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Top 5 Tourist Destinations Native New Yorkers Should Experience

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2016

I recently had the experience of showing some friends around NYC who had never visited before. I have to be honest when I say I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea, because, of course, they wanted to see all the touristy sights that NY’ers don’t want to be anywhere near. But by the end of the day, seeing the city through the eyes of a tourist was actually pretty cool. I had never taken the time to really look up and admire the buildings or the views before, and I realized I was taking a lot for granted; many people will possibly never have the opportunity to visit my favorite city in the world. So I decided to make a list of some tourist destinations that I think New Yorkers should remember to appreciate a little more. Millions of people flock to New York to see them for a reason, right?

Times Sq

1. Times Square

W. 42nd St. to W. 47th St. at Broadway & 7th Ave.

Packed with tourists stopping in the middle of the street for various reasons—to take pictures of the ample amount of vibrant digital billboards, to figure out directions, or to talk to people handing out coupons for a double decker bus tour or their new mixed tape—Times Square is an area that New Yorkers want to avoid at all costs. But a lot of residents don’t really take the time to remember why it’s a must-see destination for millions of people all over the world. So, go ahead and play “tourist” for a couple of hours. Take in a Broadway show. Snap a picture with your favorite wax celebrity at Madame Tussaud’s. Go into M&M’s World and take in the view. It’ll be worth it, I promise.

Natural History

2. American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West & 79th St.

You probably went on a field trip here in middle school and haven’t been back since, am I right? But you’re never too old to channel your inner-child again and walk amongst dinosaur skeletons or learn about how Neanderthals lived.

Empire State

3. Empire State Building

350 5th Ave. at 34th St.

The 86th and 102nd floor observatories offer unparalleled 360-degree views of New York City. You’ll see Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Hudson and East rivers, and so much more. Even the most jaded New Yorkers will be able to appreciate how spectacular their city is. 

Statue of liberty

4. Statue of Liberty

Upper New York Bay

One of America’s most iconic statues, the Statue of Liberty represents freedom and enlightenment, and it just so happens that it’s right in our backyard! Experience the bird’s eye view of Manhattan from 20 stories up all while paying homage to everyone who risked everything to start their lives over.

Grand Central outside

5. Grand Central Station

89 E. 42nd St.

Featured in movies such as North by Northwest, Friends with Benefits, Revolutionary Road, and countless others, Grand Central Station is one of the most well-known transit hubs in the world, which is perhaps why New Yorkers tend to stay away from it. But when you consider its stunning architecture, history, and top of the line restaurants and stores, it may change your mind.

Grand Central


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