Unsure what the best places to visit in NYC are? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Whether it’s small children, college friends or parents and grandparents that you’re showing around, there’s something for everyone
Art lovers can head to the Cloisters or the Morgan Library & Museum, while those looking for a drink and a good time can stop by PDT and Fraunces Tavern. There’s even stuff for kids—Roosevelt Island or the High Line are bound to keep everyone of all ages entertained.
Check out this list featuring a bunch of exciting and unique tourist attractions to explore before your visitors come to town. You’ll be the ultimate tour guide when it comes to the best places to visit in NYC!
|PDT||113 St Marks Pl||For visitors who are old enough to drink, PDT provides an only-in-New-York experience. The modern speakeasy in the East Village is tucked behind a telephone booth at the restaurant. The ambience is dark, fun and just the perfect amount of mysterious. If you’re lucky enough to score a spot, try the Peking Duck, which is a vodka-based cocktail with ginger and soy sauce. PDT may stand for “Please Don’t Tell,” but your visitors will be bragging about discovering this place for years to come.|
|The Cloisters||99 Margaret Corbin Dr||For a break from the usual tourist-filled museums, head north to the tip of Manhattan to the Cloisters for a more unique experience. Set in Fort Tryon Park, overlooking the Hudson River, the composite galleries and outdoor gardens house a collection of medieval art, tapestries, jewels, ceramics, books and even herbs and plants cultivated as they were during the Middle Ages. The star, though, is the architecture (and the fact that this is a quiet space). Take a stroll through the peaceful grounds and explore the castles, closes and corridors: They are integrated into the park majestically, housing flowers and contemplative areas. It’s the ideal place for anyone who appreciates art—and make sure to check out the Robert Campin Merode Altarpiece, one of the earliest paintings on display, while you’re there.|
|Katz Delicatessen||205 E Houston St||Show your visitors what they’re missing by taking them to Katz Delicatessen. Try the legendary hot pastrami sandwich or the turkey reuben, and relish all the offerings in this traditional Jewish deli. If you’re still hungry, finish with a slice of New York cheesecake and wash it down with a glass of the house lager. Your tastebuds will be in heaven, and your stomach and visitors will thank you.|
|The High Line||West Side Highway||No trip to NYC is complete without a walk on the High Line. Spanning almost two miles between the Meatpacking District, Chelsea and Hudson Yards, it’s a great place to stroll and enjoy a no-pressure afternoon. Catch up with your friends or family all while enjoying killer views of the skyline. Afterward, you can check out the restaurants and galleries that the neighborhoods has to offer.|
|One World Observatory||285 Fulton St||The One World Observatory is probably one of your best bets when it comes to visiting one of NYC’s open-to-the-public skyscrapers. During the interactive tour, visitors can explore one of the tallest buildings in the Western hemisphere. The “skypod” elevator brings you up to the 100th floor in less than a minute, where it would be hard for anyone not to be amazed. Get a 360-degree view of all of Manhattan while experiencing the amazing architecture that the five boroughs have to offer.|
|Morgan Library & Museum||225 Madison Ave||The Morgan is the perfect place to take anyone who looking for a more laid-back, less hectic city experience. It’s free on Fridays starting at 7 p.m., when live music is usually played in the restaurant area, and you can explore the rotating art exhibits, in addition to the library and private study of J.P. Morgan. It’s one of the rare places in the world where a Gutenberg Bible is openly on display when you walk into the room. Exhibits during summer 2017 included “Thoreau and his Journal,” “Henry James and American Painting” and “Views of Rome and Naples.”|
|Roosevelt Island||E 59th St & 2nd Avenue||Pack a picnic and make a whole day out of a visit to Roosevelt Island. The view of the city from the tramway on the commute is enough incentive to visit, but once you get here, you’ll find plenty of options for both kids and adults. Roam around in the grass and check out the lovely lighthouse, then visit the abandoned smallpox hospital. It’s packed with history and inspiring enough to create some new ghost stories. Take the tram to the city, where it will drop you off right by Serendipity 3, a great excuse to try its world-famous frozen hot chocolate or an ice cream crepe.|
|Fraunces Tavern||54 Pearl St||Fraunces Tavern lets you party like it’s 1776, literally. Located in one of Manhattan’s oldest buildings, there’s a guaranteed chance that some of the founding fathers stepped foot onto this property. Chances are you’ll be drinking at the same place where George Washington bid farewell to his troops. With over 27 beers on draft, 250-plus bottles and 300 whiskeys, you’re bound to find something for everyone in your group. In terms of beer, try the Oyster Stout or the Plain Porter. If it’s whiskey you’re looking for, then go with the High Honey. Pair anything with some munchies, like the braised pork flatbreads or the bacon wrapped shrimp.|
|Poe Cottage||2640 Grand Concourse||This place is a must-see pilgrimage for fans of the works of Edgar Allan Poe—and a great way to spend an afternoon. For just $5, you can take a tour of the property and explore where Poe spent some of his last years and wrote some of his most indelible works. There are tour guides here who will tell you everything you need to know about this master of the macabre.|
|Staten Island Ferry||4 Whitehall Street||For a view of the Statue of Liberty without having to pay, take the Staten Island Ferry. You can drink some beer, eat some popcorn and enjoy all the sights along the way. You’ll get to see lower Manhattan and the New York harbor while breathing fresh air and enjoying the wind in your hair. Once you get to the other side, don’t head home just yet. Grab an ice from Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices and wait for rush hour to pass so you can enjoy an empty ferry on the way back.|