Popular Tourist Attractions in New York City

Popular Tourist Attractions in New York City

The Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Times Square, and the Empire State Building are all synonymous with New York City. This fast-paced city is one of the most popular in the world. It is the focal point for many loved TV shows such as Friends, Seinfeld, and How I Met Your Mother.


NY also hosts international fashion collections at NY fashion week and the celebrity-infused MET gala! There are many reasons to love New York and most of all for its attractions.


The Arlo Midtown is nestled between the city’s hustle and bustle, walking distance to cafes, restaurants, attractions, and recreation if you’re looking for a place to stay that is close to locations in your itinerary.


There is so much to do here and one can get confused with their endless options. Curated below is a list of must-see sights when in New York to get a taste of the city’s culture, energy, and essence.



Times Square

Even if you haven’t been here, you know exactly what Times Square is thanks to the exposure received from cinema and TV shows. There are huge crowds, performers, things to eat, and more. It is highlighted with massive screens and billboards. It showcased the world’s first-ever moving sign in 1928.


Times Square has its special appeal and is the most captivating in the evening. The bleachers placed in one end is an amazing place to sit down and appreciate the crowd and overall scene.



New York is known to offer some of the best live theatre shows worldwide. It is home to more than 40 Broadway theatres that showcases long-running classics, the latest smash-hit, or a new musical. It has all the ingredients to transport you, mind, body, and soul, to a new world. You can also tour Broadway with a real-live NYC actor.


In Times Square, you can visit the TKTS booth or sign up with TodayTix for discounts for show tickets.


Observation Decks

There’s nothing like NYC’s skyline and one can get a fantastic and unforgettable view from the observation decks New York offers. The 4 of the best are Edge, The One World Observatory, Top of the Rock, and of course, The Empire State Building.


So, each one has its own benefits and visiting all three won’t be worth your money or time so it’s best to pick one and enjoy the most of it. Here’s what each observatory offers.


  • Edge: Stands at 1,100 feet and is NY’s and the hemisphere’s tallest outdoor sky deck You can view NYC through its tilted outer windows and glass floor. There’s a corner surrounded by only glass making it feel like you’re in the air amongst the clouds.
  • One World Observatory: It expands over 125,000 sq. ft and has three floors. You can see the Statue of Liberty and harbor from here.
  • Top of the Rock: You can see Central Park and the Empire State Building from here. It also has many levels to give you more viewing options where it’s not very crowded.
  • Empire State Building: The most classic and famous one of all. It is a 102 story building, 381 meters tall. You can see up to 80 miles on a clear day and can view the neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey,  Massachusetts, and Connecticut.



The 60-ton sculpture resembles a honeycomb, located at the sleek cultural destination Hudson Yard. Some say this art installation is New York’s version of the Eiffel Tour. It has 154 interconnecting staircases, 80 landings, and close to 2,500 individual steps.


New-York Historical Society

It is the oldest museum in NYC constructed in 1804, History buffs will love this Upper West Side institution.  There is a hyphen in the name to commemorate the city’s heritage as this was how the city was known in the 1800s.


More than 1.6 million works are featured in its collection. It explores the history of the country and city including historical artifacts and art exhibits. There’s also a gallery of 100 beautiful glowing Tiffany lamps and an area for Women’s History.


Bronx Wildlife Conservation Society

Spanning over 260 acres, it is the country’s biggest metropolitan zoo in the country home to 5000+ animals. There are bears, tigers, and lions that reside in true-to-life habitats. There are various exhibits, outdoor activities, restaurants, and forests.


You can spend hours walking the trails past themed exhibits, like the World of Reptiles and African Plains. The highly recommended sea lion feeding is completely free. There are premium exhibits as well for additional fees.



There are many more exciting things to do and places to visit like the Brooklyn Flea Market, The MET, Rockefeller Center, High Line, The Frick Collection, Soho, The Brooklyn Bridge, etc. New York’s wonders can’t all be put down in one place but try and see as much as possible to get an ultimate New York City experience.






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