New York Trip Planning!
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If you had seen the recent post about " What to Pack for the Big Apple" you know that the next blog will be non other than what to do in NYC!!! New York: the city that never sleeps, the city that creates dreams in to reality, the city like no other!
I have put together some awesome tips for you to help with your trip planning!
Firstly, if you are planning on packing in as much as you can then I recommend buying the NYC City pass which you get here. New visitors can get super overwhelmed when planning their site seeing adventures.
How it works:
Getting a New York CityPASS is simple. No matter how, where or when you buy, you’ll see the same huge savings and get the same price.When you buy online, choose between receiving a voucher that you can print or having their customer care team lovingly pack and ship booklets to you or you can go to any partner area that has the city pass logo and get a printed card!
You can choose how many days you want use the pass. We picked the 3 day pass since we were only there for 5.
You will save on ticket prices and lineups so its really a win win.
Here is the list of places we recommend!
1. The Empire State Building: (10/10)
Located in the Centre of Midtown Manhattan the 86th and 102th floor of the empire state building offer 360 degree views that are breathtaking of all of NYC. We went later at night and the lineups were not as long! The view was so beautiful at night as the whole of NYC was lit up.
2. American Museum of Natural History: (10/10)
Feel the drama of the undersea world in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, featuring models of more than 750 sea creatures, including the 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound model of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling.
Spend time exploring the museum’s famed series of fossil halls, including the dinosaur halls that feature the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, including imposing mounts of Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus, as well as the 122-foot-long cast of a Titanosaur, a species so new it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it.
Learn about the evolutionary story of the human family and travel the world in the Human Origins and Cultural Halls, with halls examining the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America and the Pacific.
I absolutely loved this museum and was one of my top faves off all our attractions. I love human evolution and obsessed with space and dinos so this was a dream come true!
3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: (5/10)
New York’s most visited museum and attraction, The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. I gave this one a 5/10 not because its not amazing and historical ( I mean seeing Andy Warhol's work was killer) its just that I don't get all the art out there. There was a dude who was starring at a chair for like 20 min...
4. Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise (10/10)
This cruise is wicked. Take in the world’s premier skyline with up-close and magnificent views of the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, One World Trade and 101 NYC sights — all from the newest fleet of boats on the water. Learn the legends and lore behind this great city from professional tour guides. While onboard, enjoy a fully stocked café. You can even take a "selfie" with Lady Libz!
5. The Ride: (10/10)
THE RIDE is an one-of-a-kind interactive entertainment experience where the streets of New York City are the stage, and you’ve got front row seats! Let our award-winning comedic hosts welcome you aboard our moving theater which navigates a 75 minute route through Midtown Manhattan and Times Square. Our hilarious hosts are trained in improvisation so that each performance is fresh depending on what’s happening on the street that day.
Sit back and enjoy THE RIDE’s incredible street performances against the backdrop of some of New York City’s most iconic landmarks including Times Square, Columbus Circle, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and Bryant Park. You’ll explore the city in a completely new way through our floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stadium style seating!
6. Central Park: (10/10)
With its endless trails, hidden nooks, museums and nearby night spots, Central Park is that rare tourist destination that is one iconic place you NEED to visit with you are in NYC. The best part about this park is that you are made to get lost in it! True story! Central park was built with no right angles. This is because the hustle and bustle of NYC city life is crazy and when you step inside central Park it was a way for the Newyorkers to take a rest and get lost in nature! Grab a coffee and sit down and watch all the people walk by or rent some bikes in the park! We hung out and walked around, listened to music and did a little shoot with our Logiix gear!
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7. 9/11 Memorial Museum: ( rated 5/10)
Pay your respects to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. Take a moment of quiet at the twin reflecting pools, where the names of every person who died in the attacks are inscribed. Examine the history and impact of the events and learn stories of loss and recovery.This particular museum is very beautiful but also intense. This is a warning. I went in to see huge screens of them playing the news segments along with the last voicemails of people who were on the planes BLARING in the museum. I was pretty disturbed when I left and felt that they could of mapped a better way to pay respects to the people who were lost during this devastating day.
8. Times Square: (10/10)
Located in Midtown Manhattan at the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, Times Square has often been referred to as The Crossroads of the World. Full of bright lights and billboards, it also serves as the hub of the Theater District. There are so many things to do in Times Square! We visited several times on our trip - my favourite was walking around, listening to some music and taking pictures! I loved the city vibes!
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9. Theatre District:
A trip to New York isn’t complete until you’ve taken in a Broadway Show. This famed theatrical experience is like no other, and the quality is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Experience the great talent that encompasses the Theater District of New York just once, and you’ll be hooked for life.
We saw 3 Broadway plays! Now I know what you must be thinking 3!? But we have a secret! We never pre-planned for the plays. We went to Times Square and went to the TCKTS booth! There you can buy half off tickets day of showing! These were the plays we saw!
1. Book of Mormon (9/10)
2. A Bronx Tale ( 10/10)
3. School of Rock (8/10)
10. Ripley's Believe it or Not? (10/10)
Mr. Ripley was an explorer extraordinaire who traveled the world, collecting artifacts and stories from the remarkable people and places he encountered.The Ripley collection includes some of the actual objects that he collected, things that drove his curiosity into the unknown. Whenever I am travelling I always make it a point to hit up Ripley's because there are so many artifacts that had been collected that you cannot find anywhere else! Here are a few pieces I absolutely loved!
Actual Vampire Killing Kit!
Fossilized DINO eggs!
Well there you have it folks! It is possible to explore NYC in 5 days! I am so glad we were able to squeeze all the attractions we wanted to do. Although it rained for part of our trip we were used to the "BC weather" like conditions and planned out our trip based on the weather! We absolutely loved the 99 cent pizza joints and walking around and exploring like a New Yorker!
Until next time NYC!