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What To See In NYC

New York City is one of the most amazing places on the planet and soaking it all in during one trip can be difficult. There are so many different things that you can do that it can be quite overwhelming. Here are some of the things our team here at New York Gates recommends you do when visiting New York City. 

What to See in NYC

Is this your first time visiting New York City? If so, ignore all of those trendy websites claiming you don’t need to see the big tourist attractions. While the best way to experience the city is by simply experiencing it, you should still check out some of the world-famous attractions. They are world-famous after all! Here are some spots in New York City you HAVE to check out:

The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of not just New York but all of the United States of America. Fortunately, there are many different ways you can experience the Lady of Liberty. However, nothing can beat the experience of visiting Liberty Island and experiencing the legendary statue up close. 

If you’re not interested in spending most of the day on the island, you can also get great views of the statue with boat rides on the Hudson. These rides often strategically place you in areas where you can get the best view possible. There are also observational decks around the city that can provide you with an amazing view. 

Observation Decks

Speaking of observational decks, these are a great way to get a birds-eye view of the city. This is considered a must since New York has one of if not the most famous skyline in the entire world. The three main observational deks everyone talks about are: Top of the Rock, the Empire State Building, and the One World Observatory. 

Doing all three of these isn’t worth the time or money as it can be quite redundant after a while. While each will give you a different view of the city, doing one will give you the experience you’re looking for. We recommend doing some further research to ensure you go to the deck that will offer you the experience you’re looking for. 


This should come as no surprise but we HIGHLY recommend visiting Broadway at least once during your trip. The Theater District is home to over 40 Broadway theaters, which is why New York offers some of the best live theater on the planet. You don’t even need to go to a show to get the experience of walking down the street. 

With that being said, going to a show can be a magical experience. Whether it’s a new musical, the latest smash-hit, or the long-running classic, seeing a Broadway show transports you out of your seat and into a new reality. That’s the magic of Broadway! There are also Broadway tours that allow you to step into the world of NYC’s Theater District. 

Central Park

One thing you should know is that New York is quite prone to bad weather, rain, and even snow depending on the time of year. This means you should try to save your visit to Central Park for a nicer day. 

Take a stroll through The Ramble, pay tribute at Strawberry Fields, go skating at Wollman Rink, picnic in Sheep’s Meadow — you have plenty of options, and you’ll see other New Yorkers out here doing the same. Visiting Central Park is a great way to get a glimpse of authentic NYC life. This is because unlike other tourist destinations, actual New Yorkers often frequent Central Park. 

Little Italy and Chinatown

Part of what makes New York City so special is the diversity; there’s arguably no place in the city to experience the diversity more than Little Italy and Chinatown. Best of all, these two different neighborhoods are right next to each other, meaning you can spend one day visiting both. 

Little Italy is world-famous for its endless options of pasta, pizza, and pastries plus a few annual celebrations that bring the neighborhood to life. Chinatown is also world-famous for its shopping, Chinese food, and the city feel within a city. You can get a taste of each of these in under an hour or you can spend an entire day in each. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Commonly referred to as the Met, you have to visit one of the world’s most prestigious museums when you visit New York. It’s the largest art museum in the United States and among the top-visited museums in the world. The permanent collection alone has over 2 million works.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is also conveniently located at Central Park, so it’s near another must-visit attraction on this list. Best of all, the entry price for the Met is pay-what-you-will so you won’t have to worry about a visit to the Met breaking your budget. 

Spend a Day on the Town

While visiting all the tourist destinations is fun and worth it, we highly recommend spending at least one day simply walking around the city and taking it all in. You can spend a day visiting some smaller coffee shops, bagel shops, or delis. All of these tiny shops make New York as great as it is. 

We also recommend soaking in the amazing shopping venues that New York is famous for. Whether it’s a high-end designer store or a mom-and-pop boutique, there is a seemingly endless amount of places to shop at. The nightlife in the city is amazing as well if that’s something you are interested in. 

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