There can’t be many superlatives that haven’t been used to describe New York City. Crammed full of museums, restaurants and famous landmarks, not to mention it’s electric atmosphere, ‘the city that never sleeps’ attracts tourists from not just America but all over the world. The five boroughs that make up the ‘Big Apple’ are the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and most famously Manhattan, home to the world’s most iconic skyline. New York is a city that has something to entertain anyone, and enough of it to amuse many for a lifetime.
Read below to find out what we believe are five of New York’s best tourist attractions.
Empire State Building
Standing over 1450ft tall, the Empire State Building is the most iconic of Manhattan’s long list of skyscrapers. 102 floors make up the building and, on the 86th floor, you’ll find an observatory that provides you with an amazing 360-degree view of New York. Unsurprisingly, the Empire State Building has played a leading role in many famous films - most notably King Kong where the giant ape climbs to the top of the tower.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
America was built on immigration and no city encapsulates this more so than New York. Visit Ellis Island where over 12 million immigrants passed through in search of a better life. The immigration office closed in 1954, but the building now serves as a museum dedicated to those that passed through. The island is reached by a ferry, which will also take you across to nearby Liberty Island, home to the famous Statue of Liberty.
The notion that New York City is somewhat a ‘concrete jungle’ can be disproved easily by taking a stroll through the 843-acre Central Park, located in the heart of Manhattan. The ‘people’s park’ is home to forests, gardens and lakes that provide a welcome break from the fast paced downtown New York. Central Park’s appearance varies greatly dependent on the season, but whenever you visit you’ll find it equally beautiful.
The 1,825m Brooklyn Bridge that connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn is one of the world’s most famous structures. Designed by John Roebling, construction started in 1869 and the bridge was not finished until 14 years later. Make sure you bring your camera along, as the bridge is a photographer’s dream.
New York’s most northern borough, the Bronx, is home to America’s largest and oldest zoo. Opening back in 1899, the zoo is home to over 650 different species of animals from all around the world. With so many great exhibits, Bronx Zoo is fun for all the family.
With all this and so much more, it’s clear to see New York is packed full of sights for tourists to see. Take advantage of car hire to make the most of your time in the ‘Big Apple’.