Inspired by the Royal Visit, NYC & Company Lists Best Attractions in the Big Apple

New York City

The official destination marketing organization of New York City, NYC & Company, has generated a list of the best NYC experiences in anticipation of the royal visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. William and Kate will be arriving in the city on December 7, and will be visiting some of the iconic NYC attractions. 

NYC & Company wants to encourage first-time visitors to the city (royal or not) to take advantage of the following sites and activities.  

A Broadway show

Shows like The Lion King and Wicked are still popular after years on stage. 

The New York Botanical Garden 

Families will enjoy watching model trains chug through replicas of NYC landmarks during the Holiday Train Show at the botanical garden this season. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

This is the largest museum in the country, and it currently has the Madame Cezanne portraits on exhibit. 

Matisse at MoMA

The Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibit features about 100 cut-outs, making it the largest exhibit of its kind. 

The Chinese Scholar’s Garden

This garden on Staten Island is molded after the Ming Dynasty Gardens from 1368-1644 and is now a cultural hub, even in the winter. 

The High Line

The High Line was once a railway, but now it's an elevated green area with city views. 

The September 11 Memorial & Museum

The royal couple will be visiting the 9/11 museum, which opened this past spring. The museum houses artifacts and multimedia accounts of that day. 

The Queens Museum

The Queens Museum was the site of the New York City Pavilion during the 1938 and 1964 World Fairs. Today the renovated museum has memorable from those events. 

The Apollo Theater

Artists like Jimi Hendrix and Ella Fitzgerald got their start at this culturally important theatre in Harlem. 

Go to a sporting event

This winter season visitors can watch a NBA game just like the Duke and Duchess will be doing. 


Every visitor to NYC can find a store that fits his or her taste. From large department stores to individual boutiques there is no shortage of shopping options. 

Kid-Friendly Activities

Families with young children have plenty of activities to choose from in the city. Parks, zoos, hands-on museums and children stores are just a few activities kids will enjoy.