This past weekend my husband and I jetted off to the Big Apple to celebrate 4 years of wedded bliss. Both of us have been to Manhattan, for work, for fun, etc., etc., but we have never been together and I’ll tell you one thing, there is nothing quite like NYC in the spring. The weather is perfect for all that city walking, people are in a jollier mood (if even possible), flowers are in blossom, love is in the air … you get the picture.
The hubby and I had an amazing time taking advantage of the nice weather. We made the best out of 4 days and my aching feet and the 80K+ on my Fitbit confirm it to be true. We covered Manhattan from top to bottom, side to side, and even found time to venture off the island. Here are four ways to have an amazing Spring time (or any time) in NYC …
(1) Get a City Pass and See It All!
Okay, I suppose this is a pretty broad and vague item, but give me just a moment to explain. Prior to our trip I went to the New York Pass website and bought two, 3-day passes. This pass gets you in to ALL of the NYC attractions. If you are doing NYC for the first time get this pass (or the CityPASS booklet) because you will save a ton of money. We did a similar thing when we went to Toronto and also saved a ton of money. My other bit of advise, put the pass in a safe place. We lost one of our passes and the museums were kind enough to give us two entrances with one pass, but the other attractions like Madame Tussaud’s and Top of the Rock were not.
How did we use our New York Pass? Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Madame Tussaud’s, Top of the Rock, MoMA, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Guggenheim, and American Museum of Natural History. There are dozens of other ways we could have used this pass. We also got a discount at Buca de Beppo.
Another broad and vague item, but necessary. NYC is unlimited in restaurant and new food options. Some of the places we went were Buca de Beppo (chain, but good), Juniors for cheesecake, Ess-a-Bagel for nova (smoked salmon, cream cheese, bagels), and my favorite of the trip, Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Are you a fan of Glee, specifically Glee the last year? Ellen’s Stardust is a 50’s themed diner where the waitstaff sing while serving you. The waitstaff are wanna-be Broadway starts, actors, performers, etc. Last year 16 waiters/waitresses made their big Broadway debuts. Neat!
(3) Sports, See Them
Spring in New York means baseball! Neither my husband or I follow either NYC baseball teams so seeing the Yankees or Mets was going to be a fun experience (because we have no preference for a winner), but during our stay the Mets were in town playing the Washington Nationals. We took the train to Queens, got fantastic seats at Citi Field, and indulged in dogs, peanuts, and beer. Not to mention all of the amazing people watching. New Yorkers are fun to observe at baseball games.
(4) Central Park
If you have never been to Central Park I may not be able to find the words to describe it properly, but New Yorkers refer to Central Park as the heart of the City. In a city of constant movement and action, Central Park 843 acres of beauty and relaxation. We spent lots of time on our last day in Manhattan relaxing and exploring Central Park, getting ice cream at one of the many stands, walking around the lakes, watching the sailboats, and soaking up some sun. We even had a picnic (check back Thursday for more).
What would you add to this NYC must-do list for Spring? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal