THINGS TO DO
We hope you are able to take advantage of being in New York City by experiencing some of the amazing things the city has to offer!
Here is a list of things to do in the NYC. We recommend planning ahead and getting tickets/reservations early.
- 9/11 Memorial - A must do for anyone visiting NYC. The museum is an emotional but beautiful tribute to the lives that were changed that day. The memorial is free, but the museum requires tickets. Click here for reservations & tickets to the museum. Allow 3 hours.
- Brooklyn Bridge - One of our favorite walks. An iconic bridge and a great photo opportunity. Just make sure you stay in the WALK lane & watch out for bikers. Click here for easy guide to walking the bridge. Once in Brooklyn, enjoy an incredible view of Downtown Manhattan and all the things Brooklyn Bridge Park offers. Allow 2-3 hours.
- The Statue of Liberty - The most recognizable landmark in New York and a cool experience for anybody - locals & visitors. You MUST make reservations early. We did the Crown Reserve tickets and loved it. Note: There are 162 narrow and tight(!) steps from the top of the pedestal to the crown. No elevator access to the crown. Click here for tickets. Pick your ticket option and choose to depart from New York (Battery Park). Allow 4 hours.
- The High Line - An elevated freight rail line that went out of use in 1980 has been transformed into a 1.45 mile-long public park on Manhattan's West Side stretching up 10th Ave from 14th St. to 34th St. It's a perfect juxtaposition of urban, architecture, art & outdoor. Click here for Park features, access & hours. Allow 2 hours.
- While there, visit the happening Chelsea Market. It's a lively combination of food & shopping. Be sure to check out Artists & Fleas.
- If you have a few hours to spare, The Whitney is one of NYC's most popular museums. It focuses on American art from the 20th- and 21st-Century. Click here to purchase tickets.
- Central Park - One of our favorite places in the city.
- Strawberry Fields - The IMAGINE memorial dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. The entrance is at W. 72nd St. & Central Park West - directly across from The Dakota (where Lennon was killed). Click here to view in Google maps.
- Bethesda Fountain - This is one of the most well known fountains in the world and one of the most visited places in Central Park. It also happens to be the backdrop of our Wedding Party photos. The Lower Terrace is a taste of Italy right in Central Park. The Bethesda Fountain is on Terrace Dr. off the 72nd St. Cross Drive. Click here to view in Google Maps.
- Ice Skating at Wollman Rink in the park will be open. Click here for information, location & hours. Be prepared for lines. Cash only. The location is on the Southeast side of the park between E. 62nd & E. 63rd Street. Click here to view in Google maps.
- Belvedere Castle - I mean....A castle in Central Park. Why not? Located on the 79th St. Transverse. Click here to view in Google maps.
- The Jackie Onassis Reservoir - A beautiful 1.58 mile walk around the reservoir with great views of the Manhattan skyline. Click here to view on Google maps.
- Pending weather conditions, our favorite place to lounge is Sheep Meadow. Bring a blanket, a picnic and a frisbee and enjoy this oasis in the middle of the city. Located on the 65th Transverse. Click here to view in Google maps.
- Museums - New York City is home to some of the best museums in the world.
- Grand Central Station - One of the most iconic & busiest train stations in the world. Standing in the mall beneath the celestial ceiling is a humbling experience. Located at E. 42nd St. & Park Ave. Click here to view in Google Maps.
- Times Square - This is our least favorite part of New York City, but it's a must see for any first-time visitor to New York. We would recommend going at night in order to get the full effect of the lights. Located between W. 42nd & W. 47th St. between Broadway & 7th Ave. Click here to view in Google maps.
- Broadway Show - There is no better theatre anywhere in the world.
- Click here to see a list of shows playing and to purchase tickets.
- TKTS offers discounted tickets for day of shows. Click here for more information for locations and hours.
- If you can get tickets to Hamilton, take us with you.
There are THOUSANDS of things to do in NYC, but we consider these the highlights to see or do in-between events as we also want to see as much of you as possible throughout the weekend!
Don't hesitate to call, text or email us any questions you may have!
Hillary & Matthew