Exploring the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Address: 1000 5th Ave.
Museums attract tourists in a way that too often feels like Times Square boxed up (remember the Alexander McQueen exhibition?). Of course, that taints the Met, one of the most attractive, inviting museums in the city. But it's still one of the most attractive, inviting museums in the city. Admission is donation based, meaning you can saunter in with just a quarter in your pocket (shake the shame off!), and take in priceless works from around the world. It's a great way to steer your parents away from a blistering cold day in Central Park. Mom and Dad want to see Strawberry Fields? Let them steal a glance while you guide them to the Met.