One of my more recent stays, New York (in my opinion) is a must do on anyones bucket list! There is just SO much to do here, one week was not enough for me. I chose to travel in winter as we wanted to be in Times Square for NYE and whilst absolutely freezing (one day in particular the coldest i have ever been in my life), my time in New York was a whole new incredible experience in the cold & snow.
Broadway, Lady Liberty, a park in the middle of a concrete jungle, Times Square, shopping, food, NBA & so much more, here is my Top 7 (it was incredibly difficult to narrow this to only 7!) for New York:
- Statue of Liberty
This was always going to be in the list. One of the most iconic symbols for the United States, the trip to Lady Liberty is not one soon to be forgotten. New Years Day Staten Island and the Statue itself was full of tourists wanting to see the statue up close, and don’t forget the incredible views looking back at Manhattan. Tours operate to the Staten Island and then for additional costs you can enter inside The Pedestal or walk up into The Crown. Both of these require advanced bookings but are well worth the price, photo opportunities and experience.
- Empire State Building
Another US iconic building, the Empire State Building is a must visit whilst in New York. At 103 floors high, you can imagine the incredible views of Manhattan to be seen from anywhere in this building. Purchase tickets to the 86th floor to see what all the fuss is about and capture some incredible photos. But, purchase tickets to the 102nd floor to be completely blown away by the views of this incredible city. Tourists can visit during the day or night, or why not both to view this city in all its glory?
- 9/11 Memorial & Tribute Centre
A deep respect and understanding has gone into creating this memorial to remember one of the most tragic events in United States & global history. The memorial pools now resemble where both the twin towers once stood and the Survivor Tree a symbol of strength in such a terrible time. The Tribute centre is host to a museum of belongings, infrastructure and stories of survivors, responders and victims of this tragic event and provides an audio tour to understand what happened on that unforgettable day.
- The Rockefeller Centre
Not just an incredible shopping plaza, but also an incredible viewing deck of the city known as Top of the Rock, an ice-skating rink in winter and home to NBC Studios. Top of the Rock tickets can be purchased on the day or pre booked and is entirely worth the incredible views of Central Park and the New York cityscape. Pre-book a ticket to NBC Studios to see some of your favourite TV Shows like Friends, Big Bang Theory & Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
- Central Park
In summer, Central Park swarms with tourists and locals playing sports, watching outdoor theatre, taking pedicab tours and boating. In winter, the park is covered in snow and ice and Donald Trump’s ice skating rink is fun for all. Also, visit Strawberry Fields for the iconic Imagine memorial for Beatles member John Lennon.
- Times Square
The hustle and bustle of this area of New York is what makes it so great! Bright lights, billboards, shopping and restaurants along every street, Times Square is a great place to stay and visit.
The Broadway district in New York has played host to many of the worlds most iconic musicals including The Lion King, Wicked, Mary Poppins & Book of Mormon. Pre-book tickets online or visit TKTS discount booths to receive up to 50% off some broadway tickets.
With many more things to see and do in New York, i’d recommend a week at least in this incredible city to truly appreciate all it has to offer in any season. For cheaper multiple attraction entry try purchasing The New York Pass as it allows you to select a number of days of use and then enables you to skip lines for entry at many of the attractions mentioned and more!
All posts are by GlobalWhispers2014 and are entirely my own opinions, views and experiences.