No trip to New York City is complete without visiting Central Park. This 843-acre piece of land in the middle of the city became the city's first official scenic landmark back in 1974 and it was actually the very first public park in the country. The park has been free to enter since 1858 and it is open every day between 6am and 1am. While in Central Park, visit the Conservatory Garden, Belvedere Castle, the Central Park Zoo, Bow Bridge, Shakespeare Garden, the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, or one of the other mini-attractions within. Or you can simply go for a leisurely walk, run, or bike ride with your family.
As one of the tallest buildings in the city, the Empire State Building is a must-see attraction for visitors to New York City. To make it possible for everyone to visit, the Observatory Deck is open every day of the year between 8AM and 2AM. If you want to avoid lines, however, be sure to get there early. Or if you want to enjoy saxophone music during your trip, visit Thursday to Saturday between 9PM and 1AM.
Every visitor to New York City will at least see the Statue of Liberty from afar, but for the best experience, you should actually visit the crown. To do so, you will need to reserve a ticket in advance, but it is easy to do so. If you don't feel up to the physical challenge of climbing up the crown of the Statue of Liberty, you can also view it from afar. The best view is from Battery Park and it is from here that you will take a ferry to the statue or to Ellis Island. There are also summer concerts in the park.
Times Square is the center of activity in New York City and truly a top attraction for those who want to see every iconic site. Viewing the bright billboards and rush of people at the Crossroads of the World is well worth the visit. You don't have to pay anything to see the square, but you may want to get a cup of coffee or bite to eat nearby so you can enjoy people watching in this great city.
Broadway is one of the most famous theater districts in the world and it is not just one location. There are 40 professional theaters that make up Broadway, each of which has at least 500 seats and shows the top performances. Broadway is known for its musicals, although there are also non-musical theater productions. Expect to pay more for a show than you would somewhere else in the country, but the quality will be the best in the world.