If you're looking for things to do in New York City, all you have to do is turn another corner and look around. Just be sure to include some of New York's world famous landmarks, like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. Once you've experienced the best of New York's hustle and bustle atmosphere, you can return to your New York Inn to unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet.The Empire State Building350 5th AvenueNew York, NY 10018(212) 736-3100www.esbnyc.com
The Empire State Building is 103 floors of commerce and fantastic views and contains banks, restaurants, shops and more, but the attraction that works hardest to bring people in is simply the view from the top. You can take the high speed elevator to the 86th floor observatory and look back down the 1,050 feet, from the indoor or outdoor platforms. You can then head further up to the 102nd floor. There are always long waits to get in, with a line each for security, tickets and elevator access. BBonline recommends visiting the website to buy the express pass to bypass all lines and return to your cozy New York Bed and Breakfast ahead of rush hour traffic.
Open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, with adjusted holiday hours. Prices are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, $14 for children age 6 to 12, and free for children under 5 and military in full uniform. The express pass runs at $45, and it's an extra $15 to go to the 102nd floor.The Statue of LibertyNational Park ServicesLiberty IslandNew York, NY 1000(212) 363-3200www.nps.govwww.statuecruises.com
A gift from France, the Statue of Liberty has become a worldwide symbol of freedom and democracy. You can climb the 168 steps to the top of the pedestal or take the elevator to the top. There is also an optional trip to the top of the crown, and if you purchase a ticket with crown access you also get priority entry at all security screenings. There is a museum at the base of the statue, and you can take the ferry to Liberty Island with the option of continuing to Ellis Island to tour the Immigration Museum.
The ferry operates from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the winter and from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the summer. Ferry tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for children. Crown access is an additional $3, and audio commentary is an additional $8. Call 1-877-LADY-TIX for tickets.The Rockefeller Centerwww.rockefellercenter.com
BBonline knows that a trip to New York City is incomplete without seeing the Rockefeller Center. This incredible complex spans between 48th and 51st Streets, and Fifth and Sixth Avenue.The Tree at Rockefeller Center30 Rockefeller Plaza(212) 588-8601
If you visit in the winter you're going to want to see the famous tree at Rockefeller Center. You can stop by daily during the holiday season from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The lights are especially beautiful at night.The Ice Skating RinkBetween 49th and 50th StreetsEnter from Fifth Avenue(212) 332-7654
The best way to enjoy the tree and get some fresh air before returning to your New York City Inn is on the skating rink at Rockefeller Center. You can even book a private skating lesson if you've never been on the ice before. The rink is open from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and until midnight on weekends.Radio City Music Hall1260 Avenue of the Americas(212) 307-7171
You can't visit Rockefeller Center without stopping at Radio City Music Hall. This iconic theater has been home to many live theater performances, movie premiers and the city's own Rockettes. Show times vary, but you can tour the hall Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The Rockefeller Center houses so much more, and with a little time and some good planning you'll be able to see most of this world famous landmark before retiring to your New York Bed and Breakfast for the night.