The Essential Guide to
New York City Attractions Plus Secrets For Getting Discounts!
ORGANIZED TOURS ARE A SMART PLACE
TO START YOUR VISIT
New York City attractions abound in this fantastic city. For first-time visitors, sightseeing bus tours and cruises provide a great, basic overview of and introduction to the big apple. They allow you to orient yourself, and to gain
an education about the city's history and layout.
I recommend that you take one of these on your first day. Many of them offer super discounts to New York City attractions, as well as 'hop on, hop off' transportation features, so you can tour at your leisure. When I visit arrive in any new city, I always take a sightseeing bus tour or cruise FIRST !
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After your initial city orientation, your quest to visit New York City attractions really begins!
Check out all of the following top New York City attractions complete with history, discount information, hours/days of operation and more! Happy touring!
Central Park is comprised of 843 beautiful acres designed by the famous architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.The park covers land from 59th Street to 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West (Eighth Avenue).It is one of the most visited parks and is the most filmed location in the world.
Within this vast expanse lies many fun, discounted, free and low-cost things to do. Click here
to learn more!
THE CIRCLE LINE
The Circle Line boat cruises and Beast Speed Boat Tours (SOO much fun!) are another great way to see New York City. You'll take in awesome views, learn from the knowledgeable guides, and sit back and relax!
If you don't have the time or inclination to spend a morning or afternoon at the State of Liberty
this is the perfection option. You'll get a close-up look at lady liberty!
Click here for Circle Line and Beast Speed Boat Tours information and super discounts!
NEW YORK CITY PASS DISCOUNT CARDS:
WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you are doing alot of sightseeing, purchasing one of the 3 New York City Pass discount cards
just might be the wisest investment you can make. Why? Click here to find out.
THE ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRATION MUSEUM
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is one of the most popular New York City attractions…and for good reason! It is the historic gateway to America, where millions of immigrants, my ancestors, and probably yours, arrived in the new world, between 1892 and 1955. Benefit from my super tips (based on lots of experience) in order to make your trip perfect. Also, get help planning all aspects of your visit including fees, ferry, hours of operation and more. Click here to start planning.
THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
Surely, no visit to New York City would be complete without a trip to the Empire State Building! It's one of the most popular New York City attractions.Click here for discount and ticket information, hours of operation, history, and more!
Don't miss the Skyride! It's my neice's favorite.
GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
In addition to being one of NYC's busiest train stations, Grand Central Terminal is a true architectural jewel! Find out why it's one of the most popular New York City attractions. (I live here and love it!) I'll give you the facts on how to tour this wonder for FREE
with experienced pros! Check out the "Whispering Gallery" with a friend. Study the zodiac signs, 2500 stars, and constellations on the ceiling and try to guess the 2 odd inconsistencies! Can you? It's fun. Click here for the details.
GROUND ZERO MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM
The Ground Zero Memorial and Museum (officially called the 9/11 Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial Museum) are a must visit for everyone—residents and tourists alike. They are a living tribute to the past, to those who sacrificed their lives, and a symbol for hope in the future. To underscore public interest, free tickets to the September 12 opening went in a matter of hours. Click here for important visitor details.
GROUND ZERO MUSEUM WORKSHOP
The Ground Zero Museum Workshop is a noted to be one of NYC's top attractions. Visitors say that it is one of the most moving experiences of their visit.
Click here to find out why, and to get discount information and great visitor tips!!
THE INTREPID SEA, AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
It's back from a long hiatus and multi-million dollar face lift. And boy, it was sure worth the wait!! This is a must see!! Don't miss the incredible submarine and 3 amazing simulators (soooo much fun!)! Click here for great discount deals and everything you need to know
including hours, how to get there, where to park, what I recommend to see, and more!
MADAME TUSSAUD'S WAX MUSEUM
Madame Tussauds is an astounding wax museum that showcases internationally-known figures that look so real, you’ll swear that you are actually peering at the real person! It's a MUST SEE when you visit New York. It's pure fun!
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THE NBC STUDIO TOUR
The NBC Studio Tour offers “behind-the-scenes” views of its New York City operation. Learn about NBC's early days in radio, the sound effect techniques that they used, and NBC's transition into television. See the sets of Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and many others! Click here to learn about all available discounts and coupons!
ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER (ALSO KNOWN AS ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY)
Get the most up-to-date tips and visitor discounts on visiting the World Trade Center to ensure that your day is perfect. Click here
for this important information!
RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL TOUR
Many of our readers cite the Radio City Music Hall Tour as one of their favorite New York City attractions. I'll share my discount secrets and give visitor tips to make your tour even more enjoyable! Don't miss the tour's new feature: to be a part of a Radio City Rockette kick line via an interactive photo opportunity!
Bring your camera so you can be photographed with a REAL Rockette! Click here for all the details!
RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
Ripley's Believe It Or Not is referred to as an “Odditorium.” This is a true statement! And, what fun! As if the streets of New York City are not filled with enough strange and wonderful
things to gawk at, here’s a museum that will present you with an even wider range of unbelievable, bizarre and outlandish things. The best part is that this museum is suitable for all ages! It’s really a lot of fun and one of our highly recommended New York City attractions. Check out my secret discounts and visitor tips here!
THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Nothing is quite as inspiring as viewing The Statue of Liberty. After living in NYC for my entire life, I still get goosebumps each and every time I pass by her. You've seen her in countless movies and advertisements, now see her "in person." The Statue of Liberty continues to be one of the most popular New York City tourist attractions.
Why has there never been a better time to visit her?
Click here to find out, learn about her history, and get tips on discount tickets and more
The Ride and it's other tours are completely narrated by professional actors and actresses (I'm just guessing that they are) and are complimented by lots of LCD TVs and surround sound. Along the route, you'll enjoy stationed live actors, dancers, and the like, on the street. The bus travels over 4 miles throughout Manhattan and you'll learn about NYC's history, landmarks, and culture.
There are four versions of this attraction including The Ride New York City, The Tour, The Downtown Experience, and Queen of the Ride. Often there are special versions for holidays and the like.
for great visitors tips and discounts.
ST. PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL
A visit to New York City is not complete without a trip to St Patricks Cathedral. This is one attraction you won’t want to miss! Take time to savor the energy, quiet, magnificence, and architecture of this gem. You do NOT have to be a religious person, or belong to the Roman Catholic faith to appreciate and enjoy the cathedral’s breathtaking architecture and artwork. Where else will you find a great organ with 7855 pipes? A cathedral with 19 bells? A Pieta that is three times larger than the Pieta in St. Peter's, Rome?
If you are on a budget, the good news is that your visit is completely FREE. Additionally, they offer free tours which I highly recommend. Learn more here.
View from Top of the Rock
TOP OF THE ROCK
Top of the Rock delivers stunning views of New York City from your choice of 3 observation decks on the 67th, 69th, or 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Center. It's a great alternative, or addition to, the Empire State Building. (Tip: the crowds are much less than at the Empire State Building, and, in my opinion, the views are far superior.) Get all the facts including my special tips and discounts here.
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