New York Activities

TripWhat's travel guide to New York; our list of the best attractions, including Yankee Stadium Tours, Times Square and Empire State Building.
  • The best activities in New York: Yankee Stadium Tours

    Yankee Stadium Tours

    880 River Ave
    Home of the New York Yankees baseball team [6]. The old Yankee Stadium, "The House That Ruth Built", is no longer in use, and is now replaced by the new Yankee Stadium next door. The Stadium has strict security policies, and as such backpacks and camcorders are not allowed inside (only bags under 14" permitted). Monument Park pays homage to the great, Yankee legends of baseball, and is located behind center field. Monument park officially closes 45 minutes before game time, but is oftentimes closed sooner if the crowds are large enough. If visiting Monument park is a priority, best bet is to arrive close to when the gates open. It is served by the B, D & 4 at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium and the Metro-North Station at 153rd Street-Yankee Stadium. You can also take a stadium tour for $20.
    High Bridge food nearby
  • Times Square is a major commercial intersection in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Times Square – iconified as "The Crossroads of the World", "The Center of the Universe", and the "The Great White Way" - is the brightly illuminated hub of the Broadway theater district, one of the world's busiest pedestrian intersections, and a major center of the world's entertainment industry.
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  • Empire State Building

    Empire State Building

    350 5th Ave
    $23 adults, $20 seniors (62+), $17 children (6-12), free for military in full uniform/children under 5 (tickets to 102nd floor observatory are $17 extra and only sold at ticket office; express line tickets also sold). A legend from the moment it was finished in 1931, the Empire State Building was easily the tallest building not just in New York, but the entire world for many years before being overtaken by another New York landmark - the twin towers of the World Trade Center. With the destruction of those two buildings, the Empire State Building was once again the tallest building in the city, but that lasted less than eleven years. Even as the second-tallest building, though, it remains iconic, and one of the city's biggest tourist attractions. Expect long lines, and a lot of them - you'll have to wait in line to pass through a security checkpoint, wait in line to get tickets, wait in line for the elevators, and then make your way through the crowd on the outdoor observation deck on the 86th floor. One way to deal with the lines is to buy an express line ticket, which will bring you to the front of any line, but it will more than double the cost of your ticket. Another option is to visit very early in the day or late in the evening, when the lines will be considerably shorter. Despite the long lines and inevitable tourist kitsch, the views are excellent and the experience of being outdoors on top of New York City is a great one. Note that hawkers outside the building may try to tell you there is a very long line inside and that they can get you tickets to cut the line for some exorbitant price; before believing them, go inside and check the actual wait time which is clearly written on the electronic boards.
    Garment District restaurants nearby
  • Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty

    Statue of Liberty National Monument is a national monument comprising Liberty Island and Ellis Island. It includes the Statue of Liberty, situated on Liberty Island, and the former immigration depot on Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886. The immigration station at Ellis Island opened in 1892 and closed in 1954.
    Liberty Park food nearby
  • Rockefeller Center

    Rockefeller Center

    30 Rockefeller Plz
    The Christmas Tree, the Skating Rink, NBC studios, the shops and hubbub - you can't miss it. The Christmas Tree and the Skating Rink are naturally not year round, but in the summer, the complex is a hub for touristy operations. Within the striking Art Deco buildings of the complex are several dining establishments overlooking the area and many stores. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave (between 50th and 51st Sts), ☎ +1 212 307-7171. Daily 11:30AM–6PM. See the Rockettes, another show, or just tour the famous Art Deco masterpiece.Top of the Rock Observation Deck, W 50th St (between 5th and 6th Aves), ☎ +1 212 698-2000, e-mail: info@topoftherocknyc.com. Daily 8:30AM-midnight, last elevator at 11PM. $25 adults, $23 seniors, $16 children. On the 70th floor of the GE Building (better known by some as "30 Rock") is this narrow observation deck, built to resemble the deck of a cruise ship. The deck affords uninterrupted views over Central Park to the north and across Midtown to the south.
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  • Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Pkwy
    W 11AM-6PM, Th-F 11AM-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM. Suggested contribution $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children under 12. Housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, the Brooklyn is the 2nd largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the USA. Its world-renowned permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renovated subway station, the museum is part of a complex of 19th century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo. On the first Saturday of each month, the museum is open until 11PM with free admission and special events.
    Fort Green restaurants nearby
  • BAM Harvey Theatre

    BAM Harvey Theatre

    651 Fulton Street
    A good cinema in an old opera hall. Films shown are in between arthouse and mainstream.
    Fort Green food nearby
  • The New York Aquarium

    The New York Aquarium

    Surf Ave & W 8th St
    95 children 3-12, free for children under 3.
    Gravesend-Sheepshead Bay eat nearby
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    1000 Washington Ave
    Tu-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4:30PM. $8 adults, $4 seniors 65+ and students with ID 12+, free for children under 12. The garden is 52 acres and the layout was well planned. It is definitely worth a visit. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1910 and open to the public since 1911. The garden includes an authentic Japanese garden, a Children's Garden, and the Cranford Rose Garden. The garden has the largest cherry blossom trees in one place outside of Japan. There are 42 gorgeous varieties. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts various festivities throughout the year, including Hanami Sakura in May and the Chile Pepper Festival in October.
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  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

    Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

    28 East 20th Street
    Tu-Sa 9AM-5PM, closed Federal holidays. $3 adults, children under 16 free, guided tours available. A designated National Historic Site, Roosevelt lived at this site from his birth in 1858 until the age of 14 years. The building is not the original - that was demolished in 1916 - but a reconstruction erected by admirers only three years later in 1919 after Roosevelt's death, and subsequently furnished with many of the original fittings and memorabilia of the 26th US President by Roosevelt's wife and sisters.
    Chelsea food nearby
  • Federal Hall

    Federal Hall

    26 Wall St
    On this site on April 30, 1789, George Washington stood on a balcony overlooking Wall Street and was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. The old building on the site had been used as New York's city hall and had hosted some of the first congregations of the colonies in the lead-up to the American Revolution, such as the Stamp Act Congress. After the revolution the building, now Federal Hall, briefly housed Congress, the Supreme Court, and Executive Branch offices before the national capital moved to Philadelphia. The current building dates to 1842 and was used first as a Customs House, then later the US Sub-Treasury (millions of dollars of gold and silver were kept in the basement vaults). Today the building is maintained by the National Park Service as a museum dedicated to the history of the site. Guided tours of the building are available, or you can just walk in and look up at the rotunda and view some of the artifacts, such as the bible Washington used in his inauguration ceremony.
    Financial District eat nearby
  • Grand Central Terminal

    Grand Central Terminal

    42nd St
    Walk in and see the main concourse, a cavernous room often filled with people and elegantly detailed, with arched windows, a lovely clock, and an astronomical ceiling.
    Midtown restaurants nearby
  • Music Hall of Williamsburg

    Music Hall of Williamsburg

    66 N 6th St
    Door times usually at 8PM.. Hosts larger indie rock concerts for the 18+ crowd. 600-person capacity.
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  • Museum of the Moving Image

    Museum of the Moving Image

    3601 35th Ave
    Tu-Th 10:30AM-5PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, Sa-Su 10:30AM-7PM. $12 adults, $9 seniors/college students, $6 children 3-18, free children under 3.
    Astoria-Long Island City eat nearby
  • Rubin Museum Of Art

    Rubin Museum Of Art

    150 W 17th St
    Mo 11AM – 5PM, Tu: Closed, We: 11AM – 7PM, Th: 11AM – 5PM, Fr: 11AM – 10PM, Sa and Su: 11AM – 6PM. Adults - $10, Seniors, Students - $5, Children (12 and younger) - free, Free for all Fr 6 – 10PM. Art of the Himalayas.
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  • Queens Museum of Art

    Queens Museum of Art

    NYC BuildingFlushing Meadows Corona Park
    Suggested donation $5 adults, $2.50 seniors/children, free for children under 5. A visual arts center featuring the Panorama of New York City; a large architectural scale model NYC.
    Flushing food nearby
  • New York Transit Museum

    New York Transit Museum

    Boerum Pl and Schermerhorn St
    Tu–F 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su Noon-5PM, closed Mondays and major holidays. $5 adults, $3 children (3–17) and seniors (62+). Seniors free on Wednesdays. A self supporting arm of the MTA, it is housed in the Subway's former Court Street Station, on a spur line from the current A and C lines. Closed to passengers in 1946, it was reopened in 1976 as the New York Transit Exhibit and was popular enough to be made permanent. The museum is made up of two underground levels: the Mezzanine, which hosts exhibits on the construction of the subway, surface transportation in New York, fare collection and rotating exhibits on various transit-related subjects; and the station platform, which houses about 20 retired subway cars dating as far back as 1903 and a working signal tower. The museum sponsors events throughout the year, including simple art projects, walking tours on the subway, and rides on the museums' fleet of retired trains. There is also an annex of the museum in Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Lincoln Square 13 Cinema

    Lincoln Square 13 Cinema

    1998 Broadway
    First showings begin around noon, last showings begin around 11PM. $12-$16. A multiplex two blocks from Lincoln Center, showing major, first-run films on 13 screens. It also contains an IMAX cinema showing mainstream feature films.
    Upper West Side restaurants nearby
  • Museum of Modern Art

    Museum of Modern Art

    11 W 53rd St
    Sa-M,W-Th 10:30AM-5:30PM, F 10:30AM-8PM, closed Tu. $20 adults, $16 seniors, $12 students, free for children under 16. Free admission for all on Fridays 4PM-8PM. One of the greatest and most popular collections of modern art, on a par with the Tate Modern in London or Paris's Centre Georges Pompidou. Exceedingly popular so be warned: queues for tickets start early and stretch long. To avoid the crowds, turn up at the door at least a half hour before opening, then take the elevator to the top floor and work your way down. The building is as much a draw as the outstanding collection; possessing arguably the best collection of modern masterpieces world-wide, MoMA houses important art works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Salvador Dalí, Paul Cézanne, Frida Kahlo, Piet Mondrian, and works by leading American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close. MoMA also holds renowned art photography and design collections.
    Midtown food nearby
  • Madison Square Garden

    Madison Square Garden

    4 Pennsylvania Plaza
    Box office: M-F 9AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-6PM; if event takes place outside regular hours, box office opens at least 1 hour before event start until 1 hour after event start. One of the world's most famous and busiest arenas, Madison Square Garden is home to the New York Rangers [1] NHL team, the New York Knicks [2] NBA team, the New York Liberty [3] WNBA team, and the St. John's Red Storm [4] college men's basketball team, as well as numerous concerts and entertainment events. In addition to most St. John's home games, the Garden also hosts three major college men's basketball events each year. At the start of the season, the Garden hosts the semifinals and finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off [5], a prestigious early-season event operated by the country's main college sports body, the NCAA. After the regular season, the Garden then hosts the Big East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament [6] in early March, which determines the conference's automatic representative in the wildly popular NCAA tournament. Finally, in late March, the Garden hosts the semifinals and finals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) [7], a tournament that the NCAA operates as something of a consolation prize for teams that do not make the NCAA tournament.
    Chelsea eat nearby
  • P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

    P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center

    22-25 Jackson Ave
    1 Contemporary Art Center (MoMA PS1), 22-25 Jackson Ave, ☎ +1 718 784-2084. Th-M noon-6PM. Suggested admission $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Supported by the Museum of Modern Art, this innovative (and cheap) contemporary art museum is in a former public school building. The conversion left most of the original features of the school - the large ex-classrooms are perfect for installations - and the bathrooms are a blast from the past. P.S.1 is a few blocks south on Jackson Avenue from the Citibank tower; the entrance is a concrete slab (how fitting) which occludes view of the school itself. P.S.1 also has a nice cafe and outdoor seats where every able-bodied New Yorker can enjoy a smoke.
    Sunny Side restaurants nearby
  • Governors Island

    Governors Island

    ferries depart from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street
    Open seasonally; W-Th guided tours take place at 10AM and 1PM, F ferries leave every hour 10AM-3PM, Sa-Su ferries leave every hour 10AM-5PM, from Brooklyn ferries leave every 20 minutes. Free. Governors Island has a long military history, home to headquarters and military posts of the United States Army from 1794 until 1966, then a complex for the U.S. Coast Guard before becoming a historic district open to tours.
    Financial District food nearby
  • African Burial Ground National Monument

    African Burial Ground National Monument

    290 Broadway, 1st floor
    Visitor Center: Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM except Federal holidays; Memorial: Daily 9AM-5PM except Federal holidays. Free. For most of the 18th century, Africans in New York City were buried in a graveyard outside the city. The graveyard was eventually forgotten and was rediscovered in 1991. This museum and memorial site commemorate the estimated 15,000 Africans that were interred on the site of the memorial. Note that the museum is located inside of a Federal building so airport-style security should be expected.
    Financial District eat nearby
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    945 Madison Ave
    W-Th,Sa-Su 11AM-6PM, F 1PM-9PM, closed M-Tu. $18 adults (26-61), $12 seniors (62+)/students/young adults (19-25), free for children 18 and under. Pay what you wish on F 6PM-9PM. Founded in 1931, the Whitney Museum is known for displaying contemporary American art even more up-to-date than the Museum of Modern Art. It is most famous for its long-standing tradition of hosting a biennial art show that displays many lesser-known artists new to the American art scene.
    Central Park restaurants nearby
  • American Museum of Natural History

    American Museum of Natural History

    79th St and Central Park West
    Pay-what-you-wish (suggested admission $16 adults, $12 seniors/students, $9 children); special exhibitions cost extra. Holding a remarkably large collection, each of the 5 floors of this massive building has expansive and well-designed exhibits devoted to astronomy, biology, geology, anthropology, climatology, and paleontology. You will want to allow a full day if you hope to see the entirety of the museum. Some of the highlights are the Rose Center for Earth and Space on the northeast corner of the building, which contains a seven-story glass cube holding the Hayden Planetarium, a huge sphere suspended above the exhibit halls below and holding a "cosmic pathway" exhibit; the numerous habitat diorama halls on the first, second and third floors, with recreations of African, Asian, North American, and ocean plants and animals, including a full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended above the Ocean Life Hall; a Hall of Minerals and Gems, which contains many rare and beautiful specimens, including the largest star sapphire in the world and a chunk of a massive meteorite; extensive anthropology halls on the first, second, and third floors, with exhibits devoted to people of Asia, Africa, Central America, the Pacific, and Native Americans; and the natural history halls on the fourth floor, with one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.
    Central Park food nearby
  • Discovery Times Square

    Discovery Times Square

    New York Times Bldg226 W 44th St
    Discovery Times Square Exposition is an exhibition hall that caters to traveling exhibitions that are deemed "too large, too expensive, too nondisciplinary or too commercial" for local museums. Discovery TSX has been home to Harry Potter: The Exhibition, CSI: The Experience, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, King Tut NYC: Return of the King, and Pompeii the Exhibit.
    Chelsea eat nearby
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