New York’s Tallest Attractions
The city of skyscrapers is best seen from above. Next time you’re in New York City, experience a bird’s eye view of Central Park, Manhattan and the surrounding rivers from the observation decks of these major attractions.
Empire State Building
A must visit in any New York trip, the Empire State Building draws millions of tourists every year for many reasons. Its iconic art deco architecture is unmistakable and its history is intertwined with the city’s own history. Learn all about the construction of this world-famous building at the Dare to Dream exhibit before heading to the observation decks. A trip to the 86th floor will take you to an outdoor deck that wraps around the building’s spire. For an even higher experience, go to the 102nd floor to an indoor viewing room, where Manhattan and Central Park are in full view.
Built as a small city within the city, Rockefeller Center has plenty to keep you occupied for an entire day, but the true gem is the Top of the Rock Observation Deck. The journey to the top includes a view of the stunning Joie Chandelier by Swarovski, an exhibit about the building’s history and the Rockefellers and interactive experiences. The 67th, 69th and 70th floors are dedicated to incredible views of New York City.
One World Observatory
The newest attraction on this list is the One World Observatory. Although it was built as a result of 9/11, this building and the surrounding structures (One World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, the transportation hub, etc), exemplify the nation’s resilience. The observatory is the cherry on a cake made of many interactive and stunningly visual exhibitions. The elevator ride in the SkyPod, the Forever Theater and the Sky Portal are but a few of the unique attractions you’ll find there. And, of course, the views of Lower Manhattan and beyond are unparalleled.
Statue of Liberty
The most famous statue in the world is a true icon of New York City and another must-see attraction. However, not everyone braves the trip to the Crown. Whether they are content to see the Statue of Liberty from the ferry or just visiting the pedestal to avoid queues, we’re not sure. But if you’re after sweeping views of Manhattan, make sure you purchase tickets to go up the Crown. You’ll need to plan ahead and be ready for the steep 377 steps — but we promise it will be worth it!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Roof Garden
The last spot on this list is not a “tall attraction” per se, but it delivers unique views of Central Park. Since you’re probably visiting the Metropolitan Museum at Fifth Avenue anyway, take a break from the art and head to the Cantor Rooftop Garden Bar (open mid–April through October). This outdoor eatery is gorgeous any time of day, especially when you have a cocktail in your hand.