Attractions in New York City

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10best has narrowed all of the available attractions in New York to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.

10 The Frick Collection
Opened in 1935, the Frick was once a private mansion and now houses numerous works by such greats as Rembrandt, Whistler, Vermeer, and El Greco, along with special exhibitions. While here, take a break in the indoor garden court and enjoy a quiet moment by the ornate fountain or gaze through the beautiful glass ceiling. The price of admission includes the ArtPhone audio guide. Children under 10 not admitted. TRAIN: 4, 5, 6 to 68th St. (212-288-0700)

9 American Museum of Natural History
One of the world's largest natural history museums with over 36 million specimens and exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History educates and entertains visitors, with the most comprehensive offerings about the human evolution and is home to one of the Museum's most celebrated icons, the 94-foot-long blue whale model. Forty-two separate exhibit halls display a variety of interactive and hands-on collections, including dinosaurs galore. The Cosmic Collisions show at the Rose Center for Earth and Space is a must! The IMAX features interesting and educational movies. TRAIN: A, C, B, D to 81st St. (212-769-5100)

8 Central Park
This famed 843-acre rectangular park offers a variety of beautiful recreational opportunities amid the bustle of Gotham. Joggers, nature lovers and bikers use the park daily. Kids young and old enjoy riding the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) affords great views of the city. The Central Park Wildlife Center (Zoo) at 5th Avenue and East 64th Street (212-861-6030) is open daily year-round. A ticket from CPWC gets you in free to the nearby Tisch Children's Zoo. The two and a half-acre Strawberry Fields has the black-and-white "Imagine" mosaic, a tribute to John Lennon, donated by the city of Naples, Italy. Ice skate in the winter and in-line skate throughout the year at Wollman Rink (6th Avenue at 59th Street). The Great Lawn (behind the Met) is popular with sunbathers and dog lovers. Race mini-yachts or rent a boat of your own at Conservatory Pond (near 5th Avenue and 74th Street). The Conservatory Garden (212-360-2766) at 105th Street and Fifth Avenue is open 8am-dusk and holds tours of its six-acre grounds every Sat (April-October) at 11am. Central Park Conservancy Visitor's Centers are located at: the Dairy, mid-Park at 65th Street, Belvedere Castle, mid-Park at 79th Street, mid-Park at 97th Street, the North Meadow Recreation Center, and the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (off Fifth Avenue). TRAIN: A, B, C, D to 59th St, 66th St-Lincoln Center, 72nd St, 81st St-Museum of Natural History, 86th St, 96th St, 103rd St, 110th St-Cathedral Pkwy; 2,3 to 110th St; N, R to 5th Ave (212-360-3456)

7 Times Square
For nearly a century, the brightest lights, the biggest music, the longest parties and all the star power you could ask for have stemmed from along a few blocks of a street called Broadway. Some of the hardest working performers converge here in the Great White Way for the chance to entertain the world. At one time, this area was a haven for decadence. Seedy sex shops and peep shows infested the area until a successful revitalization effort and the arrival of new tenants like David Letterman paved the way for a new Times Square. Now, it's one of the most influential theater districts in the world. Each year, 26 million tourists walk the theater-laden streets (40 theaters, including 22 landmarks), dine at the various restaurants (over 250 offering everything from fast food to luscious local and international eats) and stay overnight in their choice of 12,500 prime hotel rooms (the hostels are a great experience, too). In addition, Times Square hosts the largest New Year's Eve celebration in the country. Half a million people flock to the square every year to bid the old year goodbye and to welcome in the New Year, New York party style. For discounts on show tickets, be sure to check out the TKTS booth at Duffy Square (where Broadway and 7th Avenue meet) between 45th and 47th Streets. Show availability and seating choices vary, so go early! For more information about the square, stop by the multi-service Visitor's Center at 1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets (only free public restrooms in the area). If you've never been here before, take the subway into the Times Square Subway Station. Walking out of the subway and onto the bustling streets of Times Square for the first time is truly unbelievable and indescribable! TRAIN: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, R to Times Sq-42nd St (212-768-1560)

6 Museum of Modern Art
Founded in 1929, the MoMA was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Located in the heart of Midtown, it houses about 150,000 art objects including innovative European art of the 1880s. Showcasing masters like Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh, the collection contains unparalleled holdings in every ensuing period of visual culture up to the present day, including such distinctly modern forms as film and industrial design in addition to more traditional mediums. Closed on Tuesday. (212-708-9400)

5 Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Ground Zero Museum Workshop, known as the "Biggest LITTLE Museum in New York" is open every day of the week. Visitors looking to learn more about September 11 & the "Recovery" come to this museum before making their trek to the former World Trade Center site. Tours last about two hours and are limited to 28 persons per tour, and are often led by firefighters. The rare images of September 11 and the events that followed are photographed by Gary Marlon Suson, the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association. Mr. Suson decided to build a museum that would help visitors to NYC understand what went on "inside" Ground Zero. . All tours consist of a historical introduction by a trained guide, a 12-minute video presentation, an interactive walk-through history of select WTC artifacts, and lastly, the self-guided audio experience which details the history behind 80 stunning images from the Ground Zero Recovery The word "workshop" because it is interactive by nature, especially since visitors may pick up and hold certain remnants. Admission is $25.00 per person for the 2-hour tour and this is used to cover the museum's operating costs and also shared with the FDNY and 9/11 charities listed on this website. Located eight minutes from the Freedom Tower (formerly known as Ground Zero.) For more information, visit (212-209-3370)

4 Empire State Building
One of the world's most famous skyscrapers is easily recognized by its strong, slender ascent into the NY sky. The building opened in 1931 at a cost of $41 million after about a year of construction, making it the fastest development of any major skyscraper (4.5 stories per week). At 1,450 feet this landmark soars more than a quarter mile into the Manhattan atmosphere. Observation decks are on the 86th and 102nd floors. The lower deck is probably the better spot for the best views. On clear days, there can be an amazing 80-mile visibility. The upper deck is good too, just smaller and glassed in. Getting there involves a giddying elevator ride to the 102nd floor. Also available is a virtual trip around the city on the New York Skyride, an exciting thrill-ride simulated helicopter experience. In the lobby, special concerts and art exhibits are offered at various times throughout the year -- usually bizarre, but it helps kill time. If you are observing the Empire from another building, you may notice on occasion that the top 30 stories are illuminated by colored lights. Since 1976, varying color combinations have served as a New York City-style Empire celebration of different holidays. TRAIN: 6 to 33rd St; B, D, F, N, Q, R to 34th St. (212-736-3100)

3 Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island
These two sights represent freedom for millions of people, and the Statue of Liberty, a 450,000 pound gift from the people of France, is a must-see for anyone visiting the Big Apple. Access to the islands is via a Circle Lines ferry, and a (free) timed pass is required. Ranger-led tours detail the history and technical aspects of the statue. Inside the base of Lady Liberty you'll find a number of exhibits and concessions, and from the observation deck the city and harbor views are unbeatable. Circle Line recommends that guests arrive at least two hours in advance of their scheduled departure time. Reservations are essential -- call 866-882-8834 or visit (212-363-3200, 212-363-3206)

2 Staten Island Ferry
The best boat ride in the world! Leaving Manhattan, you gaze at the most enduring symbol of the city, the Statue of Liberty, ahead on the right, with the sleek Verrazano-Narrows Bridge dominating the left. Then you realize that skyscrapers are assuming postcard dimensions of grandeur behind you. It is New York, even America, at its best, a truly thrilling experience.The magnificence of the Brooklyn Bridge soon completes the view behind you on the right. And it's free! Once at the terminal on the Staten Island side, just grab a departing boat and enjoy the dramatic view in reverse. Hint: avoid the newer, faster craft with no outside deck. The Ferry Terminal on Peter Minuit Plaza is at the end of South and State Streets. TRAIN: 1 or 9 to South Ferry; N or R to Whitehall St/South Ferry.

1 Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is a renowned museum housing more than two million works of art with varied styles, genres, and from different time periods. The Temple of Dendur in the Egyptian wing and the Rooftop Garden are quite popular with visitors. Walking tours, lectures and concerts are just some of the offerings from the Metropolitan. Venture out on your own or take a guided tour. The Cloisters, housed in a separate building in Fort Tyron Park in Northern Manhattan is home to the museum's incomparable medieval art collection. Admission price includes the Main Building and the Cloisters. TRAIN: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. Located on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. (212-535-7710)

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The Frick Collection 10Best List Arrow
Type: Art Museums, Libraries / Archives, Museums
American Museum of Natural History 10Best List Arrow
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Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Central Park 10Best List Arrow
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Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Times Square 10Best List Arrow
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Museum of Modern Art 10Best List Arrow
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Neighborhood: Midtown West
Empire State Building 10Best List Arrow
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Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island 10Best List Arrow
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Neighborhood: TRIBECA
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