Tie Up Your Walking Shoes For These 10 Best NYC Attractions

There are certain cities that you visit for the food, the scenery, the nightlife, or the shopping. And then there’s New York – the city you come to for everything. With so much to experience in any given New York minute, it can be daunting to plan a list of musts, and it’s easy to feel guilty for not making it to everything. (Hint: plan a second trip before you leave and you’ll give yourself something to look forward to.)

While it would be impossible to round up a true top 10 list of the best things to do in New York, we’re willing to bet that if you hit the 10 spots listed below, you’ll be able to sleep easy knowing that you lived up your New York experience like a true pro.

Not visiting? These 10 activities and attractions are also locals-approved, and a few are the perfect fix for a rainy day.

For example, lunch and a stroll through Chelsea Market is the best way to spend a dreary afternoon, while The High Line offers a walking alternative when there’s sunny skies.

Happy adventuring! 

Museum of Modern Art
Photo courtesy of Maria Lisella

With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is the world's foremost museum of modern art. This multi-level museum displays cutting edge contemporary works, as well as pieces by modern...  Read More

Upper East Side
Central Park
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Eight hundred acres of green space in the middle of Manhattan sounds like a fable. And yet, that's exactly what Central Park is, which is why you'll find joggers, nature lovers and bikers getting their fix of greenery every day. In the winter,...  Read More

Chelsea Market is a little bit of everything packing into a seriously awesome space. Though the higher floors hold offices (and lucky office workers), the ground level is part farmer's market/food hall, part shopping destination. From places...  Read More

Said to be "Manhattan's only remaining great gateway," Grand Central Terminal (not "station" as it is often mistakenly called) is a magnificent example of art meeting functionality. The Beaux Arts facade that stretches along 42nd Street features...  Read More

Staten Island

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...  Read More

Central Park

Located on the southern end of Central Park between 62nd and 63rd Streets, Wollman Rink may very well be one of the most recognized ice skating rinks in the world. Opened in 1950 as a gift to the city from Kate Wollman, the Rink has been...  Read More

West Village

A true lesson in urban renewal, the High Line is built on an abandoned railroad line elevated above Manhattan's westside. Running from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to Midtown's W. 34th Street, the High Line has quickly claimed...  Read More

New York is home to the Staten Island and Bronx Botanical Garden, but locals will tell you that the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is the spot to be. 52-acres of greenery located adjacent to Prospect Park, the Garden was founded in 1910, and features a...  Read More

Located in Washington Heights, a northern neighborhood far from Midtown Manhattan's frenetic pace, but still an easy trip on the train, the Cloisters contain all of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval collection. In addition to the...  Read More

Spanning from the South Street Seaport to Brooklyn Heights, the famous Brooklyn Bridge has ushered New Yorkers across the East River since 1883. A must-see for any visitor to the Big Apple, the best way to experience the bridge is to take the...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea

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