New York is a vast city and has lots of things to see and do for the whole family; here are our top three attractions in New York.
Statue of Liberty
Probably one of the most iconic landmarks and symbols of New York and the US as a whole, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. A gift from the people of France to celebrate America’s freedom and independence, this stunning statue has stood on Liberty Island in the middle of New York harbour for over 125 years.
This huge copper structure stands 305 feet tall and while there is no charge to enter the Statue of Liberty National Monument, there is a charge for the ferry service that all visitors must. Climbing up the monument is also possible although you will have to purchase a separate Crown Ticket and book well in advance.
Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is one of the most iconic buildings in New York and was the tallest building in the world from 1931 till 1972. It has become one of the most visited places in New York and attracts over 3.6 million visitors a year.
From the observatory deck located on the 102nd floor, visitors can see panoramic views of some of the most distinctive skylines in the world. High speed elevators transport visitors to the observation decks and can travel from the first floor to the 80th floor in less than a minute.
Tickets up to the main observation deck (floor 86) start from $19, but those who want to go to the smaller top deck (floor 102) prices start from $36. The Empire State Building is open 365 days a year from 8am to 2am with the last elevator of the night leaving the ground floor at 1:15am.
For those who like the great outdoors, Central Park is the place to go. This public park situated in the centre of Manhattan spans 840 acres and attracts over 35 million visitors a year. A range of sports and other activities are available inside the park including rock climbing, boating and horse carriage rides, but most visitors go there to eat lunch and look at the many sculptures and floral displays.
Guided tours can be taken to learn a bit more about the parks history, design and ecology, and there is a range of playgrounds and children’s activities to keep the kids entertained.