Top 10 New York Attractions

New York Helicopter Tour   Statue of Liberty & Downtown

A top 10 of New York attractions comes in handy when preparing your city trip. So much to do, so many places to visit in New York, and so little time! To help you get going you’ll find my top 10 attractions in New York below. Also download my app where you can find maps, walking routes, personal tips and more. My example itineraries will help you to plan out your days. And on the daily updated calendar, you’ll find all the events taking place during your stay.

  1. Top 10 in New York - Discount PassesDiscount Pass for New York

    It’s not a specific attraction, but still my number 1 tip for New York: a discount pass! There are several discount passes, two options are the Sightseeing Day Pass and the New York Pass. Both passes are very easy to use and can save a lot of time and money. But which pass should you choose?

    Discover all the discount passes for New York

  2. Top 10 in New York - HelicopterHelicopter Flight above Manhattan

    If you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and see Manhattan from above, you should take a helicopter tour! For around £158 you’ll fly above the Big Apple, for around 12-15 minutes and see the city’s highlights from a different perspective.

    Read all about the different helicopter tours in New York

  3. Top 10 in New York - SummitSUMMIT Observation Deck

    Of course, a Top 10 for New York wouldn’t be complete without an observation deck! In addition to the wonderful views of Manhattan, Summit One Vanderbilt offers a special audiovisual experience.

    Book tickets for the SUMMIT Observation Deck

  4. Top 10 in New York - YankeesVisiting a New York Yankees Game (baseball)

    New York is a city with a lot of sports events. If you want to visit an exciting game then I suggest you go to a New York Yankees game. It’s important that you have good seats, but these needn’t be expensive.

    Find out how to get great tickets at great prices

  5. Top 10 in New York - Hop on Hop off BusHop on Hop off Bus Tour

    When you’re in New York for the first time and want to get to know the city, the best way is to take a Hop on Hop off Bus tour. I recommend the tours on the first day (or two) of your trip and just enjoying the ride, that way you get to see everything!

    Buy tickets for the Hop on Hop off Bus Tour

  6. Top 10 in New York - Circle LineCircle Line: Best of NYC Cruise (2.5 hrs)

    A relaxing, fun way to enjoy Manhattan is by boat. There are a number of boat tours available; the best value being the Circle Line: Best of NYC Cruise, which takes 2.5 hours.

    For more information and tickets click here

  7. Top 10 in New York - BroadwayBroadway Musical

    A Broadway musical should also not be missing from your planning. The shows that are performed in the theatres around Times Square are all world-class. There’s a musical for everyone. Go for a classic like The Lion King or choose one of the new shows!

    Choose your favourite musical here and buy tickets

  8. Top 10 in New York - 9/11 Museum9/11 Museum

    The 9/11 Museum commemorates the events surrounding the attacks of 11 September 2001 and honours the victims, survivors and aid workers. It’s an impressive museum that, despite the sad subject, I recommend everyone to visit.

    9/11 Museum tickets are available here

  9. Top 10 in New York - WoodburyOutlet Shopping at Woodbury

    Shop ’til you drop at one of the best outlets in New York. Reserve your seat on the bus and you can lean back for a relaxing ride to this shopping paradise, where you can find outlet stores from almost all major brands.

    Buy bus tickets to the outlet here

  10. Top 10 in New York - ToursTours in New York

    Complete your visit to New York with one or more tours to better get to know the city. Expert guides tell you everything about a specific part of the city, from the best pizzas to gospel services and from famous movie locations to the trendiest rooftop bars.

    See all tours in New York here

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Hey there, I'm Eric! I'm a true New York fan with over 20 years of experience visiting and living in NYC. Here on my website, I share all my tips and valuable information to help you make the most of your trip. I personally test and regularly re-test everything on my site to ensure that what I write is useful, honest, and always up-to-date.
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