Trying to decide what to do when you visit NYC? Start with this list of New York City's most popular attractions to get started planning your trip to the Big Apple. Popularity naturally brings crowds, but these attractions are all popular for a reason -- they're pretty great.
1. American Museum of Natural History
Since opening to the public in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has evolved and grown. In addition to the Rose Center planetarium and permanent exhibits, the museum hosts a revolving series of temporary exhibits, so there is always something new to see. Don't miss our Tips for Visiting AMNH to make the most of your visit.
2. Central Park
3. Ellis Island Immigration Museum
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers visitors a fascinating look into the immigrant experience. Interactive exhibits, walking tours and movies reveal the hardships and challenges faced by immigrants passing through Ellis Island. Visitors today will enjoy learning about the history, as well as enjoying the voyage to get there by ferry through the harbor.
4. Empire State Building
Tired of staring up at New York City skyscrapers? Check out the view of New York City from atop the Empire State Building. A classic New York City attraction, it offers visitors wonderful views of New York City and the surrounding area. Our advice: cut your waiting time by purchasing your tickets in advance.
5. Grand Central Terminal
6. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Over 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history are housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An iconic art museum, the Met is well worth a visit and offers such a vast and diverse collection that there's sure to be something that appeals to you.
7. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
8. Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is a great destination for visitors any time of year. Located in midtown Manhattan, Rock Center is probably most famous for its Christmas tree and ice skating rink, but it also offers visitors the wonderful Top of the Rock Observation Deck, and it's home to Radio City Music Hall, as well as numerous shopping and dining destinations.
9. Staten Island Ferry
10. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the United States in honor of the friendship established during the French Revolution. It has become an American symbol of freedom and welcome to the immigrants who come to the USA looking for a better life. Visitors who plan in advance can even visit the crown of the Statue of Liberty.