What to see in New York: main attractions and places not to be missed

A trip to New York City is a unique and unforgettable experience. With popular attractions like Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and Yankee Stadium to name but a few, the city of NY holds more attractions concentrated in one area than any other place on earth.

New York City pulsates with irrepressible energy, and each of its five boroughs offers plenty to see and do, great restaurants, popular cultural spots and unforgettable activities.

It is the most visited city in the United States and like ancient Rome, it proudly displays its symbols of power.

What to see in New York

Here are the main and most famous New York attractions that absolutely deserve to be visited. If you can see at least 10 of these places, surely you can be more than satisfied with your trip or vacation to New York.

Central Park

What to see in New York: main attractions and places not to be missed
Central Park - New York - Photo da Pixy

Central Park is a large green park in the heart of Manhattan surrounded by skyscrapers. Designed by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, Central Park is home to 843 acres of verdant views. The best way to see it all? By bike, along its well-marked paths, ranging from 2 to 10 km.

Empire State Building

The majestic architecture of the Empire State Building rivals the neighbor Chrysler Building for being the most eye-catching building in New York, and is the second tallest skyscraper in the city, after Freedom tower.

The view over the city from the 86th floor observatory is breathtaking. To avoid the crowds, it is best to visit early in the morning and buy the online ticket to reduce waiting times for entry.

Grand Central Terminal

What to see in New York: main attractions and places not to be missed
Grand Central Terminal to New York – Photo by Pixabay

This historic and vibrant station is a temple to New York's illustrious past. For more than a hundred years, this transit center has funneled thousands of commuters (over 700.000 per day) through its expansive halls.

The terminal is a sight for its architecture and functionality.

Among the main features and symbols: the vaulted ceiling, the constellation that adorns it and the four-sided clock, made of opal, at the top of the main information booth.

Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge is an elegant reminder of New York's history of architectural innovation. When it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was an engineering miracle.

It was the first structure to cross the East River and was the longest suspension bridge in the world for many years.

Now, it attracts thousands of tourists and locals, who enjoy spectacular views of Lower Manhattan and other city landmarks (such as the Statue of Liberty and Governors Island).

Statue of Liberty

What to see in New York: main attractions and places not to be missed
Statue of Liberty in New York - Image from Pixabay

The Statue of Liberty is not just a New York attraction, but the symbol of the city. Perhaps no other attraction in the world is as iconic as the Statue of Liberty. To avoid the crowds to take the ferry, book a full tour first, ferry + visit.

The Statue of Liberty still welcomes the millions of visitors who visit the city every year.

One World Observatory

Located between the 100th and 102nd floors of the tallest building of the Western Hemisphere, this new observation deck can be reached in just 60 seconds via a series of super-fast elevators.

These indoor 'Sky Pods' offer virtual images, recreated thanks to the LEDs covering the walls from floor to ceiling, showing a video of the city and the history of its construction. Once at the top, the video concludes, the elevator doors open to offer the public a stunning 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Il Metropolitan Museum of Art it is the largest museum in New York and one of the largest in the world, one of the few places in the city where you can literally spend an entire day and only be able to see a small part of the museum.

Behind the doors of its iconic neoclassical facade are 17 collections of works spanning countless eras and cultural perspectives, from prehistoric Egyptian artifacts to contemporary photography.


It is the only elevated park in New York and is one of the most popular destinations in Manhattan. It is easy to see why it is one of the main attractions of the city. The High Line is a section of the elevated railway that has been abandoned since 1980.

This area has been re-evaluated, becoming a beautiful green space. This linear park of over 2km runs from Hudson Yards to the north of Chelsea. Today it is an urban playground decorated with flowers and plants, offering New Yorkers and tourists some of the best views of New York.

Theater District

Theater District is the theater district of New York. Each year, around 13 million residents and tourists take part in the shows staged at one of Broadway's 40 theaters.

Most of the city's theaters are located in this neighborhood located between 41st Street at 52nd Street and Sixth Avenue at Eighth Avenue. Each season offers a new wave of megamusicals, plays and revivals.

Chrysler Building

What to see in New York: main attractions and places not to be missed
Chrysler Building

This glittering pinnacle can be regarded as one of New York's most jaw-dropping art deco skyscrapers. The triangle-shaped windows in its crown are filled with lights, creating a beautiful effect at night. It is certainly the most loved skyscraper by New Yorkers, for its romantic charm.

Memorial and Museum of 9/11

The Memorial and Museum of 9/11 consists of 2 twin reflecting pools, designed by Michael Arad, as a solemn reminder of the victims and all that was lost during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

In the footsteps where the Twin Towers once stood, the largest artificial waterfalls in North America are created, the bottom of which seems almost impossible to see.

Rockefeller Center

You'll find plenty of iconic NYC sites in this 19-building complex, including the Radio City Music Hall and the GE Building, the heart of Rockefeller Center with its own Top of the Rock, an observation point, which rivals the Empire State Building, for the best panoramic view of the city. At their feet one of the best known skating rinks in the world.

Times Square

What to see in New York: main attractions and places not to be missed
Times Square – New York –

Times Square is the heart of Manhattan: It was once the vice center of the city, teeming with sex shops and drug dealers. Over time, its reputation has changed, as has its facade, becoming the best-known tourist and shopping center in the city.

Other places to see in New York

New York also offers many other attractions. For those who have a little more time to dedicate to visiting this wonderful city, we recommend these following places and destinations to be included, if possible, in your itinerary.

  • Madison Square Garden
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • Brooklyn flea
  • Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
  • Chelsea Market
  • Brooklyn Heights and Brooklyn Promenade
  • Macy’s Herald Square
  • Coney Island Cyclone
  • Staten island ferry
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Yankee Stadium
  • Roosevelt Island
  • Flatiron Building
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
What to see in New York: main attractions and places not to be missed
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