things to do in new york: tourist destinations

because there are so many things to do in NYC i’ll have to break them into categories. first would be tourist destinations. these are iconic places that are quintessentially new york.

1. statue of liberty – of course, who would miss the statue of liberty. you have to go to the southend of manhattan to see the statue of liberty.

statue of liberty from battery park

statue of liberty from battery park

ways to see the statue:

  • battery park – you can see the statue of liberty from afar in battery park. this is what i did because i was not keen on taking a cruise.
  • staten island ferry – the closest and cheapest way to see lady liberty. you have to take a ferry to get closer to the statue of liberty, that’s the only way and the staten island ferry is free but you have to get off at staten island and then line up again to ride the ferry back.
  • cruises – there are several statue of liberty cruises that you can avail, some even involves a cruise around the island of manhattan. just google it up and see which suits your needs best.

2. empire state building – you cannot evade the long queue, that’s already a given. early in the morning like 8 ish is still manageable. this was the time i got there. lucky me i woke up early and decided to go there already. or from what i’ve read you can go there really late at night. but they say the best time to go there is during sundown so you can see the sunset and when the skyline turns dark and the city lights go up of course this is the peak hour as well. there are two lines, first is the security check and the second one for the tickets. get yours from smart destinations. in most places, even if you have bought a ticket you still need to line up to get your actual ticket. the empire state ticket of smart destinations already gives you a bar code which already serves as the entrance ticket.

empire state building

empire state building

3. central park – it’s been in so many movies and tv series that one cannot miss central park. it’s humongous! 840 acres!!! one day is not enough for this so you have to choose spots you want to see.

central park

central park

4. grand central terminal – for me this is an nyc icon. it’s gorgeous inside and clean haha which is so not new york. i dunno but for me seeing the grand central terminal was a must.

grand central terminal

grand central terminal

5. top of the rock – if you want an alternative to the empire state building this is a safer bet. the place is more organized, there are windows or schedules on when you can go up. the best tip i can give is go there very early to get the time slot you want. i am not sure if you can choose actually or you will automatically be given the next available time slot. i remember i went at around 4PM and the next available slot was already at 7PM. i think that going up here at night is better because you can take a picture of the empire state building at night. plus it’s nestled in rockefeller center so you can go around and take pictures of radio city and nbc studios.

empire state from top of the rock

empire state from top of the rock

6. times square – ok aside from the duffy square and its famous red stairs, i wasn’t really keen on being in times square. and when i got there i was just overwhelmed with the amount of people. but you know it’s inevitable one way or the other you will end up in times square…i liked the huge walgreens though haha.

times square

times square

did i miss out on anything? oh yeah maybe madison square garden, madison square park, washington square park, world trade center, wall st. and the famous bull, city hall, brooklyn bridge, yankee stadium, flushing meadows (US Open)…whew the list could go on. i think this would really depend on what matters to you and what’s in your bucket list ;).

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