The Most Popular Things to Do in New York

A trip to New York is never dull. With plenty of things to do and see, from parks to museums to theater, it might be hard to decide what to do first. One of the most popular things to do in New York City is go to Times Square, where dining, shopping and entertainment options abound. Plan to spend a day touring the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. An afternoon at the Empire State Building is also a must for any first-time visitor to New York. For sightseeing in a less densely crowded environment, hit the famous Central Park.

Central Park

In the heart of Manhattan, Central Park attracts millions of visitors each year and spans 843 acres of lawns, woodlands and water bodies. Tour the Harlem Meer and the Conservatory Garden, see Seneca Village and the Belvedere Castle on Vista Rock, and journey through the park's waterways and vistas. Play baseball, ride bikes, bird watch, or sit back and enjoy the scenery. Central Park is bounded by 59th Street, 110th Street, Central Park West and Fifth Avenue.

Central Park Conservancy

14 E. 60th Street

New York, NY 10022


Empire State Building

Since construction began on the Empire State Building in 1930, the building has been a staple in U.S. history. It has been an official national historic landmark since 1986. A popular destination for tourists, the Empire State Building is 1,453 feet tall and has 102 floors. On a clear day, visitors can see up to 80 miles in the distance. The Empire State Building is at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street.

Empire State Building

350 Fifth Ave

Ste. 300

New York, NY 10118


Statue of Liberty

Designated as a national monument in 1924, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are must-see stops for New York City tourists from around the globe. Ferries to the islands depart from New Jersey and New York, and Statue Cruises offers official tours of Liberty Island and Ellis Island.

Statue of Liberty National Monument

Liberty Island

New York, NY 10004


Times Square

One of the most concentrated marketplaces in New York City, Times Square is located around 42nd Street on Manhattan's West Side. Its first-class lodging, five-star dining, shopping and entertainment offer something for everyone. First-time visitors can stop by the Times Square Visitor Center at the Embassy Movie Theatre, on Seventh Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets, to sign up for sightseeing tours, buy Broadway show tickets, or get brochures on other popular things to do in New York City.

Times Square Alliance

1560 Broadway

Suite 800

New York, NY 10036