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Top 10 Best Things First Time Visitors Can Do in New York City

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Traveling is fun! New York City is the largest city in the United States. As a first-time visitor, it is natural to feel excited and overwhelmed when planning out which places you want to explore.

There are so many interesting things to do in New York City. Listing them all may take forever. Therefore, we have picked out the top 10 iconic places you do not want to miss out on:

Visit the Empire State Building

Even if the Empire State Building is not the tallest building in the world anymore, it is a must-see. It offers amazing city views from its observation deck.

Moreover, if you want to have a great view of the Empire State Building, the Top of the Rock is your place! The Top of The Rock observation deck is in the midst of the Rockefeller Center, or a complex of 19 commercial buildings in the heart of the city.

Empire State Building

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum

To remember all those who were lost on the 11th of September 2001, the memorial was built. It is a sad memory for all.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11. Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, explore the 9/11 Memorial Museum and learn the story of 9/11 through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, presenting visitors with personal stories of loss, recovery, and hope.

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum

The Times Square

Is your trip even complete if you have not visited Times Square? Times Square is just a busy intersection surrounded by high rises and adorned with flashy advertisements, but this busy intersection still attracts millions of visitors.

It is a great place to buy your tickets to a Broadway show. At the show, you get to see some of New York’s famous street performers or watch the ball drop on New Year’s. 

In fact, every night from 11:57 pm to midnight, you can witness the world’s largest digital art exhibition.

Times Square

Wall Street

At Wall Street, billions of dollars are traded each day. Wall Street is a street in Lower Manhattan that is the heart of the Financial District. Even is the majority of Wall Street trading is now done by computers, the trading floor is still open and tours are available. 

For those looking for deeper insight into the role Wall Street has played in finance, consider taking a Wall Street walking tour.

Wall Street NYC

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people to the people of the United States as a symbol of the international friendship forged during the American Revolution.

As a symbol of American Freedom, the Lady Liberty beautifully stands. Actually, the statue was a symbol to welcome immigrants into the United States where they were processed at Ellis Island.

Statue of Liberty

Broadway Show

If you are in New York, taking a stroll through Manhattan’s Theater District is mandatory. You will be definitely spoilt for choice here. From marquees set aglow with ads for the latest shows and stars with Hollywood celebrities often stepping in for unique Broadway stints, there is a lot to explore.

However, Broadway is expensive. Therefore, you can try to save up for it first.

Broadway Show

Go For a Walk at the Brooklyn Bridge

A leading NYC landmark and the city’s most celebrated bridge, traversing the neo-Gothic span of the Brooklyn Bridge on foot has marked a New York rite of passage since it first debuted in 1883. Architecturally elegant, with twin arched towers and an artful web of suspension cables, the bridge not only proposes a practical means of connecting pedestrian (and vehicular) traffic between Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, but it also presents exhilarating panoramas over both borough’s skylines, as well as out over New York Harbor and onto the East River.

Enjoy a Classic New York Pizza

Okay, traveling without good food is boring. When you are in New York, you need a New York Pizza.

One of the most famous places to enjoy an authentic New York pizza is Patsy’s. Established in the 1930s in Harlem, Lombardi’s they are America’s first pizzeria, and Prince Street Pizza, whose square slices are loaded up with the best pepperoni you have probably ever eaten.

NYC Pizza

Staten Island Ferry to Explore NYC

To get an amazing view of the Statue of Liberty then you need to ride the Staten Island ferry from Manhattan’s South Ferry terminal.

In fact, the 25-minute ride is completely free. Throughout the ride, you can experience phenomenal views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Manhattan skyline.

Staten Island Ferry

Explore Central Park

Central Park is where just about everybody comes to kick back, unwind, exercise, and get centered in nature. The park covers a massive 843 acres.

At the park you can explore the Great Lawn, the Loeb Boathouse ), Strawberry Fields, the Central Park Zoo, the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, and more.

Central Park

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