Top 10 things to do in New York

Our top 10 picks for attractions and fun things to do in New York

With all that New York City has to offer, coming up with a list of the top 10 things to do in New York was no easy task. Our approach was to choose between 1 and 3 of New York's best attractions in several categories. To learn more about any of these attractions just click on any of the links or images below.

Best Museums and Galleries

American Museum of Natural History 1. American Museum of Natural History

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The American Museum of Natural History will enchant the entire family with its amazing displays and interactive exhibits. Fun and educational at the same time.

Entrance and Facade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 2. The Met and the Cloisters

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The Met and the Cloisters, actually two affiliated museums are an absolute must for art lovers. The feature a vast collection of art in many genres, from the Stone Age, all the way to the present day.

Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum 3. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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Situated in and on the decommissioned USS Intrepid aircraft carrier this museum offers visitors a fascinating look into the world of aviation, maritime, and space travel. Features include 30 restored aircraft including the Concorde, many hands on exhibits, theatres and more.

Best Historic Sites and Landmarks

Coney Island 4. Coney Island

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In the early 1900s Coney Island was a premier New York resort destination. While it fell into a period of decline, new investment has restored much of the former glory. Home to the classic Deno's Wonder Wheel, the new Luna Park and the famous boardwalk and beaches, this famous location should be high on any visitor's 'must see' list.

Empire State Building 5. Empire State Building

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This New York City icon hardly needs an introduction. The worlds tallest building for many years it offers spectacular views of New York from its two observations decks located on the 86th and 102nd floor.

New York's Iconic Time Square 6. Times Square and the Theatre District

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A trip to New York wouldn't feel complete without a visit to this world famous square. Bustling with people and activity, Times Square is New York's premier gathering place. It is vibrant by day and even more so by night, when the myriad of bright and colourful neon signs compete for attention. Times Square is also home to the famous Broadway Theatre District.

Best Parks and Gardens

Central Park 7. Central Park and the Central Park Zoo

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World renowned Central Park offers 874 acres of beautiful refuge from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. In addition to exploring the many walking trails through various gardens and natural habits, you will find many activities including tennis courts, skating rinks in the winter, swimming pools, baseball fields, horseback riding, fishing and boat rentals, and the Central Park Wildlife Center.

Hudson River Park 8. Hudson River Park

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As the name would suggest, Hudson River Park meanders for miles along the east bank of the Hudson River with walking and bike paths that make it a great place to walk and explore. The park includes several recreational piers, playgrounds, water parks, a sports complex and the Downtown Boathouse where you can borrow an kayak or canoe by donation.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 9. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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The stunning Brooklyn Botanic Garden features 52 acres of beautiful formal and informal gardens displaying over 12,000 different plant varieties. The New York treasure is especially notable for its collection of blossoming cherry trees.

Best Activity

Staten Island Ferry and the Statue of Liberty 10. Staten Island Ferry and the Statue of Liberty

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The free ride on the Staten Island ferry is one of the top tourist attractions in New York. The ferry passes close to the Statue of Liberty and provides some awesome views of the spectacular New York skyline. While on the Staten Island side you may wish to stop and check out the Staten Island Museum located just two blocks from the terminal.

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