New York Attractions for Any Age
New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and in 2011 was the top travel destination in the USA– more than 50 million tourists visited the Big Apple to check out the world-famous New York City attractions that fascinate and delight tourists of all ages.
For multi-generational families planning a trip to New York City, here are some New York attractions that offer something for everyone!
New York Attractions for Any Age – Midtown Manhattan
Some of the best-know NYC attractions are centrally located in Midtown Manhattan – walking distance from one another if you’re up for a stroll and the weather is cooperating, or you can take a taxi, bus or subway from one midtown New York City tourist attraction to another.
Times Square & Broadway
From there, it’s a short walk up Broadway to Times Square, an area that goes from West 42nd to West 47th Street and from 6th to 9th Avenue. One of the most instantly recognizable New York City attractions, Times Square is known for its billboards, Broadway theaters – and of course the celebrated “ball dropping” ceremony at midnight on New Year’s Eve. If you feel like taking in a show, see if you can score discount tickets for same-day performances of many Broadway shows at the TKTS book operated by the Theatre Development Fund (47th Street at Broadway).
Then check out Rockefeller Center, an office, shopping, dining and entertainment complex between 48th and 51st Streets and spanning the area between 5th and 6th Avenues. You can gaze at the Art Deco interior of Radio City Music Hall, tour NBC Studios, and if you’re visiting during the winter season, this New York attraction features ice skating and one of the grandest Christmas trees you’ll ever see.
Grand Central Terminal
If you’re not too worn out by this point and want to visit one more midtown NYC attraction, make your way to Grand Central Terminal (87 East 42nd Street). Grand Central Terminal – a fully-functional train depot through which hundreds of thousands of commuters and travelers come every day – has been gloriously restored to its 1913 Beaux Arts splendor.
You can do some serious people watching at this New York tourist attraction just by standing under the four-sided clock on the Main Concourse. But don’t forget to look up: the astronomical mural on the ceiling gives a stunning view of the Mediterranean sky and includes 2500 stars. If you’re visiting Grand Central Terminal during the holiday season, be sure to stop by the annual Holiday Fair, which features dozens of craftsmen, artisans and international importers – visitors of all ages are certain to find a unique memento of their visit to this NYC attraction!
New York Museums
Some of the greatest art in the world can be found in the New York museums that are always a highlight of any visit toNew York’s tourist attractions.
Children of all ages are bound to be awestruck by the dinosaurs and other exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History(Central Park West at 79th Street), which also includes the Hayden Planetarium.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street) features a world-renown collection of 5000 years’ worth of painting, sculptures and other works of art. The Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street), considered the most influential modern art museum in the world, has been a landmark New York attraction since opening its doors in 1929.
There are dozens of smaller museums in Manhattan that are New York attractions well worth your time. Among those that are sure to appeal to visitors of all ages are the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (West 46th Street at 12th Avenue), where you can tour a carrier that served in both World War II and Vietnam.
Another New York museum that’s a particularly interesting New York attraction is the Museum of the City of New York (122o 5thAvenue at 103rd Street), which offers a look at the city’s past, present and future.
And there’s more art to explore at the Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue on the corner of 75th Street) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street) – they’re housed in remarkable buildings designed by Marcel Breuer and Frank Lloyd Wright that are famed New York tourist attractions on their own!
MostNew York museums feature rooms or exhibits or special programs that are specifically geared for children, so visits to these New York attractions offer something of interest to everyone … and that doesn’t even include the gift shops!
New York museums have some of the best museum gift shops in the world – they could qualify as New York tourist attractions on their own! – so if interest is lagging after checking out art masterpieces at these cultural NYC attractions, a stop in the gift shop will be a welcome diversion.
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