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New York is renowned all over the world for its majestic buildings, urban culture, dynamic people and magnificent landmarks. If you’re one who wishes to experience life in the Big Apple, here are tips on must-see places, things to do and many more!
Empire State Building
What is New York without the Empire State Building? First on the list is this magnificently structured building along 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th street that is a good 300 feet tall. While you’re visiting the Empire State building, you will be amazed as you enter the lobby which was designed with Art Deco. Tour guides in particular tours would also walk you through the building’s exhibits and tell you more about the Empire State Building’s history and architectural design. There are likewise observation decks where you can enjoy the magnificent view of New York City. Best of all, the topper of this building has three tiers which can light up to nine colors at a time. This building is truly a work of art.
Central Park has been featured in numerous movies of all time due to its spectacular beauty. In a city with urban characteristics, Central Park serves as New York’s oasis.
Here, you get to enjoy the view of historical architectures, wide array of different types of trees, doves lurking around the park, and a wonderful lake. You could also visit the Central Park Zoo where tons of wild animals call this as home, have a picnic at its designated premises with your family and enjoy a peaceful get-together, ride boats to the park’s lake, feed the ducks living by the water, stroll around aboard your a bike or carriage and experience the wonders of nature through New York City’s Central Park.
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Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is a train station whose tracks operate below ground. However, this train station is not like any other. It is magnificently designed with a classical feel and tremendous artistry as its ceiling showcases the different constellations of the sky. By the tracks, there are many fast food chains to choose from if you would like to grab a snack before you enjoy a ride on the train. If you would only like to roam around its premises, there are also thirty-five dining stores to choose from within the station and sixty-eight boutiques to do some shopping!
Most people who come here not only desire to travel on a train but also sign up for tours around its elegant designs. You could rent an audio tour costing $8 for adults from nine in the morning until six in the evening. But, if you wish to explore Grand Central Terminal on your own, you may also download an audio tour on your Android or iPhone gadget for only $5 dollars! Handy, isn’t it?
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American Museum of Natural History
This place has definitely caught the world’s attention, be it tourists or New York locals.From educational tours to history buffs, the American Museum of Natural History has been featured in real life as a must-visit tourist attraction and a great place to shoot a movie. No matter which wing you would love to explore and feed your curiosity,whether you’re interested in gems, dinosaurs or historical animal species, you are sure to be amazed.
Its rotunda welcomes you with a humongous Barosaurus skeleton replica as an introduction on how this museum is a world wonder. From dinosaur fossils to culture halls and human-origins that will make you learn about evolutionary history to the 94-foot long blue whale model, this place will teach you how the world is a marvelous place rich in culture and history. For the best part, do not forget to visit the Rose Center for Earth and Space where you can discover the universe through light shows and 3D in an IMAX auditorium and likewise explore flaura and fauna in the Hayden Planetarium.
New York does not only cater to its own riches but as you take a tour in this magnificent American Museum of Natural History, you will see that this city can also take you through places around the world via history and culture.
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Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is one of the many perks that New York offers where you get to explore the city through a ship! Its tremendous beauty of the night lights that is New York to the magnificent feel of the waters surrounding it is enjoyed as you go aboard this ferry FOR FREE! Yep! You got it right. For free! Now, whoever said that a New York tour could be pricey?
This means of transportation is available 24/7 for tourists viewing pleasure of the city or for people who wish to travel to the other points of New York that’s farther when traveled by land. Views like the Governor’s Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty along with Manhattan’s skyline will surely take your breath away and make your New York trip an unforgettable one!
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Are you a sports buff? Well then! The Yankee Stadium is the place to drop by during your New York trip. The Yankees is New York’s pride in the game of baseball. From famous names like Babe Ruth, this stadium is the place where baseball cups and competitions are held to date.
This recently refurbished establishment now has a new arena with limestone exterior, high definition scoreboard and gate-like frieze around the top which mimics the old designs. Also, it has a new museum by its dimensions which holds signed baseball cards from every famous Yankee player.
You can come visit here and watch games with a very lively crowd whose enthusiasm with the sport can never compare when you watch the games at home. Not only this! When have you ever enjoyed a game and likewise had the opportunity to come in contact with the sports’ finest and most treasured relics? This is definitely the place for every baseball enthusiast out there!
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Coney Island Cyclone
If you thought that touring historical sites, beautiful architecture and watching sports is less thrilling, then you haven’t really gotten to know everything that New York has in store! Excite your senses and buckle up as you take an unforgettable and exciting experience aboard the Coney Island Cyclone!
Theme parks are best defined with the Cyclone as you get to combine fun and traveling in your journey to New York City. The speed, the thrill and the screams that you will surely get as you swerve through the Cyclone tracks will definitely make you love New York! For a cheap rate of $8 a ride, you’ll get your heart pumping and blood rushing for an exciting experience aboard the Coney Island Cyclone!
If you wanted to take a break from all the rush, you can also tour the theme park and watch lively dancers, be awestruck by its beautiful fireworks at night, listen to band shows that play all types of genres or play games like shooting hoops and all sorts of fun activities.
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The Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s famous landmarks. It has once been given the title as the longest suspension bridge in the world and was considered a feat of engineering due to its capacity to span the East River as the first structure built for it. Here, you may go cycling or stroll along its pedestrian walkways or simply enjoy the view of the Statue of Liberty and New York’s cityscape where you get to see the wonderful lights of different buildings and infrastructures at night. The fresh air and the urban life of New York would make you feel like you were in a dream along the most attractive city in the entire world.
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Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society
Have you ever seen the movie Madagascar? How about stopping by the Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society and see the animation film come true to life? Now, whoever said that cartoons were just for the imagination?
This large establishment is a sanctuary for five thousand magnificent creatures from all walks of the earth. From countless exhibits to sea lion pools, an outdoor baboon reserve and a large space dedicated entirely to the environment and creatures living in Madagascar, this Zoo will surely take you on a journey to places that you never thought an urban city could showcase for a traveler such as yourself.
Here, you can ride the Wild Asia Monorail that takes you around thirty-eight acres of exhibits that shows rare Indo-Chinese tigers, elephants, antelopes, deer, Mongolian wild horses and two huge Nile crocodiles. During cold season, it’s the best weather to come and see the World of Birds, Congo Gorilla Forest and the World of reptiles and be amazed of the wonder of these creatures.
The rates for this place will generally cost you about $9 per adult and $5 for children 2-12 and senior citizens aged 65 and above. The kids aged below 2 years are admitted for free! But, if you wish to come here on Wednesdays, admissions are all but free. Now wouldn’t that be worth it?
For Total Experience Tickets which includes zoo admission, unlimited access to Special Rides and attractions are priced from $29.95 for adults, $19.95 for children aged 2-12 and $24.95 for senior citizens aged above 65.
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
If you’re the type of traveler who is enchanted by modern art and priceless paintings from various artists and timeless masterpieces, the Gug would be like heaven to the artist buff. This place has fine architecture that compliments the exquisiteness of paintings and other artist items that are sure to blow you away.
Here, you can enjoy shows catering to different types of modern art. This establishment has the Peggy Guggenheim’s trove of Cubist, Abstract Expressionist and Surrealist works, the Panza di Biumo Collection of American Minimalist and Conceptual art from the 19th century. Works from famous artists like Picasso, Manet, Chagall, Bourgeois and Kandinskys are also featured here. Lastly, sculptures have their own space in the ten-story tower that can give you the pleasure of seeing the park and think that God must have gazed upon this magnificent structure and hover at its tremendous artistry. This establishment also has an auditorium and a cafe if you felt like a snack would better accompany you during your tour.
You can visit this tour for at least $18. The Picassos are worth more than that but wouldn’t that be the best trade to spending only a fraction of your money but get to see face to face the works of art that even money cannot replace?
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New York Botanical Garden
Tired of all the urban jungle and busy streets of New York? Find serenity and peace as you come visit New York’s finest Botanical Garden. This establishment has a whopping 50-acre forest that has one of the oldest trees in the city, a state of vegetation and an astonishingly beautiful garden that has been recognized worldwide as the most cherished green spaces. Royal grounds of Monet’s alfresco sanctuary at Giverny and Spain’s Alhambra palace is also present in this area.
Numerous shows are catered here such as the garden’s Holiday Train Show which features small New York City landmarks only that they are crafted from plants and the Orchid Show that shows an impressive display of exotic flora and blooms of exquisite flowers.
Tickets in going to this serene place will only cost you at least $18 to come see the beauty of the world outside majestic buildings and busy streets of the urban life. Truly, this is a place of wonder for people who wish to experience the beauty of nature.
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The complete opposite of the previous tourist attraction is the urban jungle of Times Square. As one of New York’s trademark places, this area is the ultimate shopping destination for New York locals and tourists alike. Its world-renowned attractive advertisement boards to its numerous hotels and shopping centers, this place has been named as the most visited area anywhere around the globe.
Here, you may experience the changing stairs above the TKTS booth, a pedestrian plaza along Broadway where mobs have been sighted to dance along the city lights and the annual glitzy New Year’s Eve celebration where a large shimmering ball lowers itself as the countdown to a new year begin.
There are tons of things to do here. You could come visit the theaters at Broadway where every aspiring actress or actor wishes to have a career in, stay at luxurious hotels, dine at lavish restaurants or shop at boutiques owned by recognized designers worldwide.
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Brooklyn Flea Market
Speaking of shopping, the Brooklyn Flea Market does not just astound you with tons of choices to choose from but also by being able to interact with different types of people. Here, college students doing feasibility studies to various types of business entities cater their products which makes it one of the most complex markets in the city.
The space outside of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School offers eccentric roster of items such as vintage clothes, antiques, art, jewelry and records that you cannot just find anywhere else without costing you as much. Shops that offer unique cuisines are also available here such as the Blue Marble organic ice cream, Whimsy and Spice cookies and Hot Bread Kitchen will keep you from getting hungry as you shop your heart out around this place.
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Named after the Union of Broadway and Bowery Lane, this historical landmark has had many traditional events under its name. From the 1920s to the early 60s, this place was a favorite spot for impulsive political oratory as many people gaze at people who give beautiful speeches that even Presidents cannot top.
This place has been a venue for people who love to express their emotions as many people come here and listen. During the horror of the September 9, 2011 terrorist attacks, people came here to express their griefs and sorrows while people shared their agony with them as well. Today, people come here to shop at the Greenmarket and witness numerous live shows and concerts of different types.
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If you came from a country where ice is absent, the Rockefeller Center is the place to be. Here, you could go ice skating with your family and enjoy the cold breeze of New York. It has also been featured in movies like Home Alone where Kevin went to wish upon a majestic Christmas tree, this attraction is still present here during the eves nearing Christmas. Truly, a Christmas holiday will surely be felt complete and distinct here.
This establishment houses a variety of majestic creations such as the bronze Atlas statue and Top of the Rock which is as magnificent as that of the Empire State Building. There also lies five private rooftop gardens, views from Saks Fifth Avenue’s eight floor shoe department, Art Deco murals, caricature above the outdoor entrance to five Rockefeller Center and the rink side Prometheus statue that has been viewed as a magnificent replica of one of the world’s most famous creation.
At a rate of $29 each, you get to have a complete experience of the beauty that holds Rockefeller Center.
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Whoever said that cemeteries were just a memorial place as bland as all others? Well, you are sure to be corrected as this next tourist destination will make you feel like a cemetery could also be a haven for beautiful architecture. The Greenwood Cemetery has been recognized as New York’s greatest tourist attraction next to that of Niagra Falls. Here, you can find majestic statues and structures such as Victorian Mausoleums, cherubs and gargoyles that make the memorial park unique to its kind.
Famous people have found this as their resting place such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boss Tweed, and Leonard Bernstein as New York’s most renowned and well-respected locals. Apart from magnificently structured grave stones, there also lies a massive Gothic arch at the main entrance to this memorial park, Battle Hill which is one of the highest peaks in Kings county and a vital spot during the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776.
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St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The Sistine Chapel may not be found in New York City but a landmark extremely close to its exquisiteness has found home in the city’s premises. The St. Patrick’s Cathedral is a building worth visiting as it amazes you with its beauty. It is magnificently structured with fine details and artistic designs that proves a church is truly a gateway to heaven.
This distinguished church has been a place of worship for Presidents, business icons and movie stars from any era. With its complex marble towers of Gothic Revival architecture and exquisite works of art designed specifically to give people a source of spiritual sanctity, St. Pat’s interior including the Louis Tiffany will closely define the magnificence of heaven in earth.
If you’re lucky to visit this place when no graduation or special events are held, you get to tour the church at a cheap rate of $5.72 each if you’re an adult and a little less for children.
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The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Are you the type of tourist who’s a bookworm? Then, The New York Public Library will definitely excite your senses. This sanctuary for historical books and modern reads has 89 individual branches housing 75 miles of shelves with massive humanities and social sciences archives. Everything” booky” is catered here. That is precisely why bookworms such as a traveler like you will most definitely get a kick out of this place. There’s too much to read that even your typical library would wish to have!
The best part about this place? You get to have a FREE tour! Yes. You heard right. The tours are for free from eleven in the morning and two in the afternoon from Mondays through Sundays.
During the tours, you get to stop by the beautiful Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. There are also programs of special exhibitions that top that of the city’s splendid museums offering “Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under Nazi Occupation” and “Voltaire’s Candide: The 1759 Editions”. What an historical adventure!
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Now who said that New York is home only to the Americans? From movies such as The Godfather and tv series such as the Sopranos, and even the Italian Head Chef of Master Chef show that owns prestigious restaurants in the city, definitely proves that Italians have also named the city as their home away from mother Italy. If you’re one who is astounded by this society’s awesome traditions and cultures, Little Italy is a must-visit tourist destination as you visit New York.
Cruising along this town’s Italian feel, from cobble-stoned streets beneath the fire escapes of historical tenements and the awesome scent of Italian cuisines and cultures, you’ll come to see that New York is open to any walks of life especially that of Italian natures.
Of course, when you hear Italian, the first thing that comes to mind is food; and this place definitely caters to that! From restaurants manned by famous Italian chefs, you get to experience a once in a lifetime dining experience chugging down glasses of Chianti, eating a cannoli, a zeppole or pastries cooked from a coal brick oven and say to yourself, Oh, Mama Mia! This is perfecto!
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Statue of Liberty
And just when you thought that I’ve missed to mention the most attractive and famous landmark New York City prides of, relax! The best is saved for last. Feast your eyes on the grandest structure that the city is well-known for: The Statue of Liberty!
Known as the “Liberty Enlightening the World”, this statue was a gift from France on America’s centennial birthday. This copper-plated sentinel that stands at a whopping 305 feet tall has been a symbol for freedom for the Americans. From numerous movies to historical lessons that you hear from class, this famous beauty has captured the hearts of every tourist from all over the world. Truly, New York ain’t New York to a tourist if you will miss an opportunity to tour your way here.
From rates ranging from $20 for adults and $12 for children and free for those four year old below, you will get to take pictures in and outside this majestic structure or roam around its crown and get up close with its exhibits stationed within Lady Liberty herself.
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