First time in New York – Views and thoughts

First time in New York – Views and thoughts

5 nights in NYC with my family meant activity and itinerary overload, but it allowed us to see and do so much, all be it knocking us out for the count each night!  NYC is definitely a concrete jungle and we have always wanted to go and see what it was all about..and now we have!! Plus it was my birthday so win win!!

By fitting 4 attractions into each day, we managed to get our step count up to the 10’s of thousands and were on a mission, just like everyone else around us. New York felt like a whirlwind, but we all loved and felt the same about most of the places we visited and we had quite a few favourites.

Times Square Church – We went to a Sunday morning gospel service and it was actually amazing! It was so uplifting and everyone was really welcoming. It was a fun but emotional experience all rolled into one. I am so glad we got to be part of a gospel service we’ve all always wanted to go.

Ice skating at the Rockerfeller Centre – A big bucket list tick and a classic New York experience! Being surrounded by 200 flags and fairy lights, we felt like we were in a New York film.

Central Park bike tour – Without a doubt it was our favourite activity in the city. Going on a sightseeing tour was really fun as the park is huge! There are so many bike lanes and loads of picture points to stop off at on the way around. We even saw a few wedding parties in the park, as well as some turtles too.

Open top bus tour – Bus tours can be touch and go in some places, but in New York you actually get to sit down and enjoy the city from above the crowds. With energetic tour guides we found out loads of interesting facts about the city and managed to get our bearings on where things were.

9/11 memorial and museum – Incredibly moving and a lovely way to remember all those who sadly lost their lives that day. The survivor tree and the engraved names on the memorial are beautiful and so is the idea of placing roses by the names on their birthdays. The exhibits are truly respected and allow thoughts and feelings to be collected. The museum takes you through a journey of the impact that September day has had on the world as we know it. You can spend hours and hours in the museum and a lifetime remembering.

Grand Central Terminal – One of the best spots ever for people watching! With around 750,000 people, all with a purpose, passing through everyday, it is a hub in the city. The roof is beautiful and so is the clock, you’ll 100% know the one, it is one of the most famous clocks in the world.

When to visit the view points was a conversation we had many times before we came, mostly with people who had been before. We decided to go to the top of the Empire State Building at midnight, to the Top of the Rock on a clear afternoon and across Brooklyn Bridge at sunset and all were AMAZING!

Not everything we did during the week felt like the best activity in the world, we were a bit underwhelmed by the High Line walk as well as the boat ride to the Statue of Liberty but they were good activities to fill time.

5 nights felt like a good amount of time in the city and we definitely made the most of it with the New York passes that we bought before hand. When we needed to get in the mood the city turned us into Alicia Keys and Frank Sinatra.

I am already thinking on things I would love to do the next time I visit New York. Hiring a boat in central park, going to a Yankee’s game, finding a rooftop bar and seeing a show on Broadway have already been jotted down for future reference.

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