Top 10 Places in New York City

New York is the city that never sleeps. It is impossible to be bored in such a massive place, but make sure you have enough time on your visit to see as much as you can. On my trip there last summer, I only managed to fit in the first four from this list over my two day visit. The rest of the list is on my bucket list for next time, and hopefully on yours as well if you haven’t seen them yet.

1. Rockefeller Centre
For the best views in the city, you can’t beat the top of the Rockefeller Centre. This is an all around amazing experience and the one I most recommend to people planning their upcoming trips.
Rock Rock 1 Rock 3 Rock 22. Times Square
In a way, I was a bit let down by Times Square. It felt like a larger version of Dundas Square in Toronto which I’ve become very used to. I will however give it another go one day. I think next time to enhance the experience, I would love to go without a camera in my hand and instead with a friend by my side, with preferably an unlimited shopping budget 😉
Times Square 1 Times Square
3. Central Park
Again, I found Central Park a bit underwhelming in some respect. From above it is absolutely breathtaking. But when you’re walking through, it can feel like just a park. However, as with Times Square, this is something I would like to give another shot. I think making a day trip out of Central Park would give the best impression since there are so many things to do in the park itself. Personally, I would love to rent a boat! Although hanging out at the Hans Christian Andersen statue is a great place to make some Danish friends!

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4. New York Public Library
I am a huge lover of architecture, so the New York Public Library was a dream! When you’re here, check out all of the details in the marble. Such amazing craft work.

5. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building is of course a New York “must see”. It is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world and one of the buildings New York is famous for. It isn’t called the “Empire State” for nothing.

6. Statue of Liberty
Of course Lady Liberty is one of the top sites to visit in New York. She is a symbol of freedom which was in particular very important for immigrants to see when they began making their way to America to build a better life for themselves and their families. To this day, she stands strong. 

7. Freedom Tower
Freedom Tower of course is what was built after the attacks on the World Trade Centre. It shows that America stands strong and will not be intimidated.
8. 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Along with the Freedom Tower, the 9/11 Memorial was built where the World Trade Centre once stood. You can see the names of the lives lost and send your respects. There is also a museum with different items found on site after the attacks. It is a very touching place that makes you remember just how lucky you really are.

9. The Metropolitan Museum
If art is your thing, visiting the Met will be up your alley. With it’s vast collection, it will be easy for you to lose yourself in the creativity that surrounds you. 
New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Main entrance exterior on Fifth Avenue.. Image shot 2006. Exact date unknown.
10. Broadway
It is a must to check out at least one Broadway show in New York in your lifetime! The experience is one that you will treasure as you get to witness the brilliant acting of some of the best known plays in the world.

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    Ting at My Travel Monkey
    August 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

    NYC, one of my favourite cities in the world. I’ve been twice now and still feel like there is so much to do! You managed to pack a lot in in just two days! Great suggestions and thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

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    Sarah Christie
    August 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Great post, we loved New York it just blew my mind and I cant wait to go back but would love to visit in December and feel the christmas vibe. I loved the summer but feel I want to experience New York in all seasons x

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      Amber Primdahl
      September 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Same! I would love to watch skaters at the Rockefeller Centre 🙂

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    August 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    The Public Library and Broadway are 2 things I haven’t done in NYC. I’m not a fan of theater and musicals so I don’t mind not seeing a Broadway play, but the Library is beautiful! One note though…they didn’t end up naming it Freedom Tower but One World Trade Center!

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      Amber Primdahl
      September 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      I was taken away with the Library! So much beauty! Thanks for the note – I’ll make an edit of that 🙂

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    August 25, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Great list. Hanging out in New York is one of those things that can feel like you’re in a familiar place you’ve never been before. You’ve seen it a thousand times in the movies, you KNOW this place! I love it.

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    Carol Colborn
    August 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Haven’t been to two of these: New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum. Those yellow roses at the 9/11 Memorial andMuseum are a touching tribute.

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      Amber Primdahl
      August 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      I definitely recommend the NYPL for any upcoming trips you may make to New York. I really can’t wait to visit the memorial in person. On my next visit, I refuse to miss out on it!

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    August 5, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I’ve been to NYC so many times and I’ve seen it all…yet, I’d just hop on the plane and visit that fab city again!

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      Amber Primdahl
      August 14, 2015 at 9:54 pm

      I don’t blame you! Have you been there through the different seasons too? Some of the activities must change a fair bit between summer and winter!

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    August 2, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    New York is an amazing city, there is always so much to do!

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      Amber Primdahl
      August 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

      For sure! It’s impossible to think of someone being bored in NYC!

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    travelling chingrita
    August 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

    NYC is my home away from home. Love the hustle and bustle! There’s always so much to do, food to try and things to buy. I’m a big fan of SoHo and LES but you have great tips for those heading to NYC.

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      Amber Primdahl
      August 14, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks! Yes, it was fun to be part of the hustle and bustle while I was there! I really want to check out SoHo for my next trip there! Any recommendations? 🙂

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    Sue Reddel
    August 1, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Perfect list! You’ve covered all the big hot spots. I haven’t been to the library and now I’m adding it to my list on our next visit to NYC. Great photos!

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      Amber Primdahl
      August 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Yes, the library was definitely worth the visit. I would actually visit again because I didn’t have the opportunity to check out as much as I wanted to the first time around!

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    August 1, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I haven’t been to NYC many times, which is ironic considering I live so close to it! I definitely want to go visit the Statue of Liberty the next time I go, though. Crown access must give you a great view of the city.

    I got to go see Spamalot with Tim Curry and David Hyde Pierce in it, which was amazing!

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      Amber Primdahl
      August 14, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      I would also love to check out the crown on my next visit! It would certainly give a different view of the city 🙂
      Oh wow, I love David Hyde Pierce! That must have been an amazing experience!

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    August 1, 2015 at 10:59 am

    As a New Yorker, Times Sq is really a bunch of nothing. Central Park has a great amount of things to do and is a great escape from the concrete jungle. Governors Island is a great place to go giving amazing views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

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      Amber Primdahl
      August 14, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      I’m glad to hear from someone who has a similar opinion to me! haha. I’m always nervous bringing up my feelings of Times Square. I feel like it’s much more exciting for those who aren’t used to “concrete cities” so to speak. I didn’t get the chance to visit Governors Island. I will definitely keep that in mind for next time! Thanks! 🙂

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    July 22, 2015 at 8:08 am

    I loved watching The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway! Did you get to see any musicals while you were there?

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      Amber Primdahl
      July 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Unfortunately I didn’t have the time 🙁 But I was really wanting to see Phantom of the Opera too! Next time 🙂

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