I’ve been back from NYC for just under a week now. It was a great trip and for anyone who saw my itinerary, it was jam packed with activities. The itinerary I posted earlier only had the activities listed but the itinerary that I printed off and brought with us had times too and activities were scheduled down to the half hour (sorry, my Type A is showing, lol).
I think my mum was a little nervous seeing what I had in store for her but she was very appreciative once we were there! I did a lot of research to choose what we were going to do – I checked out other blogs, I asked friends who had been before and I consulted with Trip Advisor.
Based on my experience, here is my top 10 list of things to do in NYC (in no particular order):
1. See a show. My mum and I were able to see 2 shows, Rock of Ages and Once, and both were fantastic! We got our ticket same day through TKTS and got them for 50% off which meant that we saw both shows for $150 (and for decent seats – not just the very back!) If you are planning on getting your tickets through TKTS, be sure to go early as the lines get quite long. Also, check out the location at the South Street Seaport as it is much less busy than the Times Square location.
2. Visit the 9/11 Memorial. This was such an emotional experience and would highly recommend anyone visiting NYC check it out. To avoid lengthy lines, go early (for opening) and purchase your passes online ahead of time.
3. Go shopping at Century 21. My mum and I both loved this department store. I bought 2 dresses and a large purse while my mum left with a couple sweaters. Their flagship location is just across the street from the 9/11 Memorial so you can check them both out in a morning!
4. Walk the High Line. The High Line is an old elevated railway track which has been converted into green space. It spans 2.3 km and runs along the west side of the island.
5. Have a drink at The View Lounge. This neat spot for drinks is on the 48th floor of the New York Marriott Marquis hotel and is a revolving lounge! Drinks weren’t cheap ($12 for a vodka cranberry, $14 for a glass of wine), but the view was amazing. Plus you get to see the whole city over the course of a revolution. Go early though because it gets busy. Plus, you have to pay a cover charge if you go after 8:00pm.
6. Take the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry gives you a great view of the Statue of Liberty and it’s free! Don’t get suckered into paying a small fortune to pay for a boat tour.
7. Eat pizza at Juliana’s. All I can say is yum! This hot spot in Brooklyn was delish and well worth the 20 minute wait to get in. Not as busy as Grimaldi’s next door but made by the same people.
8. Walk through Central Park. There is a ton to do in the park: walking trails, bike paths, boat rentals, fountains, playgrounds, baseball diamonds and a zoo! Start walking and see where you end up!
9. People watch in Bryant Park. This wasn’t on my original itinerary but we ended up here on our last morning. The park is beautiful with a huge manicured lawn and flowers which were just starting to bloom. We grabbed a quick breakfast across the street and brought it into the park to sit and watch the world go by. And the park had wifi which was an added bonus!
10. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge. Unfortunately we had to pass on this activity due to some rain. The weather was great while we were in NYC except for the evening we had these plans. It was full on raining sideways. We decided to take the subway back to the island instead. Super bummed about missing out on this but figured we wouldn’t enjoy it in bad weather. I still put it on my list though because I’ve heard such great things about this experience. Definitely check it out if you have the opportunity to!
For anyone who has visited NYC – did I miss anything?