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Upper West SideNew York

Stroll along quiet residential streets, visit two large parks and enjoy some of the world’s most renowned cultural attractions in this Manhattan neighborhood.

Not far from Times Square’s neon lights, New York’s Upper West Side offers totally different experiences. Enjoy peaceful tree-lined streets stretching between two of Manhattan’s beautiful large parks filled with grassy spaces and shady trees. Visit wonderful performing arts centers featuring New York’s highly respected companies.

The Upper West Side runs north and south for 50 short blocks between Central Park West and Riverside Park. Keep young kids happy with a walk along the edges of either park to let them run on the grass, climb rocks or scamper on playground equipment.

In Central Park, jog around the reservoir or the lake and enjoy sunshine or play soccer on the Great Lawn. Stop at the visitor center in the 1869 Belvedere Castle, stand in line for a free concert at the open-air Delacorte Theater or see an engaging performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre. Walk to Strawberry Fields and the John Lennon Memorial and gaze at the Dakota apartment building where the musician once lived.

Like Central Park, Riverside Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1800s. Use newer additions of skate parks, tennis courts and Hudson River kayak launch sites. Gaze up at the tall Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, unveiled in 1902 with a parade of veterans from the U.S. Civil War.

Between the parks are residential streets lined by row-houses and luxury co-ops built more than 80 years ago. The renovated 1929 Beacon Theatre now hosts top-name musicians and comedians. Choose from the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Ballet, the New York Philharmonic and other performing arts organizations at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. Catch a rising star at Juilliard School recitals. Bring kids to the American Museum of Natural History for dinosaurs and much more.

Along with refreshing parks and stimulating cultural spots are numerous restaurants and clubs. Schedule morning coffee, Sunday brunch, fine dining or a late-night dessert around your many other activities in the Upper West Side neighborhood.


Popular places to visit in Upper West Side

Lincoln Center
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Lincoln Center

4.5/5(130 reviews)

See some of the world’s greatest performing arts events in one of the most culturally rich cities on the planet in this large architecturally impressive complex.

Riverside Park
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Riverside Park

Feel worlds away from the hustle and bustle of New York City as you stroll along the Hudson River in the Upper West Side’s famous waterfront park.

Zabar's
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Zabar's

Eat a pastrami sandwich at this classic New York deli, then stock up on gifts from an extensive collection of kitchen appliances and gourmet foods.

Top things to do in Upper West Side

Waterfront Hudson River & Central Park Bike Tour
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Waterfront Hudson River & Central Park Bike Tour

CA $75
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center: 2019–20 Season
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New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center: 2019–20 Season

CA $113
Per adult
The Original Central Park Bike Tour
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The Original Central Park Bike Tour

CA $61
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
A Tour of Congregation Shearith Israel - The Oldest in USA
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A Tour of Congregation Shearith Israel - The Oldest in USA

CA $20
Per adult
RiverSide Rove- A Walking Tour Of Manhattan Upper West Side
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RiverSide Rove- A Walking Tour Of Manhattan Upper West Side

CA $84
Per adult
Kosher Style Food Tour of the Upper West Side
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Kosher Style Food Tour of the Upper West Side

CA $159
Per adult

Top Hotels in Upper West Side

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Days Hotel by Wyndham on Broadway NYC
Days Hotel by Wyndham on Broadway NYC
2.5 out of 5
215 W 94th St, New York, NY
The price is CA $119 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 23

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Children's Museum of Manhattan, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of Modern Art and American Folk ...

2.8/5 (2,129 reviews)

"Relaxed great room no issues amazing shower pressure"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 9, 2020

Days Hotel by Wyndham on Broadway NYC
Arthouse Hotel New York City
Arthouse Hotel New York City
4 out of 5
2178 Broadway at W 77th St, New York, NY
The price is CA $181 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beacon Theater, American Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Lincoln Center and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,381 reviews)

"The hotel was clean, pleasant, contemporary and the staff was wonderful. There were some issues with a new light sensor in the room turning the lights on at unexpected times but the hotel is working to resolve that problem. Otherwise the room was very good. The bed was comfortable and they hot water ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2020

Arthouse Hotel New York City
Hotel Beacon
Hotel Beacon
4 out of 5
2130 Broadway at 75th Street, New York, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $318 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beacon Theater and Central Park. American Museum of Natural History and Lincoln Center are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,119 reviews)

"Enjoyed my stay, staff was very friendly and rooms were clean"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

Hotel Beacon
Hotel Newton
Hotel Newton
3 out of 5
2528 Broadway, New York, NY
The price is CA $127 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 24

Located in Upper West Side, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Central Park, Columbia University and Beacon Theater. American Museum of Natural History and ...

3.9/5Good! (1,207 reviews)

"The first room we were given smelled of smoke. The desk clerk immediately gave us a new room and later called to make sure we were comfortable. The Hotel Newton is not luxurious, but it is clean, quiet, and a good price the the area. We will return."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2020

Hotel Newton
HI New York City
HI New York City
2 out of 5
891 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
The price is CA $172 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Located in Upper West Side, this eco-friendly hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Central Park and Columbia University. Mount Sinai Hospital and Beacon Theater ...

4.2/5Excellent! (682 reviews)

"Amazing atmosphere. Nearby subway station. Great neighbourhood and great tours"…"

Reviewed on May 22, 2020

HI New York City
Empire Hotel
Empire Hotel
4 out of 5
44 W 63rd St, New York, NY

This family-friendly hotel is located in the city centre, within 1 mi (2 km) of Times Square, Broadway and Rockefeller Center. Grand Central Terminal and Empire ...

3.8/5Good! (3,311 reviews)

"We did a gossip girl themed trip and this hotel fulfilled all our Chuck bass dreams!!"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 21, 2020

Empire Hotel

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4/5Very Good!(161 area reviews)

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