New York – The Experience

By jen - Last updated: Friday, September 28, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

New York is one of those dream destinations that is on many people’s travel wish lists, and this fascinating and bustling city has a unique atmosphere and vibe that are hard to understand unless you’ve been there. So in this post we aim to give you a little taste of what New York has to offer as a city break destination, and bring you some of the exciting things to do and see in the world’s most iconic city.

When you think of New York the first thing that comes to many people’s minds is the Statue of Liberty and the unmistakeable skyline of the island of Manhattan. In the past visitors were able to visit Liberty Island and climb to the very top of the Statue of Liberty and peer out of the windows in her crown, however the tower is currently closed for renovation until the end of the year, but you can still visit the island, or alternatively, take a cruise around New York harbour on the New York Liberty Cruise, a fully narrated tour  which also takes in the legendary gateway to New York, Ellis Island.

In Manhattan itself a visit to Central Park is a must, and a spin on the famed carousel in the park will go down well with young and old alike. A classic way to see the park is on a horse and carriage ride, where your guide will point out spots made famous in films as well as seeing sights such as the Central Park Zoo and the Imagine Mosaic.

In terms of food and drink New York just has so much to offer as a result of its historical multi-ethnic immigrant communities, and you can get a taste for the food of East Village on a walking food tour of the area, sampling varied treats such as Eastern European style food, dumplings and of course New York’s famous fast food: hot dogs and pizza. In Brooklyn you can also experience what the borough has to offer in terms of local cuisine on the Local Flavors of Brooklyn Small Group Walking Tour, where you’ll get to try ethnic and local cuisine in the Carroll Gardens neighbourhood. Another must visit spot for a sweet treat is Cold Stone Creamery ice cream stores, where the ice cream is prepared by staff, who are known to burst into song as they work,  on a cold slab of stone!

Of course there’s a huge variety of hotels to choose from in New York, from hotels like the revamped Crowne Plaza Hotel at Times Square, the James New York in SoHo, or Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District.  We also have a large selection of other hotels in New York.

New York has been immortalised in film and television for decades, in series such as Sex and the City and Woody Allen films to name some of the most well-known examples, and if you’d like to visit some of the spots made famous on film you can go on the New York TV and Movie Sites Tour, led by a local actor, which takes in familiar on screen spots from Gossip Girl, Friends, Ugly Betty, Ghostbusters and Men In Black.

Of course one of the highlights of a trip to New York is the great shopping opportunities on offer, and once you’ve explored the stores on Fifth Avenue and in Manhattan, you could go on a day trip to the well-known discount village Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, which boasts 220 stores and eateries including big name brands such as Burberry, Gap Outlet, Nike Factory Store, and Tommy Hilfiger. Jersey Gardens is also a well know outlet location just outside New York and is well worth a visit. Here you will find all your favourite brands at discount prices. It is easily accessible from New York City via New Jersey Transit Bus #111/115 from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue. If you don’t want to venture out of the city then look no further than 34th Street. Macy’s is America’s department store and a landmark in New York! It is a popular shopping destination for travelers coming from all over the world and international visitors can avail of the “Welcome International Savings Card” which comes with a 10% store discount!

For the kids Toys R Us on Broadway has it all–floor upon floor of nearly every toy ever dreamed of–and then some. It’s a destination in itself. Come for a ride on the 60-foot Ferris wheel, take photos of the kids under the roaring T-Rex and visit Barbie World. If you just happen to be on 5th Avenue then FAO Schwarz is unmissible. If you’re looking for a plush coral reef habitat or big piano to play on, you will only find it here! A heaven for children!

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