Whether you live in New York City or are just planning a visit in the near future, it’s always fun to check out all the wonderful Manhattan landmarks. So, if you’re looking for exciting things to do in midtown NYC, here’s a short list of just a few of the many great places to visit in Manhattan.
5 Top-Rated Midtown Manhattan Places
The Statue of Liberty
A gift to the American people from the citizens of France, and dedicated in 1886, the Statue of Liberty stands proud as an iconic symbol of freedom. It was designed by Frederic Bartholdi.
She holds a torch in one hand and displays July 4, 1776 — written in Roman numerals — in the other, in honor of our Declaration of Independence. If you look closely, you will see the gracious lady stepping away from broken chains, as she journeys toward a life of freedom.
Building the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty grew so costly that Joseph Pulitzer started a fundraiser to complete the worthy project. More than 120,000 eager individuals donated to the effort — most giving approximately a dollar, and a few sacrificially giving 15 cents.
The Statue of Liberty was shipped by crate (in pieces) from France and put together atop the newly funded pedestal, before being dedicated, with great honor, by President Cleveland.
Maintained by the National Park Service, you can access this iconic symbol of the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island via a ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan.
However, if you wish to climb the Statue staircase, additional tickets will be needed as availability to climbers is limited to a few hundred people a day. And even if you plan to climb the stairs of the great Statue of Liberty, don’t plan on climbing too high. Access to the torch tier has been prohibited since 1916, due to public safety concerns.
There’s no doubt: Her priceless beauty continues to shine for the entire world. The Statue of Liberty is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Manhattan.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, or as locals like to call it — “the Met,” is by far the largest art museum in America and the third most visited museum worldwide.
Originally opened in 1872, the Met is now divided into 17 large areas displaying art, historical artifacts, and even architecture.
Whether you want to see classic paintings. modern art, ancient Egyptian work, African creations, detailed pieces from Asia, European sculptures, musical instruments, massive library collections — including a reading area set aside just for children — and fine photography, the Met’s your perfect destination place.
For pure enrichment, the Metropolitan Museum of Art also presents two annual costume galas where they showcase rotating themes from their collection of over 35,000 amazing costume pieces. Past galas have presented rock and roll wardrobe exhibits which included pieces worn by The Beatles and Madonna, and a Chanel fashion exhibit of the classic designer’s iconic work.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 5th Avenue. It is open Sunday – Thursday from 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, and Friday – Saturday from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
The Theatre District
With 41 large professional theatres, Broadway is a tourist destination for travelers and is considered a crowned jewel to local New Yorkers.
From the early days of Shakespeare presentations to the, now, mostly musicals, the live entertainment in the theatre district is a thriving New York City attraction.
It was once feared that the invention of films would create grave competition for live theatre, but because movies were silent in the beginning, this did not occur. However, when films added sound, the fear of losing live theatre as an art form grew stronger. In the end, the love for live theatre won out — with its anything can happen nature, extravagant performances, elaborate costumes, and song and dance performances, the Theatre District continues to thrive.
During the Great Depression, after another difficult decade, the Broadway hit, Oklahoma!, and a new booming economy, once again, brought fresh life back to a struggling Theatre District.
With present hit shows like Aladdin, Pretty Woman/The Musical, The Lion King, Wicked, and a multitude of other great productions, The Theatre District continues to be a must-visit location in Manhattan.
With tens of millions of visitors annually, one of the most filmed locations in the world, Central Park, is abundant with beauty. Located between the Upper West and the Upper East side of Manhattan, the park was originally founded in 1857 and created on 778 acres. A national landmark, Central Park is now covering 843 spectacular acres, operated by the Central Park Conservancy.
Often compared to London’s Hyde Park, Central Park’s beauty served as inspiration for the creation of San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park. Central Park maintains an individual police precinct with officers who patrol, along with park service officials, to ensure visitor safety.
Within the grounds, you’ll find lush landscaping, sculptures, lakes, and ponds — the perfect location for a family picnic, bicycling, jogging, a morning stroll, photography opportunities, or even a romantic proposal.
Two and a half acres of the park have been specifically dedicated to the late John Lennon who was tragically killed outside his New York City apartment. The area called “Strawberry Fields” is beautifully landscaped with shrubs gifted from around the world, and an Imagine mosaic donated by the nation of Italy.
Renovations for the park have occurred numerous times over the years, but in 2012, hedge fund manager, John A. Paulson, donated 100 million dollars to the conservancy to ensure its long term care.
With over 25,000 trees and spectacular wildlife, this open space treasure is a priceless sanctuary to city dwellers everywhere.
Often called “the Crossroads of the World” and “the Center of the Universe,” Times Square offers vast entertainment, immense shopping experiences, and casual to fine dining for locals and tourists.
Originally called Longacre Square, the area was renamed after the New York Times newspaper moved their offices to the location. With over 300,000 daily visitors, Times Square definitely has something for everyone.
And you don’t have to wait to visit Times Square for the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop. There’s plenty to do all year round.
A few things to see are the Times Square Studio — where Good Morning America and ABC News is filmed — the spectacular architecture of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, The Orion, The New York Times Building, Nickelodeon, and the Paramount Theatre.
Restaurants in Times Square offer everything from simple, comfort food to exotic cuisine, and you can shop for hours before enjoying a spectacular and memorable Broadway play. From being a family outing and a tourist stop to a perfect place for a romantic date night, Times Square has a lot to offer — and there’s a lot to love about it, too.
While you’re at it, be sure to add High Bar to the great places to visit in Manhattan. We offer more than classic and exotic cocktails and tasty small plates. We also offer spectacular skyline views of New York City. Visit us on the rooftop of the Doubletree at 346 West 40th.
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