This is the first of many travel themed blog posts. I have always loved to travel, and I married a man who loves it too. What better place to show some of my favorite pictures than a blog, right?! Sure, we have facebook for those who want to scroll through every click of my camera, but here I will tell you about my favorite pictures.
We crammed a week's worth of activity into 3 1/2 days! We visited 3 burros, east and west docks of the island, and walked to at least 6 different areas of Manhattan. I'll just give you the short list...
- Yankee's Game (checked into hotel, immediately caught a train to the stadium)
- Museum of Modern Art
- Top of the Rock
- St. Patrick's Cathedral (it is right across from Rockefeller Center)
- Broadway Musical (We went to Phantom of the Opera)
- New York Beer and Brewery Tour
- Dinner in Greenwich Village
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Central Park
- American Museum of Natural History
- Lincoln Center
- Statue of Liberty/Sunset Harbor Tour
- Empire State Building
Do's and Don'ts
Take GOOD Walking Shoes!
- New York is one of the few American cities that is designed for walking more than driving. Remember, it was around long before cars were invented.
Put Extra Time in Your Itinerary
- There is no way to do everything New York has to offer in one trip. Pick what is important to you, and save the rest for later. You want to be able to enjoy your activities, not constantly be rushing to see the next thing.
Experience a Broadway Show
- But you don't like musicals? DO IT ANYWAY! (Plus, there are plays without music too.) It is a quintessential New York experience. I know some will completely disagree with me on this. There are so many options these days. If you like 80's rock--see Rock of Ages. Southpark fan? Book of Mormon was written by the same guys. The music in Kinky Boots was written by Cindy Lauper. Have kids with your? The Lion King and Newsies have gotten rave reviews. You can visit broadway.com too see the schedules and purchase your tickets. Remember: the big shows sell out months in advance, so try and get your tickets early.
Visit a Museum
- All of those boring painting in your middle school history books are completely different in person. The painting of Washington crossing the Delaware...yeah, it wouldn't fit in my house! (That one is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.)
- They are a very affordable activity!! You have to read the fine print, but the ticket prices are recommendations. You can actually only pay $1 to get into the Met and Natural History Museum
- There are hundreds of Museums, but if you aren't really *that* into art, then I suggest the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has a lot of famous paintings you will recognize, along with ancient egyptian temples, and greek statues. Also, book a tour--someone explaining why these paintings are awesome really helps.
Over Schedule Yourself
- I know I mention this in the "Do" list, but it is worth stating twice. It is impossible to do everything in one trip. Choose what is important and enjoy those things. You don't want to be so busy you get stressed.
Leave Too Many Things to Chance
- I am all about winging it sometimes, but NYC is a huge city with lots of people. There are long lines, booked restaurants, etc. We had to wait 3 hours for dinner one Saturday night.
Don't Buy a New York City Pass
- We bought two of these, and they don't really provide what is promised. They don't really save you any money and you still have to wait in a lot of lines. I'll admit, if you are traveling with kids, this might be a money saver for you--but for us it was a bit of a disappointment.