New York City Things To Do
Discover exciting entertainment and sporting events at Madison Square Garden. Tour the Art-Deco expanse of Rockefeller Center the historic Statue of Liberty. For fashion and culture, walk down Fifth Avenue and Times Square. With so many incredible things to do in New York City, here are a few "must" attractions that put you in New York state of mind!
Empire State Building -This iconic attraction is the "height" of tourism in Manhattan. A New York City Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, the Empire State Building rises more than a quarter of a mile into the air above the heart of Manhattan.
Located on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the city's bustling streets, is the Observatory, which offers panoramic views from within a glass enclosed pavilion and from the surrounding open-air promenade. For tours and information, visit www.esbnyc.com.
Central Park -A green oasis in the middle of Manhattan Island, New York City's Central Park is an urban sanctuary in the concrete jungle. This spectacular park features 843 acres brimming with classic architecture, gorgeous greenery and modern sports, educational and performance facilities. Central Park is home to the Central Park Lake, Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center, Children's Zoo and many historic attractions, museums, statues, gardens, and restaurants. For more information, visit www.centralparknyc.org/.
Madison Square Garden -For all types of spectacular indoor entertainment, there's no place like Madison Square Garden. Catch non-stop sports action at the home of the NBA's New York Knicks' and the NHL's New York Rangers. Thrill to the hard-driving sounds of top-name rock stars such as Tina Turner. Enjoy the finest family shows like Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. For more information, visit www.thegarden.com.
Times Square -Given an extreme makeover in the 1990s, the century-old Times Square is the epitome of bright lights, big city living. Large neon signs dot this spectacular intersection of commerce (gargantuan name-brand stores like Toys R Us) and theater (Broadway shows are just a few blocks away). How large? The NASDAQ sign is 37-feet high and the largest LED sign in the world. This is a people watcher's paradise-an estimated 26 million annual visitors each year. For more information, visit www.timessquarenyc.org/.
Rockefeller Center -A complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets in New York City, Rockefeller Center is a magnificent Art-Deco oasis, famous for its skating rink and the sky-high Christmas tree that's ceremoniously lit every year. It's also home base for NBC Studios, where the Today show is filmed live, an awesome observation deck, tours and a promenade of superb shops and restaurants. For tours and information, visit www.rockefellercenter.com/home.html.
St. Patrick's Cathedral -Located around the corner from Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States and the seat of the Archbishop of New York. It has been recognized throughout its history as the center of Catholic life in this country. Construction began in 1858 on the current Cathedral. It replaced the original St. Patrick's, which is used today as a
Theater District -New York City's Theater District, revered as the Great White Way, is located between 6th and 8th Avenues and from 53rd to 42nd Streets. Approximately 36 Broadway "houses" reside on NYC's legendary theater row. Off-Broadway theater venues, with 100 to 500 seats, offer an exciting variety of performance styles and subjects. Theaters with fewer than 100 seats are classified as Off-Off Broadway productions, and can be a cool and creative adventure! For information, visit www.ny.com/theater/.
Macy's -Macy's in Manhattan inspired the classic Christmas movie, "Miracle On 34th Street," and continues to inspire shoppers who enter its grand store-a beautiful brick building located on a complete city block bounded by Broadway, 34th Street, 7th Avenue and 35th Street. The world's largest department store, Macy's features almost every national retail item on display. Macy's hosts the annual - and incomparable - Thanksgiving Day Parade! For more information, visit www.macys.com.
Bronx Zoo -With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring more than 4,000 animals, there is no zoo like the Bronx Zoo. Kids and adults will have a field day going nose-to-nose with Western lowland gorillas in the Congo Gorilla Forest, spotting snow leopards in the naturalistic Himalayan Highlands Habitat and experiencing almost an acre of an indoor Asian rain forest. For more information, visit www.bronxzoo.com.
Yankee Stadium -Opened in April 2009, Yankee Stadium is home of the New York Yankees, one of the most successful Major League baseball teams ever. Located in The Bronx in New York City, this cutting-edge ballpark sits across from the old Yankee Stadium, built in 1923. Catch the New York Yankees in their new home, and get into the excitement of baseball's most famous team.
Tour the inside of Yankee Stadium, adorned with hundreds of photographs capturing the history of the Yankees, including Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle The Yankees Museum displays memorabilia, including the "Ball Wall" and a tribute to Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. For game information, visit www.yankees.mlb.com.