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Things to Do in New York

New York is a state of contrasts. New York City is home to the attractions Statue of Liberty, Broadway, the Bronx Zoo and the Empire State Building. Albany, the capital, is to the north, as is Revolutionary War history at Saratoga. Hike in the Adirondack Mountains or the Catskills or visit resorts Lake George and Lake Placid - home of two winter Olympics. Throughout the state find things to do like Cooperstown’s Baseball Hall of Fame, Corning’s glass museum, Rochester’s George Eastman’s Museum of Photography and Film, Buffalo’s chicken wings and Niagara Falls’ natural beauty. Restaurants include top chefs in NYC to home cooking upstate. Stay in resorts, boutique and brand hotels, B&Bs, inns, cabins, lodges and resorts.
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Central Park

Central Park West and West 86th Transverse Road
New York, New York
Movie Sites Tour or Central Park Bike Tour
Created by Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted, this was the first landscaped public park in America.

Nearly 850-acres, Central Park is comprised of open fields, lakes, wooded areas and paths. The park is home to Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center, the Children's Zoo, a fort, Wollman (ice skating) Rink, tennis center, the Central Park Reservoir with a 1.58 mile running track, playgrounds, ball fields, monuments and sculptures, the Henry Luce Nature Observatory housed in...
Hours & Admission
Daily 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Free.
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Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
The Jewish Museum was established on January 20, 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to the Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core for a museum collection.

Today, The Jewish Museum maintains an important collection of 26,000 objects - paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects and broadcast media. Widely admired for its exhibitions and programs developed for people of all backgrounds, The...
Hours & Admission
Friday to Tuesday 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed Jewish and major holidays. Admission.
Photo: ©Peter Aaron/Esto. All right reserved.

New York State Museum

Madison Avenue and Eagle Street
Albany, New York
Anchoring the southern end of Empire State Plaza in downtown is the state's largest and oldest state museum. With three and a half acres of exhibits on various aspects of the state from the Adirondack wilderness to Harlem to birds.

Two exhibits are tied to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Memorabilia include a destroyed fire engine, 10-ton steel columns from the World Trade Center, pieces of the hijacked airplanes, a piece of the fence erected around Ground...
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Museum and carousel: free. Donations welcome.
Photo Courtesy: New York State Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions and education programs.

The foundation owns and operates the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York and the three others in Europe.

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,...
Hours & Admission
Saturday to Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Admission.
Photo: David M. Heald ©The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

American Museum of Natural History

79th Street and Central Park West
New York, New York
This is an exceptional museum showcasing artifacts from throughout the world on topics including ocean life, forests in North America, primates, reptiles and amphibians, human origins, meteorites and mineral and gems.

The Rose Center for Earth and Space houses the Hayden Planetarium. Exhibits showcase the stars, galaxies and planets including earth.

Hours & Admission
Museum: daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. IMAX shows: on the half hour, Monday to Friday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive
New York, New York
Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tour or Discover Brooklyn Tour
The Gothic-style Brooklyn Bridge spans the East River, connecting lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. Designed by John Roebling and built over a 13-year period beginning in 1870, it was the world's first steel suspension bridge and at the time it was completed was the largest suspension bridge. When Roebling died unexpectedly, his son took over the project. After his illness, the younger Roebling's wife oversaw the project's day-to-day construction.

On the Manhattan side,...
Hours & Admission
24/7. Free.

Empire State Building

350 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
Attraction Tickets plus Skip to the Front of the Line option and/or SKYRIDE
The state of New York is known as the Empire State. Between 1930 and 1931 (during the Great Depression), the art deco-style Empire State Building was constructed. It was the tallest building in New York City and held that honor for many years. Since 2001, at 1,453 feet, 8-9/16 inches or 443.2 meters to the tip of its lightning rod, it is currently the tallest building in the city.

There are two observation floors, the 86th and the 102nd floors. The 86th floor, at 1,050 feet or 320 meters,...
Hours & Admission
Observatory: daily 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Admission (available on line or on site; an Empire State Building (ESB) Express ticket enables ticket holders to forgo the wait and move to the front of the line; tickets to the 102nd floor can only be purchased on site).

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
Museum Tickets
** American Wing Galleries Renovation, Phase II: The Charles Engelhard Court and Second- and Third-Floor Period Rooms to open spring 2009. A major reordering and upgrading of the American Wing galleries and period rooms has begun, and the final phase is scheduled for completion in 2010. The Wing will remain open, in part, throughout the three-phase project. In Phase II, The Charles Engelhard Court is being transformed to better showcase the sculptures, windows and other works on view, and to facilitate public access. Renovations to the balcony include new glass barrier walls and a rethinking of the...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Admission.


350 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, New York
Attraction Tickets and with Empire State Building Option
The New York Skyride, independently owned and operated on the second floor of the Empire State Building, takes passengers on a 30-minute simulated rooftop flight over New York City. A celebrity entertainer serves as the guide.
Hours & Admission
Daily 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission.

Albany Institute of History and Art

125 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York
A display of the city's earliest Dutch portraitists and the Hudson River painters are housed in this Beaux Arts building. The 1791-founded Albany Institute is probably the oldest art collection in the country. Albany's fine Dutch silver, ceramics, pewter and locally made chairs and tables are also on display here.
Hours & Admission
Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
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