New York City is one of my favourite places and whether you are a local or tourist, NYC is teeming with famous museums and landmarks that you should see at least once in your life. From the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty, here are the most iconic New York City attractions that you need to see at least once:
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
If you want to go on the best day trip, make sure that you grab a ferry from Battery Park that will go to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Finding a cruise to the Statue of Liberty is not hard because many companies offer such services. When going to this location, you should expect to undergo a security screening like at airports, so make sure that you carry few items.
One World Observatory
As one of the tallest buildings, this attraction opened its doors to the public in 2015 and started allowing visitors to ride to the summit. With five elevators, also known as Sky Pods, you can climb to the top in just 47 seconds. Three walls of the elevator are covered in floor to ceiling screens showing the development of NYC’s skyline from 1500 to date.
At the top of the observatory, you should go into the Sky Portal to get a unique view of NYC. While viewing the real time footage of New York streets below, you will feel as if you are on top the building.
Empire State Building
This is one of the most famous buildings in the world. You can travel all the way to the top to get a panoramic view of the city. If you go on a clear day, you will see all the way into New Jersey and Coney Island. At the top of the building, there are tall metal screens that make it safe for children to be up there.
The Empire State Building is usually open from morning until 2am. You can see the city from a new point of view if you are willing to keep the kids up late or wake up very early.
This is the most famous bridge in NYC and is known for its outstanding suspension architecture. You can get onto the bridge from any direction on foot, by car or bike. If you need to eat or use the restroom, there are food vendors and restrooms along the way. When walking, make sure that you stay in the pedestrian lane because bikers ride fast. Do not leave your camera behind – trust us, you will want to capture the breathtaking sights.
The High Line
This attraction has been well known since the west side opened in 2009. Each year, the park continues to expand, giving kids more space to run around and enjoy themselves. You will come across many changing tables and elevators with stroller access, making it easier to travel with babies. Under the Standard Hotel, there is an open-air food court where you can dine with your entire family.
This busy station is not just a waiting room for people who are traveling from one place to another. Its iconic starry ceiling and majestic walls are eye-catching even to children. You can try to find many landmarks on a scavenger hunt such as the Grand Central Clock, bronze chandeliers, and the Whispering Gallery.
On the main terminal balcony, you can also find an Apple store if you are looking for an iPad or computer. Finding food at the Grand Station is not hard because you can eat at Shake Shack or Magnolia Bakery when you and the kids feel hungry.