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New York

Vacations are all about rest and relaxation, although it's nice to see some sights as well! That shouldn't be a problem in New York.

It's an area of New York that roughly 8,200,000 people call home.

Albany, the state capital, is about 130 miles to the north of New York, while Long Island City is 2 miles to the east.

Dynamic and international, New York is famous for the Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building. It is also known around the world for Ellis Island and Brooklyn Bridge.

The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Brooklyn Children's Museum are excellent places to enjoy some time with the children. If you're looking for even more family fun, head on to the Children's Museum of Manhattan and the Children's Museum of the Arts.

Gaze in wonder as aquatic critters glide through the water at New York Aquarium.

From cute to callous, animals abound at the Bronx Zoo and the Prospect Park Zoo, two well-patronized zoological destinations. The residents at the Queens Zoo and the Staten Island Zoo will also afford lots of amazing photo ops, so don't be without your camera.

To learn more about the fine art of brewing, take the opportunity to visit the Brooklyn Brewery. The welcoming brewmaster will teach you everything you need to know about the different brewing methods they use, and what it is that makes these beers so distinctive.

At the City Winery, experts and amateurs alike can learn about the local winemaking techniques and traditions, before sampling a glass or two of the finished product.

Ready to try your luck? Roll the dice or simply enjoy the sounds and bright lights at the Resorts World Casino.

Appreciate the wide range of plants and flowers on display when you and your friends make a trip to the Queens Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. The New York Botanical Gardens and the Conservatory Garden are two more great places to wander around.

When the weather is fine, pick up some lunch and head out to one of the scenic urban parks, such as Central Park and Battery Park. Bryant Park and Madison Square Park are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon with a good book.

Discover more about the New York area by stopping off at Official NYC Information Center at City Hall and Brooklyn Tourism and Visitor Center. The knowledgeable staff at Official NYC Information Center and September 11 Tribute Center will also be able to answer any of your questions.

Go for a hike and enjoy the glassy water at Wagner Cove and Harlem Meer. If the weather is nice, you might even like to lose your shoes and dip your feet in the shallows.

Are you in need of a bit of rest and relaxation? Spend the day sitting back by the waterside at Great Kills Park, Plum Beach or Orchard Beach.

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world? Head out to Governors Island and Brower Park. Nature lovers will also have an excellent time at Greenbelt Nature Center and Mount Loretto Unique Area.

The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of interesting stories and quirky facts. The Museum of the Moving Image and the New York Transit Museum offer a range of collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. The Fort Wadsworth and the Museum of Television and Radio are also worth looking at.

Those travelers with an interest in seafaring heritage should include a trip to the Noble Maritime Collection or the South Street Seaport Museum.

Learn more about many fascinating scientific breakthroughs by taking a tour of any of the science museums. Hayden Planetarium, the New York Hall of Science and the Sony Wonder Technology Lab are a definite for those that love learning all things science.

From the instant you step through the doors, it is plain to see that the collections of the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian are the product of an obsession. Gazing back from behind protective glass, these striking specimens can't help but spark your imagination. The Rose Center for Earth and Space and theodore Roosevelt Memorial are also well worth stopping by.

Deepen your appreciation of the artistic drive, and perhaps even get something for the lounge room at one of the area's numerous exhibition spaces. Pop in to the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and see the best of what this creative hotspot has to offer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Museum are also worth a browse if you can fit them in.

Eager historians can travel back through time at the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the El Museo del Barrio. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum and the Jewish Museum are also worthwhile options.

Wander back through the ages with a trip to the Chrysler Building and the One World Trade Center, just two of the interesting historic sites here. When it comes to bygone times, the stories are countless. New York Stock Exchange and the National September 11 Memorial are two more insightful places to stop by.

Providing safe passage of the city's waterways, Manhattan Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge offer a striking view of the flowing river underneath. Travelers with an interest in civil engineering will also want to snap a few pics of George Washington Bridge.

Impressive historic defenses, Fort Totten and Castle Clinton National Monument shine a light on the region's military history. Many travelers are also impressed with the towering walls of Fort Jay and Fort Schuyler.

Sometimes awe-inspiring, sometimes darkly romantic, Belvedere Castle is an impressive architectural feat from the Middle Ages.

Learn about the region's spiritual side and enjoy some quiet contemplation at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity Church. The Eldridge Street Synagogue and St. Paul's Chapel are two more intriguing religious sites.

Before you pack up your bags and head back home, ensure you stop at a few of New York's other attractions. The Brooklyn Public Library and the New York Public Library are a couple of possible options. If you've got more time to spare, also visit the Brooklyn Academy of Music or the David Geffen Hall.

Guide to Exploring New York

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The Watson Hotel

The Watson Hotel

440 West 57th Street, New York
of 5, from 1,136 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hell's Kitchen, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Terminal 5, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Broadway and Rockefeller Center are also within 1 mi (2 km).

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York City

45 E 45th Street, New York
of 5, from 21,299 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located at the corner of East 45th Street and Madison Avenue, the Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, provides ready access to shopping, as well as Broadway theaters, 3 blocks away.

Park Central Hotel New York

Park Central Hotel New York

870 7th Ave, New York
of 5, from 5,606 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Midtown New York hotel, renovated October, 2013, offers a desirable location diagonally across from Carnegie Hall, 1 block from Broadway, 2 blocks from Fifth Avenue shopping, and 2 blocks from Central Park. The Theater District and Times Square are within 1 mile.

Pod 51

Pod 51

230 E 51st St, New York
of 5, from 13,551 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The innovative Pod Hotel offers compact, cleverly designed rooms and a prime location 4 blocks from Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, less than 6 blocks from the Theater District, and 2 blocks from subways.

Grand Hyatt New York

Grand Hyatt New York

109 East 42nd Street, New York
of 5, from 8,879 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This luxury New York hotel boasts a prime location on the city's East Side adjacent to Grand Central Station. Times Square, Broadway theaters, Central Park, Bryant Park, and Fifth Avenue's world-class shopping are within walking distance.

Salisbury Hotel

Salisbury Hotel

123 W 57th St, New York
of 5, from 15,991 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The budget-friendly Salisbury Hotel hotel offers a prime Midtown location just 2 blocks from Central Park and within walking distance of Times Square and Broadway theaters. Opened in 1931, this Neo-Gothic-style hotel is next door to the famed Russian Tea Room, a half-block from Carnegie Hall, and 7 blocks from Radio City Music Hall.

YOTEL New York

YOTEL New York

570 Tenth Avenue, New York
of 5, from 9,483 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Manhattan hotel is in the Midtown West neighborhood, 0.8 mile from Times Square and within one-half mile of the New Amsterdam Theater and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

New York Marriott Marquis

New York Marriott Marquis

1535 Broadway, New York
of 5, from 6,275 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located on Broadway in the midst of Times Square, this award-winning hotel is within three blocks of 30 theaters; Fifth Avenue shopping is two blocks east. Ideally located for viewing the New Year's Eve ball drop.

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