Numerous new tourist attractions are set to open up in New York over the coming months, adding to the already sizeable list of reasons to pay a visit to the Big Apple.
– The National September 11 Memorial Museum opens to the public on May 21. The museum’s main exhibition will be In Memoriam, which uses personal artefacts, photos, audio and video footage to recall the attacks.
Entrance costs $US24 ($A25.69). Admission is free on Tuesdays from 5pm to 8pm with the last entry at 7pm. The exhibition will include parts of the collapsed World Trade Centre as well as damaged rescue vehicles.
– The One World Observatory opens its doors in spring 2015 at the new One World Trade Centre, with group tickets going on sale from this summer. Individual tickets will be available at a later date.
The viewing platform will stretch from the 100th to the 102nd floors and can be reached in 60 seconds by the world’s fastest lift, according to NYC & Company. Visitors will be shown a film on arrival and guides will be on hand to point out the city’s sights.
– Thrill seekers will be able to enjoy a new 38 metre-high roller coaster from May with the return of the Thunderbolt to Coney Island.
The original wooden Thunderbolt was in operation from the 1920s through to the 1980s. The steel-construction ride is designed to reach a speed of 104km/h and is located beside the historic B&B Carousel on the new Steeplechase Plaza.
The Thunderbolt will offer a thrilling two-minute ride featuring a 90-degree vertical drop, 30-metre loop, corkscrew and a zero-gravity roll.
– The world’s largest observation wheel has just opened in Las Vegas, but it could lose its crown by 2016 at the latest when the New York Wheel goes into operation. Located on the northeastern side of Staten Island, the 192-metre attraction will accommodate up to 1440 people per ride in its 36 cabins and will be open from 10am to midnight each day.
The 38-minute ride will cost $US30 with the Wheel expected to attract over four million visitors each year. The New York Wheel is not expected to hold its crown as the largest observation wheel for long, however, as plans are already in place in Dubai for the construction of an even larger wheel.