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12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan ,NYC

You might not want to consider yourself a tourist, but let’s face it, we’re all tourists once in a while – especially when visiting New York City. You’d be nuts not to start with the best Manhattan attractions if you’re planning a trip to New York City. Though it is not the city’s largest or most densely populated place (those honors go to Queens and Brooklyn, respectively), it is the geographical and cultural heart of the city. These are the 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan, NYC.

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12. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral
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The Mother Church of the Archdiocese of New York and the seat of the Archbishop is St. Patrick’s Cathedral and It is considered to be one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan, NYC. The sanctuary is the largest Gothic Catholic cathedral in the United States, and it is located on Fifth Avenue across from Rockefeller Center. Every year, more than five million people visit this international landmark, which was dedicated in 1879. You can also take a guided tour of the cathedral’s interior to learn more about the building’s history and structure. On some days, tours begin at 10 a.m. For more information, go to the website.

11. One World Observatory

One World Observatory
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On levels 100, 101, and 102 of the World Trade Center’s One World Observatory, tourists can enjoy panoramic views of New York City from the world’s tallest building. The tour begins with a Jetsons-style arrival through Sky Pod elevators (some of the world’s fastest), which lead to a two-minute video presentation on the 102nd floor of gorgeous city pictures.

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10. Ellis Island

Ellis Island
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Ellis Island is a historical site that opened in 1892 as an immigration station, a purpose it served for more than 60 years until it closed in 1954. Located at the mouth of Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, Ellis Island saw millions of newly arrived immigrants pass through its doors. In fact, it has been estimated that close to 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.

9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as the Met, is New York City’s largest and most extensive art museum, as well as one of the best in the world and is among one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan, NYC.. Incorporated in 1870, the museum opened two years later. In 1880, the buildings in their current location in Central Park were completed.The main building facing Fifth Avenue, designed by Richard Morris Hunt, was completed in 1902 and as of 2016 was called “The Met Fifth Avenue.

8. South Street Seaport

 South Street Seaport
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In 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum was founded to preserve many of the buildings, ships, monuments, and the overall historic area which has become a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.

7. The High Line

The High Line Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan
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This aerie has a distinct New York vibe to it. The space, which is built on an abandoned railway track, is ingenious in its use of recycled industrial detritus, which is essential in space-constrained Manhattan. But what we like most about the course is how it takes you above the city while still keeping you grounded in it: Where else would you stroll through a field of wildflowers or relax on a green lawn as cabs speed past?

6. Theater District

Theatre District Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan
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The Theater District has undergone a serious transformation over the last century. During the early 20th century, the area was known as home to history-making families such as the Astors and the Rockefellers and was officially named for the New York Times original headquarters on the square in 1903. The post-Depression era saw an influx of downtown-bred music, dance, and drama venues (hence, the term “Theater District”), and a mid-century decline followed by a city-led commercial rebrand and tourist boom. Today’s Theater District is a hub for awe-inspiring happenings around every corner. Theatre District is considered to be one of the Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan, NYC.

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5. The Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty, Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan
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Standing tall on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, just off Lower Manhattan in New York City, the Statue of Liberty is among the USA’s most beloved sights and an enduring symbol of liberty and freedom. This statue, however, was not conceived by a resident of the United States. Édouard de Laboulaye, a French political theorist, suggested Lady Liberty Enlightening the World as a gift to the United States in 1865. Years passed until the dream became a reality. On what is now known as Liberty Island, the 22-story statue built by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi was unveiled in 1886.

4. Central Park

Central Park Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan
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Central Park is America’s first landscaped public park is one of New York City’s most famous attractions, having been featured in numerous songs, novels, and films.

Central Park, perhaps one of the most well-known parks in the world, is a man-made marvel. It is not only America’s first public park, but it is also one of the most popular, with over 25 million visitors per year.

Its grounds, which are located in the heart of bustling Manhattan, provide a safe haven not only for athletes, daydreamers, artists, and strollers, but also for tens of thousands of migratory birds each year. One could easily spend an entire day wandering the grounds, admiring the nearly 50 fountains, monuments, and sculptures, as well as the 36 bridges and arches.

3. Empire State Building

Empire State building Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan
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In the late-1920s, as New York’s economy boomed like never before, builders were in a mad dash to erect the world’s largest skyscraper.When completed in 1931, the colossus loomed 1,250 feet over the streets of Midtown Manhattan. It would remain the world’s tallest building for nearly 40 years until the completion of the first World Trade Center tower in 1970.

2. Rockefeller Center

ROckfellar Center Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan

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f you’re visiting the city for the first time and want an area to spend a whole day in, the Rockefeller Center complex is an easy choice. Without having to go more than a couple blocks, you’ll find some of the most iconic NYC attractions, plenty of great shopping, restaurants, shows, and more.The Rockefeller Center is also graced with the creations of 30 great artists, commissioned around the punchy theme ‘Man at the Crossroads Looks Uncertainly but Hopefully at the Future.’ Paul Manship contributed the 18ft Prometheus, overlooking the sunken plaza, while Lee Lawrie made the 24ft-tall bronze Atlas, in front of the International Building (630 Fifth Ave). 

Come the festive season, Rockefeller Plaza is where you’ll find New York’s most famous Christmas treeCeremoniously lit just after Thanksgiving, it’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s, when construction workers set up a small tree on the site. In its shadow, Rink at Rockefeller Center is the city’s best-known – and smallest – ice-skating rink (which becomes a cafe in summer).

1. 9-11 Memorial

9-11 Memorial , Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Manhattan
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The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks is at the heart of our mission.Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, the 9/11 Memorial Museum tells the story of 9/11 through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, presenting visitors with personal stories of loss, recovery, and hope.

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