Plan a New York City vacation that includes a mix of high-energy and more casual venues for a fun and memorable vacation. Choose traditional tourist venues for the photo opportunities, and consider including a vacation rental home in your New York City vacation ideas. A rented vacation home in a quiet area, one with a great view of the city or one that’s within easy distance of venues you plan to visit, adds a relaxing quality to your trip. Plus, it saves you money compared to the cost of most hotels, and cooking meals in the vacation rental’s kitchen area lets you cut your travel food budget.

5 Places in NYC for Your Vacation Itinerary

  1. The Empire State Building
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    The Empire State Building is NYC’s second tallest building, and it provides an elevated view of the city. A guided tour of the Empire State Building is included with the price of admission, so you have the chance to learn about the building’s history in addition to enjoying the stunning views from as high as 1,050-feet above the Big Apple. Be sure to snap some photos of this art deco building from the ground in addition to any pictures you capture when looking down from above the city.

  2. Central Park

    Central Park in NYC encompasses 843 acres, and hidden in its greenery you will find 36 bridges, 48 fountains, and 20 playgrounds. Guests enjoy moving around the park on foot, and there are bikes, boats, and gondolas available to rent at the Loeb Boathouse — a noteworthy restaurant right in the middle of the park. Situated on one of Central Park’s lakes with plenty of sights to see surrounding it, Loeb Boathouse can be found by the Bethesda Fountain on East Park Drive. The Guggenheim Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are also located along the edge of Central Park.

  3. Coney Island
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    Brooklyn is home to this famous area that hosts several amusement parks. This high-energy venue is a favorite with kids of all ages who enjoy rides, festival-themed food and a festive atmosphere. There are rides and attractions to enjoy, and jet skis are available for guests to rent in season.

  4. Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

    Visit this monument to America’s immigration history by taking a ferry out to see it, then stopping at Ellis Island to learn more about the history of immigration to the U.S. If you just want to see the statue without taking the ferry, it’s also visible from Battery Park and from the High Line. The High Line is an abandoned rail track that’s been turned into a peaceful urban oasis on the west side of Manhattan.

  5. Bronx Zoo
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    The Bronx Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, and visitors can pay per attraction or pay a fee that includes a chance to see all of the exhibits. That makes this a stop you can customize to fit your family’s preferences. Visit the Butterfly Garden, ride the monorail or head for the gorilla forest, just to name a few of the zoo’s popular exhibits.