Top Attractions in Midtown Manhattan

Many of New York’s top attractions are located in this part of Manhattan, so be sure to add them to your travel itinerary. Below we recommend other attractions and museums in Midtown Manhattan.

01. Central Park in Winter

Central Park should not be missing from any of the things to do in New York in winter. The green lung of the city turns into a true winter wonderland during the cold season. That’s why it’s also a popular destination for New Yorkers. Stroll through the park under the snow-covered trees and be enchanted by the play of light on the frozen water surfaces at night. If you want to be more adventurous, start in Harlem and head down Central Park towards Midtown. Too often we find that we start on Fifth Avenue, at the Plaza Hotel in Central Park. There is much more to explore than that part of Central Park.

02. Belvedere Castle in Central Park

Belvedere Castle was built in 1869 and was designed by Calvert Vaux, best known for having also designed Central Park in New York. The castle had no real purpose beyond being a decorative piece within the park, however it is very beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

03. Bryant Park NYC

Bryant Park is located in the heart of Manhattan and is a quiet oasis between 40th and 42nd Streets. Bryant Park is right in the middle of Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets, and yet offers you the peace and quiet you need to get away for a few moments from the bustling city. With many small cafes dotted around the park, it is the perfect place to unwind or relax in good weather.

04. Central Park NYC

Central Park stretches from midtown Manhattan to Harlem. It has some 340 hectares of land and is a popular meeting point for New Yorkers. With about 35 million visitors a year, this artificial park is an attraction not only for tourists.

New Yorkers love Central Park and its tranquility. Many events are held here, such as the New York Marathon. There are also lots of green spaces, walking lanes, and bike lanes. Central Park is home to Sheep’s Meadow, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, Central Park Zoo, and much more.

05. Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers All sports fans should definitely go to Chelsea Piers, which includes Piers 59, 60, and 61 between 17th and 23rd streets. The complex consists of bowling alleys, climbing walls, gyms, basketball, an ice skating rink, and an indoor pool.

06. Chrysler Building Observation Deck

Chrysler Building Observation Deck It’s been talked about for a long time, and now it’s finally a reality: The Chrysler Building will have an observation deck. It will be built on the 61st floor and will transform the current north and south terrace into an observation deck with views of Midtown, the East River, and One Vanderbilt Summit.

07. Empire State Building

The Empire State Building in New York City’s most famous attraction. When most people think of New York, this monument is usually the first thing that comes to mind. It is an iconic skyscraper and has possibly been the face of the city. It should definitely be part of every trip to the city, as it has two viewing platforms. Fun fact: the Empire State Building even has its own zip code.

08. Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building is one of the most popular, beautiful and iconic buildings in New York. The building, triangular in shape, resembles the shape of an iron, hence its name. It is one of the most photogenic places in New York and is worth visiting for all tourists.

09. Fotografiska New York

Fotografiska New York is a wonderful museum in NYC for all art enthusiasts and especially photographic art. Originally founded in Stockholm in 2010, the museum also exists in Tallinn (Estonia) and since 2019 in New York. It is housed in a beautiful building from 1892 and extends over 6 floors. In addition to the changing exhibits, there is a restaurant and cocktail bar to complete the visit.

10. Gramercy Park

This verdant idyll is a park surrounded by expensive brownstones. It can only be accessed with a key, which is given only to residents who live directly in the park. But it’s still worth looking over or through the fence. The park is simply charming and beautiful.

11. Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Station is probably the most famous commuter station in the world. Every day, thousands of New Yorkers and tourists pass through this busy and fast-moving terminal. This New York commuter rail terminus has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows and is a landmark of the city. Tourists visiting New York make sure that Grand Central is part of their itinerary.

12. Holidays Under The Stars

Broadway Under the Stars NY The Shops at Columbus Circle boasts the largest handcrafted display of illuminated colors in the world. Twelve 13-foot handcrafted stars will hang from the ceiling inside the Time Warner Center. If you show up in the evening hours, know that there is a dazzling light show every half hour from 5 pm until closing. Access to the show is free.

The “Holidays Under the Stars” trade show is a true New York tradition and is accompanied by extensive shopping hours. Dine, shop and enjoy entertainment after visiting the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, one of the best Christmas markets in the city.

To combine some of the best Christmas lights in New York with an even more magical experience, come here on a Monday. That’s when Broadway Under the Stars takes place inside the shops of Columbus Circle. Who doesn’t love a free light show and Broadway performance?

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