IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS AND ALWAYS MANAGES TO IMPRESS ME, THERE ARE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS WAYS TO SPEND YOUR TIME. THERE ARE MORE PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO IN NYC THAN YOU COULD MANAGE IN A LIFETIME! SO IF YOU HAVE A SATURDAY FREE TO ROAM AROUND AND EXPLORE NYC, HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS:
Walk The High Line. The former railroad tracks raised above the West Side have been transformed into an innovative urban landscape, an elevated park with a view. The High Line runs for a mile and a half, from 14th to 34th, with multiple access points along the way. Grab a coffee and go for a walk along this park, and enjoy the occasional attraction, like a wedding ceremony between a couple that met on The High Line, or the Lego Exhibit that models the NYC skyline until you move around the blocks into a creative design of your own!
Go to the Top of the Rock. From the top deck of Rockefeller Center, you’ll feel on top of the world. This spot offers you stunning views over Manhattan, making you at once feel on top of the world and tiny in this massive city. This observation deck is a favorite, although there are others to choose from, because you can see Central Park, the Empire State Building, and the Chrysler Building all from here.
Take the ferry over to Governor’s Island. It’ll only cost you a couple bucks and it only takes a few minutes, but it’s the perfect retreat from a bustling city. Governor’s Island has great views of the Manhattan skyline, as well as grassy fields for laying and playing. Enjoy the food trucks, a bike ride, or a lay in the hammocks, but no matter what you choose, you’ve got to get over to Governor’s Island.
Have a picnic in Central Park. For a green retreat without leaving the island, head over to Central Park. Armed with a big blanket and picnic basket filled with goodies, you’ll be able to enjoy hours of sunshine, fresh air, and people-watching in the world’s greatest park.
Visit the Statue of Liberty. Perhaps the most quintessential NYC experience, all visitors and locals need to visit the Statue of Liberty on Ellis Island. Learn about the history of the USA, about the immigrants who landed here before being let into the country, search for your own relatives in the Ellis Island books, and take a walk up to the top of Lady Liberty for some stunning views!
Window shop on 5th Avenue. Glamour, wealth, and fashion, that’s what 5th Ave is all about! The store fronts are a sight to be seen, outdoing all other shopping experiences you’ve had. So whether your wallet is padded or not, head over to 5th for some fabulous shopping!
See Times Square. Whether you go for the lights and glitz, or for the tourist-watching, Times Square is a place all its own. It is the number 1 most visited public space in the country, drawing hoards of dazzled tourists at all hours of the day and night. Times Square is the epitome of NYC, even though the locals rarely go there. But it’s the bright lights, the excited buzzing energy, the fast pace, the overwhelming crowds, and the cutting edge marketing that make it the perfect place to understand NYC!
See a show on Broadway. The acting and performing is better here than anywhere! Your only trouble will be choosing which show to see! The Lion King is a tried and true favorite.
Walk over Brooklyn Bridge and tour the Brooklyn Brewery. The Brooklyn Bridge is iconic and a beautiful gateway between two NYC boroughs. Once on the Brooklyn side, head over to the Brooklyn Brewery for a tour and a taste of the cold brew most iconic in the city. If it’s summertime, I recommend the shandy!
Bike tour around Central Park. Bike rentals are easily accessible, and a ride around the park is a perfect way to see it. The park is enormous and would take days to see by foot, so on bike you can appreciate not only its size and all the different sections of it, but also the wonderful fact that this huge park holds a permanent spot in this most magnificent city!