Tips for a Trip to New York City

New York city must be on every bucket list out there. Visiting the big apple is a dream break for so many people. It is one of the most exciting cities in the world, and there’s something there for absolutely everybody. I went for the first time when I was 18 and I am dying to go back!

This guide will tell you exactly how to have the ultimate break in NYC:

Head to Central Park

OK, it’s a little cliche, but there’s a reason everybody goes there. Central park is the perfect place for you to go and relax, have a picnic, read, or jog. You can do anything you like, and there’s so much to explore in the surrounding area too. You’ll feel like you’re a part of history, as it has been featured in so many films and programs, you will see a lot of things you recognise – particularly if you’re a big Home Alone fan like me! If you visit in winter, like I did, ice skating in Central Park is an absolute must – so fun!

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Pick a Handful of Sites to See

There are a number of sites to see here, so it all depends on how long you’re staying. You might want to see the empire state building, the statue of liberty, rockefeller centre…there are so many! The key is not to try to cram too much into your stay, or you may end up overwhelmed and leave feeling like you haven’t taken it all in, so make a top 3 list and work from there. For me, the empire state building, a ferry to Staten Island and a visit to Grand Central Station are must-sees. 

Take a City Tour

If you really want to get a feel for the city, take a city tour. There are a number of ways you can do this, on a bus or on foot for instance. Some of them are hop on and hop off, so you can actually go and explore things as you go around the city. This is a must for anybody taking a luxury short break here. Do your research first so you know you’re picking a good one!

See a Broadway Show

You can’t head to NYC without seeing a broadway show. Why not see a world class performance of the Lion King, or Wicked? It’ll be nothing like you’ve ever seen before. I saw Hairspray and we bought out tickets from a booth in Times Square on the day – generally the tickets are cheaper there as they are whatever is left. We paied $50 each and were on the second row – pretty much a bargain I think!

Eat all the Food!

Some say that the Italians do the best pizza, but I beg to differ. New Yorkers do it best! There are a number of places you can get your pizza, and I actually recommend trying a couple to see what you like best. You won’t believe the deliciousness until you try it for yourself. You should also try a classic hotdog or falafel from a street cart but my ultimate favourite restaurant I would recommend is Serendipity 3 – so amazing and from the film Serendipity, if you’ve seen it.
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Go to a Few Museums

There are multiple museums to choose from in NYC, so pick a handful of your favourites and plan to go. There are art museums, history museums, and so much more. There will always be something to suit you, even if you’re travelling with children!

Head to Times Square

Some people avoid Times Square, but everybody should visit there at least once. It might be filled with tourists and a little commercial, but you can still have an amazing time! Just beware of everybody taking selfies – you may well end up in the background.

I hope this guide has helped you and you have the most amazing time in the big city if you’re making a trip. If you’ve been before, leave some tips of your own below. Thanks for reading and come back soon!

Rebecca x

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5 Comments

  1. 11th September 2015 / 10:38 am

    I went to NY a few years ago for a week and it was amazing – this has brought back so many memories! I feel like there’s so much that I still want to do there, so I need to plan another trip! I went in summer last time so I think I’d like to go in winter next time! xx

  2. 11th September 2015 / 11:43 am

    I love New York. We had 5 days there 7 years ago now. I would love to back in winter. #TheList

  3. 11th September 2015 / 6:55 pm

    I love NYC, we went with the kids a couple of years ago. Our top tip for kids was Toys R Us in Times Square and the piano in FAO Swartz. #thelist

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  5. hannah mum's days
    17th September 2015 / 4:27 pm

    Awww! New York, New York! I love it. A walk over the Brooklyn Bridge is a must for me, and I loved the boat ride along the Hudson too. Ice skating near Central Park and trip up the Empire State. Oh and shopping. Just so much to do. And eat! Yes, I agree, go for everything!! Thank you for linking up to #TheList xx

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