The best New York attractions

We sorted through the city's museums, parks and historic sites, and have chosen the very best New York attractions to help you prioritize your sightseeing in NYC

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Empire State Building

Whether you're entertaining out-of-town guests or simply want to revisit iconic NYC spots, make sightseeing easier by consulting Time Out’s definitive guide to New York’s best sights and top attractions. We've compiled our favorite sights in the city, featuring the best parks, museums, culture spots and historical venues. Sights like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are perennial favorites, but we’ve also highlighted newcomers and lesser-known New York attractions such as the Brooklyn Flea and BLDG 92.

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The 50 best sights and attractions

The best sights to visit in the city for tourists and locals alike

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The best free attractions

You don’t have to spend a lot to have a great time in New York City. Save money and check out these free attractions that are guaranteed to impress.

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New York's top attractions

In this guide, we've picked the best of the best

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Top attractions in Manhattan

Check out the borough’s best sights with our guide to Manhattan’s top attractions

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Top attractions in Brooklyn

Our favorite Kings County sights also include some up-and-coming attractions

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Top attractions in Queens

The top attractions in Queens are as diverse as the borough itself

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Top attractions in the Bronx and Staten Island

The oft-overlooked Bronx and Staten Island are both home to cool venues and historic sights

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New York's 20 coolest out-of-town spots

From bucolic cultural hubs and wine trails to sleepy towns and go-to restaurants, a whole other world lies outside New York City's borders

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Historial attractions

New York City is home to plenty of historic landmarks and links to the city’s past

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Top ten 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

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Museums

10 best parks in New York City

New York City is full of public parks—in fact, nearly 14 percent of the city is covered in green spaces

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The 10 best beaches in New York City

A visit to one of NYC's beaches is a great way to cool off during the city's sticky summer

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18 comments
Randy S
Randy S

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armida t
armida t

Thanks for sharing the New York City tourist attractions. Most people prefer to visit New York during spring time. Fall is another popular time when tourists flock to the city because of its famous foliage during this season.

Also I want to suggest some more New York tourist attractions like Ellis Island is regarded as one of the most popular attractions in the city of New York. 

Frick Collection

Housed in the former mansion of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, the Frick Museum has on display the most outstanding works of Western Art.

The Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is an NYC attraction fit for young and old, New York first-timers and those who have lived here for years. But it's a real treat for those on a budget.

Rubin Museum Of Art

Opened in the year 2004, Rubin Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, especially Tibetan art.

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Marie-Charlotte G
Marie-Charlotte G

Beware 5Pointz has been painted in white and will be demolished sometime this year

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Anika
Anika

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Anika
Anika

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Morgan
Morgan

ummmm the population of texas is 26 million, not 700,000, so no, the amount of people that pass through the station daily is not equivalent to the population of the state of texas.

Steve Kolodny
Steve Kolodny

In speaking about Grand Central Station Paul Brady suggests that 700,000 people live in the state of Texas. I suggest he rethink that one.

Cliff Strome
Cliff Strome

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