Whether you're planning your first trip to the big apple or if you've lived in the city for years, no one wants to get stuck in the noisy crowds that flood Times Square. Thousands of tourists flock to New York city craving excitement, some great pictures, and a unique experience, and those with some money to burn and a bit a free time can find all of these within the island of Manhattan. To help narrow your search, we've compiled the 3 best tourist attractions that are worth your time and your money.

1. Sailing in Central Park
Most New Yorkers know Central Park for its long running trails, bicycle rentals that can be used for hours, open fields where dogs and ultimate frisbee enthusiasts both play hours of catch, and the lush greenery the gives a welcome break from the skyscraper-dominated skyline. The next time you find yourself around Central Park, stop by The Loeb Boathouse along the shoreline of The Lake and get a row boat. After a cash deposit of only $20, you can rent a $15 row boat and cruise serenely across the surface of the water for an hour while soaking up the sunshine and listening to the park. If you're in a romantic mood, try renting an authentic Venetian gondola for $45 per half hour.

2. The Top of the Rock
Visiting the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are staple New York tourist ventures, and though they are well worth the money and the trip, most find these locations to be overly crowded at the best of times. Just as popular but less cramped is the Top of the Rock experience, which takes visitors up 70 floors and gives them an unparalleled view of the surrounding cityscape. There is more to do than just take in the sights at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, with an interactive Breezeway, a film detailing the immense history of The Rock, and a thrilling elevator ride to the top, you can take this journey for less than $40 per adult.

3. The Historic Apollo Theater
If you're looking to move away from the touristy downtown area, uptown New York is a world all its own with a rich history and vibrant nightlife. No location is more well known, however, than the Apollo Theater in Harlem. This legendary venue was the mecca for Motown artists like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and more. Though still popular for touring acts, the well known Amateur Night is still going strong with new performers trying their luck every week. Tickets run between $20 - $40 for these nights, and both the talented and talentless are not to be missed.

These are just a few of the many touristy attractions that are undeservedly overlooked, but there are many more out there. For a reasonable price and more-than-reasonable travel time, you can have a New York experience that melds the traditional with the exceptional.

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I am Rahul Raheja, Highly passionate writer, who loves creating an imaginary world with his writings.Business Development Consultant, Strategist,Blogger, Traveller, Motivational Writer & Speaker