The most popular tourist attractions in New York City. Most of these sites are famous the world over and all are great places to visit in the Big Apple.
These are the most visited tourist attractions in New York City. Most of these places are also some of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States and the world. I was born in New York and have lived most of my life in the New York City area. I've been to all of these sites many times and never get tired of visiting them.
A couple of these sites are are not in New York City itself but can be reached by car, train or bus and are visited by millions of people each year from the city.
Most Visited Tourist Attractions in New York City
1. Times Square
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Hundreds of millions of people and tourists visit Times Square every year. It is one of the most well known and photographed places in the world. Times Square is probably most famous as the center of the most popular New Year's Eve celebration in the world. Many TV shows including live shows originate from the Times Square area.
2. Niagara Falls
OK, Niagara Falls is not exactly in the New York City area but it is just a 1/2 day's drive away in New York State. And it is well worth a visit by anyone traveling to New York, as the mighty Niagara River tumbles in fantastic fashion over the Niagara escarpment. Did you know they light Niagara Falls up at night in spectacular fashion? They do and have been since the 1800's and it's a great sight to see. Niagara Falls is one of the most well known and popular tourist attractions in the world.
3. Delaware Water Gap
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The Delaware Water Gap is roughly one hour trip due west of New York City along Interstate 80. Over 5 million people a year stop and visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Park every year. The Water Gap itself is a beautiful sight to behold and drive through. If you have time stop and hike along the trail to the top of Mount Tammany for truly fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and Delaware River. The Appalachian Trail goes right through the heart of the Delaware Water Gap. I have hiked to the top of Mount Tammany countless times and spent many an hour sitting on the rocks at the top admiring the fantastic views and contemplating the world.
4. Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Located along Central Park in Upper Manhattan the Metropolitan Museum of Art or Met is home o over 2 million works of art including works by just about any famous artist you can think of. Over 4.5 million people a year visit the Met. I have been many times and each time I always see something new.
5. American Museum of Natural History
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The American Museum of Natural History is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in Theodore Roosevelt Park and attracts over 4 millions visitors per year. Your mind and the mind's of your kids will absolutely be expanded and enriched by seeing all the magnificent world history displays in the museum's 45 exhibit halls. From dinosaur fossils and skeletons to meteorites and space exploration the American Museum of Natural History has it all. I love visiting this place and have since I was a kid.
6. Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a great sight to behold and a symbol of all that is good and right about America. We are a vast melting pot where everyone regardless of race, color or creed should be welcome which is what makes America so unique and great in world history. The Statue of Liberty lies on an island in New York Harbor and can be visited by ferry from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan or Liberty Park in New Jersey.
7. Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center is located in midtown Manhattan in an area that stretches from 48th to 51st Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues. Most people recognize Rockefeller Center for it famous skating rink and statues. Many TV's shows originate in the area and almost everyone who grows up in the New York Area has been to Radio City Music Hall to see a show especially at Christmas time.
8. Empire State Building
No other building symbolizes New York City as does its tallest building the Empire State Building located in midtown Manhattan. No tourist trip to New York City is complete without a visit to one of the sky-decks for a great view of the city and surrounding areas.
9. Central Park
Located in Upper Manhattan, Central Park is the most visited city park in the world. Central Park has many statues, ponds, walking paths, a zoo and even a castle. But most people just like to visit on sunny days and hang out on the green or take a jog or just stroll through the park.
10. Yankee Stadium
Some 3 to 4 million people a year travel to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to watch the New York Yankees play.
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