24 Hours In New York
24 Hours in New York is never enough, but if that’s all the time you’ve got, you can still see and do an awful lot. This itinerary will help you plan out your day, ensuring that not a single second is wasted.
8am – Central Park
An early start to the itinerary is the only way you’ll be able to see everything, and the first place to head to is the iconic Central Park. If you want to see everything I’d recommend starting at the 2 Malcolm X Boulevard, head down past Harlem Meer through the heart of the city centre escape to the Grand Army Plaza. This takes you through the scenic route so you’ll be able to see much of what Central Park has to offer. If you’re a quick walker you can do the route in around an hour, but you may want to add some time on to take pictures and rest.
10am – Grand Central Station
From Central Park hail a cab and head for Grand Central Station. Just a 10 minute drive (including traffic) the station has been the setting for some amazing film scenes including the 1978 Superman, I Am Legend, Men in Black and even an animated version was the setting for Madagascar. It’s one of New Yorks most visited attractions and has had more than 21.6 million visitors in 2011. With the marbled main hall with constellations painted on the ceiling I wouldn’t blame you for being overwhelmed.
11.30am – Statue of Liberty
Catching the ferry from Battery Park to the Statue of Liberty is nice and easy. The Ferry runs every 25 minutes in the summer months and tickets start from $9 for kids and $18 for adults, but if you want to get in to Lady Liberty’s crown, tickets are a little more. Tickets include a return trip on the ferry access to either the island, pedestal or crown and Ellis Island. You want to take your time on this excursion, so I’d recommend around 2 ½ hours to see everything.
2.30pm – Empire State Building
Once the tallest building in New York, the Empire State Building is a marvel of engineering. Either opt for the higher 102nd floor viewing deck or the more iconic 86th floor open air observatory. A popular place for people to pop the question and a romantic location for those who have already tied the knot, this sky scraper is synonymous with the romantics of the world. On a clear day you can see out over all of New York and further; it truly is a once in a life time experience. Tickets start from $32 for Adults but if you want to see it all its $75 per person.
5pm – Times Square
One of the busiest squares in the world, Times Square is a must see when in New York; even if you have to miss something else. Large TV screens, hundreds of food outlets and thousands of places to buy the all-important souvenirs from; Times Square is a hot spot for tourists to spend time taking pictures and watching the world go by.
7-8pm – Broadway Show
After eating in one of the fabulous restaurants in Times Square I’d recommend taking a seat in one of the many great Broadway shows. Starting between 7-8pm on a nightly basis you can choose from the likes of the Lion King, Wicked, and the Jersey Boys. With new releases on a regular basis, you’ll have to come back to experience the bright lights of Broadway again. Tickets vary from show to show and depend where you’d like to sit, but good seats are likely to cost anywhere between $150 and $200 per person.
11-12pm – Bars
Once the show ends the best place to head is to one of the many bars in Manhattan. If you want somewhere with a good atmosphere then I’d recommend the Rum House which is located on 228 West 47th Street. Serving until early hours in the morning you’ll find an almost endless number of rum cocktails, but they do sell beers, wines and spirits just in case you don’t like the tropical flavoured drinks. It’s probably the best place to end your 24 hours seeing the very best of New York.