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Local Area Attractions

Welcome to New York! Enjoy your time while in the Big Apple! There are many attractions for you to enjoy during your downtime. We have provided a short list of ideas, get to exploring!

Explore Times Square

Times Square

Madame Tussauds
A staple of Times Square since 2000, Madame Tussauds embodies the "Crossroads of the World" through its museum-style encounters with life-like wax figures of A-list celebrities, sports legends, and political figures.

The Ride
An interactive tour that incorporates performance aspects, sets New York City as a backdrop for their theatrical, hi-tech introduction to New York City.

Hard Rock Cafe
An interactive tour that incorporates performance aspects, sets New York City as a backdrop for their theatrical, hi-tech introduction to New York City.

Restaurant Row
Restaurant Row - an authentic Times Square and New York institution. On two city blocks (46th Street between Broadway and 9th Avenue), you can enjoy cuisine from all over the world, sample the styles of celebrity chefs, and join Broadway stars at some of their favorite haunts.

Dining options abound in this pleasant corner of the neighborhood. Take in a French feast at Le Rivage, a beer at House of Brews, or Spanish favorites Mason Sevilla. Glimpse the history of the neighborhood at Barbetta, which is almost as old as Times Square itself. The restaurant celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006, and is still owned by the family who opened its doors just three years after New Yorkers rode their first subway car.

These are just a few of the more than 20 options available on this two-block stretch, where you can experience the diversity, history and innovation of New York's dining scene in the heart of the city, Times Square.

Empire State Building Observatory Empire State Building Observatory
The Empire State Building, named after New York States nickname, was the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1972, when the first World Trade Center building was completed. One of the most popular tourist destinations in New York City, it has been visited by over 110 million people since its completion. The best observation deck is on the 86th floor, where you can see a breath-taking 360-degree view of the city. There is also a much smaller observation deck on the 102nd floor, though it may be closed on days with lots of visitors. The Empire State Building is located at 350 5th Avenue.
Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France in 1886 as a token of friendship between the two countries. Admission to Liberty State Park is free but you have to take a ferry to get Liberty Island where the statue is located. There are several tours available so make sure to check out what each one includes before getting a ticket.
Central Park Central Park
Central Park is not only New York’s most famous; it is also the most visited park in America. Park Drive, a 6-mile loop around the park is a great place to talk a walk, jog, or bicycle ride. Other facilities at the park include tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, and Lasker Rink, an ice skating rink which doubles as a swimming pool in the summertime. Warmer weather is also synonymous with free open-air concerts in the park’s Public Theater. Central Park’s zoo and 21 playgrounds make it a popular spot for parents to bring their children. The park is located between West 59th (AKA Central Park South) and West 110th (AKA Central Park North) streets, and Fifth Avenue on the East.
Bronx Zoo Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo is a world-renowned zoo and, at 265 acres, is the largest metropolitan zoo in the US. Popular features are the Wild Asia monorail that goes through the section with Asian animals, an indoor exhibit on tropical rain forest plants and animals, the Congo Gorilla Forest, butterfly gardens, and the World of Darkness, where you can see bats, caimans, and other nocturnal creatures. Other zoo highlights include watching the penguins being fed and watching zoo keepers give the Siberian Tigers their daily checkup. The Bronx Zoo is the headquarters of the Wildlife Conservation Society and is located at 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx Park.
Staten Island Ferry Staten Island Ferry
Known as ‘the best bargain in New York’, the Staten Island Ferry is free. A great tip for budget travelers in NYC, it’s a 25 minute boat ride between Manhattan and Staten Island. It offers great views of the lower Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty. You can also bring your bicycle onboard at no extra charge. Boats depart from the southern tip of Manhattan at South Ferry, near Whitewall Street, where you can also catch a ferry to Liberty Island. To get to South Ferry, take the 1 to South Ferry, the N, R, or W to Whitehall Street-South Ferry, or the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green.
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is one of the most famous botanical gardens in the world and there are tons of things to keep you occupied at this 52-acre wonderland. Highlights include 200 Asian cherry trees (they bloom in early spring), the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, a rose garden, an herb garden, and the Children’s garden. From children to seniors, there is something for everyone at the BBG. Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is located at 1000 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn.