A trip to New York City is the experience of a lifetime. With famous attractions like Times Square, Central Park, the Empire State Building and Yankee Stadium—to name just a few—NYC packs more to see and do into one compact area than any other place on earth. Each of the City’s five boroughs contains its own roster of must-see destinations, great restaurants, cultural hot spots and unforgettable activities. Start planning your trip with the guides on this page.
New York City is home to one of the world's most vibrant, thriving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The City embraces its diversity as a source of strength, and that's never more evident than during Pride Week, when neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs celebrate the progress made in NYC and beyond since the Stonewall Riots of 1969 sparked the gay rights movement.
Competitors in the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest devour wieners galore.
Pack your lunch and head to Bryant Park for these midday, hour-long concerts.
Since 1996, the Lincoln Center Festival has provided a showcase for the best in performing arts.
Music, dance and spoken-word events; world, US and New York City premieres; family shows; and specially commissioned works.
A testament to the artistic achievements of Wolfgang Amadeus himself, as well as the organizers' curatorial prowess.
A multi-week series of cultural events in Harlem celebrating the famed neighborhood.
A colorful multicultural tradition, this festival paddles back to Flushing Meadows–Corona Park for a weekend-long celebration of the fifth month of the lunar calendar. The fest gets its name from the roughly 180 dragon-boat teams from around the world that come to race on the Queens park's lake. Back on shore, expect plenty of traditional food and live entertainment, martial arts demonstrations from the monks of the Shaolin Temple, traditional Lion Dance performances, Chinese crafts and children's activities.
Every year, some 50,000 folks parade up Sixth Avenue—decked out in some of the City's scariest, most inventive and most hilarious costumes—while numerous live bands complement the ghoulish revelry.
This iconic song-and-dance extravaganza, featuring the legendary Rockettes, is one of the holiday season's must-see attractions.
This is the big one—a sporting event that often proves to be as much a life-changing experience as a physical challenge. Like all marathons, the NYC race covers 26.2 miles from start to finish—but no other city offers competitors the sights, sounds and sheer excitement of the New York City Marathon's five-borough course, which runs from Staten Island to Central Park. Thousands will run, millions will watch.
It's likely you already know the story—and that no New York City holiday season is complete without seeing this production. The glittering classic, performed annually by the New York City Ballet since 1954, has become one of the City's signature family-friendly traditions. Expect to warm your spirit with visions of the Sugarplum Fairy and, naturally, the Nutcracker.
Rockefeller Center's celebrated tree lighting is a holiday-season staple. The colorful and towering tree is a sight to behold, and the lighting ceremony always features celebrity guests, musical performances and more. The tree can be seen from the ice-skating rink below and is a must-visit for anyone in NYC during the holidays.
There are a million things to experience in New York City and only one way to truly see them all.
The American Museum of Natural History is a New York icon.
More than a means of transportation, the Staten Island Ferry is an attraction unto itself.
Whether or not train travel is in your plans, Grand Central Terminal deserves to be one of your destinations.
The enduring symbol of freedom has greeted generations in New York Harbor.
Many people come to New York hoping to make it to the top, and the fastest way there is the elevator—to the 67th, 69th or 70th floors at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
The largest park in Queens (and fourth largest park in all of New York City) has a little something for everyone, from jocks to artists: green recreational spaces for baseball, soccer and cricket, playgrounds, skateboarding areas, handball courts, dog runs, the Queens Museum, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (home of the US Open) and Citi Field, home to the Mets.
The Bronx Zoo of the Wildlife Conservation Society is the premier place to study and appreciate the world's many creatures.
Terrifying Brooklynites and visitors since 1927, the Cyclone has become synonymous with Coney Island and is the iconic roller coaster for New Yorkers.
There's no better place to experience the excitement of New York City than Times Square.