There are so many wonderful and exciting things to do in New York City that it can be intimidating to a first time visitor. From the vibrant energy of Time Square to the soaring skyscrapers and museums, this “city that never sleeps,” will keep you running around the clock. Here are a few of our favorite “must-see” places in the Big Apple.
1. Central Park
The term “park” does not quite cover all that you will find in this historical landmark. Central Park is a little bit park, museum, concert venue, arboretum, and playground. There are so many things to see and do here that visitors could spend an entire day at the Park and still not see all that it has to offer. The 843-acre location is a favorite to both locals and tourists alike. There are more than 20 playgrounds, nearly 50 fountains, and a long list of monuments and sculptures to be discovered here. In addition, there is a zoo, reservoir, ice-skating rink, and even the famous Strawberry Fields section, located across the street from the apartment building where John Lennon lost his life.
2. Grand Central Station
There are so many reasons why you should visit this breathtakingly beautiful landmark. To begin with, the station is a perfect example of the grand architecture for which New York is known. The original transportation hub was built in 1871 by shipping and railroad magnate, Cornelius Vanderbilt. That station, however, was disassembled in the early 1900s after a fatal crash and a new, updated venue opened in February of 1913. The station went through a number of upgrades and controversies during its lifetime. Today it is home to several restaurants, cocktail lounges, and more than 50 shops.
3. The New York Public Library
Known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the main branch of the New York Public Library is popular with both book and history lovers. The stone lions (Patience and Fortitude) who guard the entrance are easily two of the most photographed pieces of art in the city. Most visitors come for the architecture and not so much to check out books. However, if you do walk through the stacks, you will find an extensive collection of maps, special collections for English and American Literature and a large selection of rare books.