New York City Attractions

The City of New York is filled with unique tourist opportunities at each end of its five boroughs. The trouble is figuring out what to exclude while you are here! Try making a list of each attraction that you would like to visit and categorize them by their location in each of the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island.

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No matter what your interests are, you can customize your itinerary with a combination of different attractions and then enjoy the comfort of your New York City car rental to travel between them. Take a look at some of New York City’s hottest tourist attractions and landmarks, and then get in your New York City car rental from Action Car Rental and start exploring!

Times Square

If you’re looking for one of the busiest blocks in the world, head to 42nd Street and check out the action of Times Square! Home of the famous New Year’s Eve ball drop, Times Square is bustling with tourist shops, restaurants, street vendors, and all kinds of entertainment. There is something going on in Times Square at every hour of the day, so grab your New York City car rental and enjoy the sights and sounds!

Times Square

Empire State Building

350 Fifth Ave West 34th St.
Tel: 212-736-3100
New York’s famous Empire State Building, a U.S. National Historic Landmark, is recognized worldwide and rises more than a quarter of a mile into the sky above the heart of Manhattan. The inspiring views from the two observatories that are open late for night sightseeing, on the 86th and 102nd floor have enthralled more than 117 million people to date.  Located in Manhattan, the Empire State Building is one of the most-visited New York City tourist attractions.

The Empire State Building stands more than a quarter of a mile high in the heart of Manhattan and has been seen in countless movies, from the classics, such as King Kong, to the most recent, such as Spiderman. The Empire State Building is boasted as being the most recognized landmarks in all of the United States. Located on the 86th floor, 1050 feet in the air, there is an observatory that offers a panoramic view of the city, and since it opened in 1931, there have been almost 110 million visitors.

Statue of Liberty

As a gift to the United States in honor of the friendship created during the French Revolution, the Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of American freedom. Take a glimpse from Battery Park or venture over on a ferry and climb up Lady Liberty yourself! The Statue of Liberty is located in New York Harbor. It was a gift from France representing international friendship.

It was dedicated on Oct 28, 1886, and designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924. It was restored on July 4, 1986. Currently, the statue sits 151 feet high, with a gorgeous view that can be accessed through a staircase of 354 steps

Wall Street

Home of the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street houses some of the wealthiest businesses in the world. Take a drive through one of the busiest financial districts in the world in your New York City car rental, or watch some shares trade hands if you desire!

Ground Zero

The entire world watched in horror as the Twin Towers came down under terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Visit Ground Zero to pay your respects and honor those victims lost. There are many underground parking lots nearby to park your New York City car rental.

Grand Central Terminal

Park Ave – 42nd St.
Tel: 212-532-4900
Who hasn’t heard of Grand Central? Filled with history and stories and still a major hub of New York. Don’t miss seeing the spectacular ceiling in the main terminal! Grand Central Terminal is no longer just a hub for transportation, it has now been renovated to include many different shops and restaurants for tourists. Free tours are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Rockefeller Center

47-52nd St., Fifth-Seventh Ave
Tel: 212-632-4041
If you’ve ever seen the Today Show on NBC, you’ve probably seen the background of Rockefeller Center, which is also home to the giant Christmas Tree, concerts, the Radio City Music Hall, and a fabulous ice skating wink during the winter months. A great place to shop and eat, probably most famous for the tree placed out front during the wintertime, which is usually an average of 70 feet tall and 40 feet wide. As one of New York’s most popular destinations, Rockefeller Center is a canter of activity, with thousands of visitors and New Yorkers taking in a variety of exciting attractions. Whether you’re looking to spend the afternoon ice-skating, joining the audience at NBC’s “Today Show,” seeing the annual Christmas tree display or shopping at its world-class retail stores, the Rock has something for everyone.

Chinatown

NYC Chinatown is accredited as being the largest Chinatown in the United States, and the site of the largest concentration of Chinese in the western hemisphere. It is located on the lower east side of Manhattan, having a population of about 70,000-150,000, being the preferred destination of Chinese immigrants.

canal street chinatown manhattan

Madison Square Garden

Madison Square Garden is located in Manhattan on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. It is home to the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers, and the New York Liberty, and hosts everything from sports to concerts, and shows.

Madison Square Garden

Yankee Stadium – Home Of The Yankees

Home to the New York Yankees, and since the purchase of Babe Ruth, Yankee Stadium has been the “Home of Champions”; even so much as being noted the “House that Ruth Built”. Baseball is not the only sport to grace this stadium, in fact, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, and many more boxers have been involved in more than 30 of the championship fights the stadium has hosted.

The Bronx Zoo

Known as the world’s greatest zoo, The Bronx Zoo is the heart of the Wildlife Conservation Society. It is home to 4000 animals in award-winning cutting edge exhibits, having a range of gorillas in the Congo Gorilla Forest, snow leopards in the Himalayan Highlands Habitat, and almost an acre of an indoor Asian rain forest.

Central Park

Central Park, New York City’s largest expanse of green space, is located uptown and separates the Upper East Side from the Upper West Side. Flanked by million-dollar apartments on both sides, you can roll down the windows of your New York City car rental and travel through the beautiful roads with the scenic New York skyline illuminating the background.

New York City Parks

Central Park is the escape place for the New Yorkers who can’t take the high humidity during the summer. Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. The park offers over 840 acres of landscaped and recreational areas that include a zoo, a theater, sports facilities, lakes, food, entertainment, and much more.  Central Park was the first public park in the United States and is currently 850 acres, including sports facilities, a zoo, a theatre, and even a lake. This park will take all day (or more) to visit.

New York City is also filled with an amazing assortment of museums, both large and small. You can plan a day or afternoon of museum hopping and then use your convenient New York City car rental to get there! Museum exhibits contain fascinating cultural and historical items that can only be seen to be believed. Some of New York City’s most popular museums include:

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Museum of Modern Art

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo is located just off 5th Avenue and has been deemed an Oasis of Wildlife. There is a rain forest, home to tropical birds, rare monkeys, and fascinating reptiles and amphibians. There are penguins in the Antarctic habitat and sea lions outside. The zoo is home to more than 1400 animals of more than 130 species (a variety from polar bears to ants)

Museum Of Modern Art

11 W. 53rd St.
Tel: 212-708-7500
Located at 33 Street at Queens Blvd, The Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1929 as an educational institution. The Museum is dedicated to being the leading museum of modern art in the world. See everything from Picasso to Warhol and everything in between.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Museum of Modern Art’s collection has grown to include more than 100,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MOMA also owns some 14,000 films and four million film stills, as well as 140,000 books, artist books, and periodicals.

American Museum of Natural History

The Museum is located at Central Park West and 79th Street in NYC. The Museum has a spectacular arrangement of exhibit and the Rose Centre for Earth and Space currently has a newly acquired moon rock on loan from NASA.

Union Square

West 14th – 17th St.
A trendy hang out for hipsters with some interesting shops. 14th Street Union Square is one of New York City’s most vibrant and exciting neighborhoods

Lincoln Center

Broadway 62nd – 67th St.
Tel: 212-875-5000
For the Opera enthusiast, the Lincoln Center is home to the Metropolitan Opera, Avery Fisher Hall, and the world-famous Julliard School of Music. Lincoln Center presents more than 350 live performances each year through six distinguished performance programs that bring music, opera, theater, dance, puppetry, circus, and cultural expression from around the globe to Lincoln Center stages.