Top Things to Do in New York City

New York City is home to a few of the most famous attractions in the world, iconic, historic and even new—such as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Here are what we consider to be the very top of the heap, your absolute must-sees before leaving town. If you're looking for a quick way to score tickets to NYC's top destinations, CityPASS offers admission to the most popular attractions at a reduced rate, rolled into one ticket.

Some of these places—such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island—require advance planning, since a ferry trip to the venue is involved. Others get sold out quickly—the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum—so buying tickets ahead of time is a must. Then there are others, like the Met, the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park, that you can take in on the spur of the moment, though be forewarned: These are the top sights to see in the Big Apple, so you should pretty much expect crowds everywhere you go.

But trust, us, it will be worth the long lines and the crowds. This is, after all, our city at its very best.