Vacationing in New York with my family earlier this month was one of the best trips I have been on. We had an amazing time being tourists and eating endless amounts of dessert.
We obviously took pictures of everything and I finally had some time to write this post and compile a list of my favorite things we did in NYC. We came to the conclusion that it would take a good couple of weeks to see and do every attraction in the city, but we definitely covered a lot for our first trip! Plus if we stayed any longer I would have had to buy new pants due to the large amounts of pizza we were consuming. I can only handle New York in small does apparently.
With that said I present the list of my top 5 favorite things we did in NYC!
- Central Park
My mom and I woke up early every morning and headed straight to Central Park. You don’t need me to tell you how beautiful the park is, but seeing it in the fall was magical. By far my favorite thing we did on the trip. If you have time try to race sailboats or go for a boat ride (this reminded me so much of Gossip Girl!)
2. Top of the Rock
The view was amazing! Even better than the top of the Empire State Building in my opinion and it’s way prettier for picture taking because of the glass barrier.
3. 9/11 Memorial
I didn’t go to the top of the Freedom Tower, but my brother did and he said the view is incredible. It’s over 100 floors! Truly a moving experience seeing the memorial in person, every American should go at some point in time.
4. Food. So much food.
One of my friends that went to NYU made me a list before heading to New York. There were so many great restaurants and dessert places on this list, bless her for taking the time to write it out. This is only a fraction of what we ate, but some of my favorite places we stopped at were Big Gay Ice Cream, Grimaldi’s Pizza in Brooklyn, Lombardi’s in Chelsea and Laduree for macarons. We went to Magnolia Bakery twice just to get more of their banana pudding it was THAT good.
5. Staten Island Ferry
We took the Staten Island ferry, which is free and passes right by the Statue of Liberty. It was pretty chilly out, but not unbearable. We were kind of on a time crunch so we didn’t actually go to Liberty Island, but that’s something we want to do next time.
We did much more than just this small list including walking the High Line, taking pictures with the bull on Wall Street, people watching in Times Square at night and visiting the Plaza to see it decorated from Christmas. November ended up being the perfect time to go, it wasn’t too cold, the leaves were still changing, and everything was decorated for Christmas already. The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza was up, but not lit yet.
I’m glad I am able to share this experience with y’all through pictures, if you have any questions or comments about our trip please post in the comments below!