5 Landmarks You Have to See in New York: Times Square, Central Park and More!

Who else finds themselves watching reruns of Friends, Sex in the City and Brooklyn Nine Nine? Not only are they equivalent to a warm hug on a rainy day, these shows are set in one of the most exciting, sensational and head-turning cities in the world. Where it’s possible to get a 3-course dinner at 3am, New York truly is the city that never sleeps. And we, as Brits, can’t get enough of it! If you’re planning a trip to the Big Apple, make a real adventure out of it and take a cruise from Southampton, making sure you see plenty of cool spots along the way.

#1. Times Square

When we think of New York, many of us think of the blinding lights of Times Square. And with good reason! There are few places more iconic than this bustling intersection where Broadway and 7th Avenue meet in a magnificent cacophony of giant advertising billboards, people and music.

Enjoy the full impact as the sun goes down before heading to Duffy Square on 47th Street to climb the red glass steps, at the top of which waits a view of one of the most famous squares in the world.

#2. Statue of Liberty

You’ll probably see Lady Liberty as you touch down. Pervading the Hudson River with grace and majesty, the Statue of Liberty is a historical landmark that deserves everyone’s time and attention. If you want to enjoy the full experience and climb to the crown, you will need to book your tickets in advance. Even tickets to the base are in high demand.

#3. Empire State Building

You’ll be happy to hear that this one doesn’t involve any stairs! The observatories at Empire State Building on the 86th and 102nd floors (accessible by lift) offer stunning 360 panoramas over New York’s concrete jungle. Open from 8am to 2am, you can see the city go about its business at all times of the day.

#4. Central Park

That’s Central Park not Central Perk, although there are doubtless many editions of the fictional coffee house. Central Park is huge, stretching from 59th to 110th street, and always has something going on at all times of the year.

Go there with a picnic, dance the night away at a summer concert, ice-skate on the lake in winter or just take your favourite book and chill!

#5. Rockefeller Center

Who’s still chasing those skyscraper views? If the answer’s ‘yes’, then Rockefeller Center is for you. With 3 decks, all boasting 360 views, Top of the Rock is an experience you don’t want to miss. Return to earth for some skating on the famous ice rink, treat yourself to some NY glamour in the Rainbow Room or organise a tour for a proper look! What about you, what are your favourite NY landmarks? Feel free to share any tips & advice below!

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