We arrived into JFK at 1pm on Tuesday afternoon and once we went through border control, headed for our hotel. After reading the reviews for the hotel on Trip Advisor we decided to try taking the air train and then a subway to The Hudson Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. It worked out a lot cheaper but if we could go back we would have just booked transport as it was nightmare getting the suitcases on and off the train as well as steep flights of stairs. It didn’t give our holiday the greatest start as we were stressed and sweating from the 32 degrees heat.
Once we had got changed and freshened up at the hotel, we went out and explored the surrounding area. The hotel is on 58th street and the beginning of Central Park is on the 59th street so we headed over there and grabbed a hot dog off one of the street vendors. The great thing about Manhattan is all the streets and avenues are in numerical order so it’s hard to get lost.
The pictures above are from the crossing before Central Park.
After a little sit down we carried on exploring and unintentionally ended up at Times Square. This was my favourite place we saw in New York. All the billboards and lights were mesmorising and I found it the only attraction that lived up to the hype. Here’s a few photos from our first visit to Times Square.
We had a browse around some of the shops and had a look at what was around. By this time it was approaching 9 o’clock, which is 2am in the UK so considering we had been travelling most of the day, we were doing well not to be asleep already. We were getting tired so we made our way back to our hotel which is about a 10-15 minute walk away from the heart of Times square.
This day we decided to do a bus tour so we could see the sights. We had done one of these bus tours before in Barcelona and enjoyed listening to the audio and learning about the city. You can just hop on and off all day so we would get off the bus whenever we wanted to look around the area. I’d recommend doing this on the first day so you know where everything is. We opted for the Downtown Manhattan Tour instead of the Brooklyn and the Bronx Tour that cost $29 USD plus tax.
We got to see New York’s most iconic landmarks such as The Empire State Building, The Flat Iron Building, Brooklyn Bridge, The One World Trade Center, The 9/11 Memorial and more. There’s so many interesting buildings and architecture in and around the city I was forever snapping away. This was just a small selection of some of the photos I took.
By mid afternoon the sun had come out and we were getting really hot and hungry so we decided to head back to the hotel to change and grab a bite to eat. Later on we decided to hop back on one of the buses and made our way to The Statue Of Liberty. Unfortunately we had just missed the last boat that went out there and as it was past 5 o’clock the information centre and the ticket booth were closed. We could see it from a distance though. It was a lot smaller than I had imagined it to be so I wasn’t too disappointed we didn’t get to see it up close.
As the shopping in Manhattan had been a let down and was so expensive ($10 for a pack of tampons), we decided to take a trip to the Woodbury Commons Premium Outlet Centre as we’d heard good things and wanted to pick up some bargains. We purchased our bus tickets from one of the men who worked for the Gray Line company which cost $40 USD each. On our bus route we got to drive through New Jersey and saw a lot of the well known American stores along the highway. I really enjoyed seeing the country away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Did we manage to snag us some deals? You bet we did. We even had to hire one of the trolleys to carry all our shopping in. I’d read some reviews online and queues coming out the shops just to get in and the place being so busy. We went on a Thursday day time and it was pretty quiet and no queues. There’s over 200 stores from higher end designer brands to high street labels. I wish I had taken pictures of the shopping village as it was filled with pastel coloured stores that looked very pretty. We had dinner at Applebee’s which I enjoyed and would recommend as it was affordable and there’s unlimited refills on soft drinks.
That evening we had dinner at one of the TGI Fridays just up from Times Square. I enjoyed the food but the waitress was rude and even argued with couple sat next to us because they had a pushchair. Let’s just say she got a very small tip that night. We wouldn’t go back there and it’s definitely a downscale version to our local TGI Fridays.
With our bellys full, we made our way towards the centre of times square. We decided on going into Ripley’s Believe It Or Not as we’d been to the one in London and really enjoyed it. It cost about $30-35 USD each (can’t quite remember). I would suggest giving this place a miss if you’ve already been to the London exhibit as a lot of it was the same and the New York Ripley’s is about half the size. The entrance fee is really high considering we spent less than an hour there.
After we had done in Ripley’s I headed straight into Sephora and brought a basket full of makeup. If you want to see what I got, check out my Sephora Haul blog post tomorrow. We also got some goodies from Hershey’s Chocolate World for souvenirs. This was our favourite day so far. We had been so busy and enjoyed every second, it definitely went by too fast.
This was our last day in New York City and to be honest, we were just ready to go home. Our feet ached and we missed our home comforts. We didn’t do too much today just had another explore around the city going down avenues we hadn’t yet been and looked in some more shops. It was so hot again today around 27 degrees and the air felt very muggy. We had to stop and sit down often as the bottom of my feet were sore. Here’s some photos of our final day.
I’d like to go back again someday on the run up to Christmas time to see all the decorations and experience the things we didn’t get chance to do this time. I hope you enjoyed seeing what we got up to in New York. Remember my Sephora Haul will be up tomorrow if you want to see what Makeup I brought. Thanks for reading XOXO.