And finally, you have made it to Part 3 of my compilation of New York City Bucket List items. Make sure you go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 if you are planning a trip because I’ve noted lots of fun places to go. I hope that this series of posts helped inspire you a little and you experience even more when visiting the bustling Big Apple.
Let’s dive back in, shall we?
Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
Yes, it’s touristy, but it’s a place everyone should experience at least once. For me, this was my third visit to the islands. I had gone when I was younger, but I always enjoy revisiting spots as an adult. It’s as if seeing it for the very first time; it’s a brand new perspective and learning experience. Most know that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France as a symbol of friendship, but it soon became a welcoming symbol to so many immigrants who crossed the ocean to make a new life for themselves and their families in America.
From 1892-1954 more than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island. The audio tour begins in the Great Hall where the initial inspections took place. You can even sit on some of the original benches used at the time. The hall seems empty now, but I can only imagine how overwhelming it must have been for so many immigrants.
To get there: Tickets can be purchased through Statue Cruises located in Battery Park. Your ticket includes ferry service to both Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as well as audio tours at both locations.
*TIP* Go early in the morning. Like I said before, it is a touristy activity, and security lines can get pretty long. I would also allow at least 4-5 hours for your visit since you have to go through a security checkpoint and board the ferry which takes about 30-45 minutes depending on how busy it is.
Like pizza and hot dogs, you can’t visit New York without going to a deli, and Katz’s is part of New York history. It opened in 1888 and is still going strong. It’s crowded, noisy and you will likely share a table with strangers, but it’s an experience. Plus they have amazing pickles!
Like experiencing a delicatessen in New York City, you have to experience Broadway. I’ve seen several Broadway plays and not once have I left the theater disappointed. My most recent play, ‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.’ It’s an inspiring story, and you will no doubt be singing along at the end. I had no idea how many songs were written by Carole King.
The High Line
What do you do with an abandoned rail line in the heart of New York City? Make it a beautiful open-air park. I always love grabbing a cup of coffee from a local coffee shop and walking down the High Line. It is a great way to start the morning or even end the day. Fantastic views of the city and sunset.
Butter Cake. Enough Said. Well, aside from the most incredible dessert on the planet this is a great spot to relax by the bar, listen to some live music and enjoy DESSERT!
Comment below if there are any sights or sounds I missed. Happy Travels.