NYC experiences hold a special magic. New York, New York: The city so good they named it twice, looms large in the collective imagination. It’s a place visitors from around the world have seen and heard in a million plays, musicals, TV shows and films over the years. So, by default, any trip to the Big Apple is bound to be special.
But as a destination often popular for extra special occasions such as weddings, engagements and milestone birthdays, how can you take your visit over the top and make it extra special? There are exciting and unusual things to do around every corner, and the city itself is constantly evolving, making sure there is something new to discover each and every time you visit.
Book champagne with a view
One of the most exciting things about travel is discovering new sights, and that’s never more true than when it comes to New York City. Experiencing the scale and immensity of the city is truly mind-blowing, and one of the ways to make that experience unforgettable is to book a table at Top Of The Rock.
Located on the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center, the city spreads out in a glorious panorama at your feet. You’ll be able to see all of midtown and the cream of the city’s Art Deco architecture as well as the iconic Empire State Building itself. Sipping some fizz while overlooking all this will surely be a travel memory that’s hard to top! You you can even make your way up to the 86th-floor viewing deck or the 102nd-floor observatory if you’re feeling daring.
Do dinner and a show
Some of the penultimate NYC experiences are on Broadway: Taking in an iconic musical or stage play is an experience like no other. To make incredible memories, book broadway tickets in advance for the best savings, leaving more of your travel budget to indulge in a truly luxurious meal beforehand.
Broadway shows are located around Times Square and a pre-dinner stroll around the neighborhood will leave you in awe at the bright lights and hustle and bustle of this on-the-go city. Then take your pick from some of the greatest spectacles that can be seen, from the stage debuts of renowned Hollywood stars, to classic big-budget musicals or even more serious works of drama. The acting and staging of these shows is out of this world and will definitely add a streak of magic to your experience.
Take a carriage ride to Bloomingdale’s
New York is almost as iconic for it’s shopping as anything else, so it would almost be thoughtless not to indulge in some retail therapy while you’re visiting. To make the experience more magical, take a carriage ride around Central Park, soaking in the sights, public art displays and the famous backdrop, before heading to Bloomingdale’s, the world-famous department store that is home to many upscale brands and solicitous sales assistants who can offer you gift and clothing suggestions that will make your trip a more memorable one.
Sip High Tea at the Plaza
The Plaza is the iconic New York hotel that many recognize from films like Home Alone 2 or Bride Wars – and to really make your stay in NYC extra, you could book in for High Tea at The Plaza Hotel. With a highly glamorous ambiance, the High Tea experience takes place in a grand setting full of old-fashioned setting evoking moneyed New York charm, with custom tableware, a menu of American contemporary classics and cocktails crafted by mixologist Brian Van Flandern. You’ll leave feeling thoroughly spoilt.
Discover a full catalog of NYC experiences to choose from at NYCGo, the city’s official convention and visitor’s bureau.
*This is a collaborative post written by Amelia Hudson.