And you shouldn't miss them for anything in the world. ~10/27/2010 Georgette Torres

1 Central Park

Spanning more than 800 acres (3.24 square kilometers) in the heart of Manhattan, Central Park encompasses a diverse landscape of rolling fields, walking trails and tranquil waterways. Designed in the mid-19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the park today is the centerpiece of the City's public parks system. Among its landmarks are Wollman Rink, the Central Park Zoo and the Friedsam Memorial Carousel; great for kids of all ages.
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Sheep Meadow and the Great Lawn, meanwhile, offer sprawling expanses where visitors can relax and enjoy the outdoors. In summer, the Great Lawn plays host to free shows courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic while The Delacorte Theater is the location for Shakespeare in the Park. Elsewhere in the park, Rumsey Playfield is the site of SummerStage, a free performing arts festival featuring music, dance, film and more.

2 New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden, neighbor to the Bronx Zoo, is a wonderland for everything that grows. Featuring more than a million plants on 250 acres, the Botanical Garden is a place for study and research as well as enchantment and exploration. Take a seasonal walk to see what's in bloom or visit the Home Gardening Center for tips to take home to your own patch of earth. [Read more]

5 American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is a New York icon. Packed with exhibitions representing people and animals throughout the ages, the museum also has a planetarium and an IMAX theater, as well as special visiting exhibitions and plenty of places to eat and shop. The dinosaur wing is a must-see, and if you have time, lie down under the life-size model of a blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. [Read more]

8 Staten Island Ferry

This five-mile, 25-minute boat ride from Lower Manhattan to the northern tip of Staten Island is free—and the views are priceless. Throughout the journey, you'll take in magnificent vistas of Lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. At the end of the ride, ferry riders are transported to the historic St. George neighborhood—home of the Staten Island Museum and the magnificent St. George Theatre, which is eight decades old. [Read more]


3 Broadway

Broadway theatre, commonly called simply Broadway, refers to theatrical performances presented in one of the 40 large professional theatres with 500 seats or more located in the Theatre District, New York and in Lincoln Center, in Manhattan, New York City.[1][2] Along with London's West End theatre, Broadway theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre in the English-speaking world. [Read more]

The Broadway Theatre district is a popular tourist attraction in New York City, New York. According to The Broadway League, Broadway shows sold approximately $1.02 billion worth of tickets in the 2009-2010 season, compared to $1 billion in the 2008-2009 season.

4 Times Square

Not sure where to look while walking through world-famous Times Square? Don't worry, you're not alone. The expansive stretch is a feast for all five senses—including massive digital advertisements that make Las Vegas pale in comparison, star-studded Broadway shows, people peddling jewelry on the street and, of course, the Naked Cowboy, who plays music in his tighty-whities. [Read more]

6 Empire State Building

Take in panoramic vistas of New York City from its highest viewing point, the Empire State Building Observatory. Whether on a clear day or a starry night, this stop is a must for any visitor, which explains why its lines are equally famous. To avoid long waits, get there either very early or very late; the Observatory is open from 8am to 2am, seven days a week. [Read more]

7 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Located on the border of Central Park on Museum Mile, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest and most comprehensive art museums in the world. With over two million works of art spanning 5,000 years, the Met presents the best of human creativity from around the globe. [Read more]

9 Brooklyn Bridge

The iconic Brooklyn Bridge recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. One of the most recognizable parts of the New York City skyline, the bridge has been featured in movies and on television shows, and is a real piece of New York City history. A stroll across the elevated pedestrian walkway on a warm day provides a true New York City experience. The Manhattan-side entrance is at Park Row and Centre Street, across from City Hall Park, east of City Hall. [Read more]

10 Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is perhaps New York City's most familiar landmark and the easiest one to overlook since it's only accessible by boat. Still, it's worth the short ferry ride to Liberty Island to see the historic monument that has welcomed so many generations of immigrants to our shores. Passes are available to visit the Statue's pedestal observation level, and admission to the nearby Ellis Island Immigration Museum, another short ferry ride away, is included. [Read more]

As of July 4, 2009, the Statue of Liberty's crown was open for visitors for the first time since 2001. Visit the website for more information.