NYC Attractions

If you have any plans on traveling to the Big Apple in the near future, you will want to consider visiting these great NYC attractions. There are some that you would expect to see on the list and perhaps a few you would not. But, overall, this is a collection of Five of the Best NYC attractions that you and your family can enjoy!

  1. Top of the Rock! Everyone who goes to NYC wants to visit the Empire State Building. It’s a neat place to visit, but if you really want to see a cool building, visit Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.

    The building is located in Mid-Town Manhattan and offers 3 floors at the top of the building which are an absolute experience.When you arrive you be able to watch a great movie about the building of the structure and you can even get your photo taken in a “high rise” scene. Once you board the elevator, you will enjoy a unique multi-media presentation, making this the “best elevator ride in NYC”. Once you exit the elevator you will have fun with the moving lights in the ceiling of lower observation floor (that’s all I can tell you as it is pretty cool). The observation deck is actually 3 different stories. And, best of all, the 360-degree view is not limited because the decks are surrounded by plexiglass! Since the plexiglass is specially designed, it will not interfere with your photos. Top of the Rock is a great attraction to visit, so be sure you go here when in NYC. You will be impressed!
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  3. Statue of Liberty- You would have to be crazy to visit NYC and not take in the Statue of Liberty (and Ellis Island).  There is so much history behind Lady Liberty. The statue is comprised of 31 tons of copper and 125 tons of steel. These stats pale in comparison to the 54 million pounds of concrete in the base. regardless of how you look at it, the Statue of Liberty is quite a site. Here is a brief paragraph from the National Park Service:
    “The story of the Statue of Liberty is a story of change. The people of France gave the Statue to the people of the United States over one hundred years ago in recognition of a friendship established during the American Revolution. Over the years, the meanings of the Statue have grown until she has become an international icon of freedom and liberty, the most recognizable symbol of democracy in the world. The idea of the Statue originated around 1865 with Edouard de Laboulaye who saw the United States as a country that had proved that democracy was a viable type of government- after all they had just survived a Civil War and abolished slavery. De Laboulaye also saw the gift as a way to reflect his wish for a democracy in France.  Artist Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, who was known for large-scale work, was commissioned to design this sculpture. Nothing happened for some time, but finally (in 1874) Bartholdi came to the United States to look for a location for his monument. He saw Bedloe’s Island from his ship as he sailed into the New York Harbor, and realized it would be a perfect location – since here his statue would always have an audience.”
    Rising high above New York Harbor, this monument stands as a beacon to all who see her and was a symbol of hope for those who entered our country, especially through Ellis Island.

  4. Times Square is a real treat for families. Known best for its celebration to bring in the New Year each December 31-January 1, Times Square is a very exciting place to visit all year long. Centered around Broadway Street, which runs mostly north to south in Manhattan, the whole area is a beehive of activity all day (and night) long. Visitors can shop in a variety of stores (music, sports, toys, …), stay in a hotel, eat in a restaurants, or people watch. Street vendors of all kinds dot the area, and since you are so close to many of the most popular Broadway Theaters, you can purchase discount show tickets on the square as well. Times Square contributes greatly to the notion that NYC is the “City that never Sleeps”. On every side you can see illuminated billboards, each adding to the electric atmosphere you experience when you visit. The lights can be seen from miles away, but are best seen (outside of the area) from Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building observation decks.
  5. Ellis Island-I know, we sort of cheated by adding these as two separate sites, but that is exactly what they are. Ellis Island is important no only because of the amazing history that is here, it is also the pride that was taken to restore this great historical monument. like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island is located in the harbor. In fact, you can purchase a ticket that includes both attractions. There are many which do this, but you can go here to get your discounted tickets.
    From 1892 to 1954 over 12 million people entered the US through Ellis Island. The site was originally only a few acres in area before being built up through land-fill additions over time. The real treat here, though, is the discovery  of real people who found a new life in the US as they passed through Ellis on their way to America.
    Ellis Island is a very important historic site and should be on everyone’s list of places to visit when in NYC. You can visit through either the Battery Park area of Lower Manhattan or from the New Jersey side. The NJ side is normally much easier line-wise, but there are fewer ferries during much of the year.

  6. Broadway Plays are a must on any trip to the Big Apple. There are as many different plays as there are tastes, so you are sure to find something that fits your appetite. For families, the Disney Play “The Lion King” is a real favorite for kids. For those who are a little bit older, the “Phantom of the Opera” or “Mamma Mia” are a real hit and are sure to please. Another fan favorite is “Wicked” the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz”.
    Regardless of what play you choose, you will be delighted at what you see. Most of the plays have a long-standing history, so there is no need to worry about not being able to see one of them. But, if you want to be sure to get the tickets you want, be sure to purchase ahead of time as many plays sell out days in advance. You can get your Broadway Tickets Here.