• New York City’s attractions have shuttered, but online, they’re open and ready for visitors.
  • Organizations have created and shared virtual tours that showcase what makes New York City one of the most popular destinations in the world.
  • Whether you travel for art, nature, or breathtaking views, here’s how to visit New York City virtually.
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Known for its strong accents, diverse food, and vast skyscrapers, New York City welcomed over 65 million visitors in 2018, according to NYC and Company.

Although the city isn’t physically welcoming tourists right now, virtual visitors are encouraged. Across New York’s five boroughs, organizations have created and shared virtual tours that showcase what makes the city one of the most popular destinations in the world.

From watching your favorite Broadway show to taking a stroll through Central Park, here’s how to visit New York City virtually.


Take a virtual helicopter ride for an aerial view of the city.

Foto: A helicopter ride provides a new view of New York City. Source: WIN-Initiative/Getty Images

While you might have seen pictures of New York City from the ground, this 360-degree view showcases the city from a new perspective. On the helicopter ride, you’ll see a birds-eye view of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and Times Square.


Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge during sunrise.

Foto: View from the Brooklyn Bridge. Source: TTstudio/Shutterstock

Luckily you don’t have to wake up early to see the beautiful sunrise from the Brooklyn Bridge. This photography walk showcases breathtaking views.

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Wander through the Grand Central Terminal.

Foto: A tour through New York isn’t complete without a stop at the Grand Central Terminal. Source: Oliver Foerstner/ Shutterstock

While the bustling Grand Central Terminal now sits nearly empty, this virtual tour brings it back to life. Virtually walk through the entire station and learn about the historical role it’s played in New York City.


Sing along to your favorite Broadway show.

Foto: You can stream your favorite Broadway shows at home. Source: Songquan Deng/Shutterstock

BroadwayHD is offering a free seven-day trial of its streaming service. On the site, you can watch performances from Broadway theaters and other venues from around the world. Whether you’re in the mood for a singalong like “Kinky Boots” or the Tony-award-winning show “Sweeney Todd,” find them here.


Discover NYC’s underrated attractions.

Foto: The New York City Fire Museum. Source: J. Kempin/Getty Images

If you’ve been to New York City before and have already seen some of the more popular tourist attractions, then check out the Tourist in Your Own Town. The video series takes viewers through some less popular spots, like Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace or the New York City Fire Museum.


Roam the rooms at the Frick Collection.

Foto: The garden inside the Frick Collection. Source: Jeff Greenberg/Getty Images

Spend hours virtually wandering throughout the Frick Collection. The virtual tour, which is divided by rooms, offers a fun way to explore art through your screen. The museum is located in an old mansion on the Upper East Side built by Henry Clay Frick, an American industrialist.


Take a moment at the National September 11 Memorial.

Foto: The National September 11 Memorial. Source: Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman/US Navy

The memorial commemorates the 2,977 people who died during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The museum, which looks back on the attacks that changed American history, is a must-see – virtually or not.


Stargaze at Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” at the Museum of Modern Art

Foto: Tourists look at “Starry Night.” Source: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Museum of Modern Art is home to some of the world’s most famous artworks. MoMA now houses 150,000 paintings, sculptures, and other works across contemporary art. On the Google Arts and Culture tour, learn about Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” or Henri Rousseau’s “The Sleeping Gypsy.”


Laugh out loud during a comedy livestream.

Foto: Comedy shows are popular across New York City. Source: aerogondo2/Shutterstock

Caveat, Magnet Theater, and Stand Up NY are all livestreaming comedy shows.


Put a little spring in your step and take a tour of the cherry blossom trees.

Foto: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden hosts a cherry blossom festival each year. Source: Giordano Cipriani/Getty Images

Springtime means cherry blossom season in New York. Parks and gardens across the city blossom into color, but there’s still a chance to celebrate the beauty from indoors. Take a virtual tour of the different cherry blossom groves at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.


Step back in time at the Tenement Museum.

Foto: The Tenement Museum has restored the buildings to their original form. Source: DW labs Incorporated/Shutterstock.com

The Tenement Museum is dedicated to sharing the stories of New York City’s immigrants. On the virtual tour, you’ll step inside two tenements, which are shared, urban dwellings. The buildings have housed families from more than 20 different nations.


A trip to New York City isn’t complete without a stroll through Central Park.

Foto: Fall foliage in Central Park. Source: Mak3t/Shutterstock

The 843-acre park is a New York centerpiece. During the virtual tour, you can explore the park’s beautiful fountains, lakes, and statues.