PLAN YOUR NYC TRIP
NYC has a lot to offer. It is therefore very important when vsiting New York to plan your NYC trip, in order to enjoy it as much as you can. Below you will find a list of the best places to visit in NYC and their opening hours.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING EXPERIENCE
- Look out on New York City from 1,050 feet above the bustling streets below.
- See panoramic views of up to five states from the surrounding open-air promenade or from climate controlled viewing galleries.
- Get the details about what you’re viewing from every vantage point with the included self-guided multimedia tour.
- Treat yourself to a view of the city after dark – CityPASS gives you a bonus same-night second visit between 10pm and closing.
- Take in the whole Empire State Building Experience, including the newly renovated art-deco lobby, the sustainability and historical exhibits, and the self-guided multimedia tour.
350 5th Ave. and 34th St.
New York, NY 10118
Open daily, 8am-2am
Last elevator leaves 45 minutes before close.
Special holiday hours apply.
(877) 692-8439 (NYC-VIEW)
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
- Feel the drama of the undersea world in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, featuring models of more than 750 sea creatures, including the 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound model of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling.
- See more than 130 scientifically significant meteorites in the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites and learn what the rocky space fragments may tell us about the formation and evolution of the Sun and planets.
- Spend time exploring the museum’s famed series of fossil halls, including the dinosaur halls that feature the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, including imposing mounts ofTyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus.
- Learn about the evolutionary story of the human family and travel the world in the Human Origins and Cultural Halls, with halls examining the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America and the Pacific.
- Don’t miss the renowned dioramas in the Mammal Halls, with precise depictions of geographic locations and anatomically correct specimens from around the globe.
- Visit the spectacular Hayden Sphere and explore the 13-billion year history of the Universe at the Rose Center for Earth and Science.
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
Open daily, 10am-5:45pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
- Experience the grandeur of the Great Hall, the majestic main entry of the The Met.
- Take your time as you explore the Met’s incredible collections, comprising more than two million works of art in areas such as Modern Art, European Paintings, Asian Art, Arms and Armor, Photographs, American Art and more.
- Enjoy same-week admission to The Cloisters, which is devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.
1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
New York, NY 10028
Galleries are cleared fifteen minutes before closing.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and the first Monday in May.
TOP OF THE ROCK OBSERVATION DECK
- Feel the energy, wonder and beauty of New York City day or night from 70 stories up.
- Use the binoculars to explore the unobstructed views through glass panels on the 67th and 69th floors and in the open air on the 70th floor.
- Marvel at Radiance, a breathtaking wall of glass panels, mouth-blown glass, crystal clusters, and fiber-optic lighting created by Swarovski.
50th St. between 5th and 6th Avenues
New York, NY 10111
Open daily, 8am-midnight
Last elevator ascends at 11pm.
Hours may vary on holidays.
- Discover this impressive collection of modern art housed in one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.
- Explore the great spiral rotunda, featuring critically-acclaimed special exhibitions.
- Learn more about the world-renowned collection with free daily educator-led tours and a free multimedia guide with architecture and collection tours in five languages.
1071 5th Ave. at 89th St.
New York, NY 10128
Sun-Wed & Fri, 10am-5:45pm
Closed Thursdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
STATUE OF LIBERTY & ELLIS ISLAND
- Feel the splendor of Lady Liberty as you walk in the shadow cast by her 151-foot tall figure.
- Learn about the experience of over 12 million immigrants who entered the United States through the now quiet halls of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.
- Explore the grounds of Liberty and Ellis Islands and enjoy an audio tour for both islands, included with CityPASS.
New York, NY 10004
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Box office open daily, 7:45am-4:30pm.
Boats depart every 30-45 minutes. First boat departs at 8:30am from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day and 9:30am the rest of the year. Please check daily ferry schedule here.
Closed Christmas Day.
CIRCLE LINE SIGHTSEEING CRUISES
- See the most famous NYC landmarks plus magnificent views of midtown and lower Manhattan from a unique vantage point on the Landmark Cruise.
- Take the Liberty Cruise for up-close views and photo opportunities of Lady Liberty that you can’t get anywhere else.
- Enjoy the reflections of the city lights on the water as you cruise through New York Harbor during sunset on the Harbor Lights Cruise.
- Feel your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping on the 30-minute, 45-mph Beast thrill ride!
Pier 83 - Midtown
West 42nd St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
For schedule and hours visit circleline42.com or call (212) 563-3200
The Beast Speedboat Ride available May-Sept.
Closed Christmas Day.
Special schedule Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day and July 4th.
Not valid for special cruise events including: Bear Mountain, 4th of July, and New Year's Eve.
(877) 925 1161
9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
- Experience a powerful reminder of the loss of life that occurred at the twin reflecting pools, each nearly an acre in size. They feature the largest man-made waterfalls in North America and are inscribed with the names of the nearly 3,000 victims.
- See the historic "Survivor's Stairs", a remnant of the staircase through which hundreds escaped with their lives.
- Examine the background of the attacks, the story of what happened on 9/11, and the aftermath and continuing implications in the historical exhibition.
- Learn about some the individual victims and their stories and see portraits of the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children who were killed in the attacks in the memorial exhibition.
- Enter the dramatic Foundation Hall, containing the "slurry wall", a surviving retaining wall of the original World Trade Center, as well as the 36-foot-high "Last Column", covered with mementos, memorial inscriptions and missing posters.
180 Greenwich St., World Trade Center
New York, NY 10007
Oct-Mar: Sun-Thu, 9am-8pm; Fri-Sat, 9am-9pm
Apr-Sep: CityPASS valid for entry Sun-Thu 2pm-8pm; Fri-Sat 2pm-9pm.
Last entry 2 hours prior to close.
Not valid on 9/11.
Memorial Hours: Open Daily 7:30am-9pm
INTREPID SEA, AIR & SPACE MUSEUM
- Get an up-close look at one of the most varied aircraft collections on the east coast, representing all five of the U.S. armed forces.
- Climb in an actual Bell 47 helicopter, navigate through an interactive submarine and steer the wings of an airplane in The Exploreum.
- Immerse yourself in the history and science of the space shuttle era in the Space Shuttle Pavilion, featuring the space shuttle Enterpriseas well as 17 dynamic exhibits with original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films.
Pier 86, W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036-4103
Nov 1-Mar 31: Open daily 10am-5pm
Apr 1- Oct 31: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm; Holidays: 10am-6pm
Last entry one hour prior to close.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day