The Best NYC Tourist Attactions with Great Souvenirs


You’re traveling to New York City.  You’ve never been before and you are super excited.  Of course you wish your family and friends were with you and the next best thing is to bring them back a little memory from your trip, if only to let them know you were thinking of them.

Here are a few of our favorite picks that won’t rob your travel budget!

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Two of the most iconic places to visit while in New York City are the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Both islands, who have welcome visitors from all over the world for over a century, were totally restored in the last 30 years.  At Ellis Island, you can trace your name and heritage back to your ancestors who came here by ship starting in 1900.

If you can’t make it there to see it all in person, you can do a passenger search here.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the gateway to the United States for hundreds of thousands of immigrants
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the gateway to the United States for hundreds of thousands of immigrants
Passenger Record Ellis Island NYC New York City
Have your ancestor's records and have it printed and framed.
Statue of Liberty ornaments NYC New York City
The Statue of Liberty puts out an annual ornament that you can collect.
The Minnetonka posters of ships Liberty Ellis Foundation New York City NYC
What ship did your ancestors come over on? Posters of the ships are available here at the Liberty Ellis Foundation.


An iconic book ‘store’ that carries used, new and rare books. The main and 86 year old original store is located at the corner of 12th and Broadway with their outdoor book rack kiosks at Central Park and Fifth across from Bergdorf Goodman’s.  Go there for the books, but bring back some gifts for your friends and family from the gift shop. Locations & Directions

the strand folding NYC subway map tote bag New York City
Pick of a Subway Map Tote officially licensed by the MTA
Bookmark: Radio City Music Hall NYC New York
Simple to pack and perfect to bring back to the readers in your life as a memento from New York
The New Yorker tote bag from The Strand
Classic New York - what says it better than this?


Eighty years ago, Louis and Lillian Zabar opened up their grocery store on the corner of Broadway and West 80th Street and it is still there. They roasted their own coffee, and were known for only having the best quality of every kind of food.  To this day they maintained high standards and are well known for being the ones to introduce such foods to New York as brie, caviar, artisan products and even sun dried tomatoes. Bring back a pound of coffee or send home some bagels.

Zabar's, noted as one of America's best Independent Stores according to Bloomburg Business
Zabar’s, noted as one of America’s best Independent Stores according to Bloomburg Business
Zabar's Classic Coffee NYC New York City
Zabar's Classic Coffee - buy it it while you're visiting or order it online when you go home!
Zabar's Original New York Bagels NYC Kosher
Zabar's Original New York Bagels - 18 of them and they're Kosher!
Zabar's Don't Be Homesick Basket New York City NYC
Zabar's 'Don't Be Homesick' Crate. Order if for your favorite former New Yorker or for when you're home and missing the Big Apple

The Museum of Natural History

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean, Space Show: Dark Universe, the Hayden Planetarium and even Theodore Roosevelt. Located at Central Park West at 79th Street, there is something for everyone with a promise that you will not be bored! Be prepared to spend some time here and their gift shop is totally amazing as well!


The Museum of Natural History Lunar Phase Mug
The Museum of Natural History has a Science section in their Gift Shop for all ages
Blue whale ornament New York City gift
Bringing home a tree ornament is a great way to remember your time in NYC every year
Believe you can and you're halfway there Theodore Roosevelt t-shirt Museum gift shop NYC
T-shirts, slippers, ties ... the Museum has gifts that are perfect to tuck in your suitcase to bring home for friends and family

Farm-to-table & Vintage Recipes