A double-decker bus
tour of Manhattan is a good way to get a quick orientation. The bus line
tours allow visitors to get off the bus at areas of interest and reboard
a later bus to continue their exploration.
New York is home to the
World Series champions, the New York Yankees, and from April to October
you can cheer with and for them at Yankee Stadium. New York has many
other great sports teams such as the Knicks, Mets, Giants, Jets,
Rangers, MetroStars, and New York Liberty.
Horseracing is a
spectator sport that can be viewed outdoors or comfortably from the
clubhouse. Follow the Thoroughbreds at Belmont Park for most of the
summer, and repeat the experience in the winter at Aqueduct Racetrack.
The Statue of Liberty
can be visited and climbed or simply viewed from the water on a tour
boat cruise or from the Staten Island ferry (which is free). Seeing the
city skyline from the water is unforgettable! Ellis Island Immigration
Museum, near the Statue of Liberty, conveys the experiences of our
forebears as they came to the end of their perilous journey and embraced
the promise of a better life in the New World.
Among the 150 museums
in New York City is one of the world's greatest: the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere displaying more
than 100,000 works from artists such as Picasso, Monet, Matisse, and
Warhol Nearby is Times Square, the brightest symbol of New York's
revitalization. It is possible to devote a whole day to the visual arts
in just one trip to Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue, between 70th and 105th
Streets, with its many cultural treasure troves.
New York City has many
attractions that both entertain and educate children. In planning how to
get from place to place, remember that children love to ride on subway
However, getting on and
off the train also involves a flight or two of stairs to and from the
underground. It is wise to consider overall travel time and energy when
planning the day. Be sure to allow for leisurely movement from place to
place, and for rest stops in between. Consider the weather too. The
adage "getting there is half the fun" is a good one to remember in order
to keep the day enjoyable, while avoiding exhaustion and frayed tempers.
Make a list of the must -see places, and then cut it in half for best
results. One trip to New York is never enough. Each one can be a
pleasant memory if the pace is right…
There are 15 miles of beaches within the city limits, 13 golf courses,
and four zoos. There are botanical gardens in each of the five boroughs,
including the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden
in the Bronx. The boroughs also have wonderful parks such as Prospect
Park in Brooklyn and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.
New York is on the
north-south flyway for migrating birds, and in the Spring and Fall they
are present in colorful abundance. Bird watching is popular in Central
Park and at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens.
First time visitors to
New York can't possibly see and do everything, but they can get a
wonderful introduction to the sights, visit famous attractions, and make
notes for a return trip. In fact, there is no such thing as a last visit
to New York. There are always plans being made for "the next time we're
MANHATTAN is 12
miles long and 3 miles wide. Its streets run east and west and its
avenues run north and south. The east side covers everything east of
Fifth Avenue; the West side everything to the west. Most of New York's
best known tourist attractions are concentrated in Manhattan.
BROOKLYN was a
separate city until 1898. It has its own civic centers, cultural
institutions, shopping district and residential neighborhoods. Its major
attractions include: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Brooklyn Museum,
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation and Coney
QUEENS is a
largely residential borough and one of the most ethnically diverse areas
of the city. Neighborhoods include Greek Astoria, Latino Jackson
Heights, Asian Flushing. Flushing Meadow-Corona Park and Shea Stadium
are major attractions.
THE BRONX is the
only borough connected to the mainland. It contains some of the city's
largest parks, including: the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden,
VanCortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park and a place called Yankee Stadium.
(also known as Richmond) is the most rural of the boroughs. Its major
visitor attractions are historic Richmond town, The Jacques Marchais
Museum of Tibetan Art, Staten Island Botanical Garden, the Alice Austen
House Museum, and the Staten Island ferry.