Updated: Aug 3, 2018
New York City is the type of place where you could spend weeks exploring every nook and cranny. This April, we had just about 24 hours in Manhattan and had to make the most of it. There is SO MUCH TO DO and we had so little time- I'll take you through our miles of walking in one of the most wonderful days I've ever had!
If you know anything about my husband, it's that he is the hugest MLB fan. Anytime we go to an area with a Major League team, we HAVE to go see a game. Because of this, after we got off of the airplane, we had to go straight to the Mets game (Yankees were out of town this weekend!) Because of this MANDATORY stop (I'm such a good wife), we had one night less than I wanted in Manhattan, as we were stuck in Queens (a mistake I'll never make again!) We did REALLY enjoy the ballpark, though, and had a great time.
First thing the next morning, we grab an uber (about $45 to get from Queens) to get to Manhattan. We were traveling out of Manhattan via Penn Station the next morning, we we decided to stay at the Fairfield Inn New York Midtown Manhattan, which was in walking distance to Penn Station. It was affordable and actually really nice. It was right in the heart of the city, so it was a great distance from most things we wanted to do. I would definitely stay here again if we went back!
First place we walked was toward Times Square, which was really close to the hotel. On the way we passed Radio City Music Hall, Tiffany's, and lots of other landmarks. One place I really wanted to stop was the Disney Store since I have two young girls, so I grabbed them each a Mickey and Minnie New York inspired shirt and we went on our way to Central Park.
Central Park. Y'ALL. This place!
I could stay in this park forever. Pictures absolutely don't do it justice. We were lucky enough to go to the city for the first warm day of the season. So many people were out running, sunning, and just enjoying the park, so we did the same. We spent lots of time just weaving through the park hitting any and every area we could.
While many people like to do museums (which we DID pop into the Natural History Museum so Charles could see the dinosaurs), we chose to approach the city as lovers of pop culture.
We walked to Tom's Restaurant and ate a big salad like Elaine on Seinfeld.
We shopped at Mood like the contestants on Project Runway.
We went to Ivan Ramen like we heard about on Ugly Delicious.
I sat on the steps of the Met like Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl.
We visited Big's apartment and Carrie's apartment from Sex and the City, Nate's from Gossip Girl, and the Friends apartment.
We ate cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery just like the girls from Sex and the City.
By the time we were done with all of this, it was the end of the day and it was time to go back to the hotel so we could board our early morning train the next morning from Penn Station. We walked almost 20 miles, took the subway twice, and just generally enjoyed every minute of the day.
What do YOU look forward to most about visiting New York City?? Where is your favorite place in the city?? We are SO looking forward to going back and being able to enjoy it properly!
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