By Ann Sullivan
When people think of New York they probably picture the big city, which is only natural. New York, however, is a vast and diverse place to visit. There are many things to do in the city for certain. There are also many interesting things to do outside of the Big Apple itself. Whether you want to see the sights around Manhattan or take a drive to someplace full of nature or filled with history, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in New York. Our 11 best things to do will help you narrow down your choices.
1) Statue of Liberty
A gift from France to the United States as a recognition of friendship during the American Revolution, it’s known as a symbol of democracy and freedom for the entire world. Lady Liberty was designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924 and a trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a short ferry ride to her shores. Located on the 12-acre Liberty Island in New York Harbor, the statue was completely restored in time for her grand centennial celebration on July 4th, 1986. Ferries are accessible from Battery Park in lower Manhattan or Liberty Park in New Jersey. Due to its extreme popularity, tours are by advanced reservation only. Once you arrive and check in, there’s an elevator up to the main lobby which is inside the pedestal. There are 377 steps from the main lobby to the crown platform observatory. Those who feel uncomfortable climbing that many stairs have the option of stopping at the top of the statue’s pedestal.