There are so many things New York City is famous for, so it is easy to feel lost and not know where to start, especially if you are here for the first time. Whether you are looking for a world-renowned landmark or the hottest newly opened attraction, you will find it on our list of the ten best things to do in New York.
1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met is one of those museums where you can lose track of time. And no wonder — one of the world’s most famous art institutions offers a wide range of collections that span more than 5,000 years of art history. If you want to see hot exhibitions that have been on everyone’s lips and explore the masterpieces by famous artists — this is the place for you.
Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue
2. Color Factory NYC
Color Factory was originally a one-month pop-up in 2017 and has since grown into one of the city’s must-see attractions, and it is no surprise why. At this unique museum, you can experience color on multiple levels — not only see it but also touch, smell, hear, and taste it. Bring along your friends and family for a fun day out: visit immersive rooms and inspiring exhibits created in collaboration with artists. From the balloon room and colorful macarons to the NYC installation — this place will help you feel the joy of life and reconnect with your inner child.
Location: 251 Spring Street
Admission Color Factory Tickets: $38, but $43 on Wednesdays and Thursdays
3. Edge Observation Deck
Come to the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere for the ultimate New York adventure. A 360-degree view of the city and a glass of champagne, together with immersive exhibitions about iconic New York landmarks and their history, make this an experience not to be missed.
Address: 30 Hudson Yards
4. The Statue of Liberty
The tour of the legendary Statue of Liberty along with Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty Museum is a must-see for everyone who visits New York. See the social freedom and democracy symbols and learn more about their history and significance. Explore the real stories of immigrants from all around the world and discover how they started their new life in the US.
Location: ferries depart from Battery Park, NYC, or Liberty State Park, New Jersey
Admission: free, but a ferry ticket costs $24
5. Little Island
Take a trip to one of the hottest new attractions in New York City that looks like a mirage of an island. Located in Hudson River Park on the former Pier 54 site, Little Island is where New Yorkers and tourists of all ages can rest, experience the beauty of nature and art, and attend unique performances and events. Read more about this NYC walking tours attractions at the official travel website WeGoTrip.
Location: Pier 55, Hudson River Park
6. Empire State Building
7. Guggenheim Museum
The Guggenheim Museum is home to world-famous works by Pablo Picasso, Yves Klein, Mark Rothko, Kazimir Malevich, Vasily Kandinsky, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and other artists. In total, the museum collection has over 7,000 exhibits. Discover famous artists’ works and lives from a different perspective at a museum that looks radically different from others thanks to its outstanding architecture.
Location: 1071 Fifth Avenue
8. St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Whether you are a spiritual person or not, you will be mesmerized by the Neo-Gothic architecture of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The majestic high altar, amazing stained glass windows, and impressive bronze doors set this building apart from others. Opened in 1879, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has become an iconic New York landmark and a symbol of a new life for Catholics who came to the US from all over the world.
Location: Fifth Avenue, between 50th and 51st Streets
9. American Museum of Natural History
Immerse yourself in the world of nature and the history of the world’s civilizations. At the American Museum of Natural History, you will find dinosaurs, meteorites, and 33 million specimens and artifacts, along with special exhibitions and collections. Explore the exhibits you have probably seen on TV series or movies, such as ancient mummies, T-rex, the Moai Statue, the Aztec Stone of the Sun, and more!
Location: 200 Central Park West
10. Central Park
An iconic part of New York, Central Park is something that you cannot imagine the city without. Explore a green oasis tucked inside noisy and crowded Manhattan. Discover the pre-park history and learn what it took to design and build 843 acres of picturesque landscapes. Take a walk through the legendary places of Central Park, including the Zoo, and enjoy outdoor activities from hiking and biking to ice skating and even fishing.
Location: Central Park, Manhattan