New York City is home to millions of people and is the willing recipient of millions more in visitors each year. This city has long been a magnet for those who wish to revel in the bright lights and view some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. If you only know New York from the countless films and television shows then you’re in for some unforgettable experiences in what’s rightfully called the world’s capital city.
City of icons
The city that never sleeps boasts an amazing number of buildings and structures, from the Empire State to the historic Brooklyn Bridge to the Lady Liberty. Somewhat taken for granted by locals, these landmarks are a major tourist draw. You can’t beat the metropolis views from the top of either the Empire State or when actually standing inside the observation deck of the Statue of Liberty; but be prepared to climb 162 steps before reaching the crown area. There will be ticket prices for both of these attractions but you can cross the Brooklyn Bridge for free and also view the city from the deck of the Staten Island Ferry at absolutely no charge.
Exploring the past
You can never guarantee the sunshine in this city, so if the weather does turn rainy head to one of the many museums and art galleries. The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is one of the biggest museums in the world and the largest in America. You can easily spend an afternoon viewing the countless collections and exhibits on offer. If you want to step back in time then the Lower East Side Tenement Museum will allow you to walk through a recreated turn of the century tenement building. Kids will love the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which features naval warships, the famous Concorde and the Enterprise space shuttle.
If you’re a sports or music fan then a tour around the legendary Madison Square Garden should not be missed. You can go behind the scenes of this almost 20,000 seat arena and walk across the spectacular Chase Bridges to see this venue from its highest view point. If you’re on a family vacation then don’t forget to visit the Bronx Zoo, which is one of the largest zoos in the world and contains 6,000 animals across its 265 acres.
These are just a few Big Apple highlights and you can easily find a few more simply by exploring the city on foot. Don’t forget to get out of Manhattan to visit any of the other five boroughs including Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
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