New York City: What to do as a tourist
The districts Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhatten together form the City known as New York City. Manhatten seems to be the most interesting district for Tourists, as it is here, where you will find the most sights. New York City is one of the biggest cities in the United States and has over 8 Million inhabitants. This metropolis doesnt only offer a variety of sights, but also great opportunities for shopping and an incredible choice of different restaurants.
Big brands seem to be a lot cheaper in the United States then they are on this side of the Atlantic. Also remember when shopping in New York City or anywhere in the United States that all prices are shown without tax! New York City isÂ often timesÂ used as a starting point for a trip through the United States.
Find out what you can do within this wonderful city we call the “Big Apple”:
Empire State Building
The skyline of New York City is dominated by the Empire State Building, which, since 9/11, is once again the tallest building in the City, with a height of 443m. Approx. 3 Million tourists yearly visit the Empire State Building but beware the queues! You can expect long queues and waiting periods of 1 hour or more. You will find there are 73 elevators which bring you to the observation deck of this 102 story high building. Once at the top you will be rewarded with an amazing view over the entire city and on some sunny days even beyond!
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty or Lady Liberty as she is often called symbolizes freedom, independence but also hope. She was a gift from the French to the Americans for their 100th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and Inaugurated on 28 October 1886.
The 7 rays on her crown represent the number of oceans and the 25 holes below, the crown jewels. Her left hand holds a stone tablet with the Declaration of Independence engraved on it and in her raised right hand she holds the gilded torch, the sign of enlightenment. One foot of the Statue of Liberty stands on broken chains, symbolizing the end of slavery.
Itâ€™s well worth your time, if you head up into “her head”, as you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the skyline of New York City. (The Statue is now closed for about a year for renovations)
Visit Times Square
Any tourist visiting New York City will undoubtedly stop by the Times Square. The name Times Square derives from New York Times Newspaper, who had their Headquarters in this square. This particular intersection screams â€œThe Big Appleâ€ and one of the benefits of the Times Square, is you donâ€™t even need any money to experience it. The theatre district of New York City, which is often referred to as the “Crossroads of the World” is brightly lit at night with neon signs and ginormous television screens.
Times Square is vibrant and full of energy day and night and thus is the ideal place to experience the lively atmosphere of New York’s streets. The Times Square attracts about 30 million tourists every year and the constant crowds and traffic may be intimidating, but thanks to the large space, it is also an excellent place to spend New Years Eve and celebrate New Year with about half a million other people!
The Broadway, the most famous and longest street in New York City starts at the tip of Manhatten (near Battery park) and extends its way diagonally over 20km to the north and intersects with Times Square. Broadway is synonymous with theatre, so why not commit yourself to one evening at a great show? There are plenty to choose from and they vary with every season, so you will find something to your taste.
A Helicopter Tour
Take to the skies of Manhatten with an exciting Helicopter Tour over New York City. Although not exactly cheap it is money well spent. It is the ideal way of taking in the entire city and without a doubt an awesome experience.
While “only” 12-Minutes of flight time, it is an impressive way of seeing New York City. Take in the fabulous view of Manhatten, the New York financial district, Central Park and Ground Zero. You also get to see the magnificent Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from a bird’s eye view! How cool is that?
Regardless if you are visiting New York City for the first time or the 50th time. A Helicopter Tour over New York City is always something amazing and will stay burnt in your Memory forever.
Stroll Through Central Park
“the Green lungs of the City” extends from Midtown to Harlem (59th to the 110th street) in Manhatten. The New Yorker will find every imaginable recreational opportunity within this huge park. From cycling and skating to bowling and boating and thats just for athletes. Families can visit the two zoos in the southern Fifth Avenue, or take a picnic. In the summer , many concerts, usually free, are held in Central park too. A Popular attraction is the Carousel at 64th Street. In New York Cityâ€™s Central Park you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, even if its just for a short while.
When you are planning a city break to New York City, its best to make a list of the things you really want to see and do, since the choices are endless!!!