5 Top Things to do in New York: A City Tales Guide

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5 Top Things to do in New York: A City Tales Guide

City Tales

8 May, 2018

Here at City Tales Sightseeing, we know our city like the back of our hand, and our local tour guides love to show the best parts to our guests. Many people may only be visiting New York for a few days, so their goal is usually to see as much as possible in just a short time. To help you figure where to visit on your next New York trip, we’ve put together this helpful guide, listing and detailing the 5 top things to do in New York City!

1) Visit the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is pretty much top of every visitor’s New York bucket list, and for good reason. Although Lady Liberty was once a gift from the French government, it is, undoubtedly, the most recognizable symbol of the US. It’s hard to think of a more iconic landmark than the Statue of Liberty, which is probably why many other cities around the world have made their own Statue of Liberties! This amazing landmark isn’t just impressive to look at; the statue and the nearby Ellis Island, come with a fascinating history. With so many people from around the world immigrating to America over the last century, the Statue of Liberty was sometimes the first thing new settlers saw as they arrived by ship. For the best, most immersive, most informative experience, you may like to take our Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island tour. If you’d like an extra special experience, you can opt for our Private Statue of Liberty tour.

Statue of Liberty headshot - top things to do in New York City

2) The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is on most people’s to-do lists for several reasons: it was the tallest building in the World for almost 40 years — which is a record unlikely to ever be beaten. It is also one of the finest examples of New York’s Art Deco architecture. For decades, the Empire State Building was the pinnacle of skyscraper design — and it was so far ahead of its competitors for such a long time that it has earned its place in the history books. The Empire State Building is so culturally significant that it has featured in over 250 movies and TV shows — with perhaps the most famous being King Kong! 

The Empire State Building - top things to do in New York City

3) One World Trade Center 

The One World Trade Center is also sometimes referred to as 1WTC or Freedom Tower. It is the tallest skyscraper in New York City and it was built on the same site as the original World Trade Center. After the tragic events of 9/11, the One World Trade Center was built with several different protective features, including reinforced concrete walls, pressurized stairwells, and extensive sprinkler systems. The 1WTC is an architectural masterpiece but it’s also a meaningful symbol of freedom. If you decide to take City Tales Sightseeing’s World Trade Center tour with World Observatory Admission, you will learn about the 9/11 catastrophe as well as the incredible skyscraper built in its place. You’ll get to visit St Paul’s Chapel, various 9/11 memorials, the Oculus, and you’ll get to climb the 102-story elevator to the observatory to look out over New York City from the highest possible vantage point!

One World Trade Center - top things to do in New York City

4) See a Show on Broadway

While many big cities around the world have great theater scenes, nothing compares to New York’s Broadway! Broadway is known all around the world as the hub of America’s theater industry. Broadway is a street in New York City with 41 theaters, showing a dizzying array of plays and musicals every night of the week. Due to the investment of money, time, and talent, Broadway is held up as the best place in the English-speaking world for the commercial theater. You can see some of the greatest plays ever written on Broadway; the only issue is that there are so many to choose from, so you may struggle to select just one play! Broadway is a must for all theater lovers.

Broadway - top things to do in New York City

5) Take a Walk Around Central Park

While all of the other sites in this guide are buildings — or at least involve visiting buildings — we think it’s important for all visitors to the city to spend a little time in Central Park. Central Park is in Manhattan and at 843 acres it is one of the largest inner-city parks in the world! Central Park’s charm is hard to convey in writing; it is such an uncanny experience to walk through beautiful trees and lakeside with some of Manhattan’s tallest skyscrapers peering over the top of the trees. It’s the mixture of buildings and nature together that makes Central Park such a strange and wonderful experience.

Central Park - top things to do in New York City

That’s all we have time for in this guide. We hope we’ve helped readers narrow down where to visit when they come to New York City. If you have any questions about any of our incredible New York Tours, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Plan your next big New York City adventure today!

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