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1 (-) Central Park

843-acre rectangular Central Park is big, bold and beautiful with much things to do. A magnet for joggers, nature lovers, bikers, young and old, the local and the tourist all come together like nowhere else. Highlights include the Friedsam Memorial Carousel (near 65th Street), and the Belvedere Castle (near 79th Street) which affords great views of the city. The summer thing to do is hire a boat at Loeb Boathouse [East 72nd St. & Park Drive North tel. 212.517.2233] and row yourself around the lake. In winter you can skate at Wollman Rink and enjoy the unique New York skyline.

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Central Park Bicycle Tour

Central Park Bicycle TourRide your bike in the Park

A good way to see Central Park as it is pretty big, get some light exercise and learn a little about New York. This leisurely 2-hour escorted bicycle tour of Central Park with a spirited and informative tour guide will raise your spirits and inform you. From Strawberry Fields to medieval castles, Shakespeare to Paul Simon then there's famous movie locations to consider. This is no walk in the park. You'll need a bike.

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2 (3) Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock New York On Top at the Rockefeller Center

Unobstructed for 360 degrees this unsurpassed view gives you Central Park, the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty from 70 floors up. Why go anywhere else. In fact, is that it, why do anything else, it’s done, move on. I don’t think so.

The Top of the Rock™ Observation Deck gives you breathtaking views of New York City and beyond. The excitement begins on the ground floor and mezzanine with a dazzling Swarovski crystal chandelier and multi-media exhibit full of the rich history, art and architecture of Rockefeller Center. Step on one of our glass ceiling sky shuttles for a thrilling ride to the Top, where you will find three levels of spectacular views, including a stunning, open air, 360-degree view from the 70th Floor outdoor deck.

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3 (4) Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island

Statue of Liberty Welcome ashore - Statue of Liberty in New York

See the Statue of Liberty up close or stare off across the New York Harbor at the Ellis Island National Monument. Also located on Ellis Island is the American Family Immigration History Center which contains searchable records of 25 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members who entered the U.S. through New York Harbor between 1892 and 1924.

The Statue of Liberty Crown recently reopened to determined stair climbers. Crown tickets are available by advance reservations to 30 people per day. Please note, the climb to the crown is a strenuous journey that encompasses 354 steps in a cramped enclosed area with high temperatures.

With the New York Pass you get a free roundtrip ferry tour to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, as well as entry to 50 more Attractions in New York City.

For the record, the Statue of Liberty's real name is Liberty Enlightening the World and was originally intended for the Suez Canal in Egypt.

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4 (-) Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art New YorkVisit the Met and see the world

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986 the Metropolitan Museum of Art ("the Met") is one of the largest art museums in the world. The Met has over two million works of art dating back almost 5,000 years within its walls. Arguably this is the greatest collection of human creativity in the world ensuring the Met is the most-visited attraction in New York. World-famous collections from ancient Egyptian treasures and the spectacular New American Wing continue to draw in lovers of art across the globe. If that isn't enough there are also more than 30 annual special exhibitions to gawk at.

This is all yours for free with a New York Pass

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5 (-) Broadway

See a Broadway Show?

Broadway New YorkWhat Broadway Show To See?

When in New York one must see at least one Broadway Show (?) That is the mantra. Why you have to is the subject of a number of sociology studies undertaken by eminent professors around the globe. Initial results indicate watching a Broadway Show may stifle hair loss. So keep your hair on but choose wisely. Further research indicates people tend to prefer seeing a show they like. Seeing a show because you must-see one may not work for you.

Seeing a show on Broadway and going to the theater in NYC is one of the most popular New York things to do. New York City offers everything from award winning new musicals like Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Mary Poppins to emotionally powerful musicals like Spring Awakening, and The Color Purple, to some of the most uplifting feel-good musicals of all time such as Mamma Mia and Hairspray.

A New York Pass offers you discounted tickets for all of these shows (see the theater / leisure link under New York Attractions)

Or just go for a stroll on Broadway - just mind the traffic

Broadway New YorkStrolling through Broadway

Take a stroll through Broadway. Better still take your MP3 player for stroll through Broadway. Allow us to get in your ear about a self-guided audio tour which allows you to hear music from Broadway shows past and present, and backstage secrets from the stars themselves. While strolling through the streets with a guided map, you can dance to America’s most famous tunes as history and tradition unfolds.

The tour departs from Colony Records 1619 Broadway New York, NY. 10019 49th & Broadway. Click for more details and navigate to the rides and tours page

Annual Broadway on Broadway

The annual Broadway on Broadway show offers skits and musical numbers from every major show playing. Admission is free, but highly coveted, so book early.

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Travel Tip - Never pay full price for anything?

TKTS sells half price theatre tickets from booths on Broadway, 47th Street and South Street Seaport Pier 17. Tel 212/221-0885 or www.tdf.org.

 

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