Battery Park (to view The Statue of Liberty)
Hi there friends!!! OMG. It has been a HOT minute since I posted on the blog. Having a baby + the craziness that life throws at you = pure chaos. If you follow me on Instagram you know that we went to NYC right after Christmas! We went with my brother in law and sister in law and it was SUCH a fun trip. NYC has always been on my bucket list and being able to go around Christmas time and NYE made it even more magical! My sister in law texted me one day and was like Hey NYC after Christmas? I didn’t even ask Bryan and booked the trip that night. Honestly, I didn’t know much about New York City. My SIL had been a few years ago so she knew where to go and what to see! I know SO many of you all messaged me about NYC and my recommendations so I wanted to share my tips/tricks/and to-do’s.
First things first, book your trip at least 8 weeks in advanced to get the best pricing on flights & hotel! We flew in early Friday AM and flew out late Monday night. We did this so we could make the most of our time in the city without having to stay extra days and paying a ton of extra money since it was NYE weekend. Personally, 4 days 3 nights is NOT enough to fully see New York. You can hit a lot of the tourist spots in this time frame but you will be extremely tired and your feet will hate you. New York is A LOT of walking and if you are not used to the fast paced life of a big city this will be very hard to adjust to.
What to Do
American Museum of Natural History
5th Avenue (Shopping!)
Grand Central Station
World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial
Statue of Liberty
Where to Eat
Carmines (Best Italian Food EVER)
Where to Grab Drinks
A few helpful tips:
- Book Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner/Drink reservations in advanced especially for popular restaurants. I think my SIL told us we got the last reservation for Carmines and she booked a month in advance!😱
- Use a private car service to and from the airport and book it in advance. (Uber’s are STUPID expensive in NY and shuttle services are often very packed and uncomfortable. We used a shuttle service and wish we would have spent a little more on a private car.)
- Purchase an unlimited metro card. You will use the Subway..A LOT! (We did the math and yeah..just get the unlimited card and save yourself the $ LOL)
Things I would skip out on:
- Brooklyn Bridge: It was VERY cool to see but actually walking onto the bridge was miserable. It was VERY crowded which made the already long walk dreadful.
- Fancy hotel. Unless you are ballin’ or just like super fancy hotels when you travel, don’t worry about booking the Ritz or anything similar. All hotels in NYC are on the smaller side and you probably wont spend much time in your room anyway. I am a bit of a hotel snob and found that the Holiday Inn we stayed at was just fine for what we needed.
- Taking a Taxi! -They are SO expensive and NYC traffic is very unpredictable. Your best bet is the subway, walk, or Uber!
I hope you enjoyed this travel recap of our NYC trip! Being able to go to NYC during the holidays was SO magical and so much fun! I can not wait to go back.
I have video & pics from this trip saved on my IG highlights if you want to check that out!
Thanks for stopping by! XO