There is a reason why New York City has become the setting for numerous movies, TV shows, and songs; it is a magical place where cultures from all around the world converge in one place. No wonder it is the most famous city in the world, there are hundreds of places to go and fun things to do in the city that never sleeps.
In this simple guide, you will find some relevant facts about the city and the top 5 places you must see in your first visit to the amazing New York City.
- There are over 6,000 skyscrapers
- Traffic is heavy that the best way to explore the city is on foot
- There are over 50 million books in The New York Public Library
- Central Park is the home of more than 275 species of birds
- The famous yellow taxis were originally red and green
No matter how many times you visit New York City, you will always find new things to see. However, your first time must be special, and to make the most of it, you must plan a travel itinerary that allows you to visit the main attractions of this cosmopolitan place.
Top 5 places to see in New York
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
When we talk about New York City, the Statue of Liberty is probably the first landmark that comes to mind. This famous place receives thousands of visitors every day, most tourists complement their tour with a visit to Ellis Island only 10 minutes away on a ferry from Liberty Island.
You can get to the islands by taking the ferry in Battery Park, but to avoid long lines I recommend you getting there as early as possible. Ferries depart from the park from 8:30 to 17:00.
- Cost: $18.50 adults
- Location: Departure from Battery Park, New York, 10004, USA.
Broadway and Times Square
Times Square is probably the second most important landmark in the city. No matter what brings you to New York, taking the time to walk the Theatre District along with Times Square is an experience you don’t want to miss. The bright lights and colors of this section of the city attract thousands of visitors every year.
And if you enjoy the theater you can plan and buy tickets to one of the many open shows every night.
- Cost: Free
- Location: 4th to 53rd Streets and 6th to 8th Ave., USA
After walking through one of the most crowded areas of the city, you can go to Central Park to enjoy a different side of New York. It is an oasis of relaxation and connection with nature in the center of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
With over 840 acres, this place has numerous attractions to offer: Central Park Zoo, a lake, a pond, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. If you visit during summertime you can enjoy the famous Shakespeare in the Park performances or rent a boat. In winter, you can find two ice-rinks and live the experience of ice-skating in New York during Christmas.
- Cost: Free
- Location: Between 59th and 110th St, and between 5th and 8th Avenue.
Empire State Building
To look at the city from a new perspective, you can’t miss a visit to one of New York’s tallest and most famous buildings, the Empire State Building. With 1454 feet, the views from the two observatories located on the 86th and 102nd floors are just breathtaking.
Sunset and sunrise are the most popular times to visit the place, you can either choose a standard ticket or upgrade the experience with AM/PM tickets that allow you to enjoy the panoramic view of Manhattan both; by day and night.
- Cost: $36 adults.
- Location: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, USA
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
This fascinating museum is one of the many adjacent to Central Park, and it is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. One of its permanent exhibitions is the Hall of Biodiversity, and space dedicated to flora and fauna. Another impressive exhibit is the 1.400-year-old sequoia tree, and the Hall of Ocean Life, where you can find a 94-foot-long blue whale model.
Taking the time to walk the five floors of interesting exhibits and rich history is worth it; from dinosaur skeletons to a space show called “Dark Universe”.
- Cost: $23 adults.
- Location: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192
Moving around in New York
Walking around the city is part of its charm. You can book walking tours that take you to special places on foot so you can get to experience New York in all its splendor. However, you must know about transportation to make the most of your visit.
- Yellow taxis:
The most iconic means of transportation in NYC, you can get one just like you’ve seen in films, waving your arm and shouting the taxi. The fee is paid by the meter, so you can keep an eye on the cost of your ride.
You need to get a MetroCard or a one-way ticket, according to what you need. Something to keep in mind is that some express trains miss some of the stations. They are the fastest way to get to some places, but it might mean you’ll have to walk extra.
- Boat trip:
Besides the Ferry to Staten Island that takes you to see the Statue of Liberty, you can take a boat trip around Manhattan and enjoy the spectacle of the skyline.
New York City has a lot to offer you and to enjoy the most of the Big Apple during your first visit, you need to plan your days ahead. With this easy guide, you can start making the itinerary for your trip and fall in love with the city that never sleeps.