3 Days in New York

Jess and I’ve visited New York Metropolis many occasions, and it’s undoubtedly a metropolis we by no means tire of exploring. There’s simply a lot to see and do!

On this submit, we needed to share an itinerary for spending 3 days in New York. This will provide you with sufficient time to see lots of the metropolis’s highlights, from world class museums by way of to well-known sights and spectacular viewpoints.

This itinerary is right for a first-time go to to New York for somebody who needs to see lots. In addition to the day-by-day itinerary, we’re additionally together with a lot of useful data that can assist you plan your time within the metropolis, from learn how to get round by way of to the place to remain and the way to save cash.

Itinerary for 3 Days in New York Metropolis

Under is our detailed day-to-day itinerary for exploring New York over three days. Town has lots to supply and it’s fairly huge, so we’ve grouped points of interest collectively the place attainable to minimise journey time.

As with a lot of our itineraries, that is fairly packed. New York Metropolis is a good place to go to for those who like to make use of all of your out there time as many sights and points of interest are open late into the evening.

In fact, for those who choose a slower tempo, or maybe you’re visiting New York with youngsters, then it would be best to tweak the itinerary barely to fulfill your personal wants.

Let’s get began!

Empire State Building view from uptown


New York Itinerary Day 1

Your first day in New York has you visiting a few of the metropolis’s hottest museums, its most well-known park and getting a spectacular view of the skyline.


Central Park

Even for those who’ve by no means visited New York, Central Park is probably going going to really feel acquainted to you. It’s probably the most filmed location on the earth, with quite a few well-known films and TV reveals having scenes shot right here.

Central Park can also be probably the most visited city park within the USA, in addition to the biggest park in Manhattan.

As you’ll think about, there may be loads to see and do right here. We’re placing Central Park first on our listing as a result of it has lengthy opening hours. If you happen to’re an early riser and are eager to start out your sight-seeing, then you possibly can hit Central Park earlier than the opposite points of interest in our itinerary like museums open up. Usually, Central Park is open from 6am till 1am, though verify the official web site for any updates to that.

At over 800 acres, you would spend a whole lot of time in Central Park. We’d recommend selecting some highlights to go to, and having fun with the strolling trails in between them. Standard spots are the Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, Bow Bridge, Alice in Wonderland statue, Belvedere Fort and Conservatory Backyard.

If you’re visiting New York with youngsters, or similar to zoos, Central Park can also be dwelling to a zoo which may be an excellent possibility. For getting round, Central Park could be very walkable. Bike rental is another choice, you are able to do that right here. Carriage rides like this are one other common possibility.

Central Park New York CityNew York Transport Carriage in Central Park


American Museum of Pure Historical past

Having spent a while exploring Central Park, you now have your alternative of museums the place you are able to do every little thing from expertise artwork, brush up on the historical past of the town or be taught concerning the world.

We’ve included a few of these museums on this itinerary, however the space has many extra to select from so be happy to differ this itinerary based mostly in your specific pursuits.

First, we suggest you begin your museum journey with a go to to the world’s largest pure historical past museum, the American Museum of Pure Historical past. Discovered on the western fringe of Central Park and spanning 4 metropolis blocks, this huge museum is a favorite with households visiting New York. Nevertheless, anybody with an curiosity within the pure world will discover one thing to get pleasure from right here.

Highlights embody the dioramas that includes animals and scenes from world wide, the halls depicting the origins of individuals and naturally, the fossil halls that includes huge dinosaur skeletons. There’s additionally a planetarium, a corridor stuffed with meteorites and shows on gems and minerals, to call however a couple of of the points of interest on provide.

You might spend a complete day right here, however we’d recommend a highlights tour of round two hours to provide you time for the remainder of your go to.

There’s an entry charge to go to, with entry included in quite a few NY city passes together with our favourite, the New York Move. You may also purchase a person ticket right here. Extra data on pricing and opening hours on the web site right here.

American Museum of Natural History DioramaAmerican Museum of Natural History Diorama


Metropolitan Museum of Artwork

On the other facet of Central Park to the American Museum of Pure Historical past, round 20 minutes’ stroll, is the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork.

Also known as “The Met”, that is the biggest artwork museum in the USA, with over two million works in its assortment. If you happen to’re taken with artwork and wish to go to an artwork museum throughout your time in New York, that is the one we’d suggest!

As you may count on with such an unlimited assortment to attract on, there’s a lot to see right here. The gathering spans 5,000 years of artistic pursuits, from Historic Egyptian artwork by way of to modern-day works.

If you happen to reside in New York State, entry is free. For different guests, there’s an entry charge. You should purchase your ticket on-line upfront right here, and skip the ticket strains.

Entry to the Met is included on quite a few metropolis passes for the town, together with the New York Move.

If you happen to’d choose to take a guided tour of the museum to realize extra insights into what you’re seeing, we suggest this guided strolling tour of the Met with one among our favorite strolling tour firms.

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Museum of the Metropolis of New York

One museum we actually love visiting in New York is the Museum of the Metropolis of New York. That’s as a result of that is the museum which is able to educate you probably the most concerning the historical past of the town itself, and particularly the individuals who have made New York dwelling over the centuries.

The museum has been telling this story because it opened in 1923, and as we speak it has over 1.5 million objects associated to the town in its assortment. There are images, movies and artifacts in addition to quite a few interactive shows, the place you possibly can be taught all concerning the story of the town and its folks.

It’s open on daily basis and there’s an entry charge. You should purchase your tickets on-line upfront right here. It’s additionally included for holders of the New York Move.

Alternatively (or moreover, for those who’re feeling motivated!), you would additionally go to different museums on this space, together with the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the American People Artwork Museum and the Frick Assortment, to call however a couple of of the choices you may have!

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Fifth Avenue Procuring

The east facet of central park is bordered by Fifth Avenue, and as you head south on this well-known New York Avenue you’ll depart museums behind and arrive at one of many world’s most well-known purchasing areas.

South of 59th St, Fifth Avenue is dwelling to a few of the world’s most well-known luxurious manufacturers, in addition to some barely extra reasonably priced purchasing choices. Even for those who don’t intend on really purchasing, it’s a formidable stroll to take to see the opulence on show.

Manufacturers you’ll go as you stroll down Fifth Avenue embody Gucci, Armani, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co, and Dolce & Gabbana. There are additionally high-end shops like Saks and flagship shops for manufacturers like Apple.

Mainly, if you wish to do some retail remedy while you’re in New York, it’s best to discover one thing on Fifth Avenue that works for you.

Tiffanys on Fifth Avenue


Prime of the Rock

You’re coming to the top of your first day exploring New York Metropolis, and we expect it’s time to get a fantastic view of the town.

New York has quite a few viewing platforms discovered at dizzying heights above the town, however one among our favourites is the view from the Prime of the Rock. That is discovered within the Rockefeller Centre in Midtown Manhattan.

We just like the Prime of the Rock as a result of it presents a fantastic view which incorporates arguably New York’s most well-known skyscraper, the Empire State Constructing, which is slightly below a mile away.

It’s additionally an open high observatory which presents spectacular views throughout Midtown, together with of Central Park and all of the areas you explored in your first day within the metropolis.

Entry to the Prime of the Rock is included on quite a few the NY city passes, together with the New York Move. Alternatively, you should buy tickets upfront of your go to on-line right here.

Top of the Rock Rockefeller Centre New York Itinerary

Broadway or Different Present

Lastly, for those who nonetheless have the stamina and wish to spherical out your first day in New York in model, why not absorb a Broadway present or different reside efficiency.

From the Rockefeller centre you’re just some minutes’ stroll from a spread of reveals and expertise, together with the Radio Metropolis Music Corridor and a number of Broadway and off-Broadway reveals.

The one factor we’d say if that if you wish to go to a very common present to you’ll want to ebook nicely upfront, as tickets can promote out shortly. Nevertheless, it can save you cash by reserving much less common or off-Broadway reveals as an alternative.

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New York Itinerary Day 2

Your second day in New York Metropolis goes to have you ever visiting one of the iconic landmarks in the USA in addition to different points of interest across the south of Manhattan. You’re additionally going to pop into Brooklyn!


Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

You’re going to start out day 2 of this three-day New York itinerary with a go to to the world-famous Statue of Liberty, discovered on Liberty Island, in addition to the historic immigration centre on close by Ellis Island.

The Statue of Liberty was a present from the folks of France to the folks of the USA, and it was devoted in 1886. Since then, it has grown to be an emblem of the USA and one of the recognisable statues on the earth. It’s additionally a well-liked customer attraction in New York, with thousands and thousands of individuals visiting annually.

To go to the Statue of Liberty that you must take a ferry, because it’s on an island. You particularly have to take a ferry which is operated by Statue Cruises, which is authorised by the Nationwide Parks Service, who function the island.

On Liberty Island you possibly can go to the Statue of Liberty Museum and be taught concerning the historical past of the statue. It’s additionally attainable to go to the pedestal and crown of the statue, though this requires an additional ticket.

Another choice we’ve executed and might suggest is to take a strolling tour which incorporates the cruise to the Statue of Liberty, pedestal entry and a tour of Ellis Island. We’ve executed and might suggest this 3.5-hour Early Entry Statue of Liberty Tour with Statue Pedestal Entry & Ellis Island Tour with Take Walks, which incorporates pedestal entry. A tour is a wonderful solution to actually be taught concerning the historical past of what you’re seeing, and Take Walks in our expertise provide a few of the finest guides on the market.

From Liberty Island, the ferry will then take you to Ellis Island, the place you possibly can go to the historic immigration museum. This was the place thousands and thousands of immigrants entered the USA for the primary time to start a brand new life, and a fantastic many households within the nation can hint their lineage to this constructing.

Be aware there are many different boat excursions to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, however these solely circumnavigate the island. If you wish to land and go to the Statue, that you must get the ticket for Statue Cruises, which you are able to do right here, or ebook a tour just like the one we talked about above with Take Walks. The ticket with touchdown can also be included as a part of the New York Move.

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Skyscraper Museum

You’ll probably remember that New York Metropolis is dwelling to a whole lot of skyscrapers, a definition often given to a constructing which is over 150 metres (492ft) in peak. The invention of the elevator within the nineteenth century was key to creating these buildings commercially viable, as no-one needs to stroll up a number of flights of stairs.

NY city was well-known for its skyscrapers from the late nineteenth century. Restricted actual property meant the one solution to go was up, and by the top of the nineteenth century the race to construct the tallest skyscraper was on. Chicago and New York battled over the title of the town with the tallest constructing, with the Empire State Constructing holding the crown for 40 years after its completion in 1931.

If you’re taken with studying extra about skyscrapers, then a go to to the Skyscraper Museum ought to be in your to-do listing. It’s just some minutes’ stroll from the Statue Cruises embarkation level, and it’s additionally very moderately priced. The museum is small however we loved our go to. There’s a small entry charge, with entry included as a part of the New York Move.

Skyscraper Museum New York


Wall Avenue

From the Skyscraper Museum it’s round a 10-minute stroll to the following cease on our itinerary, Wall Avenue.

New York’s Wall Avenue is the centre of the US monetary world, dwelling to each the New York Inventory Trade and the NASDAQ. It’s right here the place fortunes are made and misplaced, and the place a few of the nice monetary tales have taken place.

Admittedly, until you’re really a dealer, there isn’t a complete lot to do on Wall Avenue. Nevertheless, it’s enjoyable to go to and take an image. A spotlight for a lot of is the flag draped NYSE constructing. Don’t miss the statue of the bull which is one other common picture cease. This symbolises the bulls out there, who drive shares up.

Wall Street Bull Statue New York


9/11 Memorial Museum

From Wall Avenue one other 10-minute stroll will carry you to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. This location has two components.

First, there’s an enormous above floor memorial those that misplaced their lives within the September 11 2001 World Commerce Centre assaults, in addition to the 1993 World Commerce Centre bombing.

This memorial consists of two huge man-made waterfalls which sit within the footprint taken up by the unique “Twin Towers” of the World Commerce Centre. The waterfalls tumble into two big swimming pools, with the names of the victims printed across the partitions of the swimming pools.

The memorial is free to go to.

The second a part of the situation is a museum, which is discovered underground under the swimming pools. That is the place you possibly can be taught all about 9/11, from the occasions main as much as the day, to the day itself, adopted by the aftermath.

That is undoubtedly a shifting place to go to, with tales of loss and tragedy combined with tales of particular person heroism and unimaginable bravery.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum has an entry charge, and you should buy an advance ticket on-line right here. The 9/11 Memorial Museum can also be included on the New York Move, in addition to different New York sightseeing passes.

If you happen to would favor to take a strolling tour of a few of the key 9/11 sights, then we suggest this wonderful 9/11 tour which additionally consists of 9/11 Memorial Museum tickets. We did this tour and might extremely suggest it for these eager to be taught extra concerning the 9/11 assaults and subsequent occasions from an area information.

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Brookyln Bridge

New York Metropolis has many iconic buildings and constructions, together with the bridges which hyperlink Manhattan Island to the opposite boroughs of the town.

Probably the most well-known bridges is the nineteenth century Brooklyn Bridge, which hyperlinks Manhattan with the borough of Brooklyn. It has appeared in quite a few films and TV reveals, and strolling or biking throughout the bridge is a well-liked exercise within the metropolis.

From the 9/11 Memorial Museum it’s round a 10-minute stroll to the beginning of the bridge, after which it’s round a 20 – 30-minute stroll throughout. In fact, it can probably take you a bit longer than this for those who cease to take photographs!

Brooklyn Bridge New York


New York Transit Museum

Relying on how shortly you absorb points of interest, you may nonetheless have time in your second day in New York to absorb one other sight. If that’s the case, we’d suggest a go to to the New York Transit Museum. It is a 20-minute stroll from the top of Brooklyn Bridge, which you’ll be able to take by way of tree-filled Cadman Plaza Park.

Because the identify of the museum suggests, that is the place you come if you wish to be taught all concerning the historical past of public transport within the metropolis, together with the subway, bus and commuter rail system. Appropriately the museum is present in a decommissioned subway station, so it’s all underground and really a lot on theme.

Displays embody numerous preserved public transit autos in addition to signage, dioramas and different artefacts and memorabilia. We very a lot loved our go to and might undoubtedly suggest it! Included on the New York Move, or you should buy tickets on-line right here.

New York Transit MuseumNew York Transit Museum


Sundown throughout Manhattan

You’re coming to the top of your second day in New York, and what higher solution to finish than with a stunning sundown view. Relying on the time of 12 months you’re visiting the town (and the climate!), you may be fortunate sufficient to catch the solar setting behind the skyscrapers of Decrease Manhattan.

My favorite place to look at the sundown is from the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and particularly from Outdated Pier 1. Right here, outdated picket pilings sit within the water, making for a pleasant juxtaposition in opposition to the fashionable skyscrapers of Manhattan. It’s a stunning place for a sundown, and an exquisite solution to finish your second day within the metropolis.

Sunset over Manhattan

New York Itinerary Day 3

It’s time on your final day exploring New York Metropolis! As we speak we’re going to absorb some extra iconic websites and go up one of the well-known buildings on the earth.


Excessive Line

You’re going to start out your day with a stroll alongside the Excessive Line, a comparatively new addition to the town. This former railway line is discovered 30 toes above the town streets, and has been became a stunning park. It runs from Hudson Yards on the north finish all the way down to the Whitney Museum of American Artwork, a complete distance of round a mile.

It’s a stunning place for a stroll, which additionally presents good views of the town as you go over the streets under.

You even have the choice, do you have to select, to go to a few of the points of interest within the space. In addition to the aforementioned Whitney Museum of American Artwork (purchase tickets right here), there’s additionally the futuristic Artechouse NYC (purchase tickets right here), in addition to an enormous variety of artwork galleries. These may be an possibility for those who’d choose to modify out one among our different points of interest as we speak.

When you have a New York Move, there are fairly a couple of different points of interest on this space that are included, and you’ll see these by switching to the map view on the points of interest web page right here.

The north finish of the Excessive Line is subsequent to the Edge skyscraper, dwelling to one among New York’s newer excessive stage viewing platforms. This itinerary has you visiting one other skyscraper as we speak, however for those who’d choose to go to the Edge (which is included on the New York Move), that’s an possibility as we speak as nicely!

The Excessive Line is free to go to, and often open from 7am – 7pm.

The High Line New York City


Madame Tussauds

An all the time common possibility, Madame Tussauds have been attracting guests to their wax museums world wide because the early nineteenth century. The New York model is on forty second Avenue, both a 10-minute bus trip of 20-minute stroll from the northern finish of the Excessive Line.

The museum options wax fashions of notable icons from world wide, though as that is the New York location, there’s extra of a slant in the direction of US celebrities together with actors and actresses like Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie. You’ll additionally discover world leaders, musicians and actors, in addition to well-known characters like King Kong, Spider-Man and E.T.

The enjoyable factor about Madame Tussauds is that they’ve firmly embraced the selfie technology. A lot of their installations are designed particularly so you may get a photograph with a star in an fascinating situation, making this a really entertaining and interactive expertise.

You should purchase tickets for Madame Tussauds on-line upfront of your go to right here. It’s additionally included on the New York Move.

Madame Tussauds New York City


Instances Sq.

On the coronary heart of Midtown Manhattan is Instances Sq., one of many busiest and most recognisable pedestrian areas on the earth. Instances Sq. is discovered on the intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and spans from West forty second to West forty seventh Streets. It’s named after The New York Instances newspaper which moved its headquarters right here in 1904.

As we speak, Instances Sq. is understood for its big digital promoting billboards and road performers. It’s one among world’s most visited vacationer points of interest, and is actually New York Metropolis’s city sq.. It’s additionally the place the annual New Yr’s Eve ball drop takes place, internet hosting round 1,000,000 individuals who come to see within the New Yr.

Time Sq. is free to go to, and simply a few minutes’ stroll from Madame Tussauds.

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

From Instances Sq. it’s a few blocks, or ten minutes’ stroll to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, our subsequent cease as we speak.

That is the seat of the Archbishop of New York, and it occupies a complete metropolis block, making it the biggest Gothic Revival Catholic cathedral in North America.

Accomplished in 1878, the 2 huge spired towers on the entrance will instantly seize your consideration. These attain to 100 metres (329ft) in peak, and stand out in opposition to the extra fashionable skyscrapers surrounding them. Inside there may be loads to see.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral is free to go to, though you possibly can take a self-guided audio tour, which can also be included on the New York Move.

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Grand Central Terminal

I admire that together with a practice station on an itinerary could seem slightly odd, however truthfully, Grand Central Terminal in New York is de facto well worth the go to. Opened in 1913, this constructing is one among New York Metropolis’s nice architectural achievements, and the large fundamental concourse (full with well-known clock) must be seen to be believed.

In addition to having fun with the concourse, there may be loads to do right here. The terminal has common occasions, and there’s an enormous vary of retailers and locations to eat as nicely. Undoubtedly value popping in, and it’s free too. It’s an 8-minute stroll from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to Grand Central Terminal.

Grand Central New York


New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Constructing

From a practice station to a public library, New York Metropolis actually does have some attractive public buildings. Discovered simply 5 minutes’ stroll from Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library sits adjoining to Bryant Park, a pleasant inexperienced area which regularly performs host to reside music and occasions.

This Nationwide Historic Landmark was opened as a library in 1911 and as we speak it’s dwelling to over 2.5 million volumes. The ornate fundamental facade and steps are a well-liked assembly location, and the library has appeared in a number of films and TV reveals through the years.

Nearly all of the library is open to the general public, with the large fundamental studying room being notably lovely. If you happen to go to, clearly remember that this can be a public library, so it’s vital to respect the quiet and to not disturb different guests.

New York Central Library reading room


Empire State Constructing

It’s time for the ultimate attraction on our 3-day New York itinerary, and also you’re going to wrap up your time within the metropolis with a go to to the gorgeous and iconic Empire State Constructing.

Towering 1,454 ft (443.2 metres) above the town, when it was accomplished within the Thirties this was the tallest constructing on the earth. It held on to that title for nearly forty years, till the World Commerce Centre tower outdated it.

While it’s not the tallest constructing on the earth, it nonetheless stays one of the well-known and well-known skyscrapers. It’s a well-liked customer attraction, with quite a few viewing platforms in addition to a collection of knowledge displays for guests to get pleasure from.

We’ve got a whole information to visiting the Empire State constructing which we suggest you learn. In abstract although, it’s nicely well worth the admission charge and the views are spectacular. It’s additionally open late, so you possibly can go to and see New York Metropolis at evening if you want.

There’s a charge to go to, and it’s included for holders of the New York Move. You may also purchase tickets (with non-compulsory skip the road) upfront right here.

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3 Day New York Itinerary Abstract

Right here’s a day-by-day abstract of our three-day New York itinerary for fast reference.

  • Day 1 – Central Park, American Museum of Pure Historical past, Metropolitan Museum of Artwork, Museum of the Metropolis of New York, Fifth Avenue Procuring, Prime of the Rock, Broadway or Different Present
  • Day 2 – Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Skyscraper Museum, Wall Avenue, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Brookyln Bridge, New York Transit Museum, Sundown throughout Manhattan
  • Day 3 – Excessive Line, Madame Tussauds, Instances Sq., St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Terminal, New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Constructing, Empire State Constructing

Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan


Map for 3 Day New York Itinerary

That can assist you visualise our 3-day New York itinerary we’ve put collectively this map. You may also see this on Google Maps right here.

3 days in New York Itinerary Map


How To Get Round New York Metropolis

New York Metropolis could be very massive. This itinerary solely has you visiting two of the 5 boroughs (Manhattan and Brookyln), however even with that in thoughts you’ll nonetheless have fairly a little bit of floor to cowl. For instance, from Midtown (the place Instances Sq. is) to Downtown, the place you’ll discover Wall St, you’re taking a look at a few four-mile distance.

While we now have laid out this three-day itinerary in a means that has you visiting points of interest which are nearer to one another, you’re probably not going to wish to stroll in every single place.

The excellent news is that New York Metropolis has quite a lot of choices for serving to you get round. I’ll shortly cowl those we advise for this itinerary. We even have an in depth information to getting round New York Metropolis, which you may discover useful in planning.

Subway / MTA

Among the finest worth methods to get round New York Metropolis is by subway. There are over 450 subway stations throughout the town, making this one of many largest subway methods on the earth.

Once we go to New York Metropolis, we often discover the subway is the quickest and best solution to get round. It’s notably good for getting you from downtown to midtown, and the costs are very affordable.

You should purchase particular person fares at stations, or you should purchase a Metrocard which works on quite a few transit choices within the metropolis.

Subway New York



One other good possibility for getting round New York is to take the general public bus. There are a whole bunch of routes serving the town, and costs are affordable. You may pay utilizing both money (precise change, cash solely), or you should utilize a Metrocard.

Simply remember that any transport possibility which depends on the street community within the metropolis is liable to take longer than one thing just like the subway, simply due to the excessive quantity of visitors on the roads.



New York’s well-known yellow taxis might be discovered throughout the town and so they pretty nicely priced. They’ll get you just about in every single place that you must go, though as already talked about you have to be conscious that visitors throughout New York could make for gradual going.

There are additionally alternate options to the normal yellow taxi, together with ride-sharing companies equivalent to Uber and Lyft. These should be booked upfront utilizing their apps, and might work out cheaper than a yellow cab.



Launched in 2017, the NYC Ferry service is without doubt one of the latest choices for getting across the metropolis. We actually liked utilizing this service after we stayed in Brooklyn – it presents wonderful views, and rides price the identical because the subway.

You’ll want to purchase tickets from tickets machines close to the ferry port, or you should utilize the NYC Ferry app.


Hop on Hop off Bus

Lastly, the opposite means we get pleasure from getting round New York, notably when sightseeing, is to take the Hop on Hop off bus, such because the Huge Bus New York. You should purchase tickets for this upfront right here.

Once we journey in New York with the New York Move, this comes with free entry to one of many HOHO strains. We loved the reside commentary on the bus we took, and studying about completely different areas of the town that we would not have heard of.

In fact, this isn’t the most affordable solution to get across the metropolis, however we expect for those who spend money on one thing just like the New York Move, then it’s undoubtedly value profiting from.

There are in fact a lot of different methods for getting round New York, together with the practice, bicycles, and even an aerial tram!

For our itinerary although, we expect the above choices are prone to be the most typical choices. Once more, you possibly can see all of the choices for navigating the town in our detailed information to learn how to get round New York.

Big Bus New York


The place to Keep in New York

We’ve got visited New York many occasions and stayed in quite a lot of lodging choices, together with quite a few completely different accommodations in addition to in condominium leases.

One factor we now have learnt on our journeys is that while there’s a big quantity of alternative within the metropolis, it primarily falls into the mid-range and high-end classes. Finances lodging is more durable to search out, and might promote out nicely upfront. Our tip is that for those who discover a whole lot, ebook it early!

Based mostly on our experiences visiting and staying in New York Metropolis, we needed to share some suggestions for the place to remain for this itinerary. For simple entry to all of the sights, our advice can be to remain in Manhattan itself, though Brooklyn, Williamsburg, and Lengthy Island Metropolis can be an excellent possibility for those who discover a spot close to a subway station.

It’s additionally value being conscious that completely different components of Manhattan will differ in worth relying on what time of the week you go to. In our expertise for instance, downtown Manhattan round Wall Avenue tends to be inexpensive over the weekends as there are fewer enterprise folks utilizing the accommodations. So undoubtedly store round and take a look at completely different dates in case you are versatile along with your journey.

Listed here are some choices, ordered from inexpensive by way of to dearer.

  • HI NYC Hostel – present in uptown New York simply ten minutes’ stroll from Central Park, this Hostel presents nice worth dorm model lodging in an excellent location
  • The Native Hostel NYC – simply throughout the river in Queens, this hostel has a kitchen, rooftop terrace, and a spread of lodging choices from non-public rooms to dormitories. It’s a couple of minutes’ stroll from the closest subway, and Instances Sq. is simply 8 minutes trip away, making this a fantastic worth nicely location finances possibility
  • The Jane Lodge – this quirky 2* lodge present in Greenwich Village presents nicely priced rooms that are styled like a ships cabin, and all of which provide river views. Loos are shared, however the costs are nice for Manhattan, and there’s a restaurant on web site.
  • Lodge 31 – this can be a very well-located midtown 2* lodge discovered simply 650 yards from the Empire State Constructing. It presents quite a lot of rooms at affordable costs, together with some nice worth non-public rooms with shared bogs.
  • Radisson Lodge New York Midtown – simply 200 yards from the Rockefeller Heart and inside straightforward strolling distance to most midtown points of interest, this can be a nice worth 4* lodge providing every little thing you want for a snug keep in Manhattan
  • Gild Corridor – A Thompson Lodge – nicely positioned for downtown points of interest and a brief stroll to Wall Avenue and the Statue of Liberty ferry departure, this can be a well-appointed 4* lodge with comfy rooms and an on-site restaurant. We loved our keep right here.
  • Warwick New York – this historic 4* midtown lodge is one among my favorite accommodations in New York. It’s a historic lodge initially constructed by William Randolph Hearst, the notorious publishing magnate and builder of Hearst Fort. Spacious rooms and pleasant employees mix with a fantastic location to make this a fantastic mid – higher finish lodge within the metropolis.
  • The Sherry Netherland – Discovered on Fifth Avenue, this 5* lodge is a good luxurious possibility positioned throughout from Central Park and The Plaza. It has every little thing you’ll count on of a 5* lodge – beautiful rooms, useful employees, gorgeous interiors, and a implausible location.

In fact, there are tons extra choices to select from throughout the town, however we expect that ought to begin you off nicely.

We’ve additionally used condominium rental websites for visits to New York. Reserving.com do flats as nicely, however we additionally suggest Plum Information for flats on your New York Metropolis journey.

Plum Information rigorously curate their listings so their choices are typically of a really top quality while nonetheless being out there at a spread of worth factors. See their listings for New York Metropolis right here.

If you happen to can’t discover what you need on the Plum Information, otherwise you need some new choices to check out, we wrote a complete submit on the most effective alternate options to AirBnB which it’s best to take a look at!

We even have a web page stuffed with journey assets, which incorporates our ideas for getting the most effective offers on lodging, which you will discover right here.

Hotel Room New York City


Strolling Excursions of New York Metropolis

Once we go to a brand new metropolis, we like to take a strolling tour with a information to get acquainted with it. A superb strolling tour will pair you up with a educated metropolis skilled, and it’s a actually good solution to get an introduction to a metropolis.

We’ve taken quite a few strolling excursions in New York, all of which we did with Take Walks, our favorite strolling tour firm. We’ve taken walks with them in cities all world wide, and have all the time had fun.

Take Walks provide a variety of strolling excursions in New York. Listed here are some choices to contemplate, plus you possibly can see all their New York excursions right here.

Naturally there are many different strolling tour firms and choices. If you happen to spend money on a New York Move for instance, this consists of quite a few strolling tour choices. There are additionally a variety of strolling excursions out there right here on Viator and right here on GetYourGuide.


Saving Cash On New York Sights

New York can undoubtedly be an costly place to go to. There are in fact many free points of interest, a few of which we’ve included on our itinerary, however lots of the hottest points of interest do cost an entry charge. These charges might be excessive, and sightseeing charges normally are a significant contributor to the price of journey within the USA.

There’s a means it can save you cash on these increased priced points of interest although, and that’s to spend money on one of many metropolis passes out there in New York Metropolis. Once we go to a metropolis and plan to do a whole lot of sightseeing, we all the time verify to see if there’s a metropolis go which covers the sights we actually wish to see, because it often works out saving us cash.

For New York Metropolis, there’s a wonderful alternative of passes, and we’re positive that one among them will prevent cash for those who plan on visiting no less than a couple of of the paid points of interest. We’ve got an in depth information to all the varied New York attraction passes right here, which we advise testing upfront of your go to. The primary passes we suggest are:

For this itinerary, we suggest the New York Move. Just about each paid attraction on our itinerary is included on this go, and at time of writing, the New York Move presents free entry to over 100 points of interest throughout the town.

These embody a whole lot of excessive worth and common gadgets just like the Empire State Constructing, Prime of the Rock, Hop on Hop Off Bus, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Met, and plenty of many extra.

If you happen to have been to go to all of the paid points of interest in our listing, together with taking the Hop on Hop Off bus tour, you’ll be taking a look at over $300 in attraction entry prices. So right away the New York Move would prevent over $100!

What we actually love concerning the New York Move is simply how a lot it consists of. We discover that this implies we frequently find yourself doing issues we would not have executed, simply because they’re included, so why not. So, we don’t have to suppose twice about including a museum or two to our tour, or taking a strolling tour, or hiring a motorbike.

It additionally consists of skip the road entry at a variety of points of interest so along with saving you cash, the go may prevent time. Total, if you will observe our itinerary and plan on visiting a lot of New York’s high points of interest, we will extremely suggest the New York Move to save cash.

Test costs, and purchase yours upfront of your journey right here. Passes might be activated as much as 24 months from buy.

New York Pass


Practicalities for Visiting New York

That can assist you plan your journey to New York, we needed to share some data on a few of the practicalities you have to be conscious of. Hopefully this information will assist you to put together on your time within the metropolis.

Electrical shops in New York Metropolis

Like the remainder of the USA, New York makes use of a 110v-120v system. There are two kinds of plugs, formally often known as sorts A and B. Plug sort A has two flat parallel pins, and plug sort B has the identical plus a spherical grounding pin.

If you’re travelling from wherever exterior North America, you’ll probably want some form of journey adaptor like this. You also needs to remember in case you are coming from Europe, Asia, Africa or Australasia that the voltage is completely different. So you have to to verify your units to make certain they help the 110-120v system. In any other case you have to an influence convertor like this.

In our expertise, most decrease powered electrical units like laptops, digital camera chargers, telephone chargers and so on. work throughout voltages from 110 – 240v. Nevertheless, increased powered units like hair straighteners, curling irons, hair dryers, and kettles don’t.

You may learn extra about journey adapters in our information to the most effective journey adapters in the marketplace, which incorporates voltage convertors as nicely.


Forex in New York Metropolis

The US is the house of the USA Greenback, so clearly that is the foreign money you’ll be utilizing in New York Metropolis. {Dollars} are available in observe kind, from $1 payments as much as $100 payments. There are additionally a spread of cash, starting from 1 cent to 1 greenback.

Bank cards are broadly accepted throughout the town for every little thing from eating to points of interest. Nevertheless, it would be best to maintain foreign money handy, as tipping is quite common within the USA. Having an excellent assortment of greenback payments available will all the time be helpful.

As well as, single fares on buses can solely be purchased utilizing cash, though Metrocards might be purchased and topped up utilizing a credit score or debit card.

We’d recommend utilizing a bank card on your purchases the place sensible, as it will prevent carrying massive quantities of money round with you. Simply be sure to have a bank card which doesn’t cost you for international transactions in case you are visiting from exterior the USA.


Security in New York Metropolis

Lately, New York is a comparatively secure metropolis to visit- a far cry from the seventies and eighties when crime was rife.

Nevertheless, as with every main metropolis on the earth petty crime is a matter, and it’s best to take precautions along with your valuables in order to attenuate alternatives for theft and pickpocketing.

Easy issues like holding purse and wallets out of sight in a zippable pocket, and never leaving valuables like telephones mendacity out in plain sight will go an extended solution to guaranteeing a secure journey.


Web Entry in New York Metropolis

As a significant metropolitan metropolis, New York is clearly nicely linked, and it’s straightforward to search out free WiFi as you wander the town. Espresso outlets, accommodations, eating places and points of interest are all good locations the place WiFi ought to be quick and free to entry.

If you wish to get on-line along with your telephone utilizing knowledge, you may have a couple of choices, which I define in my information to getting on-line when travelling. The USA just isn’t total an inexpensive vacation spot for knowledge in my expertise, however it’s attainable to select up a SIM card for an unlocked telephone if you want.

One factor to pay attention to, relying in your service and gadget, is that every one the large skyscrapers in New York do impression the passage of cellular alerts, making a form of canyon impact. Mix this with the sheer variety of folks within the metropolis, and you’ll count on community entry to be slightly sporadic and gradual at occasions.

Radio City New York City


Additional Studying

That’s it for our information to what to do when visiting New York Metropolis for 3 days! Hopefully you’ve discovered it helpful, and it’s answered any questions you had about your journey.

We additionally needed to share some extra content material we’ve written on New York and travelling within the USA normally, to make sure you have all the knowledge you may want. We’ve additionally bought a couple of third-party assets to suggest that we expect you may discover useful on your journey.

And that’s it for this information! As all the time, you probably have any suggestions, feedback or questions, simply pop them within the feedback part under and we’ll get again to you as quickly as we will. Protected travels!

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