Here are the most important tourist attractions in New York that you should not miss. Read on.

Statue of Liberty

We could say that the Statue of Liberty is not only one of the main tourist attractions in New York, but also the emblem of the nation. A beautiful and enormous French lady, 46 meters high (93 considering its base) that France gave to the United States in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of independence.

If you want you can go up to the observation deck located on the crown of the statue, but I warn you that you must book on the Statue Cruise website months in advance as only 30 people go up at an hour and they sell out very soon.

To go to the Statue of Liberty you’ll have to go to Battery Park on Wall Street, there, at the Castle Clinton Monument, an old circular fort built in 1808 for the defence of the city, after waiting in a long queue, you can buy tickets which cost $21.50 for adults, $9 for children and $17 for seniors over 62 (admission is free with the NY Pass or City Pass).

After buying your tickets, you will have to wait in a long queue to go through the exhaustive security checks.

Time Square

If you’re wondering what tourist attractions in New York you have to visit, without thinking about it, I would say that one of them is definitely Time Square. A square full of lights and billboards that has become the nerve centre of the city, where some of the most popular establishments in the “Big Apple” are located.

Here you’ll find Planet Hollywood, one of the most famous restaurants on the planet, the M&M’s store, an 8,000 square meter establishment dedicated to this popular candy, or the Disney Store, the perfect tourist spot in New York to visit with children.

In the centre of this square there are huge red stairs from where you can take top photos for your Instagram. Just below them is the TKTS box office where you can buy same day tickets for the different Broadway shows.

Brooklyn Bridge

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The Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1883, connects the island of Manhattan with the area of Brooklyn, and is the most photogenic and cinematic bridge to see in New York.
Crossing the East River at sunset over the almost 2 kilometres of this suspension bridge is also one of the best experiences you can have in this city. You’ll also be able to take some of the best photos of New York City from several points, both while crossing the bridge and afterwards at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and the Empire Fulton Ferry Park, two spectacular viewpoints from where you’ll have a unique perspective of the bridge from the Brooklyn side.
When crossing, just make sure you stay in the pedestrian lane and don’t encroach on the bike path, as you may cause an accident.

New York Museums

Museum of Natural History: located among the best science museums in the world, it stands out for its excellent collection of dinosaur reproductions and the blue whale. Open every day from 10h to 5:45h.

Metropolitan Museum (MET): is one of the most important art museums in the world with works by Monet, Cézanne and Rembrandt, although its most popular collections are the Egyptian and Roman. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30h to 17:30h, Fridays and Saturdays until 21h.

  • MoMA: it is the most significant museum of modern art in the world with masterpieces by Picasso, Dali, Van Gogh, Pollock and Andy Warhol. It is open from Saturday to Thursday from 10:30h to 17:30; on Fridays it closes at 20h and is free for the last 4 hours.

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is the most famous skyscraper in the world as well as being for many years, the tallest building on the planet, and another of the most essential places to see in New York.
This 102-storey building with a height of 381 meters, has two of the best viewpoints in New York, one on the 86th floor and one on the 102nd floor, both with fantastic views of Manhattan.
To avoid the long lines that form at the entrance, especially at the peak of the sunset.

The Vessel

The Vessel, a futuristic monument full of stairs and shaped like a vessel, is the new jewel to visit in New York.
Located in the new neighbourhood of Hudson Yards, this work of art, 45 meters high and 2500 steps, has become the main tourist attraction of this little known area until now. In addition to climbing many stairs, it has several observation decks to recharge your batteries and enjoy the views. Although The Vessel is free, you have to book your ticket in advance from the website.

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal, the city’s main train station, is another of the architectural wonders to see in New York. With one of the most beautiful halls in the world, which has been the scene of some famous Hollywood movies such as “With Death at its Heels” or “Superman”, this station is over 100 years old and will make you fall in love with it.
Some of its most outstanding elements are the emblematic clock located in the central part and surrounded by screens with the routes of each train, the three large windows, the vault of the main hall and the marble floors.

Central Park

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Central Park is one of the most beautiful tourist sites in New York in winter, when it is covered with snow, also in autumn, when its meadows and trees are stained with ochre colours and in spring and summer, when the park looks in all its glory.

With 340 hectares, about 4 kilometres long and 800 meters wide, this is one of the largest parks on the planet, the main green lung of the city and along with London’s Hyde Park, the most famous urban park in the world.