New York City Must-See Attractions That Will Leave You Speechless!

Welcome to the enchanting world of New York City, where towering skyscrapers, iconic landmarks, and vibrant energy converge to create an unforgettable experience. From the majestic heights to the captivating exhibits, and the awe-inspiring sites prepare to be amazed and left breathless as we uncover the true essence of New York City Must-See attractions.

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Empire State Building

The world’s most magnificent Art Deco skyscraper, and instantly recognizable symbol of NYC, will take you to new heights with breathtaking views of the city from its observation decks. Opened in 1931, it was the tallest building in the world for nearly 40 years after its completion. Standing at 1,250 feet (380 meters) tall, today is the 4th tallest building in New York City, the 6th tallest in the United States, and the 43rd tallest tower in the world. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned visitor don’t miss the opportunity to experience the timeless beauty and charm of the number-one spot on the list of Top Attractions in the U.S.

Reservations are required. Tickets are only valid for the date and time window selected at purchase. Tickets start at $38 dlls for a Child, $42 dlls for Seniors and Military, and $44 dlls for Adults.

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American Museum of Natural History

Founded in 1869, it’s located near the beautiful Central Park in the heart of New York City. Step into a world of wonder as you marvel at towering skeletons of long-extinct creatures, journey through space in the immersive planetarium, and explore distant lands and ancient civilizations through captivating displays and interactive experiences that almost seem to bring the museum to life.

This iconic landmark was the inspiration for the film “Night at the Museum”, with Ben Stiller as the night security guard, introducing a fantastical world where exhibits come alive after dark. You can take the opportunity to take a walk and explore Central Park while in this area of the city.

Reservations are required. Tickets are only valid for the date and time window selected at purchase. Tickets start at $16 dlls for a Child, $16 dlls for Seniors and Students, and $28 dlls for Adults.

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9/11 Memorial Museum

Located at the site of the former World Trade Center in NYC, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum stands as a touching tribute to honor and remember the 2,983 lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and February 26, 1993, as well as those who risked their lives to save others.

The Memorial opened on September 11, 2011 – 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. The names of the 2,983 people who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks are inscribed on bronze parapets edging the memorial pools. The focal points of the Memorial are two pools that contain the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. Each waterfall descends 30 feet into a square basin, then descends another 20 feet, and disappears into a smaller, central void. According to the architect, Michael Arad, the pools represent “absence made visible.” Although water flows into the voids, they can never be filled. 

The 9/11 Memorial Museum opened to the public on May 21, 2014. One of the historic remnants is the stairs known as “the Survivors’ Stairs”; as visitors arrive at the main exhibition and education level, they follow the stairs that led hundreds of survivors to safety on September 11, 2001.

The Museum is open Wednesday to Monday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations are required. Tickets are only valid for the date and time window selected at purchase. Tickets are Free for Children under 6 years old and active/retired U.S. Military, $12 dlls for FDNY/NYPD/PAPD, $18 dlls for U.S. Veterans, $17 dlls for Youth(7-12), $23 dlls for US College Students, Seniors and Young Adults (13-17) and $29 dlls for Adults.

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

In October 1886, the Statue of Liberty was presented to the State of New York and to the world as a gift from the people of France to celebrate the American Centennial. The statue standing at 305 ft represents ‘Libertas’ the Roman goddess of freedom, but to the many immigrants who left everything behind to start a new life in America, it symbolizes much more: an opportunity for new beginnings, hope, success, and freedom.

The copper statue holds a torch known as the ‘light of reason’ and a book of law marked with the date of the United States Declaration of Independence. Lady Liberty offers tours to the top: you can choose from the Pedestal Tour climbing over a dozen flights of stairs to see the mesmerizing New York City Skyline or walking 354 stairs to oversee the entire city of Manhattan on the Crown of the Statue of Liberty Tour.

On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island began receiving arriving immigrants. Over the next 62 years, more than 12 million immigrants would arrive in the United States via Ellis Island. Only two percent of the arriving immigrants were excluded from entry, the two main reasons for exclusion were a doctor diagnosing an immigrant with a contagious disease that could endanger the public health, or a legal inspector was concerned an immigrant would likely become a public charge or an illegal contract laborer.

Reservations are required. Tickets are only valid for the date and time window selected at purchase. Tickets start at $12 dlls for Children (4-12), $18 dlls for Seniors and $24.50 dlls for Adults (13-61). Tickets include round trip ferry service to Liberty Island (grounds of the Statue of Liberty) and Ellis Island (Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration), access to the grounds of Liberty Island and Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty Museum, and Audio Tours of Liberty and Ellis Island.

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Top of the Rock has three levels of observation decks to explore with unbelievable views of the NYC skyline. The first deck is on the 67th floor, It includes a large indoor space where guests can relax and north and south-facing outdoor terraces. The second deck features the Breezeway (an interactive room with lights), and an outdoor view. The crown jewel, the third observation deck, is located on the 70th floor with an open-air roof deck that is completely outdoors with unobstructed 360-degree views of the city.

The city’s impressive skyline stretches as far as the eye can see, with iconic landmarks like the Empire State Building, Central Park, One World Trade Center, Statue of Liberty, and the Hudson River commanding attention. Whether you visit during the day or at sunset soak in the experience of breathtaking views with the feeling of being on top of the world.

It is open daily from 9 am to midnight. Reservations are required. Tickets are only valid for the date and time window selected at purchase. Tickets start at $34 dlls for Children, $38 dlls for Seniors and $40 dlls for Adults.

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Smart Saving with CityPASS®- Save 40% off Admissions

If you’re looking for the best things to do in New York, you’ll love the simplicity and convenience of New York CityPASS® tickets. New York CityPASS® saves 40% off admission to five must-see attractions. You can visit the attractions in any order according to your reservations, over a consecutive 9-day period from the date of first use.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, I hope you have been left breathless by the beauty, history, and excitement this remarkable city offers.

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