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The Perfect New York City Weekend

NYC weekend

New York offers endless opportunities for tourists, and we discover something new and exciting each time we visit. Even most New Yorkers themselves haven’t discovered all the city has to offer, but visitors can still get a wonderful taste of the city in a 3-day weekend trip. We’ve put together a perfect itinerary for New York newbies to help you maximize your time in this electric city.

Day 1


⁃ Arrive in the afternoon

⁃ Walk around if you have time or get ready for dinner

⁃ Choose from family style Italian at Carmine’s or Blue Sushi in Times Square, but save room for dessert

⁃ Walk to Times Square

⁃ Do some late night shopping at places like M&M World, Forever 21, or a pop up shop

Day 2

Statue of Liberty seen from the Circle Line ferry, Manhattan, New York

⁃ Jump on the Hop On Hop Off tour near Times Square

⁃ Get off at the Empire State Building

⁃ Grab lunch in Korea Town and desert at The Spot

⁃ Walk to the Garment District and shop till you drop

⁃ Catch a ride or walk for about 15 minutes to Pier 83 to catch the last sightseeing cruise of the day

⁃ Stay for the full tour to see the Statue of Liberty. You might even get to see the sun go down behind her.

⁃ Get ready for dinner and a show

⁃ Eat dinner at B Side Pizza before catching an 8 o’clock Broadway show!

⁃ Grab a legendary milkshake at Blacktap Milkshakes and Burgers near Times Square

Day 3


⁃ Catch a ride or take the bus to Central Park

⁃ Get off near Strawberry fields

⁃ Walk towards the Central Park lake

⁃ Grab a quick breakfast or sit down for brunch at the Central Park Boathouse

⁃ Walk to Belvedere Castle for Central Park views

⁃ Cross the street to the Museum of American Natural History

⁃ Leave for your afternoon flight

New York City Pro Tips:

⁃ It is almost impossible to see everything in one weekend. There is just way too much to see, and traffic makes traveling between areas time consuming. We’ve been at least seven times now and have not seen everything we’d like. Check out our Christmas in New York City post for an alternative itinerary that includes some other amazing sites.

⁃ New Yorkers are stylish, and you might be tempted to break out your most chic footwear. However, we strongly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. Even if you are catching a ride or subway, you will end up doing a lot of walking.

⁃ Where you stay can save you a ton of time on transportation. We recommend staying near Times Square for this itinerary.

⁃ Purchase the Hop On Hop Off tour with the sightseeing cruise option and one major attraction to get the most out of your ticket. This will help save money on expensive taxi rides and allow you to see everything. It’s also a good alternative to riding the busy and hot subway.

⁃ The Central Park Boathouse does not take reservations for brunch on the weekend so get there early! They start seating at 9:30, but you can arrive earlier. You can also order from the counter and sit in a section away from the windows if you’re short on time and don’t want to do a full sit-down brunch. It’s a more casual option, but still allows you to see the lake while enjoying breakfast.

Restaurants in New York City:

  • Blue Sushi
  • B Side Pizza
  • Blacktap
  • Sarabeth’s
  • Central Park Boathouse
  • Gregory’s Coffee

Activities in New York City

  • Broadway Shows
  • Empire State Building
  • Garment District
  • Sightseeing Cruise
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Times Square
  • Central Park
  • American Natural History Museum

Next time in New York City:

Remember to check out our Christmas in New York City post for a holiday itinerary of the city and some other amazing sites!

What is your favorite spot in New York City? Let us know your thoughts and if we missed anything in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!

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