New York City is a popular bucket list destination for every traveler. Often referred to as the “City of Dreams,” New York City is one of the most visited cities in the United States. It can be an intimidating destination for the first-time traveler, however. It can be overwhelming to plan for your NYC trip as there are endless outdoor adventures and attractions. Here are tips to help you make the most of your NYC weekend getaway or vacation.
Time your NYC Trip Carefully
If you’re looking to experience bright sun, crisp breezes, and comfortable temperatures (in the 60s and 70s), consider visiting early fall (September to November). If you’re looking to save money and can endure cold temperatures (in the 20s and 30s), plan to visit in late January or February. From March to May, New York experiences warmer temperatures with slight showers. Don’t forget your umbrella and rain boots. The hottest season begins from June to August and is the most popular time for families to visit. Humidity levels get heavier at this time and you may need cool clothes.
Allow yourself More Time to Get Around
Getting around New York is easy. However, you must prepare and plan for subway delays, stalled lines, confusing one-way streets, road traffic, and other mishaps that can affect your commute. You probably are aware that New York traffic is one of the worst in the United States. If it takes 40 minutes to get to downtown New York, plan for 50 minutes instead.
If Possible, Leave your Car at Home
The last thing you want to deal with during your New York family trip is the endless traffic jams and aggressive drivers on New York City roads. As mentioned, the traffic in New York is among the worst in the country. Furthermore, it can be difficult to find parking. Public transportation is efficient and relatively inexpensive. Additionally, New York is pedestrian-friendly. Why not have New York experience like a local.
Know How to Get From the Airport
Whether you get to New York City through JKF International Airport or LaGuardia airport, you should avoid unofficial taxi operators and cabs that charge extremely high rates to unknowing visitors. Consider taking the M80 bus from LaGuardia Airport to Manhattan or the AirTrain from JKF to Howard Beach where you can hop on a local subway. Alternatively, you can get an official taxi from the yellow cab taxi stand or request an Uber.
Save Money on Sightseeing
New York is one of the most expensive cities in the United States. That shouldn’t stop you from exploring the amazing things the city has to offer. Most of the museums in New York have free days and hours every month. Visitors can also visit numerous attractions in the city and save on admission prices by getting the New York CITYPass. The pass will also allow you to skip wait lines.
Try the Street Food New York is known to have some of the best restaurants in the world. It’s also one of the leading culinary destinations in the country. Why would you focus on eating at chain restaurants when you can find pretty much any cuisine at the different food halls and markets in the city? Be sure to try pupusas, tamales, and shawarma and falafel at Gotham west, Gansevoort Market, and Urban space Vanderbilt market.