Midtown is the area that comes to mind for many of us when we think of New York – which isn’t surprising, since it’s home to some of the world’s most iconic attractions. You could spend a month in Midtown and still not get to see, do, and experience everything the area has to offer. There are, however, a few things in this neighborhood that should be on your list if you’re visiting for the first time (or even if you’ve been here a hundred times before). We’ve listed our top Midtown attractions below.
Top Midtown Attractions
Madison Square Garden
“The Garden” is as celebrated as the events it hosts – from Knicks basketball and Rangers hockey to concerts and even theater performances. Well over 300 events take place here every year, so chances are good that you’ll find something worth attending during your visit.
Central Park is arguably one of the world’s most legendary open spaces, with over 840 acres of lakes, trees, flowers, walking tracks, a zoo, and much more. It’s a haven for birdwatchers, and plays host to numerous exhibitions and concerts.
While not as well known as Central Park, this lovely little urban park offers plenty of reasons to visit – from its seasonal ice skating rink and holiday market to free musical events and an open-air Reading Room.
There’s a reason why Times Square is often referred to as “the Center of the Universe”; larger than life and framed by neon lights, it’s one of the planet’s most recognizable landmarks. 50 million people flock here every year to witness its one-of-a-kind appeal – as well as to shop, eat, drink, and watch Broadway shows.
Empire State Building
The nation’s most famous office building in the country soars over 1,450 feet above the ground and was the tallest building in the world for several decades. It features observatory decks on the 86th and 102nd floors, with wonderful views of Manhattan and beyond.
Grand Central Station
Much more than just a train station, this vast and beautifully designed architectural wonder has been an NYC icon for over 100 years. It’s home to shops, restaurants, and even venue space for private events.
The term “Rockefeller Center” actually refers to two complexes, comprised of many buildings within a several-block radius. You might have heard of a couple of these buildings: 30 Rockefeller Plaza (the so-called “30 Rock”) and Radio City Music Hall, for example. Skate at the Rockefeller Center rink, stroll the Channel Gardens, or enjoy breathtaking views from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Elegant and imposing, this Neo-Gothic style cathedral has been a New York City landmark for over 100 years. A recent, extensive renovation has seen the cathedral restored to its original glory.
United Nations Headquarters
With the East River as its backdrop, this grand complex is worth visiting not only for its diplomatic significance but also for its beautifully tended gardens and striking outdoor sculptures, among them the famous Japanese Peace Bell.