New York. It was crowded. It was loud. It was cultured. And it was fun. I’m talking about my recent trip to the Big Apple which was everything I imagined it would be. That being said … here are The Write Mama’s top picks for things to do in New York City!
1. The shopping – my personal favourite places to shop are Macy’s on 34th street and Ann Taylor Loft. You could seriously get lost in the many floors at Macys and at Christmas, they have their famous window displays which are a tribute to the movie Miracle on 34th Street. Every woman should also make at least one trip to Saks on 5th Avenue and Barneys on Madison Avenue even if it’s just for some window shopping. And I personally just love the affordable clothes at Ann Taylor Loft.
2. Broadway musicals – It’s really hard to decide what show to go to on Broadway because there are so many but once you narrow it down, it is totally worth it. This trip, I went to Rock of Ages and Sister Act and got some pretty decent deals online. The hot new (read expensive) shows to see at the moment are Book of Mormon and Newsies. But whatever you pick, go – there is nothing like it! And make sure you pay a bit of extra money to get good seats.
3. Museums – We are not especially artsy people, but there is something special about seeing some of the best art and museum pieces in the world. Between my husband and I, we have visited The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET) , the Cloisters (the MET), Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and the American Museum of Natural History. I will never forget the Egyptian Art display and the Cloisters at the MET. Nor the works by Rembrandt, van Gogh, Picasso, Andy Warhol and the like that we enjoyed at these museums.
4. Time Square – Maybe it’s the hustle and the bustle. Maybe it’s the ginormous advertisements flanking the skyscrapers in every direction. It could be Elmo, Mario, Mickey Mouse, or the yellow M&M man prancing around the square. Or it could be the good eats and fabulous shopping. Whatever it is, Time Square is the place to be and if you haven’t been, you gotta try it at least once!
5. Rockefeller Center – Visit the Top of the Rock observation deck to get fabulous panoramic views of the city including Central Park. At Christmas, you will want to visit the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and ice skating rink. Or if you don’t do the Rock, be sure to stop and visit the Empire State Building although when we went, the lines there were much longer.
6. Central Park – We visited in the winter and decided to do the horse drawn carriage ride through the park. It was neat but we only really got a glimpse of what the park had to offer. I have also heard about a skating rink, sledding, cross country skiing and snow shoeing that I would plan to do on our next wintertime visit.
If you start your visit with some of the things from this list of things to do in New York City, I just know you’ll be off to a great start!
I heart New York.<