Tourism is a vital industry for New York City, which has seen an increase in the combined number of international and domestic tourists, recording an eighth consecutive annual record with approximately 62.8 million visitors in 2017. Tourism has generated a record historic 61.3 billion USD economic impact for New York City in 2014, 2015 statistics pending. About 12 million visitors to New York came from outside the United States, the largest number from the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, and China. New York City is home to hundreds of cultural institutions and historic sites, many of which are known around the world. Museum Mile is the name of a section of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Below are some popular tourist destinations to visit for vacations with your family.
American Museum of Natural History
The main natural history museum in New York City, in the United States, and also one of the largest museums in the city. It is located on Manhattan Island in the Upper West Side, at the intersection of 81st Street and Central Park West, opposite Central Park. The museum is known for its collections of African, Asian and North American mammals, for a life-size reconstruction of a blue whale hanging in the ocean hall, but also an authentic Haida war pirogue twenty meters long, painted and sculpted .
You can also admire the Star of India, which is the largest blue sapphire in the world. A full floor is devoted to the evolution of vertebrates, presenting in particular the history of dinosaurs. The collections house more than thirty million specimens, its collections of insects and fossils are among the richest in the world. The museum is also a research center notably in anthropology, astronomy, entomology and other branches dealing with invertebrates, ornithology, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, mineralogy and paleontology of vertebrates.
September 11 Memorial
The September 11 Memorial, formally the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is an American memorial and museum located on the site of the former World Trade Center twin towers in south Manhattan in New York City. The September 11 tragedy is still in the hearts of everyone, especially New Yorkers. On September 11, 2001, the twin towers of the World Trade Center crashed after being hit by a plane controlled by terrorists. In the ruins area of the building, a monument called the September 11 Memorial is now being constructed. This monument has the shape of a pond with the engraved name of the victim of the tragedy of September 11. Not far from the monument, you will also find a museum open to the public. You can come here to commemorate the events of the World Trade Center. For those who want to visit this monument, do not forget to take the prayer for the victims.