Top 5 Must Do's in New YorkEdit This
Every year millions of tourists descend upon New York City. Here are five marvelous sights you shouldn't miss.
1. The Statue of Liberty
Daily ferries depart frequently from Battery Park or the New Jersey shore to Liberty Island, home to the iconic Statue of Liberty. With the right ticket, you will even be allowed access to the crown where you can enjoy magnificent views of the harbor. Secure an early ferry and you can also tour nearby Ellis Island, a fascinating facility that once served as the processing center for newly arrived immigrants. Make sure you book early, though, as reservations can fill up quickly.
2. The Empire State Building
Built in 1931, this Art Deco masterpiece is one of the most famous buildings in the world. The Empire State Building houses two observation decks, one on the 86th floor and another on the 102nd floor. Both offer sprawling vistas of the city. If that's not exciting enough, the 2nd floor also features the New York Skyride, a motion simulator ride.
3. Rockefeller Center
With its popular ice skating rink and (seasonal) Christmas tree on hand, Rockefeller Plaza serves as the centerpiece of this massive complex. At the base of the plaza lies the towering GE Building, featuring the Top of the Rock observation deck. The center itself hosts over one hundred shops and restaurants combined. You should also find time to tour the NBC Studios, home to Saturday Night Live and NBC Nightly News, as well as Radio City Music Hall, the splendid 1932 Art Deco theater.
4. Times Square
Saturated with enormous neon signs and flashing marquee lights from the neighboring Broadway district, the major intersection known as Times Square should be experienced at least once. Theater lovers can catch a show on the Great White Way (discount tickets are available at Times Square's TKTS booth) while shopping enthusiasts can choose from the region's many mega stores. Plucky tourists in NYC during the holidays may wish to brave the crowds for Time Square's New Year's Eve celebration.
5. Central Park
Although it may seem clichéd, no day in New York is complete without a leisurely stroll through the incomparable Central Park. Once there you may wish to ride the enchanting carousel, visit the critters in the park’s own zoo or simply explore the charming Belvedere Castle. You should also consider booking a table at the famed Tavern on the Green restaurant or securing a ticket to the Shakespeare in the Park summer series.