a beacon of hope for millions of immigrants fleeing war and famine in the late-19th century — still symbolizes freedom and New York’s reputation as a make-or-break city, attracts millions of dreamers, who come to try their luck in The Big Apple.
Divided into five boroughs — Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx — New York is home to more than eight million people and a diverse multi-cultural mix. You'll find authentic ethnic eateries throughout multi-cultural hubs like Chinatown and Little Italy. Diversity in New York is embraced and celebrated, from African American music and culture in Harlem to Judaism in Brooklyn’s Borough Park, which has one of the largest Orthodox Jewish communities outside of Israel.
The iconic subway system forms an intricate labyrinth above and below the ground. It’s the easiest public transportation option for visitors; purchase your MetroCard and refill on a pay-as-you-go basis. Walking is the best way to soak up the city’s sights and explore Manhattan’s eclectic neighborhoods, from the wealthy Upper West Side to the lively East Village.
Midtown East, where you’ll find the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, is an ideal stop for those new to the city. First-timers needn’t feel anxious about finding their way. The city’s grid system is simple to navigate and New Yorkers are quick to offer assistance should you lose your way.
New York caters to culture buffs, with galleries like the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Opera to Broadway’s cozy theaters and the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Center. Those in search of proof that the city never sleeps won’t be disappointed, with countless shops, bars and clubs open until late hours of the night.
Museums, Entertainment and Theaters
New York’s infamous neon wonderland is hustle and bustle at its best, and an essential stop for all tourists.
One of Manhattan’s most iconic developments, this hub of business and entertainment was considered a remarkable feat when it was completed in the late 1930s.
No trip to New York is complete without zooming up the top of this iconic building, where the views of Manhattan are unmatchable.
This symbol of freedom, democracy and hope is one of the most famous statues in the world.
This majestic, lively hub for commuters is a must-see for architecture buffs.
This iconic suspension bridge offers views of the Statue of Liberty from the East River.
Choose your favorite New York sights and activities and save on admission. Climb to the top of the iconic Empire State Building or the Top of the Rock Observatory. Jump aboard the Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour or board the ferry to Ellis Island and meet Lady Liberty herself.
Get a 360-degree experience of not one but two of America's most iconic sites on an Early Access Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. Enjoy special access to the Pedestal and enjoy stunning views over New York Harbor.
Pay your reverent respects to the victims of 9/11 at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. Reflect before the quiet fountains where the Twin Towers once stood, and learn about the heroes, sacrifices, and ongoing impact of the tragic 2001 attacks.
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan from base to antenna, the Empire State Building (ESB) is the World’s Most Famous Building.
Look down over Manhattan at the Top of the Rock, taking in a 360-degree panorama over Central Park and the skyline of the Big Apple from 850 feet (259 m) in the air. You pick the perfect time to visit, whether you want to scope out the sunset from new heights or see the city sparkle by night.
A sculpted showdown—cast from real dinosaur fossils—between a Barosaurus and an Allosaurus greets you beneath the soaring ceilings of the museum's rotunda as you enter, setting the scene for the dramatic and lifelike exhibits to come.
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