5 NYC City Break Ideas for a Short Trip

There is a reason why New York is known as the city that never sleeps. With all the memorable places and things to do, it can be tough to come up with the best NYC city break ideas when your time is limited.

 

New York is the busiest city ever with people bustling about running their errands. One can never get bored when in New York as there is so much to do.

 

Starting from the malls, cafes, helicopter rides, galleries, museums to many other historical places, this city is worth exploring.

 

You could spend as many days there as you want but you still won’t be able to explore all of New York. But there are certainly some places you should visit and some things you must definitely do when in New York City which will make your time a memorable one. 

 

NYC city break ideas

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NYC City Break Ideas

Helicopter Rides

 

New York is famous for the breathtaking views observed on helicopter rides. If you visit New York you must definitely go on a helicopter sightseeing tour. You can soar above the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty or any other landscape you might want to explore.

 

When you’re up in the helicopter you get a completely different view of the city and is an excellent opportunity to take good pictures for memories.

 

There is a 12-15 minutes long flight in which you can explore the majestic views of Central Park, Ellis Island, Hudson River, Brooklyn Bridge, New York Harbor, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. This heli ride will make you fall in love with this city and will make you want to come again!

 

Statue of Liberty, new york city

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Statue of Liberty

 

You haven’t explored New York if you haven’t seen the Statue of Liberty. Your tour of New York City is incomplete if you haven’t seen the lady of liberty in all her glory. This towering colossus is the first glimpse for most of the immigrants who come to the city.

 

You may fully experience this while being on a ferry that takes off from Staten Island. If you are on a limited and tight budget and want to make the most of your trip then you can take a ferry from Staten Island.

 

It’s free of cost and you get to see the iconic statue of liberty up close. A golden opportunity to take amazing photographs from the ferry! 

 

brooklyn bridge, new york city

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Brooklyn Bridge

 

Brooklyn Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world and is on every tourist’s itinerary who’s visiting the city for the first time. It’s roundabout a 20-minute walk while you take pictures along the way on the busy bridge.

 

The best time to go to the bridge is when the sun sets and you get to experience the beautiful skyline of New York City, but keep in mind that it is bustling with people at that time.

 

Visiting the Brooklyn Bridge costs you absolutely nothing but gives you a breathtaking spot of the city that is extremely famous. It’s also a spot for taking beautiful pictures at sunset.

 

CEntral Park, NYC city break ideas

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Central Park

 

A fun picnic on a bright sunny day at Central Park seems like the perfect idea for everyone. It’s way more beautiful than it looks like in the movies and is much more massive.

 

You can also rent a bicycle and explore the beautiful park as there is so much to it than just the pictures you’ve probably seen on the internet. The Sheep’s Meadow is your ideal spot if you want to picnic or play frisbee.

 

The extremely famous Bethesda Fountain is also a great spot for hanging out and taking memorable pictures. Central Park is full of beautiful spots that will make you fall in love with it.

 

Central Park has appeared in about 231 movies and so you should definitely visit those places that have appeared in movies to add to your photo album.

 

NYC city break ideas, times square

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Times Square

 

Times Square is undoubtedly a really busy area but if you’re visiting the city for the first time, you definitely have to go to Times Square, especially at night time when it is lit up beautifully. That is the best time to take pictures.

 

This place is something you shouldn’t miss at all. Times Square is highly preferred by tourists at the time of New Year when it is filled up with people waiting to experience the best new year eve of their lives! 

 

NYC city break ideas, new york city

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In Closing

 

New York City is the center of arts, fashion, and theatre and it’s the one place that you can never fully explore as there is just too much! Tourists have the time of their lives in this city by exploring all the famous landscapes.

 

It’s almost impossible for a tourist to list down all the preferred places especially when you’re on a tight schedule. This list of NYC city break ideas will help you have an amazing experience no matter how short or long your trip may be.

 

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About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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