The staycation guide to NYC
Find fun things to do outside, get adventurous or lounge in luxury—all without leaving the boroughs
101 things to do in New York
We hit the streets (and social media) and asked you to tell us your favorite things to do in the city
The best New York attractions
We've compiled our favorite sights in the city, featuring the best parks, museums, culture spots and historical venues
The 10 best weekend getaways from NYC
We've got weekend getaways for adventurers and lazybones alike—all so close to NYC, you can go right now
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Empire State Building
Try imagining New York City’s skyline without the towering spire of the Empire State Building. Impossible, right? Taking a mere 11 months to construct, the 1,454-foot-tall emblem became the city’s highest building upon completion in 1931. (When One World Trade Center is finished, it will tower over the ESB by a good 300 feet.) During your visit, pay special attention to the lobby, restored in 2009 to its original Art Deco design. You can also impress your pals with these tidbits while queuing for the observation decks: In 1945, 14 tenants were killed when a plane crashed into the 79th floor during heavy fog; a terrace on the 103rd level was once intended for use as a docking station for airships; and the topper’s three tiers of lights can illuminate up to nine colors at a time. High-speed elevators shoot visitors up 1,050 feet to the 86th-floor observatory, where you can either peer out at the city from the comfort of a glass-enclosed pavilion or brave the elements on the open-air decks. Tickets to the 102nd Floor Observatory are an additional $17. Daily 8am–10pm: The New York Skyride Visitors take a motion-picture tour over, through and below the city streets ($29; seniors, students and children 6–12 $19).
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium
Times Square might be a little whitewashed these days, but you can get a taste of the old freak show at this repository of the eerie and uncanny. Items on display include a six-legged cow, a 3,000-pound meteorite and the largest collection of shrunken heads in the civilized world.
The best attractions in New York
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The 10 best parks
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The best beaches in NYC
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Top 10 lesser-known NYC attractions
We love the Statue of Liberty as much as the next tourist, but the city is full of equally impressive—and less well-known—things to do