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New York, what an amazing city! The list of things to do is never ending. When planning our trip to New York it was so hard to decide what to put on our itinerary and what would have to wait for another trip. We also got given so many ideas and recommendations from friends and family that had been. My guide book was full of post it notes of ideas on places to go, things to see and where to eat and drink. We were in New York for 5 days and it was a jam packed trip. We did many of the main tourist attractions (see 5 sights to see when in New York) including Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central station. There are three things we did on our trip that were recommended to us by friends that I am really glad we experienced. Here are 3 things to do in New York that I would recommend you add to your itinerary.
3 Things to do in New York
This is definitely a must if going to New York! We knew nothing about the rules of Baseball (and still don’t) but we both thoroughly enjoyed watching the game. We watched the New York Yankees play the Toronto Blue Jays. You can take the subway to the stadium which is really easy and the subway stop is just outside the stadium. Just beware the train was full and we were packed in like sardines! It takes about 25 minutes to reach the stadium from midtown Manhatton.
We booked tickets through the New York Yankee website before we arrived which I would recommend doing. The baseball season runs from April to the beginning of October. You will also need to check whether there is a home game scheduled during your trip. You could also try the New York Mets to see if they have a home game scheduled.
What I loved about watching the game is all the entertainment that goes along side it. Baseball is a long game and there are lots of breaks but don’t worry there are always lots of things being shown on the big screens to keep you interested. I also loved it when the grounds people came on to rake the ground and they did a routine to YMCA. It was just genius!
There are lots of places to buy food and drink in the stadium and hotdogs, nachos and beer seem to be the snacks of choice for most people. On my list of things to do in New York before I left was to watch a Baseball game eating a hotdog wearing a Baseball cap (think I have watched too many American films) and this is exactly what I did!
It was really hot the day we went but some of the seating is in the shade so if it is a chilly day wrap up. We had such a great time and would definitely go again if I got the chance.
Boat Trip around Manhatton
This was a last minute add on to our itinerary and we booked it while we were in New York. A friend had done a boat trip and said it was a great way to see New York. We booked on a tour with Classic Harbour Line which turned out to be an Architecture tour but we chose it as it run on the day we required and it went the whole way round Manhatton island and passed all the main sights. Even though it was an Architecture tour it was a great way to see all the iconic sights. We also learnt some interesting facts about the buildings on our way round. The boat was clean, modern with lots of viewing space and large windows. There was also a bar on board and the tour included one free drink, always a bonus.
The tour latest 2 hours and 45 minutes and took you all the way round the island. It also gave us a chance to sit back and relax and take the weight off our feet after all the walking we had done!
The highlight for me was getting a great view of the Statue of Liberty. We also passed under Brooklyn Bridge and many other fascinating bridges. The sheer scale of the buildings that you pass is just breath taking.
We both thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip, getting to travel the whole way round Manhatton Island and seeing some amazing views of the New York Skyline. As mentioned its such a relaxing way to see some of the sights and a welcome relief from all the walking that you are bound to do in New York.
One World Observatory
New York should definitely be seen from a height and there are lots of tall buildings that will give you a great view. Friends of ours had recently visited the One World Observatory during a trip to New York and recommended that we did the same. I am really glad we did, the views were amazing and it was a really enjoyable visit.
The ride in the lift to the top is an experience in itself. You cleverly pass through 500 years of New York city evolution, all in just 60 seconds. There is a café, bar and bistro and a fine dining restaurant (reservations required) all on the 101st floor. We enjoyed a cocktail at the bar while taking in the views.
Its worth booking tickets through their website before you go to secure a time slot to visit. It really is worth a trip to experience panoramic views of Manhatton, Brooklyn and New Jersey.
I had such an amazing trip to New York and there is still so much more I would love to see and do. I hope this gives you some inspiration for your trip. For some information on foods to try in New York check out my other post – Must try foods in New York.
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