New York City Attractions

The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge – these are all well-known United States landmarks, and they can all be found residing in New York City. But after reading our list, you'll soon find that these are just a few of the many world-famous and spectacular sights of NYC. Use our list as a guide to the city and you're sure to see the best The Big Apple has to offer.

American Museum of Natural History
When you're visiting The Big Apple, be sure to explore one of the world's largest museums, the American Museum of Natural History. You'll see over 32 million artifacts and attractions encompassed within 25 buildings, including 46 permanent exhibition halls. The world-renowned Rose Center and Planetarium and its lauded library are also a part of this vast museum.

Address: Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 - MAP
Phone: (212) 769-5100
Web: www.amnh.org

Astoria Park
Get an escape from the city without ever really leaving by hanging out at Astoria Park in Queens. The park stretches across approximately 65 acres, making it one of the largest open spaces in the borough of Queens. One of the park's main attractions is the NYC's largest swimming pool, but you can also get a workout on the bocce courts, six tennis courts, two playgrounds and a running track.

Address: 19th St. between Astoria Park S. & Ditmars Blvd.,
Queens, NY - MAP
Phone: (212) 639-9675
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Battery Park
Battery Park faces the beautiful New York Harbor from the southern tip of Manhattan. Visit this park to see various monuments and attractions like The Sphere. The Sphere was located at the center plaza of the World Trade Center at the time of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The sculpture was damaged but not destroyed and now serves as a memorial along with an eternal flame that burns to honor those lost. The Sphere is located at the northern end of the park but will be moved to its original location upon the completion of the National September 11 Memorial.

Address: Battery Pl., State St. & Whitehall St., Manhattan, NY 10004- MAP
Phone: (212) 639-9675
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
Enjoy a beer at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. Opened in 1910, the Bohemian Hall is now the last original beer garden in all of NYC. The garden offers beers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain and the United State of America. While you're fueling up on delicious brews, try something from the menu; the hall serves Czech and Slovakian cuisine and some American favorites.

Address: 29-19 24th Ave., New York, NY 11105 - MAP
Phone: (718) 274-4925
Web: www.bohemianhall.com

Bronx Zoo
Head to the Bronx and hang out with the animals at the Bronx Zoo. Walk through the largest metropolitan zoo in the nation, spread across 265 acres of park lands and natural habitats accompanied by the flowing Bronx River. On your journey through the zoo, you'll see nearly 4,000 creatures living in exhibits and attractions modeled after their original habitats. Lions, storks, zebras, gazelles, nyalas, giraffes, tigers, elephants, rhinos, egrets, turtles, and ducks are just a few of the animals you'll find here.

Address: 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460 - MAP
Phone: (718) 367-1010
Web: www.bronxzoo.com

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Stroll through the gardens of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see over 10,000 species of plant life thriving in the city. The BBG sprawls over 52 acres near the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Park Slope neighborhoods. The garden is occupied by the Steinhardt Conservatory where the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum is located. The conservatory features three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house and an art gallery. Fans of flora and fauna will appreciate the attractions in bloom here.

Address: 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225 - MAP
Phone: (718) 623-7200
Web: www.bbg.org

Brooklyn Bridge
When you're in NYC, you can't miss the world-famous attraction that is the Brooklyn Bridge. The bridge was completed in 1883, making it one of the oldest suspension bridges in the nation and an essential piece of the city's skyline. The bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, extending 1,595.5 feet over the East River. It is equipped with six lanes to accommodate vehicles and a walkway along the centerline for pedestrians and bicycles.

Web: www.nyc.gov

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Get an up-close look at the Brooklyn Bridge while you hang out at the 85-acre, waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. The park stretches across the waterfront in the vicinity of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges on land that was overlooked and inaccessible for decades. Although the park is still under construction, the Pier 1 and Pier 6 sections are open to the public – meaning you can enjoy beautiful views of the city right next to the bridge. The park is set to be 66% completed by 2013.

Address: 334 Furman St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 - MAP
Phone: (718) 802-0603
Web: www.brooklynbridgepark.org

Bryant Park
While exploring the sights of Manhattan, make sure that Bryant Park is on your list of places to stop. The park is near the famous New York Public Library, and is a popular getaway for nearby office workers who revel in the open green space and The Bryant Park Grill. You'll enjoy your time spent at this famous park.

Address: Manhattan, NY - MAP
Phone: (212) 768-4242
Web: www.bryantpark.org

Central Park
Spend some time exploring one of New York City's most famous landmarks, the one-and-only Central Park. With over 25 million visitors annually, Central Park is the most visited city park in the nation and it won't take long for you to find out why. Along with amenities like several man-made lakes and ponds, walking tracks, bridle paths, two ice-skating rinks, a wildlife sanctuary, and a large area of natural woods, Central Park is home to various attractions and activities. The Belvedere Castle and nature center, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre and the historic Carousel, the Central Park Zoo, and the Central Park Conservatory Garden are just a few of the attractions you'll find in this world-famous park.

Phone: (212) 310-6600
Web: www.centralparknyc.org

Central Park Zoo
You'll find some of nature's most fascinating creatures in the middle of the city at the Central Park Zoo. The 5-acre zoo is home to several species of animals including sea lions, penguins, polar bears, snow leopards, monkeys, lemurs, and peacocks. If you're there with the family, be sure to check out the Tisch Children's Zoo for fun attractions for the kids.

Address: 5th Ave. E 64th St., NY, 10065 - MAP
Phone: (212) 439-6500
Web: www.centralparkzoo.com

Chrysler Building
You may have seen the famous Chrysler Building in some of its small-screen and silver-screen appearances like the Saturday Night Live Coneheads skit, the Futurama cartoon, and movies like Deep Impact, Godzilla, Armageddon, Fantastic Four, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and Spiderman, among others. But these cameos don't show this building true justice, and nothing compares to seeing the historic Chrysler Building up-close. The building, completed in 1930, is considered to be one of the finest buildings in New York City and was recently ranked ninth on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

Address: 405 Lexington Ave., Manhattan, NY 10174- MAP
Web: www.en.wikipedia.org

Classic Harbor Line
Take in the sights of New York City on a harbor cruise with the Classic Harbor Line, where you can choose from cruising on a classic Schooner or the more elegant Luxury Yacht. The company offers a variety of tours that will showcase views of the Lower Manhattan Skyline, Ellis Island, Governor's Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, and much more.

Address: 23rd St. Chelsea Piers Field House, New York, NY 10011 - MAP
Phone: (646) 336-5270
Web: www.sail-nyc.com

Columbus Circle
Be sure to get a glimpse of a true New York City landmark and see the famous Columbus Circle. Located at the intersection of Broadway, Central Park West, Central Park South and Eighth Avenue, the monument at the center is the point where distances to and from the city are officially measured. The famous sculpture attraction is a marble statue of Christopher Columbus perched on top of a 70-foot granite column, decorated with bronze accents representing Columbus' ships: the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria.

Address: Southwest corner of Central Park, Manhattan, NY - MAP
Web: www.en.wikipedia.org

Coney Island
Experience the fun and excitement of the attractions at Coney Island. This famous area of New York City is a peninsula in the southernmost part of Brooklyn with a beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Coney Island attractions include the Brooklyn Cyclones and their KeySpan Park; Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, 12th Street Amusements, Kiddie Park, The Cyclone roller coaster, The Parachute Jump, the B&B Carousel, bumper cars at three locations, three traditional haunted house rides, the New York Aquarium, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, the beach and of course, the Boardwalk.

Address: 1208 Surf Ave., Southernmost part of Brooklyn, NY 11224 - MAP
Web: www.coneyisland.com

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage is located in the Bronx, NYC and is the former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of Poe Park. Edgar Allan Poe is responsible for works like The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum. Fans of literature will appreciate this attraction.

Address: 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458 - MAP
Phone: (718) 881-8900
Web: www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org

Ellis Island Museum
Explore the amazing history held inside the Ellis Island Museum. The museum was opened in 1900 to house the immigration station and now, you can find several intriguing exhibitions and attractions like the Hearing Room, Peak Immigration Years, the Peopling of America, Restoring a Landmark, Silent Voices, Treasures from Home and Ellis Island Chronicles. The Ellis Island Museum also houses a partial list of immigrants who entered the country here.

Address: 17 Battery Place Ste. 10, New York, NY 10004 - MAP
Phone: (212) 344-0996
Web: www.ellisisland.org

Empire State Building
No visit to New York City is complete without a visit to the world-famous attraction that is the Empire State Building. Located at Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street, the building is 102-stories and the tallest building in New York City, the third tallest in the nation and the 15th in the world. The Empire State Building has 6,500 windows, 73 elevators, 2,768,591-square-feet and its own zip code. Among several of its accolades, the building was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World and the American Institute of Architects ranked it number one on the List of America's Favorite Architecture in 2007.

Address: 350 5th Ave., New York, NY 10118 - MAP
Phone: (212) 736-3100
Web: www.esbnyc.com

Federal Hall National Memorial
Another of New York City's many famous landmarks, the Federal Hall National Memorial resides on the also-famous Wall Street. The hall operates as a museum and features exhibits like George Washington's Inauguration Gallery that displays the Bible used to swear him into office, Freedom of the Press illuminates the imprisonment of John Peter Zenger, Journey to Federal Hall is an eight minute video noting the history of the Federal Hall and more. Visit this attraction to see its well-known bronze statue of George Washington perched on the front steps. The statue was erected in 1882 and commemorates the site where he was inaugurated as the first US President.

Address: 26 Wall St., New York, NY 10005 - MAP
Phone: (212) 825-6888
Web: www.nps.gov

Fort Tryon Park
Spend some time absorbing the sights of the city at Fort Tryon Park. This park has been a part of New York City for 75 years and showcases beautiful views of city attractions and landmarks like the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge, the New Jersey Palisades and the Harlem River.

Address: Riverside Dr. to Broadway, W 192 St. to Dyckman St., Manhattan, NY 1040 - MAP
Phone: (212) 795-1388
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal was built by the New York Central Railroad in the prime time of American long-distance passenger trains. Since the decline in popularity of train travel, the terminal has become a booming attraction, home to five superior restaurants and cocktail lounges, including the world famous Oyster Bar and 20 casual eateries. The Grand Central Market is also housed in the terminal. Besides having specialty food stores, restaurants, accessory boutiques and more; the market is home to some big names in the shopping industry. Aveda, Banana Republic, Kenneth Cole, L'Occitane, M.A.C Cosmetics, Origins and Swatch are all available here.

Address: 87 E 42nd St., New York, NY 10017 - MAP
Phone: (212) 532-4900
Web: www.grandcentralterminal.com

Gray Line New York
See New York City and its famous attractions through the eyes of a local. Gray Line New York provides tours of New York City by double decker bus, boat cruises and helicopter. Some of the tours offered are: Long Island Wineries Tour, Night on the Town Tour, Manhattan Comprehensive, Downtown Loop, Uptown Loop, Brooklyn Loop, Harlem Gospel Tour, Freestyle New York, Wheels & Water, and Land & Sky, among others.

Address: 1560 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 - MAP
Phone: (212) 445-0848
Web: www.newyorksightseeing.com

The Ground Zero Museum Workshop
When in New York City, it's important to remember to pay respects to those whose lives were altered forever by the devastating September 11th terrorist attacks. See the tragedy through the eyes of the city that lived it at the Ground Zero Museum Workshop founded by Marlon Suson, the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the FDNY. He photographed the "recovery" process six days a week and approximately 17 hours per day from the date of the attacks, September 11, 2001 to the closing ceremony in May 2002. The non-profit museum showcases Suson's images from Ground Zero and donates to various charities associated with the disaster, particularly organizations that participate in Mesothelioma research like the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center.

Address: 420 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014 - MAP
Phone: (212) 209-3370
Web: www.groundzeromuseumworkshop.com

Historic Richmond Town
Travel back in time when you tour the attractions at Historic Richmond Town. The open-air museum is located on Staten Island and is the former county seat and commercial center of Richmond County. The town is comprised of over 30 historic buildings that date back from the late 17th to the early 20th century. Exhibits include the Voorlezer's House, the Dutch Colonial Farmhouse, The Britton Cottage, The Christopher House, the Treasure House, the Meeting Center and many more. The village paints an accurate picture of what it was like living in the 19th century.

Address: 441 Clarke Ave., Staten Island, NY 10306 - MAP
Web: www.historicrichmondtown.org

Hudson River Park
Catch the sights of New York City from the 555-acre Hudson River Park. The park connects many New York City attractions like Battery Park, the World Trade Center site, the World Financial Center, Chelsea Piers, Pier 57, Pier 63, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum and Riverside Park. The park stretches throughout Manhattan and offers bicycle and pedestrian paths that include the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, tennis courts, soccer fields, batting cages, a children's playground, dog run and recreational piers.

Address: Manhattan, NY - MAP
Phone: (212) 255-5051
Web: www.hudsonriverpark.org

Madame Tussauds New York
See wax figures of famous faces at Madame Tussauds New York. Wax replicas of Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Ghandi, JFK, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, Pablo Picasso, Muhammad Ali, Derek Jeter, Madonna, Biggie Smalls, The Beatles, Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Marilyn Monroe and many others can be found here.

Address: 234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036 - MAP
Phone: (212) 512-9600
Web: www.madametussauds.com

The Museum of Modern Art
Step inside the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The Museum of Modern Art is located in Manhattan on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. The MoMA offers an unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary art in the medias of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist's books, film and electronic media. You'll see world-famous works like The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, The Dream by Henri Rousseau, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon by Pablo Picasso, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol, Water Lilies by Claude Monet and The Dance by Henri Matisse showcased in the collection.

Address: 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 - MAP
Phone: (212) 708-9400
Web: www.moma.org

Museum of the City of New York
Tour the history of the city and explore the exhibits and attractions at the Museum of the City of New York. The museum was founded in 1923 to showcase the history of New York City, and is home to art in various medias like paintings, drawings, prints and photographs featuring the city and its residents. Other pieces of the collection include costumes, decorative objects and furniture, toys, rare books and manuscripts, marine and military artifacts, police and fire artifacts and items documenting the golden age of Broadway theater.

Address: 1220 5th Ave., New York, NY 10029 - MAP
Phone: (212) 534-1672
Web: www.mcny.org

NBC Studio Tour
Get an inside look at one of the world's most influential and important television networks. The NBC Studio Tour has been offered by the network television giant since 1933. The tour gives you the chance to explore the halls of NBC's New York operations. Stops around the studio include the NBC Sharp Globe Theater, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Football Night in America and Saturday Night Live.

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112 - MAP
Phone: (212) 315-9016
Web: www.nbcstudiotour.com

New York Aquarium
The New York Aquarium is the oldest aquarium in the United States. Explore the exhibits and attractions of this seaside aquarium that spans across 14 acres and is home to over 350 species. The aquarium's research laboratories, Osborn Laboratories of Marine Sciences, have conducted several studies exploring topics like dolphin cognition, satellite tagging of sharks, and coral reefs. You'll see sea creatures that range from sharks to sea lions and everything in between.

Address: 602 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11224 - MAP
Phone: (718) 265-3415
Web: www.nyaquarium.com

Prospect Park
When you're checking out the sights of Brooklyn, be sure to spend some time at Prospect Park. The beautiful park occupies 585 acres and boasts a sprawling 90-acre meadow, aptly named Long Meadow, man-made waterways and lakes, the Prospect Park Zoo, a boathouse for Brooklyn's only lake, facilities for a variety of sports and the Prospect Park Bandshell concert venue. Musicians like Modest Mouse, Emmylou Harris and Bob Dylan have played at the venue, so keep an eye on the park's calendar because you never know when your favorite singer may take the stage.

Address: 95 Prospect Park W, Brooklyn, NY 11215 - MAP
Phone: (718) 965-8951
Web: www.prospectpark.org

Queens Botanical Garden
The Queens Botanical Garden refers to itself as "a living museum, a collection of gardens for the study, culture, exhibition, and display of plants." Explore this 39-acre botanical oasis of rose, bee, herb and perennial gardens. Among the floral attractions, you'll also see the Visitor & Administration Center, New York City's greenest building.

Address: 43-50 Main St., Flushing, NY 11355 - MAP
Phone: (914) 923-4837
Web: www.queensbotanical.org

Queens Zoo
Get up-close to nature in the concrete jungle by visiting the animals and attractions at the Queens Zoo. The zoo occupies 5 acres in the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the borough of Queens, and the exhibits feature animals that are native to the Americas like cougars, California sea lions, coyotes, owls, spectacled bears, lynx, pudu, thick-billed parrots, alligators, Roosevelt elk, Sandhill cranes, bald eagles and more.

Address: 53-51 111th St., Flushing, NY 11368 - MAP
Phone: (718) 271-1500
Web: www.queenszoo.com

Radio City Music Hall
Get your tickets to a show at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall. This historic venue is part of the renown 12-acre Rockefeller Complex in New York City. The "Showplace of the Nation" was declared a city landmark in 1978 and is a long time leader of the city's tourist destinations. The hall has showcased many televised events including the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards and the MTV Music Awards. Radio City Music Hall keeps a busy schedule of events, including performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Address: 1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020 - MAP
Phone: (212) 247-4777
Web: www.radiocity.com

Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park
The Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park is a combination of open lawns and gardens sprawled through paths and walkways. You'll find there's plenty to see here, as the park overlooks the Hudson River and offers stunning views of the iconic Statue of Liberty and other famous New York City attractions. While you revel in the city's beauty, take a stroll through the Hot and Cool Gardens among Graham Stuart roses, Autumn Prince daylilies, Trumpeter roses and Poinsettia daylilies. Don't go hungry while you're here either; enjoy a meal at Gigino's restaurant and check out the roof deck to see the city from a new perspective.

Address: North of Historic Battery Park, off Battery Place - MAP
Web: www.bpcparks.org

Rockaway Beach
Trade your walking shoes in for flip flops and head for a day of fun at Rockaway Beach, located on the South Shore of Long Island. The 170 acres of beach offers one of New York City's most popular summer destinations. While you're hanging out at the largest urban beach in the United States, you can enjoy seven playgrounds, volleyball, skating, surfing, fishing, swimming and, of course, sunbathing. Don't forget the sunscreen!

Address: Queens, NY - MAP
Phone: (212) 639-9675
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

The Rockefeller Center
The Rockefeller Center is one of New York City's many must-see attractions. This famous landmark is a 22-acre complex that is home to 19 commercial buildings between 48th and 51st streets in Manhattan. Radio City Music Hall and the GE Building, or "30 Rock" are two famous buildings within the complex. For a complete Rockefeller Center experience, head to the Top of the Rock, the observation deck of the GE Building. The deck occupies the 67-70th floors and offers a 360-degree panoramic view of New York City.

Address: 10 Rockefeller Plz., New York, NY 10020 - MAP
Phone: (212) 549-5100
Web: www.rockefellercenter.com

Saint Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the city. The building serves the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and occupies an entire city block. The famous cathedral is one of many New York City National Historic Landmarks and is a sight of NYC you must see.

Address: 14 E 51st St., New York, NY 10022 - MAP
Phone: (212) 753-2261
Web: www.saintpatrickscathedral.org

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Feast your eyes on a little piece of history at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. This attraction is a collection of architecturally significant buildings from the 19th century and was once a home for sailors. The 83-acre Snug Harbor is comprised of 26 buildings, built in the styles of Greek Revival, Beaux Arts, Italianate and Victorian. This National Historic Landmark District is considered to be the "crown jewel" of Staten Island.

Address: 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10310 - MAP
Phone: (718) 448-2500
Web: www.snug-harbor.org

Socrates Sculpture Park
Fans of art and sculpture will enjoy a stroll through the Socrates Sculpture Park, founded by an American sculptor named Mark di Suvero in 1986. What was once an abandoned landfill is now an outdoor exhibition space for sculpture and large-scale work. The park hosts events and programs like kids workshops, adult workshops, kite making and flying, fitness programs, outdoor cinema, and much more. In addition to encouraging and showcasing the creative expression of the featured artists, the park provides an environment conducive to artists, artwork and social interaction.

Address: 3205 Vernon Blvd., Queens, New York 11106 - MAP
Phone: (718) 956-1819
Web: www.socratessculpturepark.org

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Enjoy the exhibits and attractions at the famous Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The museum is an architectural icon and an esteemed host of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art. The institution presents special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for adults and teens, and tours of the galleries led by expert guides.

Address: 1071 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10128 - MAP
Phone: (212) 423-3500
Web: www.guggenheim.org

South Street Seaport
Explore the South Street Seaport historic area in Manhattan. The Seaport's location is at Pier 17 on the East River, offering views of the river, the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights. The Titanic Memorial Lighthouse marks the entrance to the tourism center the Seaport has become, and is just the beginning of all the attractions to be seen here. The area is the original site of the New York City port, active between 1820 and 1860, and the designated historic district is home to some of the oldest architecture in Manhattan. Sights at the Seaport include original mercantile buildings, renovated ships, the former Fulton Fish Market and a tourist mall equipped with shopping, restaurants and nightlife entertainment.

Address: Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038 - MAP
Phone: (212) 732-8257
Web: www.southstreetseaport.com

Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is the ferry service that runs between Manhattan and Staten Island, and it should be the next stop on your journey through New York City. The ferry departs Manhattan Island from South Ferry at the southernmost part of Manhattan near Battery Park and arrives at the St. George Ferry Terminal near the Richmond County Borough Hall on Staten Island – this is a long way of saying that this ferry ride offers a stunning view of the iconic Lower Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty. Operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and having an on-time performance of over 96 percent makes taking the ferry one of the most reliable forms of mass transit in the city; it is estimated that the ferry carries over 21 million passengers annually.

Address: 1 Bay St., Staten Island, NY 10301 - MAP
Phone: (212) 248-8097
Web: www.siferry.com

Staten Island Zoo
See the animals that make their home at the Staten Island Zoo. The small urban zoo sprawls across eight acres, housing approximately 858 animals from over 222 different species. As you tour the zoo, you'll see exhibits and attractions like the African Savannah at Twilight and its Serpentarium. The Serpentarium is home to one of the largest collections of rattlesnakes in North America. Although the Staten Island Zoo's snake collection creates quite the national buzz, the zoo's most popular resident is Staten Island Chuck, the official Groundhog Day forecaster for New York City.

Address: 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310 - MAP
Phone: (718) 442-3101
Web: www.statenislandzoo.org

The Statue of Liberty
If American pride runs through your veins, then visiting The Statue of Liberty is probably already at the very top of your to-do list. This world-famous landmark and attraction is perhaps the most significant and well-known American symbol aside from the American flag. The National Monument was designed by Frederic Bartholdi as a gift of friendship from the people of France. The Statue of Liberty has served as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy since its dedication in 1886.

Address: Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004 - MAP
Phone: (212) 561-4500
Web: www.nps.gov

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine is the cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The church and must-see attraction is located in Manhattan's Morningside Heights on Amsterdam Avenue, and is the fourth largest Christian church in the world. The cathedral is nicknamed St. John the Unfinished due to it's on-again, off-again construction processes throughout the years from laying down the cornerstone in 1892 until renovations after a 2001 fire were completed in 2008. Former Mayor Ed Koch once said jokingly, "I am told that some of the great cathedrals took over five hundred years to build. But I would like to remind you that we are only in our first hundred years."

Address: 1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025 - MAP
Phone: (212) 932-7347
Web: www.stjohndivine.org

The Cloisters
No trip to the Met is complete without seeing The Cloisters exhibition. The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in Fort Tryon Park and presents art works and architecture from Medieval Europe. The collection at The Cloisters is comprised of about five thousand European medieval works of art, mostly created between the 12th and 15th centuries. Other artifacts and attractions include tapestries, the Cloisters Cross, medieval manuscripts and illuminated books. The landscaping surrounding The Cloisters includes gardens planted according to horticultural information from medieval manuscripts and artifacts.

Address: Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr.,
New York, NY 10040 - MAP
Phone: (212) 923-3700
Web: www.metmuseum.org

The Frick Collection
Enjoy the artworks that comprise The Frick Collection. The collection is housed in the former Henry Clay Frick House, a house that had a reputation for being one of the most opulent houses on Fifth Avenue at a time when the now-famed avenue was abundant with mansions and private clubs.

Address: 1 East 70th St., New York, NY 10021 - MAP
Phone: (212) 288-0700
Web: www.frick.org

The High Line
The High Line is a park on the lower west side of Manhattan. The park is built on a section of the freight railroad that runs 1.45 miles from the Meat Packing District up to 20th Street. After further development, the park will stretch through the neighborhood of Chelsea to the West Side Yard. The park offers attractions and design, garden, family, art and history programs.

Phone: (212) 500-6035
Web: www.thehighline.org

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Visit one of New York City's main attractions, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met is located on the east side of Central Park along Museum Mile, and this 2,000,000-square-foot museum is home to more than two million works of art, divided among 19 curatorial departments. The permanent collection includes pieces from classical antiquity and Ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from many of the European masters and a vast collection of American and modern art – but all of this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exhibits and attractions at this museum.

Address: 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10028 - MAP
Phone: (212) 535-7710
Web: www.metmuseum.org

The New York Botanical Garden
Take a stroll through one of the premier botanical gardens in the nation at The New York Botanical Garden. This gorgeous floral attraction occupies approximately 250 acres of Bronx Park and is home to 50 different gardens and plant collections, and some of the world's leading plant laboratories. Tour the NYBG and see why over 800,000 visitors come to the garden annually.

Address: 2900 Southern Blvd.,Bronx, NY 10458 - MAP
Phone: (718) 817-8700
Web: www.nybg.org

Times Square
Times Square is located in Manhattan and is one of the many symbols of New York City and the United States. ForbesTraveler.com named Times Square the most popular tourist destination in the country. Times Square intersects at Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretches from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. While in New York City, there's no way that you can miss this world-famous attraction.

Web: www.timessquarenyc.org

Trinity Church
Another of New York City's famous landmarks, Trinity Church is a must-see work of architectural beauty. Located at the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway in Manhattan, the historic church and architectural attraction dates back to 1846 and is a part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The church is still operating today, offering a full schedule of prayer and Eucharistic services and hosting weddings and baptisms. Trinity Church also features a museum showcasing the history of the church, changing art, and religious and cultural exhibits.

Address: 74 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006 - MAP
Phone: (212) 602-0800
Web: www.trinitywallstreet.org

Trump International Hotel & Tower
Trump International Hotel & Tower is a skyscraper on Fifth Avenue in NYC, adjacent to Central Park, near the intersection of Broadway and Columbus Circle. As you're taking in the sights of the city, take some time to appreciate the beauty of this 58-story tower, developed by Donald Trump and the Equitable Life Assurance Company.

Address: 845 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 - MAP
Phone: (212) 247-7000
Web: www.trumpintl.com

Union Square
Enjoy the sights and attractions of Union Square, located at the intersection of Broadway and 4th Avenue. The four Zeckendorf Towers mark the eastern side of the square. Union Square South is a mix-use area featuring a kinetic wall sculpture and a digital clock, Metronome. The west side of the park is marked by miscellaneous buildings, one of them being the Decker Building. Union Square is home to famous sculpture art like the equestrian statue of George Washington, the James Fountain, and statues of the Marquis de Lafayette, Abraham Lincoln, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Phone: (212) 460-1200
Web: www.unionsquarenyc.org

United Nations Headquarters
See the stunning architecture of the United Nations Headquarters, located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan. The complex was built in 1950 on land donated by the Rockefeller family and the famous building overlooks the East River on what is considered "international territory." The building is highly identifiable due to the fact that its perimeter fence is lined with flagpoles presenting the flags of all 192 UN member states and the UN flag.

Address: 3 United Nations Plaza, New York, 10017 - MAP
Phone: (212) 963-8687
Web: www.visit.un.org

New York Stock Exchange
The New York Stock Exchange is located at 11 Wall Street in lower Manhattan and is one of the most famous fixtures of the city – making it yet another of New York City's must-see attractions. The NYSE is America's preeminent financial institution and the largest stock exchange in the world. Wall Street runs from Broadway to South Street on the East River. One of the most iconic symbols of Wall Street was the Charging Bull sculpture, but the sculpture has been relocated to Bowling Green. The sculpture represents the bull market economy and market prosperity.

Address: 11 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 - MAP
Phone: (646) 525-3000
Web: www.nyse.com

Washington Square Park
Hang out at one of New York City's best-known parks, Washington Square Park located in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. One of the famed attractions at the park is the Memorial Arch. The arch was built in 1889 to celebrate the centennial of George Washington's inauguration. It was built as a temporary fixture but due to its popularity, it was made permanent in 1892. Another feature is the fountain and wading pool.

Address: 5th Ave., Waverly Pl., W. 4th St. & Macdougal St.,
Manhattan, New York - MAP
Phone: (212) 639-9675
Web: www.nycgovparks.org

Wave Hill
Another of New York City's floral oases, Wave Hill is a 28-acre estate in the Bronx committed to celebrating the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes and exploring human connection to the natural world. The estate includes a public garden, greenhouse and cultural center. As you explore the attractions throughout area, you'll see a perennial flower garden, the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory, pergola and vistas of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades, a wild garden, an aquatic and monocot garden, 10 acres of woodland, and more. The Wave Hill house has been rented by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain.

Address: West 249th St. & Independence Ave., Bronx, NY 10471 - MAP
Phone: (718) 549-3200
Web: www.wavehill.org

Woolworth Building
Check out one of New York City's many architectural attractions when you visit the Woolworth Building, one of the most famous, oldest and tallest buildings in the city. The 57-story National Historic Landmark was built on Broadway in Lower Manhattan and opened in 1913. The building was owned by the Woolworth company for 85 years until 1998 when the building was sold for $155 million.

Address: 233 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 - MAP
Phone: (212) 233-2720
Web: www.en.wikipedia.org

Yankee Stadium
Tour the attraction that is the world-famous Yankee Stadium. Home to Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, the 50,000+ seat stadium boasts a Hard Rock Cafe, a steakhouse called NYY and the Mohegan Sun sports bar. The facility is embellished with hundreds of photographs detailing the history of the Yankees franchise; the exhibition of the photos includes over 2,000 pictures from sources like the Daily News, Getty Images, the Baseball Hall of Fame and Major League Baseball. There's also the Yankees museum on-site, which is a must-see for die-hard sports fans.

Address: 1 East 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451 - MAP
Phone: (718) 293-4300
Web: www.newyork.yankees.mlb.com