When we took our trip last year to New York, our week was jam packed with activities. Our list was filled with the usual tourist spots as well as some of the less frequented places. Unfortunately the cold hindered us a bit in what we did but made a huge dent in our list of places to go and things to see. In one month, we are headed back to New York for two days before our Greece trip and returning back to the city for a few more days. We plan to fill our time visiting a few spots we did not make the first time around. We also have added a few new places and plan to explore more of Brooklyn this time around. Today for Travel Thursday, I wanted to share 3 Places To Go in New York and 3 Places To Skip.
3 Places To Go in New York
Radio City Hall Tour – Since we purchased a New York Pass, we were able to take tours at almost all of the major spots. We stopped at Radio City, located on an early morning, looking for some relief from the 10 degree weather. The husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the knowledge of the guide who worked in the hall. We were taken backstage, enjoyed an interview with performers of the Rockettes and were even taken to the are where the audio set-up happens. We got to watch some of the rehearsal of their spring show with the Rockettes. It was a blast!
Museum of American Finance – We stopped at the Museum before our walking tour through the financial district. Being an economics major in college and having taken many money and banking classes, I was geeking out a little. The museum was informational and interactive. There were so many displays of old currencies, the explanation of how money is made and how the United States banking systems work. It was the perfect compliment to the Financial District Tour we took after. I would highly recommend visiting as it is a smaller museum that is worth the time.
Highline – The Highline is one of the places I am most excited about visiting again. When we last saw it, it was covered in snow and about 10 degrees outside. Seeing it in the spring, being used for readers, art classes and musicians, I believe I will love it even more. The Highline is a converted railroad track that has utilized the growing vegetation into a park for residents. This aerial park runs through my favorite areas in New York, starting at the Meatpacking District, spanning through Chelsea. All I keep thinking about is grabbing a book and enjoying the spring weather this time around.
3 Places To Skip in New York
Empire State Building – We visited on our last night in New York. While the ESB is iconic, the lines are terrible, it was crowded when we got to the top and in comparison, Top of The Rock was better. Of course, I had to go just once but if I returned I would visit the Top of the Rock over the ESB.
Guggenheim – Maybe the Guggenheim was worth skipping to me because there are so many other museums that are worth the time. The nearby Met, MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and the American Museum of Natural History. While the architecture of the museum is worth walking by, the museum is small and includes a walk through that requires you to circle upwards as you view the art.
Grand Central Station – My husband does not agree with me on this one and was surprised I am adding it. It was awesome to visit the inside of the iconic Grand Central but it was more to just to say I’ve been. We added the stop on the way to the NY Public Library in Bryant Park which made it more enjoyable. However, if you were looking for something to cut on a short trip to NY, this is one I would recommend.
Tell me: Have you traveled with a spouse, partner, friend or family member that liked a place you didn’t or vice versa?
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