Attractions in New York City

Anjali Mansukhani

By , Local Expert, New York
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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.

  • 1

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Local Expert Tip: "Admission is a suggested donation, so pay what you like. Closed on Monday. Free guided Museum Highlight tours are offered daily by a curator or historian. Check suggested itineraries on "

  • 2

    Staten Island Ferry

    Local Expert Tip: "Pack something to drink and nosh on, or eat on the boat. The ride is 25 minutes long each way. During weekdays and at peak hours, the boat is quite full so assemble nearer the front of the line and find a seat on the open deck. Weekends schedule has fewer boats, so wait time is longer. "

  • 3

    Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island

    Local Expert Tip: "The Statue of Liberty is closed for renovation for one year. So visitors, are not permitted inside. Tours are of the grounds only at this time."

  • 4

    Empire State Building

    Local Expert Tip: "Mornings are less crowded, yet the views at night can be magical. Expect long queues and wait times for two or more hours typically. Pack some entertainment, drink and take a friend or loved one (it's romantic) along."

  • 5

    Ground Zero Museum Workshop

    Local Expert Tip: "Advance ticket purchase is necessary. Ticket and merchandise purchases are tax deductible. For immediate family members of 9/11 victims and for active FDNY, PAPD and NYPD with proper I.D., tours are complimentary."

  • 6

    Museum of Modern Art

    Local Expert Tip: "Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, (every Friday evening, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.) but it is a mob scene. Given the importance of this museum and the collection, museum aficionados should buy the expensive ticket and enjoy a leisurely visit during the week. Also, eat at the Modern -- an Alsatian-inspired restaurant offering a delectable fare inside the museum."

  • 7

    Times Square

    Local Expert Tip: "For more information about the square, stop by the multi-service Visitor's Center at 1560 Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. This also has the only free public restrooms in the area. "

  • 8

    Central Park

    Local Expert Tip: "Free volunteer-led walking tours sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy, year-round, highlight several areas of Central Park. Each tour lasts from an hour to two hours. No reservation is required. For more information call 212-360-2726 or e-mail Food is available at various locations in the Park. Bike rentals are located at the Boat house."

  • 9

    American Museum of Natural History

    Local Expert Tip: "Download the Beyond Planet Earth AR app and other iphone apps before visiting the museum. Admission is a suggested donation, so pay what you like. Plenty of good restaurants are nearby."

  • 10

    The Frick Collection

    Local Expert Tip: "Free admission on Sundays between 11 a.m and 1 p.m. Donât forget to see the beautiful movie about the Frick Museum in the theater. Special exhibits when featured are fabulously curated and included in the general admission ticket."



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