New York City has always been a home away from home for us with a ton of things to do. New York City is known for its impact on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, technology and entertainment. Described by some as the cultural capital of the world, NYC has so much to offer newcomers as well as regulars. For those of you who have yet to discover New York City, this list of 20 fun things to do in New York City through the eyes of Instagram, can be a great starting point. Be sure to check out this list of things to do in NYC and be sure to check them off your to-do list when visiting.
1) Central Park
From 59th-110th street between 5th and 8th ave lays one of the most iconic NYC sights. In that beautiful 843 acres of land there is so much to see and do, from jogging through the park to taking a guided bike tour, seeing the lakes, theaters, ice rinks, fountains, tennis courts, baseball fields, and many playgrounds. It is also home to the Central Park Zoo and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This NYC staple is a must see when visiting the big apple!
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2) Empire State Building
Being carried up 1,050 feet in the air by an elevator, taking you to the 86th floor of one of the seven wonders of the modern world. The Empire state building which is located on the at the intersection of fifth ave and west 34th street, was built in 1929 and is thought of to be an American cultural icon. Everyone should have the chance to gaze at the 360-degree view of the city from the top of the Empire State building.
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3) Statue of Liberty
The statue of liberty was a gift from France to the United States in 1886 and was the first sight to millions of immigrants upon their arrival into the USA. The statue of Liberty is not only an unbelievable New York attraction, but it is more importantly an icon of freedom!
Catch a ferry located in Battery Park to visit the 46-meter high statue on Liberty Island.
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4) American Museum of Natural History
The American museum of natural history is located on the upper west side of Manhattan and is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world. The museum has the most unreal collections containing over 130 million specimens! Everything from Dinosaur bones, human origins to the Cape York meteorite. This museum is one of the most fascinating places to visit in New York City.
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5) Times Square
Times square is definitely the most recognizable New York City attraction. How can you miss those huge neon signs, the billboards and especially the advertisements on every product imaginable! The world’s famous New Years Eve “ball dropping” Location is at the heart of New York’s Broadway district, right at the intersection of Broadway and 7th avenue.
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6) Ground Zero
Destroyed in the infamous terrorist attack of September 11th, the World Trade Center towers were located at what is now known as Ground Zero. Millions of people have come to pay tribute to this historically significant and emotional NYC attraction every year. Ground zero is located in lower Manhattan on Liberty and Church Street for people to come pay their respects and see the progress of the reconstruction.
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7) Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden is a world famous multi-purpose indoor arena located between 7th and 8th avenue from 31st to 33rd streets. Madison Square Garden is the home to teams such as the New York Knicks, Rangers and Golden blades.
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8) Rockefeller Center
Built by the Rockefeller family during the great depression and located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, the Rockefeller center is an Art Deco New York City landmark known for some of the most popular events in the city! The center features 19 commercial buildings and covers about 22 acres of land. Rockefeller center is a beautiful attraction all year long, the center is known for events such as the famous Christmas tree lighting, and everyone’s favorite ice skating rink! Be sure to check out the Top of the rock observation deck for a magnificent view of the big city!
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9) Central Park Zoo
For a family friendly activity perfect for both children and adults alike, the central park zoo located near the southeast corner of Central park, is the perfect way to spend an afternoon hanging out with the exotic monkeys, reptiles, even polar bears and penguins!
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10) FAO Schwarz
This world famous toy store can potentially make a child’s dream come true! You can spend hours exploring an unbelievable collection of toys for every age group at this must see destination in the city. Check out the oldest toy store in the United States located at 767 5th Avenue.
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11) Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue is one of the most well known streets in the world, known for it’s prestigious shops and astonishing cost of retail space.
In fact, Forbes magazine ranked Fifth Avenue as being the most expensive street in the world! This historic street includes remarkable museums, parks, businesses, stores and astonishing luxury apartments.
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12) Grand Central Station
One of New York Cities most iconic buildings, Grand Central station recently celebrated its 100th year, Opening its doors on February 1st 1913. Grand Central is known to be one of the busiest terminals in the country with ore than 700000 people every day! This historic train station has 44 platforms and 67 tracks, more than any other in the world!
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13) The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
The Museum of Modern Art (The MoMA) is located in Midtown Manhattan, and was the first museum devoted to the modern era. The MoMA is known to be one of the most important museums of its kind in the world. New York’s celebrated family, the Rockefeller’s were mainly responsible for the wonderful creation of the Museum of Modern Art.
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14) Radio City Music Hall
The Radio City Music Hall, home to the Rockettes, is an entertainment venue located in Rockefeller Center. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is the venues annual Christmas production, which has been an NYC tradition since 1933.
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15) Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
Get up close and personal with 225 life-like stars and icons at Madame Tusseaud’s New York City wax museum. The five-story museum gives you the ultimate celebrity experience in the heart of Times Square on 42nd street between 7th and 8th.
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16) Broadway Shows
New York city is known for the breathtaking Broadway and off Broadway shows this talented city has to offer. With dozens of productions going on every day, there is always something for everyone!
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17) New York Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden of NYC was one of the initial Botanical Gardens in the United States. Located on Southern Boulevard in The Bronx, the spectacular 250 acres of space includes 50 different gardens and plant collections.
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18) St.Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral lies in the midst of the hectic Rockefeller Center, on the east side of Fifth Avenue. The remarkable St. Patrick’s is the biggest cathedral in the United States, and leaves you absolutely speechless weather you are religious or just interested in the fascinating architecture of the 203-year-old cathedral.
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19) Coney Island
If you are visiting in the summer time, don’t miss a trip to the infamous Coney Island for the enjoyable restaurants, incredible amusement parks, and a relaxing lounge by the ocean and seaside resorts.
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20) Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge connects the great boroughs of Manhattan to Brooklyn. Pass by New York’s most famous route by walking, biking, driving or just admiring the oldest suspension bridges in the United States.
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