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New York City is home to some of the world's most famous landmarks and attractions. There’s so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to begin. To help, we've rounded up five of the top sites that belong on any visitor's to-do list.

Stroll through Central Park

The 843-acre park is a diverse landscape of gardens, rolling meadows, arches, sculptures, statues and vistas. Designed in the mid-19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park today is the centerpiece of the City's public parks system.

It’s popular all year-round, with attractions including the Central Park Zoo, outdoor concerts, cycling, ice-skating, or, for many, just a great place for a walk.

Take the ferry to Staten Island

This 25-minute journey by water from Lower Manhattan to Staten Island offers fantastic views of the Statue of Liberty, the New York Harbor and the Manhattan skyline. The ferry runs 24 hours a day and stops close to the Staten Island Museum and the St. George Theatre, just a short bus ride from the Snug Harbor Cultural Centre and Botanical Garden.

The ferry terminal is also a short walk from the home of the Staten Island Yankees baseball team, where you can catch a minor league game with waterfront views from the stands.

Reach the top of the Empire State Building

Take an elevator ride up 1,050 feet to the 86th-floor observation deck of the Empire State Building and enjoy the awe-inspiring New York City skyline. Skyscrapers, bridges, waterways, islands and monuments make up the iconic scene.

If you want a view that includes the Empire State Building itself, head up to the Top of the Rock, on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Plaza (home of broadcasting giant NBC’s studios). Both buildings are open late and night-time views are recommended.

Visit Downtown Manhattan

Home to both the city's government and Wall Street, Lower Manhattan is a place where much of America's early history unfolded. Take your pick of cultural institutions in the area, including the Federal Hall National Memorial, the National Museum of the American Indian and The Skyscraper Museum, to name just a few.

Outdoor seating around South Street Seaport’s shops makes it a good place for a walk and the cobbled Stone Street provides a range of bars and restaurants. Nearby, take a tour of City Hall, one of America’s oldest functioning seats of municipal government, or walk across the famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Experience the Uptown nightlife

The city is alive every night of the week with a host of entertainment to suit all tastes. Dance to live jazz or relax to blues and soul music in Harlem, where the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley once played.

Watch rising and multi-platinum artists at one of the countless concert venues, such as the Highline Ballroom and Irving Plaza. Or, try one of the comedy clubs for headline acts, rising stars and surprise guest appearances.

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK Advice: 0800 678 1174

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