Upper Manhattan (Uptown) Attractions

Top 10 Things to Do in Upper Manhattan (Uptown), New York City

Top Things to Do in Upper Manhattan (Uptown)

  • Traveller favourites
    Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
  • Traveller ranking
    Highest rated attractions on Tripadvisor, based on traveller reviews.
Traveller rating
Neighbourhoods
Good for
234 places sorted by traveller favourites
Showing results 1-30 of 234

What travellers are saying

  • Ashely Fang
    New York City, NY175 contributions
    The MET Cloisters has an extensive collection of medieval works of art. It's a truly immersive space to be in - there's even a gardening area where you can see what plants were referenced in art works. The guides are very knowledgeable and give great guided tours, and you can see the famous unicorn tapestries.
    Written 15 August 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • behaman
    bellingham, Washington34 contributions
    For me it had been on my bucket list ‘if I ever made it to NYC”. Somewhat emotional knowing how many musicians have graced the stage and got their start here. Billy or Mr. Apollo was a wealth of information having had something to do with the Apollo for 50 years. Don’t miss this tour!
    Written 11 April 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • bfltd0
    London, UK659 contributions
    We stayed for a week in an AirBnb in Harlem on West 122nd St. We used the A train from 125th St quite a lot and also used a couple of buses.

    We walked down Fred Douglass Boulevard and shopped at the Lidl down there, as well as at local delis. We ate and drank in the evening at a couple of the restaurants there around 116th St.

    On the Sunday we walked down to Redeemer East Harlem on East 116th St and were welcomed warmly, followed by a lunch at a great Senegalese restaurant not too far from there.

    Although there were a slightly higher number of obviously homeless persons on the street, we felt perfectly safe, never threatened.

    Like any big city, just keep a good amount of situation awareness.

    This was our first visit but I am sure it won't be the last.
    Written 10 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • bfltd0
    London, UK659 contributions
    As we were staying in Harlem, we walked over to Morningside Heights through the park and looked around the Columbia University campus, as well as Riverside Park on the waterfront.

    This university is huge. Lots of buildings in this area are part of the university.

    After a long exploration (admittedly without a map or guide), we went for dinner at Tom's Restaurant, apparently a student favourite.
    Written 10 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • UASD83Reyes
    New York City, NY88 contributions
    ……the Fort Tryon Is an unique park in Northern Manhattan; a completely different park to any other park in New York City.

    …..there is a mix of gardens, exotic trees, history, and culture; all these elements plus a fabulous view of the majestic Hudson River, and the Palisades on the background.
    Written 4 August 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Jonathan Chan
    La Jolla, California, USA254 contributions
    It's been under construction for a while, but the interior is beautiful to see. It's $5 for tourists to visit, to help with the upkeep of the place. There are some really interesting on each side of the cathedral about current affairs and social issues.
    Written 5 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Tom J
    London, UK1,437 contributions
    Lovely small garden in the upper section of central park. Theres some nice steps you can walk up and over with a view of the fountain which is situated in the middle of the garden and they have restrooms you can use which are relatively well looked after for park toilets. The garden is very well kept and looked after, they were gardening whilst we were there.
    Written 2 August 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Jonathan Chan
    La Jolla, California, USA254 contributions
    I recently discovered this park along the Hudson river - it's the perfect place to walk, bike, jog, and take a break from the city. There are dedicated pedestrian and bike paths along the river with beautiful views of the GW bridge. At different points during the day you'll see performers and artists sharing their work throughout the park.
    Written 13 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • PAULETINO
    LONDON30 contributions
    I wanted to go to a Gospel church while in New York. This is in Harlem. We felt that everybody was happy to see us. The service was really really good. The singing was just exceptional. I can see this becoming my church if I move to New York. I took some video with my phone and I have not stopped watching them. I did not feel like a stranger at all.
    Written 19 February 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Thebigduck09
    New York City, NY89 contributions
    Very interesting site. Casual and pleasant guides. Very little of the house open for visit and house needs better upkeep. Visitor center was closed due to staffing shortages. More money needs to go into the site given its historic importance.
    Written 19 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia14,267 contributions
    This was my third visit to NYC, but the very first time I've visited this memorial.
    We did it after our Harlem tour, as the memorial is at the western Harlem, by the Hudson river.
    It is set in a beautiful park, with a calm atmosphere. The tree arched walkway made a spectacular site while approaching it.
    However, we were disappointed finding it closed due to Covid ??!!
    Written 23 June 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • CasaHoffa
    Huatulco, Mexico10,984 contributions
    Riverside Church is a magnificent structure and an inspiring house of worship, especially when they have the handbell and choir concerts. The Church is situated adjacent to a park along the Hudson River offering a wonderful sunny day outside venue.
    Written 30 October 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Roberts69
    Northampton, UK17,073 contributions
    Designed by Louis Kahn this park celebrates US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and is a lasting memorial to him. This is a peaceful place and offers fabulous views across the water to Manhattan. The park is open daily except Tuesdays and is free to enter. There is a large sculpture of Roosevelts head and a massive granite tablet with has an excerpt of his 6th January 1941 State of the Union address which pronounced the Four Freedoms. This park is well worth a visit and the ride over from Manhattan on the aerial tramway (which costs just $2.75 each way) is just fabulous. I totally recommend it as an 'off the beaten track' place to visit when in NYC.
    Written 8 January 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • SEs
    London, UK25,876 contributions
    This is a popular church here lots people. This is part of the tour also.The singing is a bit loud.You have time come here with friends or give it a miss.
    Written 4 June 2018
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
  • Disfrutator
    New York City, NY98 contributions
    If you are looking to find the next Celine Dion amongst the female soloists, look somewhere else. Now, if what you want is to witness one of the most moving, authentic and amazing experiences in the Harlem gospel circuit, look no further.

    As an experienced traveler to NYC, I've been to several other gospel services, but none came even close to the Greater Refuge Temple's. In short:

    -Warm welcome by the security and ushers, will make you feel at home instantly. Just make sure you arrive at least one-half hour before service starts at 11 AM
    -A high-energy choir that will rock you and make you clap and sing the name of Jesus even if you are an atheist like me.
    -People (including some members of the choir) entering a religious trance, dancing, singing, stomping, shouting and raising their hands to receive the energy of the Lord.
    -A deco building that just for its architectural value is worth the visit.

    Don't miss it.

    Now, a few useful tips and rules of etiquette:

    a) This is not a musical. It's a religious service and as such, respect it by NOT using your cell phone to chat or shoot video. You will be asked to quit and it's embarrassing. Also, don't talk out loud or do anything that could be considered rude.

    b) Although regulars wear their best clothes (some of the ladies' hats are spectacular), you don't need to wear a tie. However, be sensible and avoid shorts, flip-flops, sleeveless shirts, etc.

    c) The service is rather long, about two hours. Although it's worth while sitting through all of it, you can leave earlier, just do it discreetly and not while the preacher is preaching. And don't leave before the alms and donation pan is handled around, that's cheap.

    d) More on money: everyone donates money to the temple, and it is its main income source. Even the preacher, the members of the choir and the ushers do. So why wouldn't you? Don't embarrass yourself and give out some insignificant amount. I've seen tourists who would gladly spend 150 dollars per person on a Broadway show give nothing, or hand out a one-dollar bill to represent their whole family. Again, don't be cheap, it's disgusting to see and offensive to those who opened their doors for you to share this wonderful experience with them.

    After service is finished, you can eat at the temple (I haven't so I could not comment), or go to one of the restaurants around to eat some soul food and complete your Harlem experience.

    Note: my teenage sons, more terrenal than spiritual, flipped out and said it was one of the vacation's highlights.
    Written 21 April 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.