What Are Some Popular Things to Do When on Vacation in New York City?


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Popular things to do when on vacation in New York City include visiting iconic landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, the 9/11 Memorial and Times Square; touring famous buildings including the Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral; and spending time in the city's renowned museums, such as the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Popular parks include Central Park, Bryant Park and the High Line.

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A visit to the Statue of Liberty typically involves a ferry ride from Lower Manhattan to Liberty Island and a return trip via Ellis Island, the historic gateway to the United States for many immigrants. The Empire State Building Experience takes at least an hour, and it may take longer if visiting the main deck and top deck. The admission price includes a handheld multi-media tour guide. The building stays open from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m. allowing night views across the city, as of 2015.

Grand Central Station opens from 5:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and offers free guided tours on Wednesdays and Fridays. The station's shops and restaurants have shorter opening hours. The website offers itineraries for self-guided tours.

The Empire State Building Experience website offers a Discover New York planning tool with a map showing the locations of the city's main tourist attractions. Some visitors purchase CityPasses to enjoy savings off admission prices to the top New York City attractions.

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