While visiting the Empire City, be sure to check out the following highlights:
Originally opened in 1857, this 843-acre park was redesigned by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux and is now one of the most famous landmarks in NYC. While there, you can go ice skating on two rinks, have your photo taken beside the gorgeous Bethesda Fountain, stroll through the stunning Central Park Conservatory Garden and then catch the sea lion feeding at the Central Park Zoo.
Empire State Building
Rising 102 stories above Manhattan, this iconic structure was the world’s tallest building for 40 years and has been featured in more than 200 movies. Check out the spectacular Art Deco lobby before heading up to the observation decks for mesmerizing views of the city from the 86th and 102nd floors.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
Our hotel’s location near the New York City area is especially thrilling for art enthusiasts. With approximately 400 galleries and more than two million works, the MET is one of the largest art museums in the world. Highlights include the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, the Frank Lloyd Wright room and masterpieces by Caravaggio, El Greco, Rembrandt, Degas, van Gogh and Picasso.
This world-famous complex is home to approximately 75 shops, 40 restaurants, a world-famous ice skating rink and the renowned Radio City Music Hall. You can also watch a taping of the Today show and experience breathtaking views of the city from the 70th-floor Top of the Rock Observation Deck, first opened by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. more than seven decades ago.
Statue of Liberty
An enduring symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the people of France and was dedicated in 1886. As you ride the ferry from Battery Park, you can’t help but feel inspired by the sight of Lady Liberty, who rises 152 feet above Liberty Island. Visitors can no longer climb the 354 steps to the statue’s crown, but you can check out the Statue of Liberty Museum located in the pedestal before taking the ferry to nearby Ellis Island.
World Trade Center - Ground Zero
Each year, thousands of visitors make their way to Ground Zero to mourn, to remember and to pay their respects to the 2,983 people killed in the 9/11 attacks. The site is still undergoing reconstruction but is now home to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, which features 30-foot waterfalls and bronze panels inscribed with the names of those lost in the attacks.
Other websites to visit before your trip to NYC: