I recently had one day in NYC and was with a friend who had never been to the city before. Obviously, I wanted to show her as much as possible (without spending a lot of money). Here is my guide on what to do if you have one day to spend in the Big Apple 🙂
We started our morning with coffee and a bagel from one of the corner convenience stores. I know this sounds kind of strange but the bagels are amazing and cheap!
Next, we headed to Central Park where we enjoyed a nice stroll. We started by visiting the Bow Bridge and the Boathouse. From there, we continued to the Alice and Wonderland statue for a photo op.
From there we exited Central Park to the southeast corner to see the Plaza Hotel and we walked past the famous shops on 5th Avenue until we arrived to St. Patricks Cathedral. I highly recommend going inside St. Patricks. The cathedral is breathtaking and FREE! From there it was easy to continue to Rockefeller Square to see where the Today Show is filmed each morning and where the famous Rockefeller Christmas Tree is in December.
Next, we continued heading west to Times Square. (On your walk there you can look right when you cross 6th Avenue and can see Radio City Music Hall.) After admiring the lights and craziness of Times Square we opted to leave some of the crowds by walking down 7th Avenue strolling through the Chelsea neighborhood. While it takes over 30 blocks to walk from Times Square to the Chelsea Market I think it’s a lovely walk and offers some great views of the city.
By this time, we were ready for lunch and decided to get something from the Chelsea Market. I have eaten at many of the restaurants inside and I’ve never had a bad meal so it’s always on my list of stops when I’m in the city.
After lunch we decided to continue walking through Tribeca towards One World Trade and the 9/11 Memorial. After spending a while strolling through the memorial we continued to the end of Manhattan to Battery Park where we could see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in the distance. It was here that we decided to take a break and enjoy the breeze coming off the water.
After a short break we caught the metro back up to Greenwich Village where we strolled through Washington Square Park and got to enjoy some live music being performed by a street artist. Next, we got back on 5th Avenue where we continued to the Flatiron building and saw the Empire State Building from a distance. It was 5pm at this point and we decided to enjoy a meal at Eataly (also one of my favorites). While it was little bit of a splurge it was definitely worth it!
After dinner, we took the subway back out to Queens where we had parked the rental car and we went to a Mets baseball game. The ticket was only $22 and I was able to cross my 8th baseball stadium off my list. Bonus: The Mets won!
In our one day in NYC, Lizzie and I walked 16 miles and saw most of the highlights of NYC. While this was definitely a rapid fire way to see the city it gave Lizzie a great overview of the city and we only spent around $60 for the entire day!