New York City | Things To See & Do

Rockefeller centre

Top of the Rock NYC

I spent the last week in New York and it is safe to say I am feeling sufficiently christmassy now! There is literally sooooo much to see that unless you’re staying for a very long time you aren’t going to be able to fit everything in so make sure you plan ahead and book the things that are top of your priorities list to avoid missing out.

Things to see & do

Here are some of the things we did during our visit that I would totally recommend:

Ice skating in Central Park

You can also book Ice skating in Bryant Park and the Rockefeller center.

Opening hours
Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 2:30pm
Wednesday – Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Cost
Monday – Thursday: Adult $12.00 / Child (11 & under) $6 / Senior $5
Friday – Sunday & Holidays: Adult $19 / Child (11 & under) $6 / Senior $9
Skates: $9
Lockers: $5 + $6 refundable deposit

Top of the Rock observation deck

Of course you can always see the views of New York from the Empire State building observation deck too. We got to the Rockefeller center around 9am which was perfect as it meant there were no queues or crowding.

Opening hours
Daily from 8am – Midnight.

Cost
Adult $34 / Child (6-12) $28 / Seniors $32

New York Rangers ice hockey game at Madison Square Gardens

Check out the Madison Square Gardens website to see a list of up to date sporting events, concerts and pricing.

American Museum of Natural History

Opening hours
Daily from 10am-5:45 pm

Cost
Adult $22 / Child (2-12) $12.50 / Senior & Student $17

Museum of Modern Art

The MoMa is probably my favourite museum in New York but if modern art isn’t really your thing then take a walk along 5th Avenue’s museum mile for the Met, the Guggenheim and many more museums and galleries.

Opening hours
Daily from 10:30am–5:30pm

Cost
Adult $25 / Senior $18 / Student $14 / Child (Under 16) free

Strawberry Fields in Central Park – A must for any Beatles fan!

Cost
Free although you can always book a walking or bike tour to be shown around the sights by an expert.

Central Park Zoo

I’ve mentioned Central Park a couple of times already, as you’ve probably guessed its massive and you could easily spend an entire day exploring what it has to offer. The zoo isn’t massive but it was so refreshing to see how well the animals are cared for, there is also a children’s zoo too.

Opening hours
10am – 4:30pm

Cost
Adult $12 / Child $7 / Senior $9

9/11 Memorial & Museum

Cost
We decided not to have a tour so it is completely free if you just want to see the memorial pools which sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. If you want access to the museum and talks you can find more information here.

Shopping

If you’re a shopaholic then you are going to have plenty of opportunities to spend, spend, spend. Head to 5th Avenue for Saks Fifth Avenue and a mixture of high end designer and high street stores. Saks is worth paying a visit to just for the stunning window displays, especially around christmas time.

Top Brunch Spots

Obviously we love a good brunch over here at BAB so I thought it was only fitting that I include my favourite brunch spots in NYC.

Jacks Wife Freda – This place gets very busy (always a good sign that the food is going to be great) so get there 15 minutes early and give your name to the man on the door so he can add you to their waiting list. It’s well worth it – the rosewater waffles are number one!

Bluestone Lane – My favourite brunch of the trip had to be avocado smash at the Bluestone Lane Upper East Side store. They have other cafes scattered around New York but the one we visited was along the museum mile, opposite Central Park and next to a church. It is well worth a visit if you appreciate beautiful architecture. Again, get there early and put your name on the waiting list as it is a small and popular brunch spot.

The Smith – I picked this spot purely because they had vanilla bean french toast on the menu and it was very, very good. We visited their midtown restaurant and I loved the interior, very cool. This place is much bigger than the other two picks so go here if there is a larger group of you or you want to take your time having a good old natter over brunch.

Rockefeller centre christmas decorations

Christmas in New York, giant christmas decorations

Ice skating in central park NYC

Strawberry fields central park NYC

World trade center

Times square NYC

Have you been to New York before? What are your must see recommendations?

Rae x

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