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What are the best deals and sights for 1st time in New York?

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I am taking a bus to New York this weekend, but only have one full day and two half days to see everything. I have never been before and assume I can't see everything so I wanted to ask what is a must-see and what would be a waste of my time and/or money?
VirginiaPeanuts posted May 23, 2011

I live in new york all my life and i don't even know=P but definitely Time square and empire state building, or Central park for relaxing walks. Have a map handy & be careful, theres always people trying to sell you something or just plain crazys but all in all its not that bad. oh you have to ride the subways to experience new york life=) theres free maps in every station or just ask the teller for one. I'm sure theres's lots more but nothing is coming to the top of my head. Have FUN!

MrBklynW (rep: 426k) posted May 23, 2011


oh museum of natural history is nice a nice place, its huge ( i recommend the planetarium for the space show)

MrBklynW (rep: 426k) posted May 23, 2011


We liked the Gogihieum the round one. Since my sone uses a w/c we started from the top down. A ferry to NJ and back just a round trip so you can see the skyline. Times square and if possible get discout tickets for a Broadway play.

skaro964 (rep: 24.6k) posted May 23, 2011


I have been to NYC and handful of times and still have not see much:) Since it is your first visit I would start with the very popular places.. Rockefeller Center, Times Square, head to Central Park for a walk (I always wanted to go there, just never made it!) NYC offers so much shopping. I would inquire at your hotel for any suggestions for first timers! Be prepared everything is super expensive!! In 2004 the last time I was in NYC my husband and we went to the NBC Studio tour and that was interesting so consider that, then we had lunch at this cute dinner. We both got a turkey club and a soda and the bill with tax and tip was about $52! Have fun and enjoy your weekend!!

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branie (rep: 129k) posted May 23, 2011


You must visit Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty,Madame Tussauds Wax Museum,Time Square,Empire State Building.
you can also buy 1 day New York City Sightseeing tour tickets at

Nerivajoop1620 (rep: 3.1k) posted May 23, 2011


I went to college in the Big Apple and lived there a number of years. What a great place to visit and what a great time of year to be going. Try not to take it all in at once. Pick out just a couple of things, like Times Square, a Broadway play and maybe a harbor trip out to Ellis Island for your first visit. Believe me, you'll want to come back for more and the city has a lot to offer. Have fun!

BigJJ (rep: 21.7k) posted May 23, 2011


I just got back and I bought $25 gift certificates for $2 for the restaurants I would be near. Saved a lot of money.

helloamy1977 (rep: 2.6k) posted May 23, 2011


I am jealous. I have never been. All the people above me have great tips.
Thanks for sharing.

akaricke (rep: 161k) posted May 23, 2011


Wow! Thanks for all the helpful info! I'm even more excited now!!

VirginiaPeanuts (rep: 12.4k) posted May 23, 2011


Statue of Liberty.

newguy (rep: 298k) posted May 23, 2011


definitely the statue of liberty =) and Time Square..the Empire State bldg is neat if you want to go to the top and check out the awesome view..lots of great eats in NY..ooh..people like going to Rockefeller Center too.

nimrodboy3 (rep: 68.2k) posted May 24, 2011