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1. Times Square (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Times Square is a focal point of New York City. The bright lights and vibrancy epitomise the rise of New York’s popular culture. The area was originally owned by John Morin Scott, who served George Washington in New York’s militia during the American Revolution. The value of the land first became apparent when John Jacob Astor began to sell plots it to new hotels and other real estate, as the city’s growth spread this far uptown. The late 19th century saw the area given its first name: Longacre Square, due to its being a hub of the carriage industry akin to London’s Long Acre. In 1904 The New York Times moved their office to a building there and the area became known as Times Square.

Since the 1980’s Times Square has become one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. You can find shops and attractions that are unrivalled anywhere else in the world. Outlets such as M&M’s world, Disneystore and Planet Hollywood are famous for their operations. Times Square is home to the famous New Year’s Eve countdown which sees thousands gather there to see the ball drop.


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2. Central Park (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Centrally located in Manhattan New York City, Central Park has been offering public recreational space since 1857. Now spanning 840 acres of city owned land, it is the most visited urban park in the whole of America with around 35 million visitors annually. In 1962, Central Park became a designated National Historic Landmark and is currently looked after by the Central Park Conservancy. The area has played host to many stellar events over the years including: Shakespeare in the Park, performances by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and even a concert by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Exploring everything Central Park has to offer in a day would be impossible. Activities available range from boating and rock climbing to ice skating and birding. For animal lovers, there is Central Park Zoo which costs $16 for adults and $11.50 for children. There are also 21 free playgrounds for family days out, including the 3 acre Heckscher Playground. Other notable sights include the Central Park Carousel, which was installed in 1951 and remains to date one of largest in the United States. Home to many artists and sculptures; Balto, King Jagiello and Duke Ellington are all popular sights.

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3. City Hall (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

Centrally situated in City Hall Park, City Hall is the oldest of its kind in the whole of America. Built between 1810 and 1812, it is recorded as a National Historic Landmark and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. It contains both the office of the Mayor of New York City and the chambers of the New York City Council. Numerous presidents have passed through the walls of New York City Hall and to this day George Washington's desk can still be found in the Governor's Room. Other notable rooms include Room 9 and the Blue Room, which hosts official press conferences given by the mayor. The City Hall also houses a collection of over 100 portraits depicting many influential figures from American history.

The grounds around City Hall are as popular as the building itself. On July 9th 1776 it was where people gathered to hear George Washington read out the Declaration of Independence. It is from here tourists can observe the stunning architecture, which reflects styles from French Renaissance to Georgian. Newly-weds can often be seen wandering the park after taking their nuptials at City Hall.


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4. Federal Hall (Free)

4 Free Tourist Attraction

The Federal Hall in New York has played an important role in the history of the United States of America. The building itself was built in 1700, a mere 74 years after the land was purchased from the Native Americans by Dutch colonies. The Federal Hall was the location where George Washington was inaugurated as the first President of the United States. This was also the place where the United States Bill of Rights was introduced to congress. In 1812 the building was demolished and it was not until 1845 that the United States Custom House was built there in its place. In the modern day, the building serves as a museum for the historic events that took place there.

Outside the building is a statue of George Washington marking the day he took his oath to become the first president. Naturally this makes the Federal Hall Memorial Site a location of great interest for tourists and residents of the United States. You are currently able to partake in free tours of the building.


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5. Governors Island (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

The small land space of Governors Island played an important role in New York’s colonial history. Even before European colonies settled in the area, the Native Americans held the island in high regard. They referred to it as ‘Paggank’ which translates as ‘Nut Island’ because of its number of oak and chestnut trees. During the American Revolution, the island was fortified and used by both American revolutionaries and British loyalists at different times.

In 2003, Governors Island became open to the public on weekends during the summer. Since then there has been a lot of work carried out to improve the parks and cultural side of the island making it more tourist friendly. A $260 million investment has been made into a new 30 acre park, which will open in May 2014. The new design will include large seating areas and even areas of turf to play sport. From Governors Island there are some spectacular views of new-found beauty with the Manhattan skyline behind them.

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6. African Burial Ground (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Dating back to the late 17th and 18th centuries, the African Burial Ground is a reminder to New York City of the many Africans who spent their lives in slavery. The original burial ground spanned 6.6 acres and is believed to have interred around 20,000 people during the 1700s. Confined to history until 1991, it was not until the construction of the Ted Weiss Federal Building that this dark chapter of their past came to light. 419 sets of remains were unearthed from just one acre of the site, which were then re-interred on October 4th 2003. This area is now marked with the African Burial Ground Monument, which in 2006 became an official national monument.

The monument, designed by Rodney Leon, now marks the focal point of the African Burial ground. Tourists can also visit the adjoining visitors centre which is housed on the ground floor of the Ted Weiss Building. The space provides information about the history of the burial ground and African contributions to the development of New York City. It is also the last stop of one of the most popular national park walking tours 'This Hallowed Ground'.


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7. The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology draws in crowds of upwards of 10,000 people per year. Established in 1969, it claims a place amongst the illustrious list of the American Alliance of Museums. Producing informative and entertaining exhibits since 1975, expect a journey of fashionable education. With a collection of over 50,000 pieces, The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology is certainly a treat for the eyes. All of the notable fashion houses are featured including Chanel, Dior and Balenciaga.

Containing three different galleries, The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology boasts a tour which will take you through 250 years of history. The lower level gallery has a six month turnover, so returning visitors can be assured there will always be a new surprise in store. Gallery FIT on the main floor is dedicated to showcasing the latest in student talent, head here to find out what you might be coveting next season. This level is also home to the Fashion and Textile History Gallery which displays a rotating selection of 200 historical artefacts. The venue also offers an educational programme called Fashion Culture: a combination of lectures, discussions and tours.


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8. Chelsea Galleries (Free)

4.5 Free Tourist Attraction

Take a trip to the west side of Manhattan and you will find the neighbourhood of Chelsea. Attracting artistic types and trendy residents, this is largely due to the Chelsea Galleries which make up six blocks of this area. Rows of industrial space have been converted to display a varied selection of up-and-coming contemporary art. Chelsea cemented its place as the centre of the New York art world in the mid-1990s, when the art galleries made a collective move there from SoHo. With are over 50 galleries to peruse and regular new exhibitions, a whole holiday could be dedicated exploring this New York attraction.

Galleries typically hold exhibitions which last for around one month. Amongst the most popular are Gagosian Gallery, The Pace Gallery and The Matthew Marks Gallery; the latter of which was particularly influential in transforming this area into what it is today. Other venues include the Paul Kasmin Gallery which has featured work from the likes of David Hockney. Chelsea Galleries has become synonymous with displaying art by artists destined to shape the landscape of the future, and is a definite must-see for any enthusiasts of this field.


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9. Forbes Galleries (Free)

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Nestled on the ground floor of the impressive Forbes building in Greenwich Village, is Forbes Galleries. They showcase the illustrious Malcolm Forbes Collection. It developed from the obsession Malcolm had with collectables throughout his life. Forbes Galleries boast a large permanent collection of fine art and expensive trinkets. The Forbes family hold an esteemed place in American history and their bi-weekly business publication of the same name, is one of the most read in its genre. They are famed for their yearly ranking of the richest Americans, who may even themselves covet some of the articles on show at this gallery.

Alongside the permanent collection, Forbes Galleries also display a rotating selection of loaned artefacts and art. Some of their most famous pieces include the first ever Monopoly Board from 1933, various Olympic gold medals, numerous Fabergé Eggs and a treasure trove of toy figures. Attracting adults and children alike, Forbes Galleries makes you wonder what Christmas must be like for the super-wealthy.


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Empire State Building Ticket Skip-the-Line(VIP PASS Optional)

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New York City Explorer Pass: 60+ Attractions & Sightseeing Tours

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Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Guided Tour

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Circle Line Best of New York Cruise Tour

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Duration: The cruise around Manhattan Island with Circle Line lasts around 2:30 hours.

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Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Flexible Ticket

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New York City Deluxe Helicopter Tour

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Duration: There are a few sightseeing tours of the city of New York available for you to choose from. The shortest flight lasts between 12 and 15 minutes. The duration of the longer flight is between 18 and 20

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New York City Tour

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9/11 Memorial & Museum Skip the Line Ticket

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Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial Tour & Optional 9/11 Museum Entry

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Duration: The walking tour of the Ground Zero and 9/11 Memorial lasts between 1:30 and 2 hours. If you choose to visit the 9/11 Museum, you are free to choose how long to stay there.

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Statue of Liberty Pedestal, Ellis Island and Pre-Ferry Tour

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Duration: The guided tour of Battery Park lasts around half an hour. The duration of your stay on Liberty Island and Ellis Island afterward is flexible and depends on your wishes. In general, between 4 and 6 ho

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Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Tours: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

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One World Observatory Ticket Skip-the-Line

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Duration: You have liberty to choose how long to stay inside the One World Observatory. Around 1 hour and 30 minutes is, in general, considered enough time for this visit.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Skip the Line

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American Museum of Natural History Ticket

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Broadway Theater District Walking Tour

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: Priority Access Tickets

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Central Park Horse and Carriage Ride

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Washington, D.C. Day Trip from New York

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Harlem Gospel Tour in New York City

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Duration: The Harlem and Upper West Side tour lasts around 4 hours in total.

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Central Park Sightseeing Bike Tour New York

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Duration: The bike tour of Manhattan's Central Park lasts approximately 2 hours.

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New York Botanical Garden Ticket

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Big Apple Helicopter Tour of New York

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New York Self-Guided Walking Audio Tour

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