New York Bucket List ~ NYC Region

Today we head to the Big Apple! Time to explore everything NYC, so it’s a long list today! I’ve visited twice as a kid, but have never been back as an adult. This list includes New York City, with Manhattan under that same umbrella, and then Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island get individual listings as well!


  • Fort Totten: This fortress dates back to the Civil War.


  • Bronx Zoo: Largest metropolitan zoo by area!
  • New York Botanical Garden: Enjoy a series of walking paths through these gardens.
  • Roberto Clemente State Park: Large urban park along the Harlem River.


  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Stunning garden in the heart of Brooklyn.
  • New York Aquarium: Visit the oldest continually operating aquarium in the nation.
  • New York Transit Museum: Explore the history of the buses, subways, and rails that keep the city in motion.

New York City

  • 9/11 Memorial and Tribute Museum: Museum and Memorial that commemorate the attacks of Sept 11, 2001.
  • African Burial Ground National Monument: Largest excavated burial ground of free and enslaved Black Americans that helps show how slavery shaped the history of the city.
  • American Folk Art Museum: Filled with some fun, quirky art.
  • American Museum of Natural History: Explore this huge science museum that has been featured in a few movies as well!
  • Central Park: Explore so many things in this huge city park!
  • Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration: Learn about the journeys of immigrants as they found new homes in America.
  • Empire State Building: Take in city views from the top of this iconic landmark in NYC.
  • Federal Hall National Memorial: Historic Building on Wall Street that initially housed our nation’s government.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park: Park dedicated to the four freedoms mentioned in FDR’s 1941 inaugural address.
  • General Grant National Memorial: Grant’s tomb is the final resting place of the 18th president of the United States.
  • Grand Central Terminal: Large terminal to catch trains and subways.
  • Hamilton Grange National Memorial: Former home of Alexander Hamilton.
  • Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum: American military and maritime museum.
  • Met Cloisters: Museum that focuses on medieval art.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: One of the world’s largest art museums.
  • Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden: One of a few 18th century buildings left in the city, it shows a historic travel location where people could get away from the city.
  • Museum of American Finance: Only museum dedicated to American finance and its history.
  • Museum of the City of New York: Explore the rich history of the city.
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage: Living museum to those that perished in the Holocaust.
  • One World Observatory: Take in the sites from the top of the tallest skyscraper in the United States.
  • Riverbank State Park: Urban park along the Hudson River.
  • Rockefeller Center: View the famous plaza that lights up a huge Christmas tree each year and offers ice skating in the winter.
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Explore this art museum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Statue of Liberty National Monument: Iconic sculpture that welcomed immigrants to America.
  • Stonewall National Monument: Area that played a huge role in LGBTQ movement.
  • St. Paul’s Chapel: Historic still in use church near the 9/11 memorial.
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site: Birthplace and childhood home of the 26th President of the United States.
  • Times Square: Visit this iconic area of NYC with all its bustling activity and shops.
  • Top of the Rock Observation Deck: Another great way to take in the skyline views of the city.
  • United Nations: Visit this intergovernmental organization.


  • Louis Armstrong House Museum: Home of famous jazz musician, Louis Armstrong.
  • Queens Botanical Gardens: Sprawling oasis of inspiring gardens.

Staten Island

  • Clay Pit Ponds State Park: Park that offers unique habitats and trails.
  • Fort Wadsworth: Guardian of the Narrows: One of the oldest military installations in the nation.
  • Gateway National Recreation area: Provides hiking and ocean swimming in an otherwise urban area.
  • National Lighthouse Museum: Museum dedicated to the history of lighthouses and their keepers.

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