Sitting on the mouth of the Hudson River, Greater New York is made of five areas; Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Manhattan.
After flying into one of New York’s 3 Airports, the most famous of which being the John F Kennedy airport, you’ll be overwhelmed with what to do and where to go!
Here at Travel Trout we are going to try and briefly cover some of the great things to do if you’re considering New York city breaks.
After you’ve settled at your hotel, either go for a stroll or grab one of the famous yellow taxis and you’ll be amazed at the things to see.
Built in 1931, the Empire State Building is not the tallest skyscraper but is the most famous in New York and has been the setting for many romantic films.
Times Square is famous for its neon signs and flashing lights, but among the constant hustle and bustle of tourists and commuters alike lies a large collection of theatres of Broadway if you want to see a show. If you go during Autumn, Winter or early Spring, this is when the performing-arts season is at it’s peak.
Central Park is almost 850 acres of countryside where you can get away from the busy city, go for a walk or a picnic, and appreciate the beauty of the wildlife.
Another famous landmark is the Brooklyn Bridge, that connects Manhattan island to Brooklyn. This is almost a mile long and has beautiful views over the New York Harbor.
Madame Tussauds host a collection of waxworks that lets your mingle with the celebrities from the stars of Desperate Housewives to J-Lo.
For families there is the award winning Bronx Zoo, with over 4000 animals! There is no other zoo in the world as diverse! From Snow Leopards in the Himalayan Highlands Habitat, to the Congo Gorilla Forest, this is definitely a cheap and fun day out for all.
On the Upper West Side you can find the American Museum of Natural History, just off Central Park West.
While you’re there why not take a helicopter ride? Liberty Helicopters give you the thrill of a helicopter ride while flying past New Yorks skyline and seeing the statue of Liberty!
If shopping is your thing, and price isn’t a worry, why not visit the ultra-expensive Bergdorf Goodman department store, even if it’s just for a look!
If you’re interested in things to eat, there is a diverse range of cuisines on offer. Head to Little Italy and you’ll see the sights and sounds of the neighbourhoods’ Italian heritage. There are bakeries, deli shops and plenty of restaurants to choose from. Chinatown is fantastic if you want authentic street-food.
While you’re in New York, visiting the World Trade Centre site and the Tribute WTC Visitor Center is a must. Take a tour of the 9/11 Memorial and take some time to reflect on the loss suffered, and the bravery and heroism of those involved.
This what just a brief guide to New York, we’ll cover more in detail in later posts, but as you can see, there is a lot to do while you’re there! Keep checking back for more info!