UPDATED January 2, 2020 at 12:37 pm:
Please disregard my outdated post below about tickets and prices.
You can now get a New York Pass HERE, for one price, giving you access to pretty much all attractions in NYC. It is a much better deal than buying individual tickets.
It was a huge deal for me to visit The Big Apple the first time. I spent days planning ahead of time, to get the most out of my time and especially my money. I didn’t wanna miss a thing, and as most other people I was on a budget. Here is the attractions I visited and a few tips to pass on to you along with them.
Central Park and The Zoo
Your literally walking on acres and acres of a beautiful and peaceful park in the heart of New York City. You will see how the city buildings abruptly stops to make space for the grass and greenery. This is really a great breathing space for us tourists as well as the busybees living in New York. We spent hours and hours just walking around and taking it all in. We visited the Central Park Zoo as well, which was quite nice and not too big. After the visit, we went to a bar which was facing the park, so we could relax with a drink, while still watching the life in Central Park. Highly recommended. Ticket for the Zoo was $12. The park itself is free.
Big Bus Tours
This is a must! You get a ticket for the double decker bus and you can get on and off during the day as you please. The guide onboard will tell you about the city attractions as you pass by them. This is a great way to start your vacation, because you will drive by many of the big attractions and can sort out what is of interest to you and require an extra visit and what is not. Ticket are around $50 per person, per day.
This is an incredible experience that no one should miss while in New York City. It symbolizes a horrible tragedy that changed all of our lives. No matter how much you think know about 9/11, the visit here takes it to a new level. It’s a chronology of that terrible day and is shown from the eyes of the media, people on the ground, first responders, the victims and many others. Tickets are $24 per person.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Take your time on this one. The perfect place to go on a rainy day. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States, and is among the most visited art museums in the world. This is an incredible museum that could take you days to fully explore. Full of all types of art for everyone in the family. Some you’ll recognize and others you didn’t even know was art. You need more than a day if you really want to go through it all. When purchasing a ticket, you can pay what you want or pay nothing to enter. I recommend paying, its worth every dime!!
Top of the Rock Observation Deck
Observatory on top of Rockefeller Center, with an ocean-liner style design, offering city views. This is a great way to see the city from midtown. There are several levels of decks that gives you a 360 degree view. Make sure the sky is clear when you go here for optimal view. We paid just about $40 per person.
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is a huge sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. Yeah, you probably already know that :). You can simply not visit new york without seeing the Statue of Liberty. You can see it from the manhattan side, but I suggest you at the very least take the trip to the island. The picket prices for that is about $18. You can also go all the way up to the crown, and the tickets for that will be $21.50. Not bad at all.