Manhattan, New York is buzzing with bustling activity, a plethora of people, and more things to do than you can imagine. Yes, you can enjoy fine dining, shopping, Broadway shows, visit museums, and other touristy-to-dos, but there are certain aspects of Manhattan you’d be remiss to have missed. These must-see attractions are Central Park, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and, of course, the Statue of Liberty.

manhattan skylineCentral Park is a loving marriage between man-made wonders and the astounding beauty of nature. Draped across nearly 900 acres, there’s no single one way to enter the park. The park is free to enter and is open from 6 a.m. – 1 a.m. daily. There are five visitor’s centers that make perfect starting points that also provide useful maps and information about the park. You can explore the park on your own to capture one of its many architectural and artistic wonders, or you can enjoy a tour. There are guided tours and self-guided tours available. Of the guided tours, the Belvedere’s Kingdom comes with a cost of $15. The other two guided tours are free of charge. Central Park’s phone number is (212) 310-6600.

The Sky-scraping Empire State Building, located at 350 5th Ave, New York, NY 10118, is open every single day of the year, including holidays, from 6 a.m. through 2 a.m. Service of the last elevator up is at 1:15 p.m. There are several attractions within the Empire State Building, ticketed separately, including exhibits, observation decks, and more. You can also shop in the gift shops or enjoy fine dining and fast food the restaurants and coffee shops. Tickets range from $26-$99. The Empire State Building’s phone number is (212) 736-3100.

The ambiance and billboards attraction of Times Square is centered between 40th and 53rd Street, and 6th and 9th Avenues in Manhattan. Made famous for New Year’s Eve celebrations, MTV headquarters, and ABC’s Good Morning America, the area is also home to dozens of shops, restaurants, and activities. Times Square is managed by the Times Square Alliance whose headquarters are located at 1560 Broadway Suite 800 New York, NY 10036 and can be reached by phone at (212) 768-1560.

manhattan skyline 2Rockefeller Center, located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, is a collection of nineteen commercial buildings spanning more than twenty acres between 48th and 51st Streets. Rockefeller Center is home to Radio City Music Hall, Channel Gardens, offers views from the Top of the Rock, the iconic ice-skating rink, and so much more. Tickets and passes vary in price depending on the attraction and age of attendees. And, of course, while at Rockefeller Center, you can visit the shops or tickle the fancy of your taste buds with an array of food and drink options.

Last, but certainly not least, the beloved Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty opened for business on October 28, 1886, and is an absolute icon in American History. Thousands of people visit the Statue of Liberty daily. Tickets are required and include ferry rides to and from Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Tickets range from $25 – $50. First ferry from the mainland is at  8:30 a.m. and the last ferry from the mainland is at 5:00 p.m.  All guests must pass through strict security. No weapons, strollers, backpacks, or large umbrellas are permitted, and food and drinks are prohibited inside the monument. If you work up an appetite while you’re touring the Statue of Liberty, you can grab a bite at Statue of Liberty Crown Cafe. There are dozens and dozens of other eateries within two miles of the Statue of Liberty.

Manhattan is the most populated neighborhood of New York City’s five boroughs, and you can bet that the people of Manhattan are there for its lavish entertainment, sky-scraping monuments, historical tributes, delicious foods, buzzing billboard displays, and shops. But no trip to Manhattan would be complete without visits to Central Park, the astounding Empire State Building, infamous Times Square, historic Rockefeller Center, and the “All-American” Statue of Liberty.  Visiting these attractions may come at a price, but the memories made and lessons learned during your explorations are priceless. Welcome to the Big Apple, the heart of New York City.

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