The Top 5 Things To Do In New York
New York City is unmatched in the hearts and minds of visitors from around the world, offering incredible culture, cuisine and a glimpse into bustling cosmopolitan life. From the bright lights of Times Square, to the famous torch-bearing Statue of Liberty, there are iconic vistas whichever way you look. Whether it’s strolling past the cherry blossoms in Central Park or checking out the Christmas lights at Rockefeller Center, NYC is a year-round destination that definitely deserves a place on the travel bucket list.
For a city with a speedy subway system, rooftop bus tours, and streams of yellow cabs, you might assume that getting around on the ground would be the best mode of transport. It is definitely worth skipping the crowds and opting to view the iconic skyline on a mesmerising hot air balloon journey. Just an hour from the city centre, take a tour over the Hudson Valley with local company ‘Above The Clouds’, which offers scenic trips with a champagne reception to celebrate each landing, or ‘Fantasy Balloon Flights, Inc’ which also offers rides in Orange County. Why not quench your thirst with a glass of chardonnay at Warwick Valley Winery or a crisp cider from the Angry Orchard Brewery.
Bear State National Park is another amazing day trip from central New York City. A wonderful natural playground, the park sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, with its impressive mountainous surface covering more than 5,000 acres of ground. An amazing year-round destination, there are plenty of hiking routes that head towards Harriman Mountain to entertain even the most adventurous walkers, whilst the lovely Hessian Lake makes a lovely spot to take out a boat, followed by a scenic picnic. In winter time there’s an ice rink to skate on or the park is also known for its great cross-country skiing.
Something for the culture fans comes in the form of the Storm King Art Center, located around one hour north of Manhattan. The venue is an outdoor art and sculpture museum, covering 500-acres across the sprawling Hudson Valley. Having opened in 1960, the museum is dedicated to showcasing artists’ ambitious works in a beautiful natural setting. The changing exhibitions and programming means there are new works to discover for guests on each visit.
For designer fans who are exploring Hudson Valley, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets® is an absolute must, located just one short hour north of Manhattan, with hourly shuttle buses departing to and from Port Authority Bus Terminal. There are more global luxury brands here than you could possibly imagine, ranging from Chloé to Celine, to Marc Jacobs to Prada. With unique designer pieces for up to 65% off, this is a spot that will seriously give you the holiday feeling.
For something especially family oriented, in the heart of New York City’s buzzing centre you’ll find the wonderful Disney Store. This childhood dream has all the official merchandise, from the favourite characters that the little ones know and love. Open from 9am daily, the shop has regular events to introduce new characters and films, allowing children to immerse themselves into a magical world with Mickey, Minnie and friends all there to welcome them in style.
For more family fun, as well as an amazing Disney outlet, The Mills at Jersey Gardens® should definitely be on the New York itinerary. Conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Manhattan, this is where to do all of your holiday shopping without the mass crowds. With more than 200 brands from which to choose, there are stores to suit the whole family. It’s near impossible to come away with empty bags with tax-free shopping on all clothes and footwear. You’ll even find the largest Tommy Hilfiger in America and a 20-screen AMC Theatres featuring IMAX!