5 Tips on How to Plan Your New York Holiday
Planning a trip to New York City can be daunting, as there is so much to see and do. Over 13 miles in length, the island of Manhattan is so densely populated that even the famous Empire State Building has its own zip code!
The recipe for success when planning your holiday? A checklist, of course!
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#1. Sightseeing Musts
A discount pass will be your best friend in New York. Why? It’s the best way to save money and skip the long queues at the main attractions. Make a list of all the attractions you would like to visit and from there you can compare the discount passes and choose one to best suit your needs.
First time visiting New York? The New York Explorer Pass is a good option. Choose the number of attractions you would like to visit now and decide on the exact details later, creating optimum flexibility.
Start your day off from great heights at the Top of the Rock with panoramic views of Central Park and beyond into New Jersey. Hop on the Hop on Hop off bus towards Downtown to take the ferry from Battery Park over to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Pay your respects at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Cruise up and down the Hudson and East River with Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises. Spend the afternoon in one of the many museums beside Central Park, or explore it with a rented bike. Finish off your jam-packed day from the top of the Empire State Building with spectacular views of Midtown all lit up.
#2. Strategic Planning
Once you have decided on your desired attractions and tours, it’s time to get cracking on a solid itinerary to maximise your time in the city. Of course, flexibility can always be at the forefront of your plans with a discount pass. But, it’s important to note that the island of Manhattan is divided into three key areas - Uptown, Midtown and Downtown.
For example, the main attractions located Downtown include, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the One World Observatory. Tick these off your itinerary in one day rather than spending your time commuting back and forth like a yo-yo.
#3. Consult the Calendar
Fill in any blank spots in your itinerary by taking a look at the events calendar. You will be spoilt for choice between the array of concerts, sports games, and other seasonal events that take place around the clock. It doesn’t matter which month of the year you are visiting because New York is ‘the city that never sleeps’ 365 days per year.
#4. Pre Booking the Essentials
With close to 8.5 million local residents living on Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs of New York City, there is constantly a high demand for Broadway tickets. If you are a fan of London’s West End, then going to see one of the many incredible Broadway shows in New York should be a top priority on your itinerary.
A Broadway show is the perfect activity for a rainy afternoon in or a sophisticated evening out. Between the world class acting, memorable songs and incredible artistic visuals, avoid disappointment by booking your seats in advance. See the Rockettes perform at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular for some festive magic, or Broadway’s longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera. There is something for everyone to enjoy!
#5. P.S. Don’t Stress
Holidays are supposed to be stress-free and your trip to New York City should be no exception. Slow down the pace by grabbing a delicious New York style bagel with a freshly brewed coffee and chill out in Central Park, New York’s answer to London’s Hyde Park.
Download a free App, such as Eric’s New York App and have access to insider tips, main attractions, shopping (10% discount at Macy’s), child-friendly attractions, public toilet locations and free Wifi spots around the city. The best part? After finishing your breakfast-on-the-go in Central Park, you can easy breezy find your closest subway station using the App. With the 8-hour journey between London and New York, you can already start to get familiar with the App before you arrive!
This article was produced in collaboration with Eric from NewYork.co.uk.