…the best things to see and do in NYC

New York City Tourist Attractions include the typical Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Museums of Modern Art and Natural History, Central Park and so much more. Some of our newer attractions include the 9-11 Memorial, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and Times Square. But, do you know you can have a martini and listen to classical music at a Museum? Or eat Chinese food while looking at the Statue of Liberty? Come enjoy NYC like a local…

New York City Tourist Attractions – the Classics

Empire State Building

Statue of Liberty

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Central Park

Broadway Shows
Broadway Shows

New York City Tourist Attractions – Newest

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Top of the Rock

Times Square

Madame Tussauds

Ground Zero Memorial

Top New York City Attractions – Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Natural History

Museum of Modern Art

Guggenheim Museum


New York City Tourist Attractions by NYC Area

These New York City tourist attractions have been divided into eight unofficial areas of the City, with the official Manhattan neighborhoods in the middle. The attractions include all major sightseeing attractions, museums and other famous New York City landmarks. If seeing many New York City tourist attractions is a priority, look into an Attractions Discount Pass.

Upper West

Central Park

Upper East

Midtown West

Hell’s Kitchen
Garment District

Murray Hill

Gramercy Park

Midtown East

Lower West


Union Square
Greenwich Village
Meatpacking Area
West Village
Lower East Side
Little Italy

Lower East

Downtown West

Battery Park City
Financial District


Downtown East

New York City Tourist Attractions

…the NON Tourist Way

There are so many amazing New York City tourist attractions and over time, I do recommend you see them all. Those of us who live here, have seen them over decades, while also living our every day lives in Manhattan.

Many of these tourist attractions are time consuming, expensive or both. And if you have children, are on a short trip or just plain old don’t like to do “touristy” things, long lines and waits are never a good thing!

So check out the Insider’s Guide to New York City Attractions – the NON tourist way. Have a martini at a Museum. Eat Chinese food while looking at the Statue of Liberty.

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Central Park NY
One of NYC’s best and free things to do, Central Park has been showcased for decades in movies, film and books. Check out things to do in Central Park and download our Free Printable NYC Guide including a Central Park Map.

Top of the Rock

What a treat to get a private tour of the Top of the Rock, one of the best New York City tourist attractions!!! I honestly didn’t think I was going to be impressed, but WOW…see the Insider’s Guide to the Top of the Rock NYC and learn where the hidden animals are buried.

Statue of Liberty Tickets

The most exclusive ticket in NYC are Statue of Liberty tickets for INSIDE the Statue of Liberty Museum and there is only ONE way to get this reservation.

New York City Museums
Learn the difference between admission and “suggested contribution” when visiting NYC museums. With several hundred NYC Museums to choose from, where do you start?

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