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New York City has long been a favorite destination for visitors from around the country and across the globe, and it is certainly easy to understand why. This vibrant city offers a wealth of options for travelers of all ages and all tastes, and many visitors find themselves returning again and again to experience this magnificent world class city in all its glory.

 

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is once again the tallest building in New York and this architectural marvel is well worth a visit. The observation deck on the roof provides a stunning view of New York City and the surrounding area, and no visitor to New York should miss it. While the views are always great, they can be particularly breathtaking at sunset, when the multifaceted hues of the sun fade away into the coming evening.

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Wall Street

Perhaps the most famous street in the world, Wall Street itself is actually quite narrow and nondescript. Even though the NYSE no longer offers guided tours, it is still worth taking a look at this venerable institution. 

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Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island

Speaking of the Statue of Liberty, this world famous symbol of freedom is another must see attraction for any first time visitor to New York. Visitors are escorted to the Statue of Liberty and the island it calls home via a series of ferry boats, and once there those visitors are free to wander the grounds and explore the fascinating museum in the statue's base.

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Rockefeller Center

Just uptown from the Empire State Building lies the equally famous Rockefeller Center complex, another must see for first time visitors to the Big Apple. Rockefeller Center is home to a spectacular holiday display every December, including an amazingly tall and amazingly decorated Christmas tree featuring thousands of shimmering lights.

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Bronx Zoo

The more famous Bronx Zoo lies just a short subway ride away from midtown Manhattan, and it is definitely worth a visit. Those planning to visit the Bronx Zoo should allow plenty of time to see it all, since this is one of the largest zoos in the country.

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 Museum of Modern Art

Recently redesigned and renovated, the Museum of Modern Art is home to some of the most famous masterpieces in the world of modern art. From Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh to works by Pollock and Miro, visitors to MOMA will find a feast for the sense at every turn. Art lovers should be sure to leave plenty of time to visit this fine museum in the heart of midtown Manhattan.

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 Central Park

Central Park is an oasis of green in a sea of concrete, and for New Yorkers this venerable park offers a respite from the stresses and strains of daily life in the city. From rollerblading and cycling to the many ball fields and open spaces, this huge park provides a lot of recreation options.

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Broadway

New York City is justifiably famous for its theatres, and the Broadway area is home to a stunning number of world class theatrical productions. From the lightest comedies and musical fares to the darkest and most somber dramas, theatre lovers can find whatever they are looking for.

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New York City is justifiably famous for its theatres, and the Broadway area is home to a stunning number of world class theatrical productions. From the lightest comedies and musical fares to the darkest and most somber dramas, theatre lovers can find whatever they are looking for.

 

I hope these things to do add to the experiences of your next trip to New York City

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