New York Sightseeing

Location: New York, USA

On your visit to New York there is so much to see and do I thought I would put together this list of places that I think you absolutely shouldn't miss. This list contains a variety of different places. Some are big attractions that you may already know about and some are slightly smaller but still totally unmissable. 
Here I have pin pointed all of the places that you must see when you're in New York. On this map while I was visiting I found it supper easy to know where I was heading by marking out the places. 
Brooklyn Bridge 
Brooklyn bridge is one of them things that you have to see for yourself. It doesn't look like anything too special until you're walking along it and can see it in all its beauty. It isn't the easiest of places to visit as it's so far out from everything else but it's worth the visit. 
The best time to visit would be in the early morning or early evening to avoid the crowds. I visited late morning and although I could walk easily it was quite crowded. Whilst walking along the bridge it is also shared with bikes so you have to be careful to keep to the right hand side. 
At the start of the bridge (Manhattan side) you will find some small stools selling your usual souvenirs at half the price of the gift shops. 
Seaglass Carousel
Before I visited New York I didn't know about this really unusual carousel. It is located at the bottom of Manhattan in Battery park. The carousel is made up of all different colours of sea glass and is unlike any other you have ever seen.
The tickets to ride the carousel are $5 and its sure to be a hit with the children.
You can visit their website to find out the opening times Here.

Statue Of Liberty And Ellis Island 
I had such a fun day visiting the Statue of liberty. The whole experience is one that I will never forget. I defiantly recommend visiting on your visit to New York.
The statue liberty may be at the bottom of the Islands but its worth the trip down to the bottom. You are best to buy your tickets online first as it does get pretty booked up and you don't want to miss out. I thought that it was quite big until we where standing next to lady liberty herself and you can see how huge she really is.
You can also visit Ellis Island which was huge when we got off of the boat. There are buildings all over the Island full of museums containing facts, photos and artefacts from when this Island was used as an immigration centre.
You can buy your tickets online Here.
Charging Bull
In the whole of the city this must seem like one of the smallest things to mention but you really do have to see it for yourself. If your already planning a visit to the Statue of liberty it won't be to far out of your way to walk up the road and see this famous statue. 
I luckily managed to get a shot of this without anyone hanging onto its horns. People where also rubbing it for good luck. 
9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 memorial ground zero is a part of the city that we wanted to visit to pay our respects.The picture does not do it justice just how large each pool is. Around the edge you can read the names of each person who tragically lost their lives and its a lovely tribute to the sad event that rocked the whole city. 

Top Of The Rock
I loved Top of the Rock. I would say if you're visiting and want to go up somewhere to get that amazing view then this is the building to visit. With a view Uptown and Downtown the views are breathtaking and unlike anything you have ever experienced before. 
Also visit their website to purchase your tickets in advance Here.
St Patricks Cathedral
Not normally one to visit churches but when I read that this was supposed to be a spectacular church I had to pay it a visit on my root. The outside is huge, by far one of the biggest churches I had ever seen and I suppose it has to be big to fit in with all the skyscrapers of the city. 
Inside the church it could seat hundreds of people and the ceiling was spectacular. You don't have to stay for a service but it was amazing just popping my heads inside for a quick look at the architecture. 

Lincoln Centre
The Lincoln centre is home to Dance, Music, Opera and Theatre. I didn't watch anything on your visit but one hotel was close by that I go the chance to have a walk over and see it for myself. In the grounds there are several buildings to explore and a couple of places to eat swell as a fountain which is lit up at night. 
Visit their website to book tickets Here.
Grand Central Station 
Grand Central station will probably already be on your list but it was even bigger and even better then I thought it was going to be. The ceiling was beautifully painted with massive windows and a giant american flag. 
Even if your not getting a train have a pop there just to see what it's really like for yourself. Downstairs you will find toilets and eating areas. 

If your trip to New York includes shopping then Macys should be top of your list. The worlds largest store and I can see why. This is like a shopping heaven where you can buy anything you want they have it all. From your top designer brands to the macys own gift/souvenir shop.
Visit their website to check out what you want before you arrive Here.
Empire State Building
Visiting the Empire State building is an experience that we will never forget. The Empire State building offers amazing unobstructed views of Downtown Manhattan and in the other direction you can see the Chrysler building. Its also a great way to see the Flatiron building. 
Visit their website to pre book your tickets Here.
You can also check out what colour it is going to be for the upcoming month and view previous colours Here.

Bethesda Terrance and Fountain 
If you're a Gossip Girl fan like us me you may have seen this before. Because of Gossip Girl I was so excited to visit and see for myself. 
This terrace was absolutely beautiful and the fountain equally as pretty. In the better weather you can sit and relax on the edge of the fountain seating or take the wait off your feet on the steps of the terrace and admit the views. Its worth a walk to see this in Central park and by far my favourite thing to see.

Roosevelt Island Tram
This was something that I didn't know much about and was excited to see what it was like. To get from Manhattan upper east side over to Roosevelt Island it only took about 8 minutes. The tram itself was quite large and held a big crowd of people with a few seats each end and the rest was standing room.
Over on Roosevelt Island you forget your in New York as it's so peaceful and a very relaxing place to visit. I didn't see and shops so it would be best to take your own food and drink. 
There was a little information shop which also sold some small souvenirs. 
If you have a subway card you can use it to ride the tram for free. If not, it's only a couple of dollars. 
Times Square
When I first visited Times Square on our trip it was during the day and it was amazing but nothing until I returned at night and I saw all of the lights and people everywhere. At night is when it was truly magical and nothing like we've ever seen before. 
For your first time visit Times Square we would recommend going at night, it like it comes to life when its dark. 
Although I loved Times Square I enjoyed shopping at other locations due to the crowds. I love Sephora but the one located in Times Square was just too busy to move let alone look around.
Trump Towers
I visited this last minute and the inside was insane. After going through security you are greeted by a waterfall 5 floors high. The whole buildings interior is the most gold you have ever seen and mirrors everywhere. 
Its worth a visit to see it for yourself.
Friends Building
Probably not on everyones list but it was on mine. It may just be a building but it's a building thats been on everyones screens and I was so excited to finally see it. When I arrived to see it you could straight away tell which building it was with the crowd of people standing looking up at it and taking photos. 
If you're a 'Friends' fan just like me you have to see it while you're in New York.

I hope this was full of all the information you'll need for your visit!

Love Megan x 

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