Are you wondering where to visit in New York City? If you’ve already been to the dizzying top of the Empire State Building, photographed the Statue of Liberty, and strolled through Central Park, there is so much more left to explore. With so many attractions to pick from in the bustling Big Apple, you might struggle to decide which to see. Here are five top picks you’ll want to add to your travel plans.
Places to visit in New York City
Metropolitan Museum of Art
No trip to New York City is complete without visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As one of the world’s largest museums, the Met is a multi-floor museum featuring artworks from ancient to contemporary. You won’t see everything in one day, but do give yourself several hours to explore.
Even if your art was painted by your 5-year-old, you’ll be captivated with masterpieces by Van Gogh or Monet and marvel at the grandeur of The Temple of Dendur on the ground level.
Before you depart, head to the rooftop garden patio. The fantastic view of Central Park is almost worth the $25 general admission to the museum.
High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line on Manhattan’s West Side. If you are searching for a budget-friendly activity, it is perfect. The elevated walkway running from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street is free and open 365 days.
It is a peaceful spot to stroll next to swaying plants and marvel at the lookouts over the city. But High Line is especially stunning during spring and fall, when you can see the blooming flowers and colourful leaves.
The walkway is also an open-air gallery with multimedia art that rotates throughout the year with new sculptures or art installations to discover.
Curious about life, the universe and everything? Head to the Hayden Planetarium inside the Museum of Natural History. Children and adults alike will be dazzled by the exhibits where they can get a glimpse of far-off galaxies and learn about the history of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day.
While New York City tourists tend to flock to the Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue, they aren’t the only places to shop. On a rainy afternoon, you can stay dry inside the Chelsea Market, right in the bustling Meatpacking District that runs from West 14th Street to Gansevoort Street. Here you can find a diverse mix of retailers and more global selection than your average food hall.
Washington Square Park
If you are searching for a park that isn’t Central Park, head to Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan. It’s located at the base of Fifth Ave between MacDougal Street and University Place. Historic for many reasons (it’s been a Revolutionary War potter’s field, a 19th Century parade ground for the wealthy, site for 1960s hippy protests and location for many novels) Washington Square Park is arguable the best people-watching spot in New York City.
When visiting, take a seat on one of the many benches facing the colossal fountain and watch the locals walk by, play chess or petanque, walk their dogs or let the kids run amok. It is also a popular spot to picnic overlooking the iconic Washington Arch.