10 Places for Tourists in NYC

Published: November 2, 2014

So you've never been to NY. Well, there's no city quite like it, and frankly that's a good thing. There's so much the city has to offer, if you know where to look. And yet, there are the people that come here for the full-on tourist experience. You know the kind, a PG to R rated journey of commercialism in the heart of the city. Hey, it's not all bad. Just steer clear of the hot dog vendors and overpriced Big Apple trinkets, and you'll be alright. 

  1. Rockerfeller Center

    Ah the home of the world-renowned Rockettes. I mean, it's a New York City experience, but it's not so much a local thing. People aren't lining up to see the Rocketts who are locals. It's more than just kicking ladies - Rockerfeller Center has a wide variety of events and things to do. 

  2. Times Square

    Times Square is a sight to behold, and is brilliant at night. It's a wacky place that is the stereotypical New York experience. 

  3. Empire State Building

    Everyone should see the Empire State Building once. The observation deck is great, but the tippy top of the building will leave you a bit unsteady.


  4. Statue of Liberty

    The Statue of Liberty is very historic, and they've finally opened up the crown again for tours after a lengthy pause after the 9-11 attacks. 

  5. Broadway

    Broadway is a street, but it's also an art venue that's amazing to go to if you can plunk down the bread for the tickets. It's worth the investment most of the time. 

  6. Madame Tussaud's

    "If you think we're waxworks, you aught to pay you know."
    Madame Tussaud's really made good on this statement, and you can find many a waxwork that looks like it's on the verge of coming to life. Not really though... 

  7. Famous Ray's Pizza

    The pizza in New York is generally pretty good, but hunting down the original Ray's in NYC is a bit like trying to find a unicorn in the city. You may find one, but it won't be real most of the time. Still, worth trying!

  8. Union Square

    Union Square holds a regular farmers market, rotating events, and almost omnipresent chess players. Try your hand at beating some of those guys if you're bold. 

  9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    This is a world class museum that you can get in for free. It's a day trip in and of itself, and is a fairly immersive experience. 

  10. Little Italy

    The Italian cuisine is pretty fine in almost every place you look in Little Italy. Priced for tourists, but if you're looking for amazing food look no further. 

New York City is a great place, you can find tons of things to do, even if you touch nothing on this list. Enjoy!