New York Attractions
It is recommended to read the below list of attractions and decide which ones you would like to visit as there are 3 companies in New York that offer Attraction passes which significantly reduce the costs when visiting many attractions and also save you time waiting in queues.
• City Pass : It offers 6 of the cities attractions including 1) Empire State Building Observatory; 2) The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters; 3) American Museum of Natural History & Rose Center; 4) 9/11 Memorial and Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum 5) Guggenheim Museum OR Top of the Rock Observation Deck; Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises OR Statue of Liberty Harbor Cruise. Valid for 9 Days of consecutive use. For convenience of booking online please visit New York CityPass
Prices: $109 for adults, $82 for youths (6 – 17)
• New York Pass : A credit card like pass with entry to over 80 Attractions. No limit on number of attractions that can be visited. Can be purchased for 1, 2, 3 or 7days, valid for use on consecutive days. 15 Attractions offer Fast Track Entry, 17 attractions can be reserved in advance . Pass offers an option with CitySights Hop on Hop off – unlimited use for 2-3 days
Prices: from $85 for 1day to $200 for 7days: Child option (4-12) from $60 for 1 day to $135 for 7days.
• Smart Destinations Explorer Pass : Admission to your choice of 49 New York attractions for one low price. You can choose between 3/5/7 or 10 attraction cards with prices starting at $72 for adults for 3 attractions and $178 for 10 attractions. For convenience of booking online visit New York City Explorer Pass
• Smart Destinations Go Select Pass : It allows you to Custom-build your own discount attraction pass and Save 20% when you buy 2 or 3 attractions. Save 25% when you buy 4 or more. With 56 attractions to choose from and 30 days to experience New York at your own pace.
Depending upon individual requirements you can select the option best suited to you.
Some of the must visit attractions of the Big Apple :
1. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is a synonym for freedom and the infinite possibilities offered by the United States and the city of New York. Since its completion in 1931, the Empire State Building is one of the largest buildings in the world. In the 102nd floor of the building there is a viewing platform, which offers a fabulous view over New York City. Admission fee is 21USD for adults and 14USD for children.
2. Statue of Liberty
The “Lady of Liberty”, as the Statue of Liberty is affectionately called by the Americans, is THE symbol of freedom and independence of the United States. In 1886, it was gifted to the US by France as a symbol of freedom, independence and hope. The admission is free of charge, but be aware of expensive ferry and boat fares to get there (fares start at 14USD).
3. Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge, flowing through the famous East River, extends over a length of 530 meters and connects Brooklyn with Manhattan. The bridge was completed in 1883, surpassing all previously built suspension bridges by more than 50 percent at that time. To this day it is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.
4. Times Square and Broadway
The Times Square is the intersection of the famous Broadway and the 7th Avenue, and is named after the famous New York Times newspaper. The Broadway is the longest street in New York City, and is globally known as the theather district. If you want to have a memorable image of the Times Square, visit it at night, when the overwhelming neon lights illuminate the entire place and give it its unique charm.
5. Central Park
Central Park extends from the 59th to the 110th Street and from the 5th to the 8th Avenue. In 1873, the Central Park was created as a recreational and leisure area for the New York population.
6. The 5th Avenue
One of the most famous streets,the Fifth Avenue forms the eastern boundary of Central Park and ends in Harlem. The street is lined with countless attractions such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center and St. Thomas’ Church.
7. Ground Zero Memorial
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum and the Ground Zero are memorial sites which commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and the bombings of the World Trade Center in 1993. Admission fee is 24USD for adults and 15USD for children.
8. Madame Tussauds Museum
In a prominent location in the Times Square, guests can observe realistic wax figures of over 200 politics, history, movies, TV, music and sports celebrities. The museum was opened in 2000 and is a magnet for all visitors of the metropolis. Admission costs 37USD for adults and 30USD for children.
9. Circle Line Tour (2.5 hrs)
The only cruise to circumnavigate the Manhattan Island is a great way to experience most of New York’s points of interest with professional guides and to see a magnificent close-up of the Statue of Liberty. The ticket costs 40USD for adults, 35USD for senior citiziens and 26USD for children.
10. Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R Guggenheim Museum was founded in 1939 and is home to modern art. It is located right on the Fifth Avenue and the Central Park in Manhattan. The striking building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is known beyond the borders of New York. Abstract art, expressionism, surrealism and impressionism are the focal points of the collection. Entry fee is 25USD for adults, 18USD for students and senior citizens, and free for children under 12 years.
Watch the lights of America’s largest city twinkle to life on this tranquil twilight cruise in New York Harbor. See top New York attractions such as the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge as your informative guide provides narration. Take in unobstructed views from the boat’s observation deck, and have your camera ready for amazing photo ops. Ideal for couples and families alike, this tour allows you to admire New York’s iconic sights when they are most dazzling.
12. Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York – $149.99
See New York’s famous landmarks from the air on an exhilarating 15-minute helicopter tour. You’ll come face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty as you fly above the Hudson River. Admire the iconic Empire State Building, the silver Art Deco brilliance of the Chrysler Building, and the sprawling green expanse of Central Park. A must for any visitor to New York City!
13. 2-Day Niagara Falls Tour from New York by Bus – $279.00
Leave the hustle and bustle of New York City behind and enjoy a relaxing 2-day overnight trip to Niagara Falls. You’ll travel to upstate New York by bus and visit both the American and Canadian sides of the falls to discover the majestic beauty of Niagara! The following day, you’ll enjoy premium outlet shopping on the way back to New York. This overnight tour is a must-do when visiting New York City!
14. Boston Freedom Trail Day Trip from New York – $143.10
See the historical sights and famous universities of the Boston area on this full-day trip from New York City. After a scenic drive through Connecticut, arrive in Boston, Massachusetts. See top Boston attractions including Harvard University, Trinity Church and the site of the Boston Tea Party. Follow the red-brick Freedom Trail, which leads to 16 important historical locations including the Paul Revere House, the site of the Boston Massacre and the USS ‘Constitution,’ learning all about the rich and colorful history of Boston from your informative and engaging guide.
15. Washington DC Day Trip from New York– $143.10
Explore beyond the Big Apple with a full-day tour to Washington DC from New York City. You’ll capture the spirit of the home of the brave and land of the free” as you visit the monuments and memorials of Washington DC.”
16. Ski or Snowboard Day Trip from New York City – $149.00
Enjoy some New York skiing on this fun day trip to Hunter Mountain or Windham Mountain! With round-trip transport from New York City, a ski lift ticket and rentals included, this is a perfect escape from the big city and a wonderful addition to your New York winter vacation.
17. New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour and Harbor Cruise – $59.00
Design your own itinerary and explore the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Harlem on a hop-on hop-off double-decker bus tour. In summer the top deck is open and in winter clear screens allow for unobstructed views of New York. Tickets are valid for 48 hours, allowing you to set your own pace and see as much or as little as you like. There are over 40 stops around the city.
Head north from New York City in a climate-controlled coach on this exciting 3-day tour to experience the best of the Niagara Falls region in both New York and Canada. Along with exploring the majestic Niagara Falls, you’ll visit the 1000 Islands, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and the city of Toronto! At Niagara Falls, you’ll tour the American side at night and ride the famous ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat the next day. You’ll then see Toronto’s top attractions, take a cruise on the St Lawrence River and more. Accommodation at an Executive Inn Super 8, Holiday Inn Express and Suites or similar included for two nights.