Cape Cod, MA
Following a glorious few days in Falmouth (click HERE to read about Cape Cod and HERE to see my post on Boston), it was time to head out to our final destination, New York. The plan was to spend a couple of days in the Big Apple to take in the New Year festivities, before flying back to Australia, late on New Year’s Day.
New Year in New York
A search on Google will quickly confirm, that New York is the place to be for New Year’s Eve and, in particular, Times Square, which attracts more than a million revellers. For those wanting the full experience and to get close enough to see the ball drop on the stroke of twelve, it is necessary to get there early in the day and be prepared to spend many hours in the cold and in a cramped environment, without toilet facilities! Entertainment commences mid-afternoon and after the ball drop, there is a dazzling pyrotechnic light show.
New York City Sightseeing Bus Tours
This was my first visit to New York and as it was only for a couple of days, I decided to purchase a ticket for one of their “Hop on Hop off Bus” tours. This is a great way to take in the sights and to get a feel of the city. The guides on the buses were all amazing and had a great knowledge of the history and the tales of the city. I would highly recommend both the uptown and downtown options as well as suggesting that you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the experience.
Central Park, New York
Central Park is in Central Manhattan and is a must see on any visit to New York. There is such a buzz about the park and there is always something going on there. The children went ice skating on New Year’s Day. The park is far bigger than I imagined but can be explored on a hired bicycle.
There are a number of activities/attractions on offer around Central Park that are also well worth experiencing. These include the American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. For my fellow fitness fanatics, wake up early and join the numerous joggers who frequent the park.