New York City is widely known as the “City that Never Sleeps” . No matter what time it is, you can find an endless possibility of activities and sites to fill up your day. While that makes it an amazing place to visit, it also makes it impossibly difficult to figure out what to put on (and leave off) your itinerary. To help you, here’s our list of five places you should stop by on your next trip.
The High Line
You can take the High Line from Manhattan’s West Side, and start walking the path from any one of 15 entrance points along the track. The Line was originally an elevated railroad track that was constructed in the early 1900’s but sat abandoned since 1980. It was revitalized into a beautiful, 1.45-mile-long park by the Friends of the High Line, and is now open to the public for everyone to enjoy. Take a relaxing morning walk and enjoy the view along the way. There are also some great local bites in the area when you need a break from walking!
Most people in the world have heard of Central Park, and that by itself is reason enough to check it out. Set in the middle of Manhattan, it’s the first built public park and most visited urban park in the United States, as well as one of the most filmed locations in the world. The park is always busy, filled with musicians and athletes and people just enjoying the scenery. If you have kids, there are 21 official playgrounds for them to enjoy, aside from the Central Park Carousel, Central Park Zoo, and Wollman Rink. If you happen to be there in the summertime, you might even be able to catch a production of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
While you’re strolling along the fringes of Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, you won’t be able to miss the Met. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as “the Met” by locals, is the largest art museum in the United States and the third most visited art museum in the world. It has special exhibitions that come and go, so you’ll want to check their website to see which exhibits will be set up during your visit. Even without the special exhibits, the museum’s permanent collection has over two million works from all around the world and from the ancient past to the present. The Met has two other, smaller locations as well: The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park if you have a special interest in Medieval Europe, and Met Breuer that focuses on modern and contemporary art.
Times Square and Broadway
If it’s your first time visiting New York City, Times Square is the ultimate tourist destination and truly encapsulates the city’s energy. Located in Midtown Manhattan, it’s the site of the famous New Years Eve ball drop tradition and is considered one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas. Times Square is best seen at night, when it’s being lit up by giant billboards at every turn. There are plenty of places to shop and of course, go for entertainment. Times Square is one of the hubs of the Broadway Theater District, where you can take your pick of numerous renowned plays and musicals to watch. The only caveat is that you’ll probably want to buy tickets in advance if you’re planning to see a popular show.
One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial
One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the United States and is located in Lower Manhattan. You can ride 102 stories to the top of the skyscraper where you’ll reach One World Observatory, a place where you can view New York City from above. One WTC was built right next to Ground Zero of the original World Trade Center site, which has now been turned into a memorial that you can visit to commemorate those who were lost in the tragedy of 9/11.