New York City For first-time visitors

Our most recommended New York City For first-time visitors

NYC: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience Ticket

1. NYC: SUMMIT One Vanderbilt Experience Ticket

Visit SUMMIT, situated at the top of the iconic modern landmark One Vanderbilt. Discover a place which changes our relationship with cities, environment, and ourselves through immersive, multi-sensory experiences. Head off the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, to learn the story behind its creation. Learn all about an attraction designed with the intention of transcending everyday existence, and engage with space in a fascinating new way. Begin with a sensory stimulating elevator ride to the 91st floor. Be transported into SUMMIT AIR, a new way to see and interact with space designed by Kenzo Digital. Layered with two floors of floor to ceiling mirrors, AIR offers a new perspective as the Manhattan skyline reflects all around you. Next, test your limits at SUMMIT LEVITATION and enjoy the rush of stepping out over the city on two glass ledges suspended 1,063 feet above Madison Avenue. Watch your image float in the clouds across a multi-media screen and get in touch with your playful side in the silver balloon AFFINITY room. Once you reach the 93rd floor, take in the sights and sounds of NYC from another vantage point on the outdoor observation deck. For a more intimate, adult-friendly evening experience, choose to visit SUMMIT during Air at Night. Guests can enjoy access to all areas of the attraction, an LED light show with accompanying vivacious music, and cocktails for purchase at the 93rd floor bar.

NYC: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Timed-Entry Ticket

2. NYC: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Timed-Entry Ticket

Pre-book your timed admission and skip the ticket lines to New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), one of the world's most celebrated art museums. The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, challenges minds, and inspires. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. MoMA offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today's film, design, and performance art. Six floors of art galleries in midtown Manhattan include highlights such as Monet's Water Lilies, Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Matisse's Dance (I), and Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, as well as contemporary work by Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, Ai Weiwei, and many others. Enjoy exploring the traveling exhibits. From February 20 to July 2, visit the Project of Independence. This exhibition explores the ways modern architecture in the region gave shape and expression to idealist societal visions and emancipatory politics of the post-independence period. From March 13 to August 13, enjoy the Frédéric Bruly Bouabré exhibit, the first in-depth study in the US of this Ivorian artist who used drawing as a critical tool to invent a writing system. Henri Matisse: The Red Studio is available from May 1 to September 10 and focuses on the genesis and history of Matisse. From July 16 to January 2, 2023, visit Barara Kruger: Thing of You. I mean Me. I Mean You, a large-scale site-specific commission that will envelop the Donald and Catherine Marron Family Atrium. From October 30 to March 4, 2023, enjoy the Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition, the first transatlantic exhibition to survey this visionary Swiss artist's career. To help you enjoy the collection better, use the free MoMA app or mobile site to listen to free audio guides available for download to your mobile device. Free WiFi is available throughout the museum. The MoMA Stores offer a wide selection of books, design objects, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and more.

New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

3. New York One World Observatory: Skip-the-Line Ticket Options

Ascend via SkyPod to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than 47 seconds at 28 mph. SkyPod provides a virtual time-lapse visual experience showing how New York City has changed from the 1500s. Skip the ticket line and even opt to also skip the elevator line. At the observatory, elevate your senses as you take in the iconic sights, surrounding waters, and panoramas of the Manhattan skyline and beyond. Then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit while taking in the stunning views.  Engage with City Pulse and One World Observatory's global ambassadors as they share stories of this amazing city. Step onto the expansive Sky Portal and take a walk high above the streets of New York. Dine or drink at the café, bar, or restaurant. Upgrade to Combination or All-Inclusive Tickets and enjoy skip-the-line access to the elevators. Access expedited security via the priority security line. The Digital Skyline Guide, an interactive, virtual reality iPad guide to New York City, is also included. 

New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry

4. New York City: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island with Ferry

Hop on board the ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from New Jersey. Visit Liberty Island, explore the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and learn fascinating facts as you go. Begin your experience by departing from Liberty State Park, located in Jersey City, NJ, and easily accessible by car. Once you arrive at the meeting point, bypass the ticket line with your pre-purchased ticket. Board the ferry and see the impressive views of Lady Liberty and the NYC skyline. Take note of the ferry's return times to plan your day. Your ticket gives you access to explore two attractions: Ellis Island and Liberty Island (with the Statue of Liberty). On arrival to Ellis Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide at the Immigration Museum. Then, explore what was America’s busiest immigration station for over 62 years. Walk in the footsteps of millions of people from all around the globe who passed through here looking for a new beginning and a new life for their families in America. With access to the American Family Immigration History Center's records, you can search all ship manifests that came through Ellis Island. Use this unique experience to research your family history. Once you're ready to discover Liberty Island, drop off your audio guide and return to the ferry. Upon arrival on Liberty Island, pick up your multilingual audio guide to start exploring the history of the Statue of Liberty. Children also have the opportunity to enjoy a special narration of this self-guided tour. When you are finished, return to the ferry and make your way back to your original departure point.

From NYC: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Shopping Tour

5. From NYC: Woodbury Common Premium Outlets Shopping Tour

Spend the day at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, New York's largest outlet center, and get discounts at 220 stores. The Woodbury Common bus from NYC departs daily from Times Square, taking you to upstate New York for an all-day shopping spree. Choose a departure time that fits your schedule. There are over 220 stores featuring discounts on brand name and designer merchandise including, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Diesel, Gap, Nike, Puma, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, and much more. You will be provided with instructions for shopping online e-Booklet for more discounts and faster shopping. Don't worry about being hungry while doing all of that shopping; you can bring that healthy appetite to any of the 15 dining establishments right inside the Woodbury Common shopping complex. There's something there for every tastebud. Daily departures and flexible returns are available, with reserved seating on a scheduled bus, to give you maximum flexibility, convenience, and safety during these uncertain times.

New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

6. New York City: Manhattan Island Helicopter Tour

Experience the best views in New York City from inside a helicopter, complete with large floor-to-ceiling convex windows for your viewing pleasure. On your flight you will see the beautiful Central Park, Hudson River, and New York Harbor, including the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum. Cruise past the Rockefeller Center, Empire State Building, the World Financial Center, and the Chrysler Building from up high, as well as the iconic Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Greenwich Village, South Street Seaport, and the Brooklyn Bridge, which dates all the way back to 1883. With tour narration and all heliport fees included, there is no better way to enjoy the dramatic and ever-evolving New York City skyline.

NYC: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Admission

7. NYC: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Admission

Visitors to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum can experience a legendary aircraft carrier, the first space shuttle, the world’s fastest jets, and a Cold War-era submarine. Discover a museum that employs history and technology to inspire and advance innovation by developing the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science, and service from its home on board the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. The former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid was launched in 1943 and fought in World War II, surviving five kamikaze attacks and one torpedo strike. The ship later served in the Cold War and the Vietnam War. It was decommissioned in 1974, and today is berthed on the Hudson River. You get the chance to visit 4 decks of this great ship: • Hangar Deck: A great place to start your visit and our main indoor exhibit space, the hangar deck takes you through both the hardware and humanity of Intrepid • Flight Deck: Get an up-close look at more than two dozen authentically restored aircraft, look inside the Restoration Tent, and take a walk through history on Intrepid's island and bridges. - Gallery Deck: Located between the flight deck and hangar deck, the gallery deck features the combat information center (CIC), squadron ready room, and marine berthing • Third Deck: Learn about shipboard life in Intrepid's restored galley, enlisted mess, and crew berthing The Space Shuttle Pavilion showcases Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle program. Dynamic exhibit zones feature original artifacts, photographs, audio, and films that immerse visitors in the science and history of Enterprise and the space shuttle era.

NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

8. NYC: Guggenheim Museum Entry Ticket

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is Frank Lloyd Wright's modernist architectural masterpiece housing its world-renowned collections of modern and contemporary art. The building was recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site — one of two in New York — the other being the Statue of Liberty. Once you arrive at the Museum, skip the admissions line and head straight for the information desk to check-in. Your ticket gives you unlimited time to discover all that the museum has to offer. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-evolving institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.  Connect to the Museum's Wi-Fi and download the Guggenheim's Digital Guide, available for free on the Bloomberg Connects app. Access audio guides and downloadable exhibition texts for each exhibition on view, as well as information about the permanent collection and the Frank Lloyd Wright building. The audio guide is available in 11 languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, and Arabic. Exhibitions on View: • Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle - through September 5, 2022• Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks - through June 13, 2022• Thannhauser Collection - ongoing

NYC: Brooklyn Museum Ticket w/ Optional Virgil Abloh Exhibit

9. NYC: Brooklyn Museum Ticket w/ Optional Virgil Abloh Exhibit

Explore the Brooklyn Museum located in the historic Beaux-Arts Building nestled in the Prospect Park neighborhood. Discover collections of art and artifacts which span 5000 years of human creativity from cultures in every corner of the globe. Wander through the Ancient Egyptian Galleries that contain over 1,200 objects that include sculptures, paintings, pottery, and papyri. Visit The Mummy Chamber which is a special section that explores the rituals related to mummification and the Egyptian belief that the body must be preserved to ensure eternal life. Discover the American collections, home to Native American art and artifacts, Spanish colonial painting, and 20th-century American painting, sculpture, and decorative objects. See how cultural ideas can transcend time and place and contemplate the complexity and dynamism of American cultural life. Stroll through the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of feminist art and is the only curatorial center of its kind. Of particular interest is The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, an important icon of 1970s feminist art. On display from July 1 2022 - January 29 2023, upgrade your museum admission to include access to Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech". Since the beginning of his career, the multidisciplinary work of late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh has reshaped how we understand the role of fashion, art, design, and music in contemporary culture. Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech", developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is the first museum exhibition devoted to Abloh’s work, spanning two decades of the artist’s practice, including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas. The exhibition features material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black menswear artistic director. He is also well-known for designing Hailey Bieber's wedding dress.

NYC: Madame Tussauds Entry Tickets

10. NYC: Madame Tussauds Entry Tickets

Become a star at Madame Tussauds with over 85,000 square feet of interactive entertainment in the heart of Times Square. From Marilyn to Selena Quintanilla, to Gaga, there is a star for every generation. Pose with fun figures of internationally-known musicians, A-list stars, sports legends, world leaders, and more. Explore 5 floors of celebrity fun as you slay center stage, mix and mingle with the stars, and marvel at the real-like figurines. Make those celebrity selfies sparkle next to Audrey Hepburn, Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, and the Kardashians. Seize those impossible New York moments and make them yours while you enjoy this all-access pass to glitz, glamour, and glee. Get in an empire state of mind whilst playing piano with Alicia Keys, stroll the runway with Alessandra Ambrosio during NY Fashion Week, and grab your guest seat on the Tonight Show and chat with Jimmy Fallon.

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What people are saying about New York City

Wow! Awesome new edition to NY observation towers. Only a year old so still sparkly and new. Mirrors on the floors are very cool. If you only do one observation tower on your visit to NYC, do this one, especially if it’s a clear day.

The experience from security to getting off the boat after the tour/cruise was very seamless. The boat was NOT overcrowded, which was a blessing, no long lines getting back at the end of the cruise as well.

Excelente experiencia. Los personajes muy reales, la experiencia 7D y la película 4D muy interesantes... Vale la pena visitarlo. Y el servicio de Get Your Guide nos facilito todo el proceso

Superb trip - if you take this trip on a clear night the skyline is truly amazing. Dave, our tour guide, had lots of fascinating information as well.

All round great experience, I will highly recommend it to people I know who wish to go to NYC