Attractions and Things To Do in Manhattan

Things to Do

With its tall skyscrapers and crowded sidewalks, Manhattan buzzes with excitement and energy. Garnering a reputation as one of the global centers for fashion, food, shopping and entertainment, there is never a shortage of things to do in Manhattan. Plan your next trip to this buzzy city and be sure to check out our Manhattan vacation packages to save money in what can be a pricey locale.

Empire State Building

Empire State Building


Standing 102 stories tall, the Empire State Building is one of, if not the most historic landmark in Midtown Manhattan. Standing tall above the New York City skyline, the Empire State Building even has its own zip code, 10118. See the world from a new perspective as you look out to the city below or out to see five states including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts. No NYC experience is complete without a trip to the top of the skyscraper.
Central Park

Central Park


Take a walk through America’s first public park! Central Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. with free entry for everyone. Enjoy the Central Park Zoo which showcases animals from all over the world, soak up the sun in the summer or spring on 55 acres of green space on the Great Lawn, or tie up your skates in the winter for a glide around Wollman Rink.
Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art


Travel the world at the Museum of Modern Art. Built in 1929, the MoMA features almost 200,000 works of art from around the globe. Explore a range of artwork including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, printmaking, architecture, design, film, and media and performance art. Admission is free on Fridays between 4 and 8 p.m. Be sure to get there early before the line extends around the building.
Times Square

Times Square


The bright lights will inspire you as the crowd rushes around you at Times Square. Home to some of the top Manhattan restaurants, bars, and attractions, Time Square is a top destination during your visit. Take guided tours, purchase Broadway tickets, or just gaze up at the spectacular lights. Plan your trip during the New Year’s festivities for a celebration like you’ve never seen.
National September 11 Memorial Museum

National September 11 Memorial Museum


Pay your respects to the brave men and women who lost their lives on that fateful day in 2001. See the memorial pools etched with the names of those who died, take a tour through the museum and explore the implications of the events and their continued significance of 9/11. See a growing collection of artifacts, stories, photos, video, and other materials from Ground Zero.

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Manhattan Quick Facts

The Empire State Building has its own zip code: 10118.

Opening to the public in 1959, Central Park became the first landscaped park in a U.S. city, as well as the nation’s first public park.

Hot Dog carts are a beloved part of Manhattan, however, permits to sell hot dogs in the city can cost as much as $289,000 per year!

Manhattan is often described as the financial capital of the world and is home to the world’s largest stock exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.

Climate

Those planning a visit to New York might be surprised to learn that the city normally has 200 days per year with temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.  And even in mid-winter, daytime highs that don’t reach above freezing are relatively few and far between.  The summer months can be muggy, and many residents will tell you their favorite time of the year is fall, when there’s a hint of chill in the air and the leaves of Central Park show their colors.  Rain falls throughout the year in New York, and turns to snow on a handful of winter days each year.