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How to spend 3 days in New York

City breaks are often short and sweet with so much to fit in, see and do.  To inspire your future travels to perhaps the world’s most famous city, here is our ultimate three day itinerary to make the most of your stay in New York. Of course there’s so much more to see in this incredible city, so you can extend your stay 

Travel inspiration in the city that never sleeps...

The city that never sleeps is an accurate way to describe New York, in all its glory.  Explore ‘the big apple’ by day, taking in sights like the Empire State Building, Times Square and Rockefeller Center, before booking a table at one of the hundreds of restaurants to enjoy a hearty meal New York style.  


Day One

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We recommend you start your trip with some of the sightseeing ‘must dos’ in NYC leaving yourself with time to spend in a more leisurely fashion at the end of your stay. So day one is straight to business with a tour to see the Statue of Liberty and to discover the fascinating history of Ellis Island – the views back across to the city skyline from the boat crossing are incredible!.

Once back on dry land head to the One World Observatory for more views, this time from the height of 94 floors. Before you continue with your day, refuel with a slice of pizza from one of the many small vendors. We hope you packed your walking shoes because it’s back up to Midtown now walking the High Line – once a rail line, this two mile elevated tree line path and park is a great way to see some of the city. We recommend stopping at Chelsea Market for shopping and refreshments.


Day Two

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Take a stroll through Central Park, there’s so much to see. Look out for its well-known monuments including the Alice in Wonderland Statue, the ‘Imagine’ tribute to John Lennon and the Belvedere Castle. You can even go boating on the lake. Roughly midway on the east and west side of the park are the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art – The Met – both well worth a visit and instantly recognisable from many movies

Take some time out of your day and stop for lunch at The Tavern on the Green. If the weather is nice you can eat outdoors and watch the world go by as you enjoy delicious food. In the evening explore the bright lights of Times Square and maybe treat yourself to a show on Broadway. If you have a show in mind we recommend booking your tickets in advance but if you’re happy to chance your luck, you can bag a bargain with same day ticket bookings.


Day Three

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It’s time to shop ‘til you drop! Hit the shops of 5th Avenue and browse the wears in Bloomindales as you pick up souvenirs and presents to take back home. Whilst you’re in this part of town, Grand Central Station is one New York icon that can’t be missed. If you want to find out more about its history you can book yourself a guided tour.

Finally it’s time to take in one more view of this incredible city. Go to the Top of The Rock and take in Central Park to the north and over the skyline including the Empire State building and the Statue of Liberty in the very distance to the south. Finish your holiday in style with a cocktail in the Rainbow Room, situated on the 65 floor of Rockefeller Center this is a New York institution and epitomises the glamour of the city.

Shopping in NYC

Famous Fifth Avenue is home to many top designer boutiques and stores, while Lower East Side, East Village and Soho offer a more speciality shopping experience. Head to the Upper West Side or Financial District to explore Century 21.  And of course, you can’t leave without visiting the world famous Macy’s, or popping into Bloomingdale’s.  

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets located just one hour north of New York City, is a true showcase with more than 220 designer outlet stores including Armani, Burberry, Coach, Gucci, Tom Ford and more, at extraordinary savings of 25-65%. Includes return transportation from Manhattan.  Departs: Daily – Price from: Adult £32, Child £18

Plan ahead

Don’t forget, that along with flights and accommodation we can also pre-book New York Pass, day tours and excursions to create the ultimate New York itinerary.   Take a look at our latest offers and videos from Facebook page here NYC Family Offer & NYC St. Patrick’s Day Offer  Of course there’s so much more to see in this incredible city, so you can extend your stay or it’s the perfect excuse to come again! Download your how to spend 3 days in New York itinerary pdf version here 

Get in touch

Whether you wish to speak to us about your next NYC break or need some inspiration for a holiday you’ve been dreaming about. We’re here to answer any questions – Make an enquiry here

NYC - Your 3 day itinerary summary

NYC Day One

Day One

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island tour One World Observatory Grab a slice of Pizza, whist Downtown Walk The High Line and stop at Chelsea Market

NYC Day Two

Day Two

Explore Central Park Visit the Museum of Natural History and The Met Have lunch at The Tavern on the Green See the bright lights of Times Square Treat yourself to a show on Broadway

NYC Day Three

Day Three

Hit the shops of 5th Avenue Visit Grand Central Station Soar to the Top of The Rock for incredible views Finish your holiday in style with a cocktail in the Rainbow Room

Download your how to spend 3 days in New York itinerary pdf version here  

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