New York is an amazing city! Despite being here before, we didn’t want to have to try and fit everything into 24 hours.
We put aside 3 days at the end of our tour, to explore New York at our own pace!
In my next few posts I will break down what we got up to on each of the 3 days, to hopefully give you some ideas about what you can get up to when you come to New York!
We left the hotel in New Jersey on the tour bus, but opted to leave the tour at the first stop at about 7:30 am. To be totally honest, we weren’t particularly interested in the excursions they had planned and wanted to explore for ourselves.
So we grabbed our bags off the bus (we travel light luckily) and set off!
We were dropped in the financial district so our first stop was Wall Street, where we saw the New York stock exchange and The Trump Building.
The 9/11 memorial and One world trade centre is near to Wall Street so that’s where we walked to next, stopping at Trinity Church along the way.
The 9/11 memorial is astonishing and heartbreaking at the same time. There are so many names written on the memorial, too many to comprehend!
From the 9/11 memorial, we still had a long walk to our hotel. We could have got the subway. But we knew we would be passing so many famous sights so we wanted to go on foot!
It was around 9am at this point and Jeremy suggested stopping for breakfast. So we stopped at a Dunkin Doughnut to get him an ‘English Muffin’.
Although, I chose to save myself for the cookie dough around the corner…
You’ve probably seen the edible cookie dough shop Do all over social media! I love licking the bowl whenever I bake so this was perfect for me!
They use pasteurised eggs and heat treated flour, so it is totally safe to eat! Although my eyes were definitely too big for my belly as I opted for 2 scoops (1 scoop of confetti and 1 scoop of chocolate dream). I knew after just a few spoons that I was never going to finish it.
Nevertheless, we headed onto Washington Square park to soak up the amazing views and tuck into our cookie dough! I didn’t even get close to finishing it but both flavours tasted really nice!
We were still a good 45 minutes walk away from our hotel, but in the next 45 minutes we saw some pretty awesome stuff!
- Empire State Building
- The Rockefeller centre
- The HBO studios– Which was really cool to see as it was the Game of Thrones Finale day and we are huge fans!
And lots more!
We arrived at The Wellington Hotel just after 11 and bumped into 2 of the girls from our tour in the lobby, which was a lovely surprise!
We were allowed to drop our bags but couldn’t get the keys to our room yet so we relaxed in the lobby and bought some Yankees tickets for the game which was due to start at 1pm.
With taxes and everything we paid about $45 in total! Pretty cheap if you ask me!
To get to the Yankees stadium, we had to walk to 7th ave Station on 53rd and get the D line uptown. It only took about 20 minutes.
The stadium was huge, the crowds were screaming and there was food literally around every corner… I’ve never seen anything like it! It felt good to ‘escape the tourist traps’ and so something that the locals enjoy.
It was my first baseball game, I don’t know all the rules, but I found it really fun to watch!
Afterwards, we couldn’t help but to stop in the gift shop just outside the stadium to pickup a Yankees shirt each!
We went straight back to the hotel from here for a much needed rest. Game of Thrones was on all afternoon, building up to the finale at 9pm. So we watched that for a while!
At 6pm we left the hotel and walked to the Empire State Building to watch the sunset from the 86th floor!
It was incredible up there! And sunset was a really nice time to go! Surprisingly it wasn’t that busy, so we hardly queued to get in!
After that we walked back the hotel and watched the Game of Thrones Finale. Im not going to spoil anything, but it was amazing! I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait for the next series!
And that concludes day 1, stay tuned for the next 2 days in New York🇺🇸
Thanks for reading
P.S. If you haven’t already, please check out the posts from my East Coast and Canada tour HERE