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3 Days in Brisbane – The Only Guide You Need

3 Days in Brisbane – The Only Guide You Need

Brisbane is Australia’s most up and coming city! Often overlooked by its much bigger sisters Melbourne and Sydney, Brisbane is upping it’s game and earning its place on the map! When cruising down the East Coast of Australia so many travellers often roll pass Brisbane without a second thought! After living in Brisbane for six months I can say that they are are missing out! After spending a lot of time in this gorgeous city I urge you to give it a shot even if just for the weekend! This guide to 3 days in Brisbane has all the information you need to make this city your next destination!

Where is Brisbane

Brisbane is a beautiful city located in the sunshine state of Australia, Queensland. With great weather all year round it’s a favourite for those hunting for the sunshine. With the East Coast literally on it’s doorstep Brisbane is a gateway to many of Australia’s most popular hotspots. With Byron Bay and Noosa just a couple of hours drive away it’s a great spot for weekend breaks.

It’s also a great place in itself to take a weekend break. Brisbane has an international airport so is easy to get to from other places in Australia and from overseas. Brisbane is easily to get to from the airport once you arrive with the air-train stopping in all the major suburbs for $20 PP. If you’re penciling it in as part of a road down the East Coast then you’ll pretty much drive through so it’s worth stopping by in Brisbane for at least 3 days.

3 Days in Brisbane – Itinerary

Day 1 Morning – New Farm River Walk, Story Bridge, Eagle Street Pier and the Botanic Gardens

For these 3 days in Brisbane start off early morning so it’s easier to fit everything this has to offer in. The New Farm River walk is a great way to kick off 3 days in Brisbane. But before hitting the walk make sure you’ve got a great breakfast in you first! The New Farm River Walk starts in New Farm, funnily enough, and is home to one of my favourite breakfast or brunch spots in the city which is The Moray Cafe.

Sit outside in luxurious New Farm bustling with yoga studios, puppies in strollers and shoppers wearing their best active wear! You’ll realise that New Farm is quite an affulent area in the city and is a great spot to stay in Brisbane for a few days. It’s easy to navigate to the into the city and has everything you need. New Farm was where we stayed in our first Air BnB when we first arrived in Brisbane and we fell in the love with the location!

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The BEST breakfast in Brisbane!

After enjoying this breakfast lets walk or cycle it off on the New Farm River Walk! This scenic walk runs from New Farm across the river to the city. It was recently re-built after the previous walk way was destroyed in the 2011 Brisbane Floods.

The walk itself is just over half a mile long and easily walked in 20-30 minutes. The views of the city are incredible and you’ll walk straight under Story Bridge, a suspension Bridge connecting two sides of the city. If you’d rather cycle the Brisbane has City Cycles all over which you can hire! The first 30 minutes of any cycle journey is free, for 31 minutes – 1 hour is $2 then $5 for every hour thereafter.

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The Story Bridge Brisbane

Stop to ‘Hydrate’ at Felons Brewery

As you approach the city you’ll see various resturants and bars lining the river. Take a break from the walk and have a beer in Felons Brewery with great views of the city. It’s reasonably priced with great food options too. If you’re in Brisbane on a Monday night then Felons Brewery also holds a free Yoga class on the lawn at 05:30 every week!

Eagle Street Pier

After a hydration stop continue the river walk right around to the Eagle Street Pier. Eagle street pier is another hub located on the river filled with cafes and restaurants with brilliant views. The Riverbar and Kitchen is a great spot for a coffee, food or beer.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Continue walking the river until the Botanic Gardens. Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens are beautiful, filled with flowers, gardens, play areas for the little ones and lagoons! Make sure you check out this page for things that are going at the Botanic Gardens! For one Saturday every month they host ‘Gigs and Picnics’ a free event with live music and food trucks. The Botanic Gardens is a must-see whilst spending 3 days in Brisbane.

I’ve put all the places mentioned in this section of the post in the map below!

Day 1 Afternoon – South Bank

Once you’ve explored the Botanic Gardens the next gem to explore in Brisbane is South Bank! The South Bank Parklands is located on the other side of the river in South Brisbane. You can either use google maps and walk there from the Botanic Gardens which will take you approximately 30-45 minutes. It’s also easy to get the ferry as well. Head back to Eagle Street Pier and hop on the CityHopper to South Bank. The City Hopper is a free hop on hop off ferry service.

South Bank is lined with shops, cafes and resturants but it’s also home to Brisbane’s only beach. Streets Beach brings a little bit of the coast to the city. It’s a man made beach overlooking the city which is so cool and very popular. It’s the place to be to cool down in the summer and where all the action takes place in Brisbane. If chilling out just isn’t your style then there is much more to explore at South Bank! South Bank is home to the Brisbane Wheel, Segway tours and other riverside activities so you won’t be stuck for something to do.

South Bank also comes alive in the evening. Find live music on at almost every venue so grab a beer and relax in one of the many bars for the evening!

My Top Picks for Bar’s on South Bank Brisbane

  • The Plough Inn
  • The Munich
  • South Bank Beer Garden
  • Big Little House
  • Tipplers Tap

South Bank is also host to small market featuring some great small businesses from Friday to Sunday.

Day Two – Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

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Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary! If you haven’t already seen a Koala during your Australian adventure then wait no longer! Brisbane is home to one of the biggest Koala sanctuaries in the whole of Australia! It also features some other Australian natives including, kangaroos, crocodiles, dingoes and even a very friendly platypus!

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a day out that I would highly recommend! The sanctuary itself isn’t that big so you only need 4 hours maximum, get up early so you can be back in the city for the afternoon/evening! The sanctuary has been rehabilitating Koala’s since the 1920’s. You can have the oppurtunity to hold a Koala but personally I don’t believe it’s ethical to do so. There is an oppurtunity to take a river cruise to the sanctuary. This is what we did as we were bought it as a gift from a friend and it was so interesting. As you cruise down the river listen to the commentry and learn a lot about the history of Brisbane.

For more information about Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary I have written a whole other post on it here!

Day Two Afternoon – Eat Streets Market

Now this could be one of my favourites places in Brisbane! Once you arrive back in the city be ready for a foodie packed afternoon/evening! Down the river at North Shore Hamilton is the home to the Eat Streets Markets, or what I like to call Brisbane Foodie Heaven! Now I’m not just talking your average food market I’m talking huge shipping containers filled with every food cuisine you could think of! In the centre is a huge stage where you can dance along to live music every weekend!

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Eat Street Markets, don’t miss your Instagram opportunity either!

Eat Streets is something you do not wanna miss! To get there hop on the CityCat ferry. The fare only costs $4.20 and entry into Eat Streets is just $3! Honestly you won’t be disappointed kick back relax and enjoy the live music which is what the city of Brisbane is all about.

Day 3 – Mount Coot Tha

Ready for an adventure filled Sunday to finish up 3 days in Brisbane time in this vibrant city?

Just outside Brisbane lives the suburb Mount Coot Tha which funnily enough is also a great mountain to explore! Mount Coot Tha offers some epic views of the city which you just can’t miss! Mount Coot Tha is easily accessible from the CBD via bus. (I’ll leave all transport links at the end of the post!) On arrival you can depart the bus at the bottom of the Mountain or at the summit! If you get off at the bottom you can climb to top of the mountain following some fun hiking trails! When you reach the summit the views of the city are pretty awesome! On a clear day you can see Moreton and North Stradbroke Island too! This spot is wonderful for both sunrise and sunset.

Day 3 Afternoon – Kangaroo Point

Once back in the city head over to the Kangaroo Point cliffs! Depending on where in the city you are when you return from Mount Coot Tha will depend how you get there. If you’re in the city centre then head to Eagle Street Pier and catch the city hopper across to Thornton Street. When you depart the ferry turn left and enjoy the stroll at the bottom of the Kangaroo Point Cliffs, the views of the city are amazing!

You’ve got a few options when visiting the Kangaroo cliffs! Kangaroo point is home to River life an adventure centre where you can get up to all sorts of activities the big attractions being, kayaking and climbing up the cliffs themselves! You can hire kayaks for $45 and take part in a climb starting at around $50 as you walk along the river at Kangaroo point you won’t miss the River Life centre!

If you just fancy a quiet afternoon you can continue you stroll along the water front. When you reach the open cliff face you’ll come to some steps. CLIMB THEM! As well as being a great workout the view of the city from the top is brilliant! As you look towards the city keep walking left and you’ll come to another awesome look out point for the river!

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Brisbane Transport Links

City Hopper: The city hopper is a free ferry service that operates in the city centre of Brisbane stopping at: Sydney Street, Holman Street, Eagle Street Pier, Thornton Street, Maritime Museum, South Bank and North Quay only, you can see the time table here.

CityCat: The city cat is a paid ferry service which is in turn a lot quicker than the city hopper and covers a lot more stops. You can see the time table for the city cat and fares here.

Bus/Train: The bus/train network within Brisbane is pretty good and you venture around the city quite easily using the either mode of transport I however prefer the ferry! You can use the Translink website here to navigate where you need to be and it’ll give you the best transport options.

Go Card: If your in Brisbane for more than a weekend then it could be worth purchasing a GoCard as you get reduced fares and you can use it all mode’s of a transport. Check it out here more for more information.

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9 Reasons to Visit The Grand Canyon USA

9 Reasons to Visit The Grand Canyon USA

The Grand Canyon is the most spectacular natural landmark in the world. Yes okay, that might be a matter of my personal opinion but seriously it’s out of this world! I visited the canyon back in 2015 and I haven’t stopped lusting over it since! It’s by far my favourite National Park in the world! If you’ve ever wanted to take an epic helicopter ride you’ll never forget, camp alongside elk and be one of 5 million people who visit a destination each year, then The Grand Canyon has got you covered. I’m going to share with you exactly why you should visit The Grand Canyon.

Random Fun Fact: If I had never visited The Grand Canyon then Dave and I may not be together, it was a major conversation starter when we met!

So why exactly should you visit The Grand Canyon? Here’s my 9 Reason’s

1. You have to see it to experience it!

Ariel view of The Grand Canyon

Visit The Grand Canyon solo or with friends. No matter what you’ll have an incredible experience!

The world is full of epic photographers these days right? Some of the most talented photographers can capture a moment and you feel like you’ve been pulled right into that moment. Many photographs do places fantastic justice, however, the photographs of The Grand Canyon just DO NOT do it the justice it deserves! (& there are some captivating ones out there!) Nope for me, you’ve just got to go and see the canyon for itself to understand how breathtaking this place really is! I am telling you now you won’t regret it!

2. Experience the Most Epic Helicopter Ride

Helicopters on the ground at The Grand Canyon

One of my best life experiences to date!

Now I’m not a fan of flying. I do it because it’s the only way to get to some of the world most beautiful destinations and I think that’s probably why most people grin and bear it! So when I got the opportunity to fly in a helicopter over and into The Grand Canyon I’m going, to be honest, I was sceptical and terrified! I’ve read about plenty of horror stories that involve a helicopter!

However, my travel mates on this trip (who had already done the ride) managed to persuade me otherwise and I’m so glad they did. This is easily one of the most incredible life experiences I’ve had whilst on the road so far! Imagine zooming above a forest for miles and miles and then wow, all of sudden the floor feels like it’s disappeared beneath you and your gliding over The Grand Canyon? Pretty exhilarating huh?

3. The Sunrise/Sunsets

sunset at the Grand Canyon

Dreamy sunsets in The Grand Canyon

I’ve seen some pretty gorgeous sunrises and sunsets over numerous cities and national parks but this one tops them all. There is nothing quite as beautiful than watching the sun rise and fall onto the wonder that is the Grand Canyon. Again there are no photographs or words to describe how brilliant the views are at dawn and dusk.

4. One of the Most Visited Tourist Landmarks – In the World!

View from a helicopter of The Grand Canyon

No filter necessary!

The Grand Canyon attracts way over 4 million people every year! & I wish I could be one of those people every year! That amount of people isn’t even imaginable to people like you and me! So there’s got to be a reason why so many people visit? Because it’s bloody wonderful! With so much natural beauty to see and so much to do you can soon see why it’s such a popular tourist destination! From hiking, walking, to rafting, camping and helicopter a ride there’s something for everyone! & after all over 4 million people can’t turn up and be disappointed, can they?!

5. Great Exercise

If you’re like me and love to travel but also love to eat everything that you see then you can easily hike off a good chunk of that junk food whilst hiking the Canyon! Or at least a mouthful! There are numerous different hiking trails in the canyon, some easy and some pretty hard! What I will say Is that the canyon is steep no matter what hike you do if you go below the rim it will be a climb to get back out! And the only way out is UP! We embarked on one of the nicer hikes the Bright Angel Trail which is around 9.9 miles. For some tips whilst you hike the canyon, which I learnt unfortunately from experience, check out the extra tips at the end of this post!

6. The Canyon is still impressive from the top!

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You can find OOH AAH POINT on the South Kaibab Trail!

The great thing about canyons is that you are looking down into them! So basically the main attraction is how deep they go! And seeing as you can drive right up to the rim of the Grand Canyon there really is no need to venture any further down into the canyon if you don’t want to! So if your unable to walk long distances due to health reasons or hiking just ain’t your thing you can enjoy the wonders literally a few minutes’ walk from the car! Pretty awesome!

7. Camp with Wildlife

Have you ever camped with elk wandering around your tent? Nope, I hadn’t either until I camped out in the campsites of the Grand Canyon! There are so many to choose from! Luckily I did my trip with Trek America so the campsite was all already booked and planned out for us but if you have a look around online there are plenty of options to choose from! Check out the Westerner 2 tour by Trek America, one of the tours where they visit The Grand Canyon here!

8. The Most Impressive Land Mark in the World

Now again this is subject to my opinion which by the way is usually right, David wouldn’t agree! But even though it isn’t the biggest canyon in the world I reckon it’s probably one of the most impressive. I honestly smile anytime I think of the few days I spent here, from the amazing hike to the breathtaking helicopter ride I was literally speechless for the majority of the trip here & that’s something you don’t often see! The biggest canyon in the world is Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet China at a whopping 19,715 feet deep! It makes The Grand Canyon look like a baby at just 5,697!

9. You won’t ever forget it!

This is an experience of a lifetime and I can guarantee that The Grand Canyon will leave a mark in your heart forever, I know it has on mine and I cannot wait to return for take 2!

So if you’ve come to the end of this post and are still pondering whether to visit the Grand Canyon then I want to know, WHY? Let me know in the comments!

If your thinking of scribbling a visit to the Grand Canyon into your big American road trip then check out my top spots you just can’t miss on a Californian roadie!

Extra Tips!

If your heading on a hike whilst you visit The Grand Canyon then make sure you are prepared! If there’s something I could tell my prior 21-year-old self it would be to take a hat, more sun cream and something more substantial than a 500ml plastic water bottle! You might laugh but back then I had no idea how important these things are! If someone told me now I was to hike 9 miles in 30-degree heat with only 500mls of water I’d laugh in their face.

If you’re taking a hike set off early in the morning so you can be back out of the canyon before midday, we started our climb back out of the canyon at 12 pm, complete idiots! (Hottest part of the day!) You will be pleased to know that there are water points every mile inside the canyon so thankfully all was not lost! But please be prepared so you can enjoy the beauty of this incredible place with nothing else to worry about! Like if you’re going to make it out of there alive and hydrated!

So why wouldn’t me and Dave have met if I hadn’t been to The Grand Canyon? Well, we met on good old Tinder! Yes, success story right here! When Dave obviously saw my amazing photographs and swiped right on his phone his chat up line was this. ‘So what’s that big canyon thing you’re stood at the top of?’ He says he was always joking to this very day but I don’t know! I was just happy to start spouting off about how amazing it is and how everybody needs to go at least once in their life! So I guess you could say we’ve got the Grand Canyon to thank for our amazing life together. Definitely another reason to go back I think?!

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Top 10 Amazing Things to Do in New York!

Top 10 Amazing Things to Do in New York!

New York City is extraordinary. With a population of approximately 8 million people in a land area of just 789km squared you’ve got to wonder what all the fuss is about! The big apple has so many different attractions it can be overwhelming when deciding which ones to go see! I had five days to explore all New York had to offer and whilst I visited all the main attractions we certainly didn’t have time to do everything – In one visit that’s damn right impossible! That said I’ve put together my Top 10 Things to do in New York City!

Top Tip: Have four full days AT LEAST to make the most out of your trip to the most vibrant city in the world!

1. Times Square

Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

Times Square: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

They weren’t lying when they said that New York is the city that never sleeps! Times Square is one of the only places I’ve been in the world that is still bustling with bodies and animation at 1 am!

It’s the entertainment hub of NYC filled with restaurants, shops, street food and of course the gateway to Broadway! The bright lights of Times Square attract more than 50 million tourists annually! Definitely worth a visit to grab some amazing New York street food and smuggle some gifts for your loved ones back home – (who are insanely jealous that you’re in New York and there back in Blighty) If you’re prepared to queue then hit up the TKTS box for discounted theatre tickets daily!

Tip: any time of the day you go WILL be busy so be prepared for some pushing, shoving indefinitely strangers in your selfies!

2. Grand Central Terminal

Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

Grand Central: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

‘Spotted in Grand Central Station’

So how long did you think you’d have to wait until the gossip girl quotes start coming in? Yes, I spent quite a lot of this trip pretending I was Serena and Blair but Grand Central Terminal was the one landmark that took me by surprise! After all, it’s just a train station right? Wrong! Grand Central Terminal is an experience! I felt like I’d been swept up into a million movie scenes the moment I walked onto that shiny concourse. From the buildings fascinating architecture, American flags, endless rows of shops and a locally sourced food market, it’s a far cry from a train station.

It’s the Dorchester of train stations. With its astronomical mural on the ceiling, Grand chandeliers and an Oyster Bar that first opened its doors in 1913! Grand Central Terminal is not to be missed. Our hotel was on 42nd Street, Lexington Avenue which meant we walked through the terminal twice every day and it took my breath away every. single. time.

With the mix of luxury shops and a whole floor dedicated to the dining concourse its hard to know whether to shop or eat! Being the foodie I am I opted to eat! It was a hard choice with 22 eatery’s to chose from! Do we go sweet or savoury or both! We opted for a chicken gyros from Eata Pita which were to die for & Finished with a muffin from Magnolia Bakery (the best cake makers in the state of New York – I think!) But there’s much more to choose from including coffees, pizza, ice cream and bagels! Grab something to go whilst taking the exit via the Grand Central Food Market. And better yet if your exploring New York on a budget the terminal is free!

3. Top of The Rock!

There is only one word to describe the view from the top of the Rockefeller Centre: spectacular. You can see the whole of the city beneath you at 360 degrees! It’s incredible and not even great writing could justify how special it is! I guess you’ll just have to go and experience it for yourself! A lot of tourists head straight for the Top of the Rock Observation Deck which granted is on the top floor but costs $40 each so it ain’t cheap.

On my visit to New York thanks to my blog savvy mum who had done her research, we did things a little differently! We booked a swanky table at Bar 65 just three floors down from the observation deck. With a cocktail in one hand, we headed outside to enjoy the view for as long as we wanted! There was no obligation to buy food and certainly no rush to kick us out – we were there for hours! Go just before sunset and see the view in all its glory in the daylight, sunset and at night time when the skyscrapers are glowing. This is a brilliant option if you’re looking to get a little bit more for your money!

Tip: The bar is swanky so make sure you’ve got a cocktail dress in your luggage for the occasion! You never who you might bump into!

4. Central Park

View of Central Park from the Rockefeller Centre

Beautiful views over Central Park: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

The thing that I love the most about this city is its ability to surprise! In a city full of skyscrapers located on fifth avenue is over 800 acres of greenery! Madness right? It’s the biggest park in the city of New York and is incredible! Better yet it’s absolutely free! Of course, true to 21st-century fashion there’s a ton of activities in the park which could rob you blind if you let them! But the best way to explore Central Park is on foot taking in the scenery!

Once inside the park, there’s a mountain of fun to throw yourself into! Anything from the Central Park Zoo, a rowing boat on one of the many lakes, visiting Alice in Wonderland herself or pay tribute to John Lennon at Strawberry Fields! Something to note – the park is huge and you will need all day if you plan to see the whole thing! Luckily if you’re strapped for time you can hop on and off the subway or hire a cycle!

Tip: Buy a map from one of the guides inside Central Park! They will only set you back a couple of dollars and you will get lost if you don’t get one! Especially if you’re on a time limit! Also, they are a great souvenir!

5. Brooklyn Bridge

Connecting the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan The Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic piece of New York history. Originally built in 1869 and finished a further 14 years on the Brooklyn Bridge has been a gateway into the city for years! The architecture itself is stunning and the views of the city miles ahead of you are breathtaking.

The only way to get the full experience of the Brooklyn Bridge is to walk it! Yes, you can get transport across but you can’t appreciate all it has to offer! The pedestrian walkway is above the road so you can walk or cycle across without worrying about traffic! The walk itself is just over one mile so depending on your ability it will take around 25-30 minutes (depending on how many times you stop for those all-important snapshots and selfies!). Go when you don’t have to rush, take a leisurely stroll across the bridge to admire all that’s going on around you! Believe me, you won’t regret it when you’re walking towards a dazzling Manhattan across the water!

Tip: Comfortable shoes! I’ll say it time and time again be comfy! And take water! You wouldn’t want sore feet covered in blisters ruining the moment!

6. 9/11 Memorial Museum

9/11 Memorial New York

9/11 Memorial: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

You will need your tissues for this one. This experience as devastating and heart wrenching but the museum is it’s defiantly worth a visit. You need to get a subway to the World Trade Centre, now a newly built singular tower. Surrounded by skyscrapers between the World Trade Centre and its neighbours lays space, emptiness and heartbreak. The foundations of the twin towers still remain as a memorial to its victims the architecture is stunning and signifies all that was lost on that dreaded September morning back in 2001.

It is free to visit the memorial but entry is charged for the museum. Inside your taken back in time to hear the stories of those involved, those who lost loved ones, the services first on the scene and even voice messages from those on the plane. As I said you leave the museum with a very heavy heart and a lump in your throat but it’s worth a visit.

7. Broadway

Broadway, New York

Broadway: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

Bright lights, glamour, shows, big names? That’s what New York is famous for right?! So why not indulge in a performance on Broadway! I can certainly say you will not regret it! The only downside to shows on Broadway is that they can be a little to very pricey! When we were headed to New York we knew that we wanted to catch a show on Broadway and in-fact we knew exactly what show we wanted to see! The Lion King! (Of course!) The show itself was everything and more than we had imagined it would be. It was truly sensational! And even though this was probably our most expensive splurge in the city we got a discounted rate using the site Attraction Tix! Keep an eye out for a whole post dedicated to how you can save on theatre tickets!

Another great way to get discounted tickets for a Broadway show is making the most of the TKTS box office in Time Square. They have daily deals where they discount theatre tickets up to 50% every day! The only disadvantages of this are you could be waiting in a long ass queue, for a long ass time AND you don’t get a choice on what show is discounted! It’s different every day! So if you’re a risk taker and mega bargain hunter go for this option! But if like me you have your heart set on a particular show I can vouch that it will be worth it!

Be Aware: The Lion King is rarely discounted via the TKTS box office!

8. The Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry

Statue of Liberty: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

Standing tall on Ellis Island, of course, is the very impressive Statue of Liberty! Brought to the big apple by the French as a gift in October 1886 she’s been the trademark of the city ever since! There are so many ways to go and see The Statue of Liberty from boat tours that dock at the tip of the island to tours that let you disembark and even climb into the statue herself!

But if you’re like me and aren’t bothered about getting up close and personal with her then see the statue via the Staten Island ferry! Why? Number 1 it’s free! Number 2 its gets very close to the statue so you can too see her in all her glory! The ferry departs every 20-30 minutes from Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan and vice versa from Staten Island. As said before its free! This is the ferry that commuters use to and from work in the city! When you leave Manhattan you want to be situated on the right-hand side of the ferry and on the return you want to be sat at the left! The return journey is where the ferry gets the closest to the statue!

Tip: Avoid early mornings and 4 pm onwards (angry commuters waiting to get home) opt for a weekend if you can or middle of the day! Be warned on a weekend it will be full of tourists! But hey that’s what we are so who cares?

9. Bryant Park

The lawn in Bryant Park

Bryant Park: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

My absolute favourite park in New York City! Yes better than Central Park and Madison Square Park! Located behind the New York public library and only a ten-minute walk from Grand Central lies Bryant Park. A tranquil peaceful garden fuelled with laughter and life! The park is home to a range of daily activities day and night and some great eatery’s! The park hosts something for everyone, adults, young people, children, foodies, exercise junkies and even reading enthusiasts! To the north of the park lays the South West Porch a decked area strung with fairy lights looking out onto the lawn! (A great area to grab a drink, a bite to eat and people watch!). If you’re looking for somewhere a little more upmarket head to the Bryant Park Grill for a more sophisticated dining experience!

As well as dining options the park offers board games that are available to hire, exercise classes on the lawn including yoga and Pilates – a great way to let off steam and re-energise! In the winter months the lawn doubles up as an ice rink and in summer brings small music festivals and artists to the stage! If you’re a bit of a book worm like me then don’t miss the historic Reading Room. Originally founded in 1935 as an open-air library. The Reading Room was initially established to give redundant businessmen and the homeless somewhere they could enjoy literature for free. Its been running ever since! With poetry readings, aspiring authors and published authors amongst some of the speakers its somewhere I wish I had spent more time!

10. The Empire State Building

Ariel view of the Empire State Building

Empire State Building: Top 10 Things to Do in New York City

Last but not least in my top 10 must see’s of New York City is The Empire State Building. Now I apologise in advance to you Empire State lovers out there but from the bottom, I was massively disappointed! Located on fifth avenue the Empire State Building is still the third tallest building in New York. Unfortunately, it didn’t scream out amazing as I thought it would! From the bottom, it looked like any other building! We decided not to venture up the Empire State as we chose the Rockefeller Centre instead to get the views of Central Park from above!

That said, we did venture up a rooftop bar showering us with magnificent views of the top of the Empire State Building! Which I have to say were mind-blowing! The detail in the spire of the building is amazing. I have to say it changed my views on the Building (no pun intended!). Even though not my favourite site in New York it’s definitely one to see and decide about yourself!

There you have it! My top ten favourite places you must see in New York! If you’re only in the city for a few days and are wondering how you’re going to fit everything in see my post: ‘Four Days in New York on a Budget’ to give you some ideas!

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