Central Park

Manhattan’s Central Park is an iconic must-see for any first time visitor. Spanning over 800 acres, it’s one of the most famous urban parks in the world. From paddle boating on the lake to picnicking on the Great Lawn, Central Park offers endless ways to enjoy the outdoors right in the heart of the city. Don’t miss Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Belvedere Castle, and Strawberry Fields, a memorial to John Lennon. Bring a map and wear comfy shoes to explore as much of the park as possible. With so much ground to cover, you’ll be glad you have a charter bus as a home base for resting up between adventures.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Known simply as The Met, this massive museum on the Upper East Side has one of the most outstanding art collections in the world. Its vast galleries contain everything from Egyptian temples to European masterpieces by Rembrandt and Picasso. Purchase tickets ahead of time online to avoid lines. And since trying to see the entire museum in one day can be overwhelming, research must-see exhibits beforehand and focus your visit. Of course, you can always return another day if you have more time! A charter bus rental makes it easy to go back and forth.

The High Line

This unique urban park is a former elevated freight rail line that’s been transformed into a green space. The High Line runs for 1.5 miles from Gansevoort Street up to West 34th Street through Manhattan’s West Side neighborhoods. Walk above the busy streets and enjoy views of the Hudson River. See public art installations along the way. Grab a bite to eat or drink at one of the many cafes and eateries accessible from the High Line. It’s a great activity for art lovers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a new perspective on the city.

One World Observatory

Located at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the One World Observatory offers unmatched 360-degree views of Manhattan from 1,250 feet up. Their high-speed elevators will whisk your group up 102 stories in under 60 seconds. Once at the top, interactive exhibits allow you to see the city from different perspectives and even glimpse landscapes as far as 50 miles away on a clear day. Make sure to secure tickets in advance online for your group.

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Visiting two of America’s most iconic landmarks is a must for first time visitors. Tour the grounds of Liberty Island to get up close and personal with Lady Liberty herself. Then take a short ferry ride over to Ellis Island to learn about the history of immigration to America at the fascinating Immigration Museum. Be sure to purchase ferry tickets well in advance, as they sell out completely during busy tourist seasons. Your charter bus driver can drop your group off right at the ferry terminal in Battery Park.

Times Square

The bright lights and bustling energy of Times Square make it an essential part of any first visit to Manhattan. Take in the larger-than-life billboards, drop by the TKTS booth for discounted Broadway tickets, and roam the area’s lively restaurants and stores. Have your driver let you off near the north end of Times Square, then take a walk south down the pedestrian plazas of Broadway to experience it all. Just beware of the street hustlers in costume looking to make money from tourists for photos!

How to Get Around Manhattan

With so many attractions and neighborhoods to explore, you’ll want to utilize all of Manhattan’s transportation options to their fullest. Here’s a breakdown of the best ways to get around:


The NYC subway system can seem dizzying at first, but it’s the fastest and most affordable way to get around the borough. Purchase a MetroCard at any station to tap in and out at subway turnstiles. Download a map app to help navigate routes and transfers. While you’ll quickly get the hang of it, the subway can get very crowded during rush hours. Riding at less busy times is more comfortable.


NYC buses can be easier for first timers since you see your stops coming up. Use your MetroCard to board. Have exact change ready if paying cash. Buses are great for sightseeing tours since you can take in views along the way. However, they’re subject to traffic so can run slower than the subway at times.

Charter Buses

For ultimate convenience, consider a charter bus rental for your group’s Manhattan travels. You’ll have the flexibility to create your own customized itinerary and visit multiple boroughs if desired. Charter buses offer a comfortable way to travel together without having to navigate public transportation. They provide amenities like leather seats, WiFi, TVs, and restrooms. No waiting at stops or worrying about transfers! Just sit back and relax while your professional driver handles the Manhattan streets.

Ready to Get Started?

We hope this first timer’s guide gets you excited to start exploring the top sights in Manhattan! Charter Bus Company Manhattan is here to make getting around this amazing city easy and enjoyable. Contact us at 646-561-8153 for a free quote on bus rentals for your upcoming trip. Our team handles all the details so you can focus on creating unforgettable memories in the city that never sleeps!