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Manhattan Attractions

Our Favorite Upper East Side Attractions

Hotel Wales is one of the top New York hotels for families, placing you just minutes away from the top Upper East Side attractions. The Manhattan attractions near our hotel are varied and endless, from strolling Central Park to perusing various museums and dining at the renowned Sarabeth's East. Refer to our guide below for our favorite attractions in Manhattan near our charming Carnegie Hill hotel.

Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
92nd Street Y 1395 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 415-5500 0.2

The 92nd Street Y is a world-renowned nonprofit community and cultural center that connects people to the worlds of education, the arts, health and wellness. 92Y is a community of communities, inviting people at every stage of life and from all faiths, races and backgrounds to explore extraordinary worlds together.

Asphalt Green 555 East 90th Street, New York, NY 10128 (212) 369-8890 0.86

Aquatics, Sports and Fitness Center

Carnegie Hall 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019 (212) 247-7800 2.27
Central Park Central Park 5th Avenue 0.76

Manhattan sightseeing is incomplete without a visit to Central Park. Located in the center of the city, Central Park remains one of the most iconic Manhattan attractions. Situated on 843 acres of land, Central Park features sprawling waters, green meadows, stunning bridges, performance centers, gardens, a Carousel, the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, fishing at Harlem Meer, Lasker Pool, Loeb Boathouse, an ice skating rink, and the famed Central Park Zoo. The nearest entrance from the hotel is at 90th Street and 5th Avenue.

Central Park Zoo 830 Fifth Avenue (212) 439-6500 1.58

The Central Park Zoo is a small 6.5-acre zoo located in Central Park in New York City.

Ciao Bella 27 East 92nd Street New York, NY 10128 212-831-5555 0.03

Ciao Bella's Upper East Side gelato bar is less than one block away from Hotel Wales. Treat yourself to a cup of all natural gelato, sorbet, or a fat-free smoothie. Guests of Hotel Wales will receive 10% off their total purchase when they show their room key.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum (a Smithsonian) 2 East 91st Street New York, NY 10128 (212) 849-8400 0.14

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s collection includes international historic and contemporary design. From drawings, prints, and graphic design and decorative arts, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum offers a renowned collection that extends from one-of-a-kind to mass-produced items.

El Museo del Barrio 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street) New York, NY 10029 (212) 831-7272 0.73

New York’s leading Latino cultural institution invites guests from all backgrounds to discover the artistic and cultural landscape of the Caribbean and Latin America. The permanent collection at El Museo del Barrio includes modern and contemporary art, graphics, popular traditions, masks, and other devotional items.

The Frick Collection 1 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021 (212) 288-0700 1.22

The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture, superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs and other works. Several special exhibitions are scheduled annually.

Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3618 0.28

The Guggenheim Museum is among the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. The museum’s great rotunda has been the site of many celebrated special exhibitions, while its smaller galleries are devoted to the Guggenheim’s renowned collection. Enjoy a large anthology of Impressionism and contemporary art. The Guggenheim is closed on Thursdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day and has extended hours on Saturdays.

Heavenly Rest Stop Cafe The Corner of 90th St. & 5th Avenue Across from Central Park New York, NY 10128 212-369-7108 0.3

"An oasis in the concrete jungle" Open 8am - 5pm (winter)/dusk (spring/summer) Located directly across the street from Central Park, enjoy 10% off breakfast, lunch or a midday snack at this cozy outdoor cafe, nestled in the beautiful and historic art deco Church of the Heavenly Rest. Grab an espresso, coffee or hot cocoa, or sip a glass of wine and watch the sunset and pick up a picnic of sandwiches, salads, pastries for the road! For additional information on upcoming wine tastings, musical performances, neighborhood events and other Upper East Side attractions, visit our Facebook page.

Lincoln Center 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023 (212) 875-5456 2.12
Loeb Boathouse and Bethesda Terrace East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (212) 517-2233 1.13
The Jewish Museum 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3200 0.09

Through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related educational programs, The Jewish Museum is dedicated to the preservation, enjoyment and understanding of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people. Located along New York's Museum Mile, this elegant former residence has been the home of the museum since 1947.

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY 10028 (212) 535-7710 0.63

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Visitors to the museum will enjoy more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistoric to present and from every part of the globe. Located in Central Park along Fifth Avenue, the Metropolitan Museum of Art provides hours of aesthetic entertainment.

Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672 0.62

The Museum of the City of New York seeks to celebrate and interpret the distinctive character, heritage, diversity and opportunity of New York City. The Museum connects the past, present and future of New York City through drawings, multimedia productions, photography, artifacts, and more.

The New York Botanical Garden 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
 Bronx, NY 10458 (718) 817-8700 6.61

One of the premier botanical gardens in the United States, the New York Botanical Garden boasts 250 acres of lush indoor and outdoor gardens and natural forest, as well as classes, concerts and special exhibits. Discover the captivating Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden’s 2,700 plants of more than 250 varieties, relax in the calm Conservatory, or take a jaunt through the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

Paola’s 1295 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 794-1890 0

Paola’s is a casual Upper East Side Italian restaurant serving the freshest pasta and creative daily specials. A sample of the menu includes a flavorful mix of beef and veal ragu, squash ravioli, a deliciously rich ricotta cheesecake, and more. Located in the Hotel Wales, Paola’s is a premier choice for couples, families, and business travelers.

Sarabeth’s East 1295 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10128 (212) 410-7335 0

Sarabeth’s East is a world-famous comfort-food restaurant located on the ground floor of the Hotel Wales. Featured on the Martha Stewart Show and in Oprah Magazine, Sarabeth’s East is famed for its eponymous homemade jams, muffins and cookies and remains one of the best places to enjoy the best sweets in the city.

Hotel Wales
1295 Madison Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd), NY, 10128, USA
Phone: (212) 876-6000