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THE BEAST (summer months)
Speedboat with rock music that zooms you to Liberty Island and back. Be prepared to get wet!! Buy tickets from Circle Line Tours on the pier at W 42nd St.
The Ellis Island Immigration Museum is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is one of the country's most popular historic sites. In 2001, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, unveiled the American Family Immigration History Center®. This exciting family research facility at Ellis Island provides visitors with advanced computer and multimedia technology, printed materials, and professional assistance for investigating immigration history, family documentation, and genealogical exploration. If you have a car you can avoid the queues by driving to the New Jersey side (Liberty State Park) and join the tours of Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
A cliché but the views are amazing. New York's famous Empire State Building is more than a quarter of a mile high! Visit the Observatory on the 86th floor, 1,050 feet (320 meters) above the city's bustling streets. Go early, or book tickets online to beat the crowds or head over to the Top of the Rock for a great view of the Empire State Building.
Wonderfully restored art deco music hall in midtown with well-organised tours.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
Another cliché but great to see. Tickets must be bought in advance.
TOP OF THE ROCK
3 tier observation deck on the 67th, 69th and 70th floors of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (entrance on 50th St between 5th and 6th Avenues). Views are just as good as, if not better than, the Empire State Building, with minimal wait time. You also get to see the Empire State Building!