The largest urban zoo in the United States provides natural habitats and environments for its 4,000 species, including snow leopards, lemurs and Western lowland gorillas. Open M- F 10 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-5:30 pm. 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718.220.1500.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING EXPERIENCE
Wraparound views of New York from the 86th- and 102nd-floor observatories. Open daily 8 am-2 am (last elevator ascends at 1:15 am). Every day, 100 visitors who book in advance can see the sun rise from the 86th-floor observatory. 350 Fifth Ave., btw 33rd & 34th sts., 212.736.3100.
THE HIGH LINE
The 1.45-mile-long elevated park and public promenade offers views of the Manhattan skyline, gardens and public art displays. Open daily 7 am-11 pm. Free. Gansevoort to W. 34th sts., btw 10th & 12th aves., 212.500.6035.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTER: OCEAN ODYSSEY
The immersive and interactive experience is an underwater walk-through adventure that takes explorers into the depths of the Pacific Ocean, where they encounter a life-size humpback whale and witness a battle between predatory Humboldt squid, among other rarely seen occurrences in nature. Open Su-Th 10 am-9 pm, F-Sa 10 am-10 pm (last ticket sold one hour before closing). 226 W. 44th St., btw Broadway & Eighth Ave., 646.308.1337.
ONE WORLD OBSERVATORY
The three-level indoor observatory at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere affords uninterrupted views in every direction. Open daily 8 am-10 pm (last ticket sold at 8:45 pm). One World Trade Center, 285 Fulton St., entrance to the observatory is on West St., at Vesey St., 844.696.1776.
The interactive experience includes a museum of spy artifacts and immersive spy challenges, such as encryption, deception, surveillance, hacking and special ops. A typical visit lasts approximately 1.5-2 hrs, and is recommended for adults and teens. Open M- F 10 am-9 pm, Sa-Su 9 am-9 pm (last entry 7:30 pm). 928 Eighth Ave., at W. 55th St., 212.549.1941.
STATUE OF LIBERTY
The 151-foot neoclassical statue, designed by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from France to the United States in 1886, and is known worldwide as a symbol of freedom and democracy. Open daily. Free. 212.363.3200.
TOP OF THE ROCK
The observation deck at the top of Rockefeller Center welcomes visitors with panoramic vistas some 70 floors above street level. Open daily 8 am-midnight (the last elevator ascends at 11:15 pm). 30 Rockefeller Plz., W. 50th St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves., 877.692.7625.