NYC offers an endless list of attractions for visitors to enjoy, so a few days won’t suffice. The best way to get the most out of New York sightseeing is to narrow your focus to a few major tourist spots in New York’s five boroughs. There are distinct sites and attractions in each of the five boroughs you won’t want to miss. Get ready to experience the excitement that awaits you right here in the Big Apple!
Here’s a list of main tourist attractions in each of the five boroughs:
The innermost NYC borough of the Bronx is full of historical landmarks and sights. The late 18th century Bronx Zoo is perhaps one of the most popular attractions and home to some 5,000 species of animals. Sports fans can’t miss visiting Yankee Stadium–the Mecca of baseball. The New York Botanical Garden, The Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and Rockefeller Fountain are a few infamous sites. No trip would be complete without a visit to famed Arthur Avenue, the heart of Little Italy, where old-world Italian delicacies abound. Once you’ve had your fill of cannolis and cappuccinos, take a stroll through the beautiful campus at Fordham University.
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Begin at iconic Central Park and explore 843 acres of serene gardens filled with rich history. Stand in the middle of Grand Central Station or Penn Station to get the feel of rush hour commuter traffic. See Time’s Square lit up at night and take in a Broadway show. Pay a visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island’s Immigration Museum. Experience famous works of art up close and personal at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Don’t forget to catch the New York Public Library’s free exhibits!
Queens is home to vast Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the famed site of two World’s Fairs. You will want to check out the Queens Museum, the Queens Zoo, and the Queens Botanical Gardens. Make sure to include the Museum of the Moving Image and the contemporary wing of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA PS1), both located in hip Long Island City, also home to Gantry State Park and Long Island City Flea and Food-an open air market with a giant array of food and booths.
Drive, bike or walk the mile-long 18th century Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Brooklyn with Manhattan, and capture unforgettable views of Manhattan’s skyline. Ride the legendary Cyclone Rollercoaster at famed beachfront Coney Island, or just stroll the boardwalk and try a famous Nathan’s hot dog. Check out hipster habitat, McCarren Park, and in the summer take a dip in its 1500-person capacity pool. Lose yourself in NYC’s second largest museum, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and its neighboring Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
Catch the Staten Island Ferry from Whitehall Terminal, once on board you’ll see postcard-perfect views of New York City’s skyline and The Statue of Liberty. Staten Island is the greenest borough with some 12,300 acres of parkland and don’t miss its newest attraction, the New York Wheel, a 630-foot wheel, which will open shortly. Staten Island Zoo and Staten Island Children’s Museum are great fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the Snug Harbor Cultural Central, which includes six exciting attractions at one location.