New York City In One Day

You’re in New York City, but only have one day to spend in the Big Apple.  While you may not be able to visit all the sights, attractions and landmarks on your list, this article will help ensure your mini New York City tour is packed with fun.  Squeeze the most out of visiting the city that doesn’t sleep with this smart guide and enjoy the iconic places that only exist here in NYC.

Here’s a list of places to see when exploring NYC in one day:

Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is the pride of NYC’s skyline and symbolizes the dreams and aspirations of this metropolis. Towering above the heart of Manhattan, this building characterizes the Big Apple and gives a bird’s eye view that you’ll only see from atop this world renown building.

Central Park

Head to this 843-acre of green oasis right in the heart of NYC and see why millions flock to this famous landmark.  Take a bike or walking tour to explore famous playgrounds, gardens, fishing spots, ice skating rinks, monuments, hiking trails, and more.

Rockefeller Center

Visit the Rockefeller Center, a national landmark, and a major hub of activity since the 1930’s.  It’s been the famed destination of Christmas celebrations, tree lightings, and ice skating.  An exciting elevator ride will zoom you to the Top of the Rock’s Observation Deck for stunning views of the city, Central Park, and the surrounding boroughs.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Click selfies with life-like wax figures of your favorite celebrities. The museum has over 200 wax statues depicting famous artists, sports figures, and politicians. Don’t miss visiting your favorite movie stars at this internationally acclaimed attraction.

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

No museum captures United States’ military history quite like this one.  Climb aboard this genuine World War II aircraft carrier, and see Space Shuttle Pavillion, the Growler missile submarine, and the Concorde.  There are lots of interactive exhibits at the Exploreum, so if you have kids or are a kid at heart, this a must-see attraction.

Times Square  

Times Square is considered the “Crossroads of the World” and gets over 300,000 visitors a day.  This famous New York destination will put you right at the heart of bright neon lights, giant billboards, trendy bars, and swarms of people.  A visit to New York is incomplete without being a part of the excitement only found in Times Square.

Statue of Liberty

This iconic statue is the single most recognized monument in the U.S.   Visit the museum or hike the 20-story walk up to the crown.  Experience a glimpse of Lady Liberty by taking a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy a cruise on the water with stunning views of the city’s skyline.

Chinatown Manhattan

Experience the beauty of Chinese art and culture and taste authentic ethnic Asian cuisine.   Explore all the unique sights and sounds of a Chinese supermarket and try exotic new foods.  Peruse the many street vendors selling designer knock-off watches, perfume, and handbags.  Enjoy rich history and cultural activities of China and visit the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).