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As one of the most popular destinations to visit in the world, New York City offers both entertainment and famous attractions for a great place to explore while traveling. From authentic pizza slices to over 843 acres of Central Park to roam, it's impossible to run out of activities to enjoy in the Big Apple. When it's time to visit The City That Never Sleeps, there are a few places to stop by during your stay.
Take Photos at Grand Central Terminal
One of the most famous photographs in the world was taken at Grand Central Terminal, making it the perfect spot to snap a shot and enjoy people watching when you're near 42nd Street. The commuter railroad terminal offers stunning interior views of the building's architecture and of the ceiling with paintings that feature a starry setting. Several different dining options are also available in the lower concourse level.
Take a Boat Ride to Ellis Island
View the Statue of Liberty by taking a boat ride to Ellis Island where you can explore the inside of the statue and experience stunning views of the city from the the Upper New York Bay. An immigration museum is also available, offering a look back at at the history of the island and the operations of the building from 1892 until 1954.
Visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The stunning architecture of this museum is eye-catching in the city and welcomes guests to enjoy exhibits that showcase modern art. Guided tours are also available to learn more about each piece in the museum for an educational and inspiring experience.
See the Animals at the Bronx Zoo
As one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the world, The Bronx Zoo is a staple in New York City and is located in Bronx Park. Visitors can enjoy viewing over 6,000 animals for close encounters with flamingos, gorillas, lions, and bison. The zoo even features a butterfly garden, baboon reserve, and sea lion pool.
Explore Coney Island
Coney Island welcomes tourists to visit the beach and enjoy spectacular views of the water. The location also boasts over 50 amusement park rides and a number of food vendors which includes the original location of Nathan's Famous and Grimaldi's Pizza.
Visit the Freedom Tower
The 9/11 memorial site is a location that has continued to evolve over the last decade since the Twin Towers collapsed. After several years of cleaning up the debris and drafting new plans for the area at the World Trade Center complex, the Freedom Tower has finally been built in Lower Manhattan. Guests can also view the two separate pools where each tower once stood. The names of those who were killed in the attacks are listed at the site.
Walk Bryant Park
Bryant Park is easy to miss when roaming New York City but is a true gem that is mostly enjoyed by the locals. You'll find dozens of people lounging on the grass while enjoying a bite to eat or taking a nap. There's also a live band that usually plays for a great way to enjoy a bit of entertainment before heading off to one of the nearby eateries.
Take a Boat Ride in Central Park
Enjoy feeling romantic while taking a boat ride in Central Park on the lake next to the The Loeb Boathouse. Visitors can enjoy renting a rowboat for just $15 an hour while being surrounded by skyscrapers in the heart of New York City.
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