Five Vacations for a Unique New York City Experience

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Whether you are planning a visit to New York City or live there, the city offers something for everyone. Some attractions are there to remain forever while new ones enter every month. Here are five vacations one can take to experience New York in unique ways.

Central Park Living

Staying at a hotel outside of Central Park offers one a beautiful view to wake up to. Choose a boutique hotel for less expensive prices and more spacious living arrangements. Stay on the Upper East Side for upscale dining, wine bars, and weekend brunches. Take a tour of the many exhibits at Guggenheim Museum. If you enjoy art, spend a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art followed by a visit to their rooftop. Stroll the trails of Central Park and join the many free events that occur weekly. Visiting in autumn is great for watching the foliage and enjoying a picnic on the grass.

Shows & More at Times Square

For those who are looking to enjoy plenty of nightlife 24/7, choose a hotel in Times Square. Choose from Broadway and Off-Broadway showings at the theaters. Go early to enter a lottery for free admission. Restaurant Row offers international cuisines in romantic settings while restaurants on 42nd Street offer family friendly options with views of the city. Watch live performances by singers and tricks by artists outdoors. For special attractions, visit Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

End of the Island Attractions

Visitors to New York City usually overlook the beauty of the Financial District and Battery Park. Furthest south in Manhattan, one will find quick ferry rides to Statue of Liberty and a waterfront that stretches for miles. As one tours the Statue of Liberty, stop at Ellis Island for free to explore the Immigrant Museum. Take a cruise around the city and enjoy the outdoor Smorgasburg market at South Street Seaport. Take a ride up to the One World Observatory for panoramic views of the city and go shopping at the newly opened Oculus mall at World Trade Center.

Upper West Side Community

Find yourself in the hip community of the Upper West Side where one can enjoy dining and nightlife on Amsterdam Avenue. More than five subways in the area offer quick access to the Beacon Theatre and Lincoln Center for performances and cultural events. Visitors can spend hours at the American Museum of Natural History or Symphony Space. Enter Central Park from the west end or walk along Riverside Drive for views of the sunset and New Jersey. Photo opportunities for historical monuments are plenty which includes the Sailors and Soldiers Monument and the Dakota.

Fashion & Relaxation

Booking a hotel room on Fifth Avenue in New York City offers a glamorous, yet relaxing stay. Shop for some of the most sought after items and partake in the complimentary fashion events. For a quick escape, head to Bryant Park for meals, drinks, and its scenic grounds. Go ice skating in the winter and watch outdoor movies on the lawn in the summertime. Head to Rockefeller Center for decor and holiday events. If one wants to relax with a book, the New York Public Library is open into the evenings.

If you are looking to explore New York City in a different way, these five vacations above will offer you the unique routes you are searching for.

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