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5 Places to Watch the Sunset in Manhattan

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

After a busy day exploring all that New York City has to offer, you’ll want a few moments to relax, be present, and soak in your surroundings.

Statue of Liberty during a sunset, surrounded by vibrant shades of orange, pink, and purple in the sky.

One of our favorite ways to slow down and appreciate the little moments is to end the day watching a beautiful sunset.

Here are five places to view the perfect New York sunset in Manhat​tan:

Elevated Acre

Often in New York, one finds oneself wishing for a secret getaway -- a quiet place to sit and rest body and mind, away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. You can find one such escape at the Elevated Acre (55 Water Street). Tucked away in the Financial District, the garden is a hidden oasis for travelers searching for a space to enjoy a quiet moment. Discreetly head up the tucked-away escalator to discover a tranquil, verdant park.

The Elevated Acre is the perfect spot for a cold beverage on a summer afternoon, or a place to soak in the sun while immersing yourself in a podcast or book. There’s plants, a small and mainly unused amphitheatre, and a patch of grass on which performances are sometimes held. Best of all, it looks out over the water to provide a sparkling view of the Brooklyn skyline.

The Battery

Not far from the Elevated Acre is The Battery. The Battery offers the chance to watch a sunset with an iconic New York landmark off in the distance: the Statue of Liberty. The 25-acre park is open year-round to the public, so you can enjoy its waterfront views in every season.

Governors Island

Governors Island is a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan and is a home to numerous activities, exhibitions, outdoor spaces, and local food vendors once you’re on the island. Check the ferry hours so you can plan your evening accordingly, and you’ll be able to watch a stunning sunset with a view of Manhattan from several different locations on the island.

A view of Lower Manhattan from Governors Island framed by two brick buildings on both sides of the view.

The High Line

A classic location in the Chelsea neighborhood to experience the changing seasons of New York, the High Line also offers breathtaking views of the city. There are numerous access points spread across the neighborhood to begin your walk, and you can plan your visit here. Surrounded by wildflowers, trees, and shrubs, it’s hard to imagine you’re walking on an a structure that was once an abandoned set of railroad tracks.

Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Another New York Classic, the Top of the Rock Observation Deck is a popular Midtown destination. With picturesque views of New York in every direction, it’s easy to understand why this is a favorite stop on most travelers’ itineraries. You’ll need tickets to visit, so here’s some helpful information to plan ahead.


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