New York City Tourist “Top 12” Iconic Attractions & Landmark List by NYCTourist.com
New York City has many many iconic attractions and landmarks for its visitors to see, so NYCTourist.com has put together a map and list of the top 12 most iconic attractions and landmarks to visit. From exploring a museum, towering over the city in the Empire State Building, or walking around Central Park there is something for everyone to enjoy.
American Museum of Natural History-One of the worlds most famous museum, located across from Central Park, holding 45 permanent exhibits and occupies over 1,600,000 square feet. Providing an educational experience for all ages, it is sure to be a fun visit for anyone.
Metropolitan Museum of Art- The largest art museum in the nation, its permanent collection holds over two million pieces of work. The museum also has temporary collections for viewing year round, and here you will see some of the worlds most significant art pieces.
Central Park- Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1962, Central park has become a staple in Manhattan. The park spans over 840 acres of land, and is managed and beautifully maintained by the Central Park Conservatory. Central park is home to many activities with more than 21 playgrounds, 58 miles of pedestrian path, concerts and more. We suggest riding in a horsedrawn carriage and visiting the Central Park Zoo.
Rockefeller Center/Top of The Rock- Rockefeller Center was built in 1939 by John D. Rockefeller, spanning 22 acres and home to 19 commercial buildings. You can visit the Top of The Rock and see panoramic views of New York City.
Times Square- The main hub of Manhattan, Times Square is where all the action is at. Home to Broadway theater District, and the worlds major entertainment industry, Times Square is often considered one of the Nation's most visited attractions.
Grand Central Station- Named the greatest and largest Railway station on Earth, Grand Central Station is definitely one of New York City’s most iconic landmarks. Currently a commuter railroad terminal it was once an intercity terminal located at Park Avenue and 42nd street.
Madison Square Garden- A multi-purpose indoor arena, hosting some of the largest sporting events and concerts. Madison Square Garden has events running all year round for guests to enjoy, including the NY Knicks and the NY Rangers.
Empire State Building- Formerly the tallest building in New York City at 103 stories tall, it is named one of the seven wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Ground Zero & 9/11 Memorial- A day American’s will never forget, come see the site of the former World Trade Center towers, now named Ground Zero. The 9/11 memorial is still currently being built, housing two square pools in the places where the twin towers once stood. Visitors can come to pay respect and honor the lives of American heros.
Wall Street- Located in the Financial District, Wall Street is 7 blocks long and known for the New York Stock Exchange, which is the world's largest stock exchange. Visitors can also see historical landmarks such as Federal Hall and Trinity Church.
Statue of Liberty- Catch a ferry from Battery Park and visit the Statue of Liberty, given to America by the people of France, signifying freedom and democracy. Towering at over 151 feet tall, Lady Liberty has stood tall since 1886.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum- The nation's first federal immigration center in 1892, Ellis Island is now an immigration museum. Here you can learn about american immigration, see artifact, and also research your own family history. Become a piece of History and see if your name is on the wall of over 7000,000 names, if it isn’t be sure and add it as it will remain as long as the monument stands.
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