I just got back from a much needed vacation and we had a blast in Nevada! To be honest, I was a little nervous bringing the kids to Vegas but everything turned out great thanks to some online research. I discovered a nifty blog, that provided great resources to parents looking to plan a Las Vegas family vacation. Believe it or not, there were plenty of Las Vegas attractions for kids and best of all, they were free! We’ve only been back a few days but my kids are already bugging me about going back to their Vegas hotel pool. LOL!
So needless to say, this article was inspired when I was looking for things to do in Vegas with my kids. Visiting a city as huge as New York City can be breath-taking. With so many places to see, and things to do, it is best to have a plan, before visiting the “Big Apple.” As thrilling and as exciting as the city is, one can easily get lost. Here are at least 10 great things to do in New York City, and places to explore while vacationing in New York City:
10. Visit the Statue of Liberty
By all means, visit the Statue of Liberty. This is a historical monument, and a vital part of this country’s history. In other words, it is an iconic landmark. Take a ferry and get a close up view, of this great statue, a gift from France. It is a celebration of our nation, which begin in 1876, the Centennial.
9. Stroll through the High Line
This amazing park is 1.45 miles long. It features more than 300 varieties of water features, plants, and pathways. It is a garden maze, with a view of the Hudson River, and spectacular architectural designs. The pathways lead from the Meatpacking District through an elevated railway (Chelsea).
8. Take a Stroll through Central Park
Central Park is the world largest backyard, featuring more than 843 acres of fun, excitement, and amusement for people of all ages. Take a ride on the carousel, have lunch at the famous Boathouse Café, sneak a peek at the penguins, and sea lions, or run a few laps around the reservoir.
7. Visit the Metropolitan Art Museum
Take a look at the past, and learn to appreciate the future. Get a glimpse of ancient Africa, Greek, Rome, and Egypt. See the masterpieces of old, and feast your eyes on an Asian Wing, and some amazing Oceania exhibits. The museum is open 24 hours per day.
6. Must See Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal – one of the busiest place’s in the world. Close to one million people dash in and out of this terminal every day. The people are interesting, but they are not the main attraction. The terminal is constructed from architectural designs, which dates back to 100 years. The cathedral style windows are high enough to allow the sunlight to shine through, around midday. On the lower level of the building is fine dining.
5. Visit Times Square
Bring the camera, the popcorn, and the kids, its show time. Flashing lights, discount theater ticket booths, billboards of people wearing underwear, television broadcasts, nude cowboys, and more Elmo’s than Sesame Street created are all here at New York City’s Time Square.
4. Explore the Top of the Rock
Visit three places at once. At the Top of the Rock, the view from the famous Rockefeller Center shows awesome views of the Empire State Building. Visit the area an hour before sunset and capture a breath-taking sight of the sky, as it turns into a beautiful magenta orange color.
3. Take a Ride to New York Transit Museum
Make it a family event. Take a ride on the underground subway to Brooklyn Heights, and discover the timeless masterpieces at the New York Transit Museum. The station was built in 1936, and some of the subway cars date back to the early 20th century.
2. Visit Coney Island
One of New York City’s famous tourist sites is Coney Island. Experience roller coaster rides, on a beautiful 87- year- old cyclone coaster, and take in a Hot dog. Nobody makes hot dogs, like Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.
1. Visit the 911 Memorial
Remember 911, and see where it all begin. Nearly 14 years ago, the world Trade Center was attacked by terrorists, and hundreds of people lost their lives. Today, the site is a memorial to those who lost their loved ones. The site is a dedication, which shows the world’s resilience in the face of adversity. Visit the historical landmark.