A top 10 for New York comes in handy when preparing your city trip. So much to do, so little time! To help you get going you’ll find my top 10 best attractions in New York below. My example itineraries will help you to plan out your days. And on the daily updated calendar you’ll find all the events taking place during your stay.
- 1 Top 10 Attractions in New York
- 1.1 1. Discount pass for New York
- 1.2 2. Hop on Hop off bus tour
- 1.3 3. Helicopter flight above Manhattan
- 1.4 4. Visiting a New York Knicks Game (basketball)
- 1.5 5. Circle Line: Best of NYC Cruise (2.5 hrs)
- 1.6 6. Broadway musical
- 1.7 7. 9/11 Museum
- 1.8 8. Outletshopping at Woodbury
- 1.9 9. Tours in New York
- 1.10 10. Empire State Building Observation Deck
Top 10 Attractions in New York
It’s not a specific attraction, but still my number 1 tip for New York: a discount pass! There are several discount passes, two options are the Explorer Pass and the New York Pass. Both passes are very easy to use and can save a lot of time and money. But which pass should you choose?
When you’re in New York for the first time and want to get to know the city, the best way is to take a Hop on Hop off Bus tour. I recommend the tours on the first day (or two) of your trip and just enjoying the ride, that way you get to see everything!
If you want to have a once in a lifetime experience and see Manhattan from above, you should take a helicopter tour! For around A$311 you’ll fly above the Big Apple, for around 12-15 minutes and see the city’s highlights from a different perspective.
New York is a city with a lot of sports events. If you want to visit an exciting game, I suggest you go to a New York Knicks game. It’s important that you have good seats, but these needn’t be expensive.
A relaxing, fun way to enjoy Manhattan is by boat. There are a number of boat tours available; the best value being the Circle Line: Best of NYC Cruise, which takes 2.5 hours.
A Broadway musical should also not be missing from your planning. The shows that are performed in the theatres around Times Square are all world class. There’s a musical for everyone. Go for a classic like The Lion King or choose one of the new shows!
The 9/11 Museum commemorates the events surrounding the attacks of 11 September 2001 and honours the victims, survivors and aid workers. It’s an impressive museum that, despite the sad subject, I recommend everyone to visit.
Shop till you drop at one of the best outlets in New York. Reserve your seat on the bus and you can lean back for a relaxing ride to this shopping paradise, where you can find outlet stores from almost all major brands.
Complete your visit to New York with one or more tours to better get to know the city. Expert guides tell you everything about a specific part of the city, from the best pizzas to gospel services and from famous movie locations to the trendiest rooftop bars.
Of course, a Top 10 for New York wouldn’t be complete without an observation deck! On the 86th floor of the Empire State Building, you have a wonderful view of Manhattan.