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.
Witness the power of Niagara Falls on this 2-day guided tour. See the rushing waters of American Falls and Horseshoe Falls, ride aboard the Maid of the Mist, and score bargains on designer fashions with an outlet mall shopping stop on your way back to Manhattan.
New York CityPASS® tickets include prepaid admission to New York City's top attractions at significant savings off the price of the same tickets purchased separately. Extra perk: CityPASS travelers skip most main-entrance ticket lines.
Skip-the-Line Metropolitan Museum of Art Ticket includes access to The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters. Step inside The Met 5th Avenue, a Big Apple institution whose roots go back to 1866, and admire the Beaux-Arts Fifth Avenue façade and Great Hall before skipping the ticket line and grabbing a map to plot out your day.
Breathtaking magic carpet rides, exotic locales, and your favorite characters all come to life at Aladdin—Disney’s newest Broadway hit. Enjoy the adventure, comedy and romance of the original animated film with show-stopping numbers and the classic songs you love, plus all-new tunes penned by Oscar-winning composers.
Set sail from Midtown Manhattan onboard a multi-level Circle Line vessel and cruise down the Hudson River to get up-close looks of the Statue of Liberty. Discover popular landmarks along the way, learn about New York City history, and snap photos of Lady Liberty as she holds her torch high.
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. A flexible, skip-the-line ticket lets 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.
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