NEW YORK CITY ATTRACTIONS
Famously known as the “Big Apple,” New York City is a place where visitors from all over the world come to experience renowned plays and musicals including 37 Broadway theatres, numerous cultural institutions, 150 world-class museums, concerts, 18,000 restaurants and nightlife.
The Avalon Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan South just minutes away from some of New York's most iconic attractions including:
The Empire State Building - One of the city's most popular and recognizable landmarks and New York’s signature high-rise. Visit the legendary Empire State Building’s observation deck for stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and a classic New York experience.
The Statue of Liberty - A short ride away from Midtown Manhattan, this American icon has been a symbol of freedom since 1886. At 225 tons and 162 feet tall, Lady Liberty is more than impressive. Although there is no charge for entrance to Statue of Liberty National Monument, there is a cost for the ferry service that all visitors must use. The ferries, which depart from Battery Park, also stop at Ellis Island when it is open to the public. Please note: all ferry riders are subject to security screening, prior to boarding. Visitors intending to enter the statue's base and pedestal must obtain a complimentary museum/pedestal ticket along with their ferry ticket. Those wishing to climb the staircase within the statue to the crown, must purchase a special ticket, which may be reserved up to a six months in advance.
Ellis Island - The processing depot for almost 12 million immigrants from 1892 to 1924, this incredibly moving site features the Immigration Museum, Registry Room, American Immigrant Wall of Honor and American Family Immigrant History Center. Like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island requires a cost for the ferry service and all ferry riders are subject to security screening prior to boarding.
Rockefeller Center - At this a national historic landmark in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. you will find NBC, Radio City Music Hall, Christie’s Auction House, and the world-famous Rockefeller Plaza skating rink and channel gardens. Take a tour of the NBC studios, visit the Top of The Rock Observation Deck or dine and shop in the Plaza or underground concourse.
Times Square - The Crossroads of America where shopping, dining, and fabulous Broadway plays and musicals meet, is just a short walk from our Midtown Manhattan boutique hotel.
Radio City Music Hall - When people think of Radio City Music Hall in New York City, one thing comes to mind, the fabulous Rockettes. During the holidays the Rockettes can be seen kicking their way in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Other times of the year, Radio City is famous for its top named talent who grace its stage the rest of the year.
Madison Square Garden - Just two blocks from the hotel in Midtown Manhattan, Madison Square Garden, The World's Most Famous Arena, is located in Manhattan on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets. The Garden, as it is known, is the home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers and the New York Liberty. It also plays host to some of the world’s greatest performers and concerts.
New York Public Library - The New York Public Library has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. Founded in 1895, NYPL is the nation’s largest public library system, featuring a unique combination of 88 neighborhood branches and four scholarly research centers, bringing together an extraordinary richness of resources and opportunities available to all. Serving more than 18 million patrons a year and millions more online, the Library holds more than 51 million items, from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world. While staying at The Avalon Hotel in Midtown Manhattan – only 3 minutes away - don’t miss the opportunity to visit this extraordinary New York City’s landmark.
Central Park Zoo - is a 6.5-acre zoo located in Central Park in New York City near the southeast corner of Central Park at 64TH Street and 5th Avenue. It is easily accessible by mass transit from anywhere in New York City.
Bronx Zoo - is located in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, within Bronx Park. It is among the largest metropolitan zoos in the world, and is the largest in North America, with some 6,000 animals representing about 650 species from around the world. Bronx Zoo comprises 265 acres of park lands and naturalistic habitats, through which the Bronx River flows.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex - The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, located in Midtown Manhattan, is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.
Madame Tussauds Times Square - Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds London since they first opened over 200 years ago. Madame Tussauds opened its doors in the heart of Times Square in Manhattan, New York City in the year 2000.
If you are in need of a little museum therapy then be sure to visit:
The iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art - located a short ride away on 5th Avenue, The Metropolitan Museum of Art features some of the world’s greatest works of art, as well as the Temple of Dendur and the Anna Wintour Costume Center.
If modern art is your preference then the eclectic collection at the Museum of Modern Art is a must-see.
For the nature and science buff, the American Museum of Natural History, on the Upper West Side, Manhattan, offers an amazing collection from Mother Nature herself, as well as a look into our universe at the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Other great New York City attractions include:
Museum of the City of New York - The Museum of the City of New Yorkcelebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.
Frick Collection - The Frick Collection is internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center. The Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - An internationally renowned Manhattan’s art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.
Whitney Museum of American Art - As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
In addition, do not forget to take in the beauty of:
The Brooklyn Botanical Garden – This botanical garden in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. Founded in 1910 and located in Prospect Park neighborhoods, the 52-acre garden includes a number of specialty "gardens within the Garden," plant collections, and the Steinhardt Conservatory, which houses the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum, three climate-themed plant pavilions, a white cast-iron and glass aquatic plant house, and an art gallery. The Garden holds over 10,000 taxa of plants and each year welcomes over 900,000 visitors from around the world.
The New York Botanical Garden – Located a few-minute walk from the Avalon Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, the New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum and, since its founding in 1891, has served as an oasis in this busy metropolis. As a National Historic Landmark, this 250-acre site's verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. Each year 900,000 visitors enjoy the Garden not only for its remarkable diversity of tropical, temperate, and desert flora, but also for programming that ranges from renowned exhibitions in the Haupt Conservatory to festivals on Daffodil Hill.