Top places to visit after moving to New York City
One thing is for sure; there is no other place in the world quite like New York City. Commonly referred to as the “City that never sleeps”, New York City is filled with must-see destinations, great restaurants, cultural hot spots, unforgettable activities, and who can forget those breathtaking skyscrapers. The city is comprised of five boroughs, each containing its equal share of endless things to do. If you just moved to New York City and wish to get better acquainted, chances are you won’t know where to start. Of course, all of NYC gems are worth a visit, respectively, but to get you started, we have compiled a list of top places to visit after moving to New York City.
- Times Square
At the top of our list with flashing neon lights and giant digital billboards, the most visited spot in New York City, is the unforgettable Times Square. The square is a major tourist attraction, best known for its many entertainment options and spectacular Broadway shows. From big-budget musicals with Hollywood stars to everything in between, there is something for everyone.
- Empire State Building
Located in Midtown Manhattan, this 102-floor skyscraper offers remarkable views from its open-air observatory. Take in some of New York’s most breathtaking views and fascinating architecture when you visit this famous landmark.
- Rockefeller Center
This iconic 22-acre has it all. An enormous skating rink, Christmas tree during the winter months, and lot of stores and restaurants. This Midtown area is one of the most congested, but well worth the experience. Spend an afternoon observing the city from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck and catch a performance at Radio City Music Hall at night.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
The largest museum in United States and most visited in the world, the Met offers more than 2 million works of art spanning over 5,000 years. The museum’s collection contains works from every part of the world, spanning the Stone Age to the twentieth century.
- American Museum of Natural History
Next up on the list of top places to visit after moving to New York City is the largest natural history museum in the world! Four city blocks make up American Museum of Natural History. American Museum of Natural History features more than 30 million artifacts of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, meteorites, and human remains.
- The Bronx Zoo
265 acres of more than 4,000 animals and re-created habitats from around the world make up The Bronx Zoo, wildlife conservatory in New York City’s borough of Bronx. The largest metropolitan animal park in the country, The Bronx Zoo houses everything from a gorilla forest to butterfly garden.
- Central Park
One of the most filmed locations in the world, Central Park is one of New York City’s finest gems. Set in the middle of bustling Manhattan, you can come here to picnic, bike, or just enjoy the greenery.
- 9/11 Memorial
Finished just in time for the 10th anniversary of 9/11, these 30-foot waterfalls sit on the footprint where the Twin Towers once stood. Each pool is nearly an acre in size and said to be the largest man-made waterfalls in North America.
- Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
A gift to the United States from the French and the first glimpse of America for millions of immigrants coming to America is the Statue of Liberty. This 111-foot monument is much more than a tourist attraction and is filled with historic artifacts. Not to mention breathtaking views. The neighboring Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration displays numerous galleries containing artifacts, photographs, and taped oral histories.
- Brooklyn Botanical Garden
This 52-acre park features an extensive collection including 13 gardens and 5 conservatories. One of its major highlights is the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and the Shakespeare Garden.
- Brooklyn Bridge
One of New York’s most recognized landmarks, the Brooklyn Bridge stretches over the East River, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn. One of the oldest bridges of its kind in United States, Brooklyn Bridge was the first steel-wire suspension bridge constructed. 24-hour access allows you to take in the views of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty at any time of the day.
- Metropolitan Opera House
Metropolitan Opera House is a spectacular place to experience opera and ballet, located on Broadway at Lincoln Square in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Considered one of the most technologically advanced stages in the world, this grand space hosts the Metropolitan Opera from September to May. In spring, the Met is home to American Ballet Theatre, which presents full-length classic story ballets.
- Grand Central Terminal
The world’s largest and the nation’s busiest railway station, Grand Central Terminal is one of the most magnificent, public places to visit in New York City. With intricate designs both on its inside and outside, Grand Central Terminal boasts a breathtaking main concourse that is 200 feet long, 120 feet wide, and 120 feet high.
- Fifth Avenue
Known as the Holy Grail of shopping, stretching from 34th street to 59th, alongside 5th Ave, is home to some of the best high-end shopping in the world. For beautiful storefront displays and an unforgettable shopping experience, Fifth Avenue is a must place to visit.
- The High Line
The High Line is a 1.45-mile long park that opened to the public in 2009. Built entirely on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad. The park’s attractions include views of the city and the Hudson River. The High Line also hosts cultural attractions of temporary installations and performances of various kinds.
- Hudson River Park
This strip of Waterfront Park offers breathtaking views of the Hudson River and New Jersey all the while you take a walk, bike or skate.