It’s no secret why New York is called “The City That Never Sleeps” With countless stores, restaurants, museums, galleries and more, there is no shortage of things to do in New York City. Whilst in my previous post I touched on several places Jack and I ventured during our stay in New York I thought I would make a Top Ten List based on our experience and places we would certainly recommend exploring even if you are only visiting for a short stay:
Yankee Stadium is home to the 27-time World Series Champions, New York Yankees! The stadium tour, allows you to get up close to historic baseball artefacts alongside visiting the monument park and batting practice grounds. The tour is very fascinating and a great insight into the love America has for sports, especially baseball.
Tip: Tours between, 11:00am – 1:40pm
Heading over to Brooklyn was honestly one of my favourite things we did on our trip to New York. The Brooklyn Pier gives you not only a view of the Brooklyn Bridge but also the Manhattan skyline. The walk across the bridge is roughly twenty minutes, but if you don’t fancy walking both ways the subway is only around the corner. I would also suggest heading to Shake Shack on the pier as they do incredible milkshakes. I would recommend Strawberry!
Located in the centre of Manhattan, Central Park is a sprawling 840 acres and home to Belvedere Castle and The Central Park Zoo. You could spend all day exploring Central Park; it is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. A great place to feed the ducks, enjoy a delicious meal, rent a bike or even simply take a relaxing stroll. At Christmas Time there is a great market full of independent sellers and local produce.
9/11 Memorial Museum and Memorial Fountains
The 9/11 Memorial Museum and Memorial Fountains were constructed in honour of all those who suffered due to the events that unfolded on September 11th 2001. The Memorial Fountains stand as a representation of the original Twin Towers that once stood and are a tribute to all that lost their lives. The National September 11 Memorial Museum serves as an educational base to the after effects of the implications of the attacks alongside a representation of the strength shown by all involved.
Madison Square Gardens: The All-Access Tour
Home to the New York Knicks Basketball and the New York Rangers Ice Hockey; the all access tour gives you a glimpse into all areas of the arena, exploring the boxes, checking out the Knicks and Rangers dressing rooms, along with some fascinating background information on the difference events that Madison Square Gardens have hosted.
The Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum
I was a little apprehensive about going to The Intrepid Air, Sea & Space Museum but it was somewhere Jack really wanted to check out. I was so surprised at just how interesting everything was, we actually lost track of time wondering around. One of the best bits was listening to stories from the veteran volunteers. Hearing all about the time they spend aboard makes you appreciate life.
Tip: Last Entry is 1-hour prior to Closing
The Empire State Building Observatory
The iconic Empire State Building soars over a quarter of a mile above Manhattan and offers expansive views of the Manhattan Skyline. There are two observations decks one on the 86th floor and the second on the 102nd floor. Both offer impressive views and interesting facts about the building’s history and importance.
Tip: Observatory Opens at 8am-2am
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty is perhaps one of the most recognisable American icons. There are several ways you can head out to visit the lady herself, we opted for the Circle Line Downtown, Liberty Cruise. Heading up the river with Circle Line also allowed us additional views of The Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and The One World Trade Centre before circling around Ellis Island and Lady Liberty.
Rockefeller Centre Tour & Top of The Rock Observatory
The Rockefeller Centre Tour celebrates a rich history and the ambitious vision of John D. Rockefeller. The Rockefeller Centre consists of nineteen building with the Top of The Rock Observatory building set in the centre. All the building are actually linked underground. In addition to housing NBC, Radio City Music Hall and Christies Auction House, the tour is fascinating and also hosts a wealth of art that has been integrated into each building. The Top of The Rock Observatory overlooks all the buildings with a spectacular view of the New York Skyline.
Tip: Last Elevator 11:00pm
The Natural History Museum
After seeing Night At The Museum heading over The Natural History Museum was high on our list of must see and I can honestly say we were not disappointed. You could spend all day easily wondering round exploring all it has to offer. My favourite floor by far was the dinosaur artefacts. For your reference, they are on the top floor!