November 08, 2013 06:00 ET

New York City Tourist "Top 12" Iconic Attractions & Landmark List by

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 8, 2013) - New York City has many iconic attractions and landmarks for visitors to see, and has put together a map and list of the top twelve. From exploring a museum, towering over the city in the Empire State Building, or walking around Central Park, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

American Museum of Natural History- Located across from Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's most famous museums and houses 45 permanent exhibits while occupying over 1,600,000 square feet. Providing an educational experience for all ages, this New York City museum is a fun visit for everyone.

Metropolitan Museum of Art- The largest art museum in the nation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection holds over two million pieces of work. The Met also has temporary collections for viewing year round where some of the world's most significant art pieces can be viewed.

Central Park- Designated as a national historic landmark in 1962, Central Park has become a staple in Manhattan. The park spans over 840 acres of land, and is managed and beautifully maintained by the Central Park Conservatory. Central Park is home to many activities with more than 21 playgrounds, 58 miles of pedestrian path, concerts and more. suggests riding in a horsedrawn carriage and visiting the Central Park Zoo.

Rockefeller Center/Top of The Rock- Built in 1939 by John D. Rockefeller, the Rockefeller Center spans 22 acres and is home to 19 commercial buildings. Visitors can head to the Top of The Rock and see unparalleled panoramic views of New York City.

Times Square- The main hub of Manhattan, Times Square is where all the best action in New York City can be found. Home to the Broadway Theater District and the world's major entertainment industry, Times Square is often considered one of the nation's most visited attractions.

Grand Central Station- Named the greatest and largest Railway station on Earth, Grand Central Station is definitely one of New York City's most iconic landmarks. Currently a commuter railroad terminal, Grand Central was once an intercity terminal located at Park Avenue and 42nd street.

Madison Square Garden- A multi-purpose indoor arena, hosting some of the largest sporting events and concerts. Madison Square Garden has events running all year round for guests to enjoy, including the NY Knicks and the NY Rangers.

Empire State Building- Formerly the tallest building in New York City at 103 stories tall, the Empire State Building is named one of the seven wonders of the world by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Ground Zero & 9/11 Memorial- A day Americans will never forget; visitors can pay their respects to the site of the former World Trade Center towers and its American Heroes. Now called Ground Zero, the 9/11 memorial is still currently being built and will house two square pools in the places where the twin towers once stood.

Wall Street- Located in the Financial District, Wall Street is 7 blocks long and known for the New York Stock Exchange, which is the world's largest stock exchange. Visitors can also see historical landmarks such as Federal Hall and Trinity Church.

Statue of Liberty- Catch a ferry from Battery Park and visit the Statue of Liberty, given to America by the people of France to signify freedom and democracy. Towering at over 151 feet tall, Lady Liberty has stood tall since 1886.

Ellis Island Immigration Museum- The nation's first federal immigration center built in 1892, Ellis Island is now an immigration museum. Here you can learn about American immigration, see artifacts and research your own family history. Become a piece of history and see if your name is on the wall of over 7000,000 names. If it isn't be sure and add it, as it will remain as long as the monument stands. is one of NYC's busiest and oldest travel & tourism sites for everything New York City. The author of this article, Erica James loves all things NYC and especially the nightlife!

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