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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.

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 $97 per night

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 ...

2.9/5 (3,566 reviews)

"Clean no noise great staff always like coming back here"…"

Reviewed on Jul 3, 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

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! (7,299 reviews)

"Friendly staff, comfy beds. Willingness to accommodate requests"…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Arthouse Hotel New York City
Hotel Newton
Hotel Newton
3 out of 5
2528 Broadway, New York, NY
The price is $105 per night

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

3.8/5Good! (2,313 reviews)

"I love how comfy the rooms are and the bathroom is spotless ."…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Hotel Newton
Morningside Inn
Morningside Inn
2 out of 5
235 W 107th St., New York, NY
The price is $97 per night

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

2.6/5 (972 reviews)

"It was a lovely historical building within walking distance to Columbia University and a variety of restaurants and activities."…"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020

Morningside Inn
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 $197 per night

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! (1,230 reviews)

"Location is quiet and supermarket across the street is perfect to bring food back to. Kitchen facilities are great."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

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

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

3.8/5Good! (3,461 reviews)

"The Empire Hotel was a lovely place to stay in New York - fabulous location and really polite and friendly staff. However, the room was slightly tired looking and could have done with some maintenance e.g. fresh paint. One of our floorboards was also loose/squeaky. However the room was always cleaned ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Empire Hotel

Popular places to visit in Upper West Side

Lincoln Center
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Lincoln Center

4.5/5(1,262 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.

Columbia University
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Columbia University

4.5/5(628 reviews)

Walk around the campus of Columbia University, a top university in New York. Take in the art scene and sunrises in the area.

Beacon Theater
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Beacon Theater

Enjoy a performance or just snap a photo at Beacon Theater, one of the favorite theaters in New York. Experience the entertainment choices and acclaimed art scene in this vibrant area.

Metropolitan Opera House
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Metropolitan Opera House

Enjoy a performance or just snap a photo at Metropolitan Opera House, a popular theater in New York. Experience the acclaimed art scene and fascinating museums in this vibrant area.

Riverside Park
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Riverside Park

3.5/5(3 reviews)

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.

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

$55
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
The Original Central Park Bike Tour
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The Original Central Park Bike Tour

$45
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

$15
Per adult
New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center: 2019–20 Season
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New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center: 2019–20 Season

$84
Per adult
The Upper West Side: An Early, Gorgeous New York City Suburb
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The Upper West Side: An Early, Gorgeous New York City Suburb

$38
Per adult
Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours
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Go New York Explorer Pass: 90+ Top Attractions & Tours

$65
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend

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