New York City


New York in 5 Days

David Rentsch

President, Cruise Holidays

My family was recently invited to a wedding of a close friend’s daughter who was getting married in New York City. Since my whole family and extended family was invited, we decided to make it a short vacation by adding a few days to each side of the event. Let me tell you that seeing all (or as much as we could) of New York in that short period of a time was a challenge. After much research and trying to accommodate everyone’s “must see”, we set out for our world wind adventure!

Hotel prices in the New York’s Manhattan area can be quite high. Because most buildings were built in the late 1800s or early 1900s which are now hotels, the rooms only hold two to four people. Considering we have six in our family, we opted to stay across the Hudson River in New Jersey saving us a considerable amount of money. That also meant that every day, we would take a bus through the Lincoln Tunnel to the Port Authority Station where we could then take the subway or catch a cab to anywhere in the city.

After getting up at 4:00 am to catch a plane to NYC, we were able to spend the afternoon exploring Central Park. One thing to note about Central Park is that it’s BIG covering 843 acres. There are many ways to explore the park such as renting bicycles, taking a

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pedicab tour (a three wheeled bike with a bench seat in the back and the driver pedals you around), walking tours and a horse & carriage tour, which is what we chose. Carriages line up on the south side of the park and will take you on a 20 min. ride for $50 or a longer 50 min. ride, seeing more of the park, for $100. We found the carriage drivers to be knowledgable about the park, pointing out interesting sights, and paused in some areas allowing for photos. Though somewhat expensive, we found it a great way to see the south half of the park in a relatively short period of time.

Travel tip: We arrived at Central Park a little past noon and wanted to grab something to eat. Besides street vendors, there are no restaurants, cafés or delis right around Central Park. You need to go a few blocks into the city to find any place to eat.