The Big Apple: Top Tourist Attractions in New York

The prospect of visiting New York City can be daunting to some, especially if you have never visited. Bursting with many different attractions, it is difficult to decide which places to visit during a short trip. Manhattan alone offers a plethora of inviting landmarks, while the outer boroughs are gaining popularity for tourists, particularly Brooklyn with its lush parks and trendy restaurants. From museums to Broadway shows, there is always something to do in the Big Apple.

Central Park

Designed by the famous Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1850s, Central Park offers the bustling urbanite a natural reprieve in its nearly 800 acre space. Whether you take a leisurely walk, people watch, enjoy some of the beloved outdoor art or need to entertain children, Central Park is a must see located in the middle of Manhattan. Stretching from the north end of Midtown to the south of Harlem, the beautiful grounds not only showcase a beautifully designed landscape, but also offer visitors the opportunity to boat on the lake, ice skate during winter or visit the Central Park zoo.

The Brooklyn Bridge

Crossing the Hudson River from the south of Manhattan Island to Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Bridge stands proud as one of the first suspension bridges constructed in the United States. Dating back to the late 1880s, the bridge rewards pedestrians with a panoramic view of the city. At night, the bridge is breathtaking, lit from within by a soft orange glow. With an open walkway for pedestrians and cyclists, the Brooklyn Bridge is not only beautiful but provide a scenic route to trendy Brooklyn.

Museum of Modern Art

Located in Midtown, the Museum of Modern Art, lovingly known as MoMA, displays a dazzling variety of 20th century art from many famed creatives. Notable works in the museum include Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night,” several massive Monet oil paintings and Andy Warhol’s graphic pop art. The outdoor courtyard provides a nice respite before continuing on to admire works by Rousseau, Matisse and Picasso. For travelers on a budget, MoMA offers free admission on Friday.

Times Square

If you want to see the ultimate in opulence, you come to Times Square. However, not everything has to be as expensive as this corner of NYC – if you’re looking to save a few bucks on the journey stateside, check out beforehand.

While it may now seem a cliché suggestion, no first-time visit to New York is complete without a walk around the glowing and frenetic energy of Times Square. Transformed from its past down-trodden reputation, Times Square is the place to go to see a Broadway play, peer into windows of several network studios or just appreciate the twinkling lights of the many billboards. And if you happen to be visiting New York City at the end of the year, don’t forget that Times Square offers the most famous New Year’s celebration on Earth.

Empire State Building

Standing nearly 1500 feet tall, the Empire State Building is an awe-inspiring reminder of human ingenuity and design. An American cultural icon, this skyscraper is the perfect place for a tourist to catch a bird’s eye view of Manhattan. Take the intricately designed brass elevators to the top floor and gaze out onto the city. At night, enjoy the ever-changing colored lights that shine on the building’s highest floors and famous spire.