Many students who come to New York City for an English program don’t know what to expect. Coming to a city with so many people can be overwhelming, but what they come to realize is that the Big Apple is filled with excitement. From world-class entertainment and dining to landmarks and museums, the city is bursting with American culture everywhere you look. To help students get to know the city, we’ve compiled this list of attractions to visit when they need a break from studying the English language.
The Statue of Liberty is a famous monument associated with not just the city but also with the United States as a whole. The statue was given to the United States by the French government as a gift to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary of independence. Many immigrants who come to study ESL in a New York City English program make this one of the first places they visit.
Another significant landmark to visit is Times Square. With Broadway theatres, cinemas, and electronic billboards lining the Square, it represents the city’s vibrant nightlife and entertainment industry. If you want to get away from the lights and noise after your visit to Times Square, Central Park is the place to go. The first large city park in the United States is the perfect escape for those in the city who want to run, walk, or bike in nature.
If you want to see the entire city at one time, the top of the Empire State Building is the place to go. One of the most famous skyscrapers in the world will give you a great view of the entire New York skyline.
A trip to Ellis Island can’t be missed if you want to walk in the footsteps of other immigrants. Over 12 million people arrived here when they first entered the country. It is a great place to visit and imagine what life was like for US immigrants in the early 1900’s.